NBA Live is back, for some reason. Aww, let’s not be mean: it’s got some good stuff this year.
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NBA Live 18 was shown off during EA’s E3 2017 presentation which caused the usual bout of head scratching that anybody bothers to go up against the other basketball game everyone buys every year, but whatever.
The footage above shows off a little bit of NBA Live 18’s career mode, which is called The One. “Delivering gameplay innovations and a brand-new way to play with ‘The One’, NBA LIVE returns with an experience completely centered around a player’s individual journey,” EA Sports said in a press release.
The minute long trailer isn’t super informative but EA Sports provided more details during the show. The One is divided into two major components, The League (pro NBA games) and The Streets (pick-up games played outdoors, including real world courts at Venice Beach, California, and Rucker Park). Your customised character will progress through the mode regardless of which types of matches you choose to play. As well as tweaking your ears and that, NBA Live 18’s player customisation allows you to select a playstyle, traits and signature ability.
The One isn’t offline, single-player only, by the way – it will include special Live Events playable in co-op or competitive multiplayer – although you can choose to tackle them solo instead.
EA didn’t say if NBA Live 18: The One has a story component, but we’d be surprised if it didn’t. The Other Basketball Game Everyone Buys Every Year has one of these, and EA’s been doing it for FIFA 18 for a few years, too. There’s even a story mode for Madden NFL 18; this is a trend and a half and no mistake.
NBA Live 18 releases in September for PS4 and Xbox One. A free demo will drop on August, and progress will carry over to the full game.