The demo for EA Sports next NBA game, NBA Live 18, has released on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live. You may have to dig for it, but it is there, and it is certainly worth a try. While EA announced that progress in The One mode in the demo will carry over to the full game, there is still the core game of basketball that needs to be experienced. EA Sports took a year off to work on this title, and the initial impression looks to be that the decision paid off. The visuals have their pros and cons, but the player models due look realistic. The arenas offer some life, but having the ESPN presentation really adds to the television feel.
The players on the court play with authority. The shot blocking animations are pretty intimidating. The interface is really user friendly on the court. Diagrams show who the defender is supposed to cover and players line up face-to-face with the L2 button. Players can also flick the right stick for moves and shoot with that stick or a face button. The game includes a shot meter, as well. The control seems to be quite an improvement over the last NBA Live. The A.I. seems to be more attentive, while there did seem to be some lapses at times.
EA might be taking a page out of 2K’s handbook from 13 years ago. When NFL 2K5 launched, 2K released the game for $19.99. While that is not the asking price for NBA Live 18, players can pre-order the game for 33% off at retailers and about $40 on the PSN. EA Access Members also get a discount on Xbox Live. Check out the demo and see what your thoughts are on it.