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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 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Sep 21, 2017
    10
    I, too, made this account to help fix the rating. This installment is leaps and bounds better than NBA LIVE 16. Even though some of theI, too, made this account to help fix the rating. This installment is leaps and bounds better than NBA LIVE 16. Even though some of the animations look a little rigid, it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the game. Graphics are top notch. No micro-transactions, just keep playing and earn swag. If they add in Roster Editing and better contract negotiations for Franchise, Team Up (like in FIFA & NHL), fix some dunking animations and fix the CPU made FG%, this game will be the #1 Basketball Sim in the near future. My honest rating is a 7.5-8. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2017
    10
    Fresh approach to the game of basketball. Great video game, much better than past years' versions.If you're tired of trend towardFresh approach to the game of basketball. Great video game, much better than past years' versions.If you're tired of trend toward microtransactions, give this a try and you be surprised just how good it is (with every expectation of getting better). Expand
  3. 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
  4. Sep 19, 2017
    9
    Played the demo and knew thia would be a day one purchase. Notjing against NBA 2K which is a great series I just wanted something that wasPlayed the demo and knew thia would be a day one purchase. Notjing against NBA 2K which is a great series I just wanted something that was different and more accessible.

    The graphics in NBA Live 18 are comparable to 2K, yes there are a few faces that need to be rescanned but NBA 2K jas the same issues. Im loving The One mode any like the level up system.

    Overall I'm loving this game and bounce from Live Ultimate Team to The One story mode. Great job and solid fpundation to grow on. Well done EA Sports!
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  5. 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
  6. Nov 4, 2017
    7
    EA's NBA Live has been lousy after 09, I still have 09 for Xbox 360 and it's still fun from time to time but I picked up NBA Live 18 brand newEA's NBA Live has been lousy after 09, I still have 09 for Xbox 360 and it's still fun from time to time but I picked up NBA Live 18 brand new for pennies, it's a clear indication EA are desperate to make sales.

    Now onto the actual review, it's not NBA 2K, but it isn't loaded with microtransactions and isn't a gridnfest, LUT (Live Ultimate Team) I'd say is the worst of the bunch out of Ultimate Team sports games and doesn't give much value but it's still there for people who want to build a dream team.

    I'm a franchise type player myself and the AI is actually smarter than that in Madden, NHL and even FIFA. Gameplay wise, it's easy to pick up on and doesn't involve a whole lot of skill, player animation looks a bit dated compared to the smoothness in NBA 2K18.

    If you're a disgruntled 2K player/veteran, Live 18 probably has enough to keep you entertained if you can find it for a cheap price.
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  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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