New Career Mode “The One” and Gameplay Details for NBA Live 18

Posted June 10th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

After taking a year off – the fourth time in the last seven years that a game has failed to release – EA Sports is looking to earn some credibility back with NBA Live 18 this fall. At EA Play today the company revealed its big feature as a Career Mode called “The One” along with some gameplay details and the announcement of a free demo. 

NBA LIVE 18 is all about player control, taking place where skill meets style. Every outcome is based on the actions you take, with mechanics that make every choice and twitch skill more impactful than ever before.

The One
This is how you play NBA LIVE 18! An all-new and dynamic career journey. Create your individual player identity and become a legend in The League and The Streets. Master your selected role and playstyle on the court along with unique signature abilities, traits, and gear. Level up your player as you drive to become and icon. Ever choice you make defines your rise to glory.

One-on-One Mechanic
Discover an array of game-changing moves and hundreds of fresh player signature styles, animations, and interactions at every position, with unprecedented one-on-one control and responsiveness.

Dribble System
On offense, use it to catch your defender out of position, and on defense, use the skill-based counter move to stay in front of the ballhandler to direct pace and tempo.

Real Player Movement
Delivers on-ball defense with control and responsiveness, letting you stay with the ball carrier and cut off the drive through skill-based timing windows.

In The Post
Be in position to control bigs and use size and strength to blow by your opponent, cut off the drive, protect the basket, or score down low.

On-Court Awareness
Experience rim-rattling dunks, smooth layups, and the pure physicality of player interactions within one-on-one gameplay around the basket, featuring an amazing amount of animation variety and signature finishes.

Physics-Based Transitions
With more animations than ever before, each baller in the game maintains realistic momentum throughout every matchup and every move. You’ll feel closer to real action than a front row seat.

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A demo for NBA Live 18 will release in August with progress from that carrying over to the full game if purchased. While a demo generally is a sign of confidence, past ones for Live haven’t done much good for the series, even leading to the cancellation of what was to be known as NBA Elite 11 and failing to generate any interest in Live 16. For anyone to give Live 18 a chance though it’s a necessity to offer ways to play it first.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Can’t wait

  • Skopin

    Any chance this will see a PC release?

  • Dounte

    You just had to remind your blind NBA 2K click bait crowd that the game had its troubles which websites with more to lose gave its praise… This side of the community is sick and needs to be rounded up like zombies and shot!!! Oh, I forgot NBA 2K do that every year… Smh @ these haters!! The game is beyond back.. NBA 2K is beyond broke.. Remember that! Bums…

  • avx

    lol looks terrible. this game bout to get canceled too

    • Dounte

      Yeah you wish… Your cheap narrow minded ass will still have decide which game you want this year! That’s what’s so hard.. To bad you won’t be able rub one out on EA’s behalf because the game is serious!!! FOH garage hoop street punk!

  • ClubSteve

    moneymayweather, where are you????

  • Ryan Schechtman

    I hope they can put up some decent competition to 2K this time around. Competition is too lacking among the major sports games these days.

  • Jeff

    I want this to be good it sounds good with the drew league and real street courts but what has me worried is they showed no actual gameplay just that replay of durant and james

    • Skopin

      There are a couple gameplay videos floating around on Youtube.

  • The shooting animations, and facial animations look wonky, but the player models, lighting, dribbling, and player interactions all look really good. I will keep cautiously optimistic that they can clean up the shooting animations.

    • Dounte

      Wonky!! I told y’all… We know what wonky really means and the sad thing is that you probably where glasses lol… These garage hoop street punks are hilarious! NBA LIVE is here… Good luck with creating yall little 2K hate-boy community!! Not gonna work this year… These are the type of people who only by titles every 3 years LMAO… You probably still on PS3 playing 2K13 or something… FOH!! This part of the community is ” SLOW ” aka ” RETARTED “…. Fall in the woods when Jason is hot on your ass type ” SLOW ” lol

      • Josh Elwell

        You need to calm down dude

      • I bought 2K17 day 1, and the game is still broken today. Help defense does not work like it should, and the game plasters advertisements for buying VC all over myleague. I want to play and have fun but the game doesn’t work. So excuse me for having a little optimism that 2K may actually start getting competition again.

  • BravesFan24

    I can’t help but chuckle at this feature:

    “In The Post”
    Be in position to control bigs and use size and strength to blow by your opponent, cut off the drive, protect the basket, or score down low.”

    You don’t say? I’d expect to be able to do that in any NBA game worth its salt. Perhaps there’s actually more to this and this is just a basic description, but it still sounds silly to word it that way.

    • Dounte

      Being a Braves fan sounds worst…

      Your the typical garage hoop scrub with an buster’s point of view… Even if you knew what they were getting at, I’d be willing to bet you still couldn’t explain it.. FOH!

      • BravesFan24

        LOL, nice comeback, except I’d rather be a fan of even the worst, most pitiful sports team in existence (which isn’t the Braves, BTW) than be an internet troll like you that probably posts from his mother’s basement. All the issues to be confronted in today’s world, and you choose to spend your time lashing out at anyone who has even constructive criticism for a video game (one that barely anyone plays anymore, I might add). You do it on almost every thread about Live on this site. It was amusing the first 100 times or so, but it’s gotten old. You’re only making yourself look bad by continually acting like a 10 year old on here.

        (And contrary to what you may think, I’ve played NBA Live for years and was a big fan of the series during its better days, so I think my honest opinion on the game is worth more than that of a “scrub”. If you don’t like what I have to say, then don’t read my posts.)

        • Dounte

          Yeah.. Flip it on me now! The typical casual 2K turd showing symptoms of NBA LIVE happiness… Your just like the rest of these clowns and I could careless if you’ve played NBA LIVE… Your still on the ooutside looking in which is the reason you just had to post something negative in this NBA LIVE article comment section… Just goes to show how many of you 2K zombies are back knocking at EA’s door looking for BRAINS!!! LMAO… PLEASE!

          • BravesFan24

            LOL all your unintelligible spam posts on this site and you talk about people looking for brains. Like I said, you aren’t doing yourselves ANY favors with that behavior, you’re just making yourself look like a blithering idiot.

  • HeatFan786

    Still looks underwhelming.