After being absent in 2017, EA Tiburon returns to the world of basketball gaming with their latest installment. NBA LIVE 18 brings new features and gameplay, and is notable for being the first title to include the official WNBA roster of teams and players. The game’s cover features James Harden of Houston Rockets.
One of the most touted features of NBA LIVE 18 is the new career mode dubbed The One. The mode is divided into The League, or pro NBA games, and The Streets, aka pick-up games played on real-world outdoor courts. The player’s progress in both is tracked through always-online connectivity and contributes to their ranking in The One. A free demo of NBA LIVE 18 which contains The Rise, or the prologue of The One, is out since August 11 for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscribers; progress made in the demo will carry over to the main game.
EA came up with a pre-order bonus that is unusual for the company, but will likely go over well with gamers: rather than offer some piece of exclusive DLC, they are taking 33% off the retail price of the game. In other words, if you pre-order NBA LIVE 18: The One Edition through participating retailers, you’ll get $20 off the nominal price ($59.99).
A further 10% discount is offered exclusively to EA Access members who purchase the digital version of NBA LIVE 18 through Xbox Live, bringing the price down from $39.99 to $35.99.
NBA LIVE 18 will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles on September 15 this year.