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  • Summary: NBA LIVE 18 introduces THE ONE, a new, dynamic career experience centered on your player, your choices and your legacy. Create your unique player identity and decide how you become a legend by mastering your selected role on the court along with signature abilities and traits, only you canNBA LIVE 18 introduces THE ONE, a new, dynamic career experience centered on your player, your choices and your legacy. Create your unique player identity and decide how you become a legend by mastering your selected role on the court along with signature abilities and traits, only you can pull off. Embark on your quest to be the greatest basketball player on the planet in The League and The Streets with, or against other players in solo, co-op and multiplayer challenges delivered through LIVE Event content. Dominate the court with innovative one-on-one gameplay arming you with an arsenal of all-new moves for each position with unprecedented control and responsiveness. Put your new-found skills to the test as you manage and build your favorite team in Franchise and Live Ultimate Team. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 22, 2017
    80
    If you want a break from 2K's grind and high skill demands, this is a viable option. [Dec 2017, p.93]
  2. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    Ultimately there’s a ton of content in NBA Live 18 for basketball and NBA nuts. While it doesn’t have something comparable to Madden’s Longshot, making it more accessible and distinct, there’s still a ton here to do and enough variance that different kinds of players will probably find something to latch onto.
  3. Oct 13, 2017
    75
    Normally, of course, solid wouldn’t be a descriptor you’d apply to the best basketball game of the year. But when the alternative is the hot steaming garbage that is NBA 2K18, solid will more than do. It may be a tainted victory for NBA Live 18, but after years of being second-best, they deserve applause for eking out a win this time around.
  4. Sep 22, 2017
    74
    NBA Live is a great first step in recovering the right way, but there is still a long way to go before reaching the level of the NBA 2K franchise.
  5. Oct 4, 2017
    70
    Decent and accessible, but still not exactly a proper contender to NBA 2K18's basketball-shaped throne.
  6. Sep 25, 2017
    70
    Not the best basket sim out there but a good one. Another step forward for this beloved franchise… but not the big one.
  7. 60
    While NBA Live 18 doesn't reinvent the basketball sim, it creates a foundation to give the series a second chance within the already competitive genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    Games a 7-8, only putting a 10 to offset the 0's.....still people really? You cant just copy and paste the same old complaints from the past 5Games a 7-8, only putting a 10 to offset the 0's.....still people really? You cant just copy and paste the same old complaints from the past 5 years anymore. The people are speaking. Just go to Twitter and search #NBALive18 and see if the masses think that the game still looks and feels like a gen 3 game. You will see the complete opposite - with more and more people jumping back to Live as 2K continues to sink its own ship. Play yourself, dont let any other opinion affect yours because in the end, Live is back and there is nothing they can do about it. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2017
    10
    Less stressful than 2k, less cheese and just overall better quality of a video game than previous years. I hope they keep improving as fans ofLess stressful than 2k, less cheese and just overall better quality of a video game than previous years. I hope they keep improving as fans of basketball video games deserve NBA Live. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2018
    10
    A solid basketball simulator & a lot of fun! You can pick this game up for $4.49 on PSN right now! I was pleasantly surprised, developersA solid basketball simulator & a lot of fun! You can pick this game up for $4.49 on PSN right now! I was pleasantly surprised, developers have really stepped it up this year! It hasn't quite caught up to 2k18 but it is a huge step in the right direction & a breath of fresh air. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2017
    9
    Let's get this out the way there are only 2 basketball games on the market and there is no rule saying you can only like one. So why do peopleLet's get this out the way there are only 2 basketball games on the market and there is no rule saying you can only like one. So why do people act like that's the case, I just don't understand. Well on with the review NBA live 18 has made huge improvements this year th game is not only playable it's seriously fun and addictive. Especially The One Mode, it's basically steer ball and being in the NBA put together and this is very important you can't pay to win you actually have to earn your skills. That's huge so when someone is a high rating you know they put the time in. Overall a great game and a really nice foundation EA has built for the next Live game. I'm expecting them to incorporate the frostbite engine in 19 and that will take this game to a whole other level. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2017
    9
    No game is worth a zero! Ever so if you see zero's no matter what it has to be a 2k fan boy review. Anyway my real rating of NBA live 18 is anNo game is worth a zero! Ever so if you see zero's no matter what it has to be a 2k fan boy review. Anyway my real rating of NBA live 18 is an 8.5, but, I bumped it due to the zero's. Let me start by saying after the first couple of times of playing the demo. I hated the game, it wasn't because it was a bad game it was because I went into it playing it like it was 2k. Live is its own game with its own graphics, gameplay, and, modes all of its own. After I went back and played it like Live I slowly got pulled into the Role of the One. The game mode that everything is centered around. You can rise through the ranks of the Summer pro am tour or the NBA to become the ONE! The thing I love about this game mode is it doesn't focus on all the negative aspects of your game. You get points for off ball moves like screens and boxing out. You can also double team and not get penalized for leaving your assigned player. You don't get sucked in on defense and defense is actually fun to play on any game mode! No longer do you need to fork out money to upgrade your player because win or lose you will get points to upgrade your player. The only place if you feel inclined to fork out more cash in Live is My Team its just as good as madden. I have had no issues with online play with the EA servers. The only game mode that I see is lacking in NBA LIVE 18 is the Franchise mode. 2k Definitely has LIVE beat in this mode. The commentary on 2k is also way better. That's about the only places. The graphics are awesome there are a few minor bugs. (nothing that can't be fixed though updates.) Overall NBA LIVE 18 is a breath of fresh air compared to the roster updates we get every year from the 2k series. Don't take my word for it all you need to do is download both demos play them and judge for yourself! Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2017
    8
    Got Live18 on launch day and Gamestop didnt even have it on the shelves with 2k18, just sitting on the floor behind the counter. Ive playedGot Live18 on launch day and Gamestop didnt even have it on the shelves with 2k18, just sitting on the floor behind the counter. Ive played Live since a kid in 03 and switched to 2k in 06-07 when it was taking over. I switched back to Live18 this year and Live18 is bringing back the good ol days Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2017
    0
    I wanted to like this game but no i had a terrible experience playing. The animations look gross, the player models look weird as hell andI wanted to like this game but no i had a terrible experience playing. The animations look gross, the player models look weird as hell and gameplay is waay too easy. Also to mention all the glitches and WTF moments i had while playing (Shot blocking is OP). I had to return this game real quick because of how boring and ugly this game was, stick to 2k. NBA Live still is trash in my opinion. Expand

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