NBA Live 18 demo available now

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 9:00 am

After seven turbulent years for the NBA Live franchise the next edition hopes to return to stability and earn back some credibility. EA Sports is attempting to make NBA Live 18 a safer purchase by offering a demo which can be downloaded now for Xbox One or PlayStation 4, along with the upcoming 10 hour trial on EA Access and a pre-order price of just $40.

The demo includes an NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and Cavaliers but puts even more focus on the new career mode known as The One, as you come up from the streets and into becoming a star in the NBA. Besides going down the career path there is also Live Run Pick-Up which utilizes your created character in online games that involve up to 10 user-controlled players, practice drills and shootaround gym.

Face scans can also be imported from the NBA Live companion app which is out on iOS and Android. Keep in mind that once your character hits Level 20 in the demo you will no longer be able to progress further in The One or play Live Run.

NBA Live 18 will release on September 15 and includes for the first time in a video game the WNBA, The One career mode, and the First Take duo of Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman are there to scream hot takes regarding your player.

  • Skopin

    Downloaded it yesterday and played for a bit last night. It’s a definite improvement from Live 16. The one-on-one game is great on both sides of the floor. Fast players like Kyrie, Westbrook, and Curry can beat their defenders off the dribble, and there is very little motion shifting; if you get the step, you won’t get stonewalled by the defender. They will ride your hip instead, which is much more realistic.

    Movement in general is still a little stiff, and you can make the subtle moves like a slow walkup dribble for sizing up, but it is surprisingly fun either way.

    Animations still need work, especially jumpers. It doesn’t look horrible by any means, but there isn’t that signature style (for lack of a better word) that we see in 2k.

    They’ve definitely got something with Live 18.

    • hungryandrew

      They got nothing.

      • MoneyMayweather


      • Skopin

        Obviously 2k is still the better game at this point, but there are a few things that Live does better.

        And they are improving in the areas that 2k does better.

        • Dounte

          It’s funny how people keep saying NBA 2K18 is the better game when they haven sent or played it yet!! That’s how you know that the fan base is content with VC releasing the same bullshit gameplay!! It’s a shame… I’m so glad NBA LIVE 18 has an learning curve this year so we keep all these animation dimwits off the servers!! Enjoy 2K13 dumbasses..

  • lonnie

    I have to say EA really stepped up their game. Is it as good as 2k? No but it looks like they really are heading in the right direction at last. Even though 2k always had the best game i found the old EA basketball games had one advantage ( an important advantage) for me and that was the ” fun factor” and I am feeling it in this game. Much improved!

  • hungryandrew

    Time for my annual………..NBA Jive 18, NBA Lied 18, NBA Tried 18? NBA Died 18, and NBA Cried 18.

    • Skopin


    • Dounte

      I hope I catch you on a server!! I’ll tear your garage hoop, two-handed shooting ass to bits… Don’t know the first thing about basketball but has negative feelings toward NBA LIVE… KISS MY BUTT!!! ROLETIDE….😆

      • hungryandrew

        I know plenty, moneymayweather. You EA guzzler.

  • Jeff

    Im getting this over 2k but they need to change a few things during the first take scenes the captions on the screen are ahead when they talk the game needs to be harder and they need to adjust the shooting i made 5 3 pointets with shaun Livingston on all star difficulty the guy hasnt made 5 in the past 3 years combined

  • Not going to lie. I’m actually enjoying the demo. Took some time to get used to the animations but The One is fun.

  • SockfulOfNickels

    Overall this looks like a very big improvement. The main thing I don’t like is it feels like the players are sliding as opposed to running, but ball handling and attempting to drive is way better than 2K IMO, like someone mentioned above it’s got less cheesy blocking the path and more riding your hip to stay with you. I might seriously buy this and I never thought I’d say that. I wish we knew more about Ultimate Team.

  • jbstoner44

    All of you 2k haters out there, go waste your money on this game.

  • BravesFan24

    LOL LeBron looks sad in that picture.

  • Religiondoesntmakesensebro

    Played this last night and must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I like how you can just pull up in someone’s face without it doing a weird pull up animation that ends up being a nasty brick. I pulled up a couple times with Steph and splashed it. I plan to play some more but might fuck around and actually get this over 2k.