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NBA Live 19 Demo Impressions

NBA Live 19 Demo

Although I’ve given my impressions of the NBA Live 19 demo in Episode #260 of the NLSC Podcast, I wanted to provide a write-up as I know not everyone enjoys audio content. With all of my other original features and the podcast providing a platform to share my opinions, I’ve neglected to provide comprehensive reviews and impressions in written format in recent years. That’s something I’d like to change, starting with NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19!

That begins with the NBA Live 19 demo, which was released last week. I spent a lot of time with it over the weekend, experiencing everything it had to offer. As with the NBA Live 18 demo, it’s quite a comprehensive look at the upcoming game, providing us with a decent idea of what to expect this year. Overall, I came away with a positive impression of the forthcoming release from EA Sports. There are definitely areas that still have ample room for improvement – this year and next – but it does feel like NBA Live 19 has taken further steps in the right direction.

I’ve broken my impressions of the NBA Live 19 demo down into three categories: positives, negatives, and thoughts as I look ahead to the release of the full version. Let’s tip things off with the positives!

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Monday Tip-Off: Burned Out on Career Modes

Career Modes are focusing more on characters and stories (NBA 2K18 MyCAREER Trailer)

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on how I’ve become burned out on career modes in basketball video games.

As I’ve mentioned on the NLSC Podcast and in a few previous articles, I’m feeling a strong desire to return to my roots as a franchise gamer. Years ago, I spent most of my time with NBA Live playing Dynasty mode, documenting my experiences in the Stories section of our Forum. Despite the strength of Association mode in NBA 2K, when I finally started to warm up to Visual Concepts’ series, MyCAREER turned out to be the mode I got hooked on. I also found myself enjoying the connected modes, primarily 2K Pro-Am. My gaming habits had certainly changed.

However, I now find myself looking to make another change, and return to the kind of experience that I played almost exclusively for so many years. That’s partly due to the fact that with MyLEAGUE and MyGM, franchise modes have never been better or deeper. They’re very appealing in their own right, but I’m also encouraged to return to them because the single player career experience has worn thin for me. While both NBA Live and NBA 2K are looking to do some tremendous things with their career modes this year, it’s coming at a bad time for me. After several years of playing them – particularly MyCAREER – I’m feeling quite burned out.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #260

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Episode #260 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we recap a busy week in basketball gaming news and previews, which included the release of the NBA Live 19 demo. We have our detailed impressions to share with the community, as well as our thoughts on everything that we learned about NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 over the past seven days.

On this week’s show…

  • We have our first hands-on experience with NBA Live 19 following the release of the game’s demo! In our impressions, we break down what we liked and disliked, as well as what’s improved and what still needs improvement.
  • Trailers and developer blogs have given us an insight into what to expect from the extended experience in The One. It’s not the traditional experience we’re still wanting the game to provide, but the additions do look and sound good.
  • The NBA Live 19 soundtrack has been revealed. We’ve given it a listen, and have a couple of thoughts to share.
  • Judging by the NBA 2K19 MyCAREER trailer, this year’s story is going to be a lot better. The ability to skip cutscenes and The Prelude is appealing too, though we still have some concerns.
  • Private matchmaking has been added to Pro-Am in NBA 2K19. We absolutely approve, even if we are a little burned out on the mode.
  • A few snippets about gameplay are being released ahead of the developer blogs, and they do sound quite promising.
  • We wrap up Episode #260 of the NLSC Podcast with our reactions to the impact of Belgian law on MyTEAM, and wonder whether we’ll continue to see changes worldwide.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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Court Battles in NBA Live 19; Trailer & Developer Blog

Court Battles in NBA Live 19

The latest trailer and developer blog for NBA Live 19 have provided us with details on Court Battles, a new competitive mode in The One. Court Battles involve taking on your friends and the rest of the NBA Live community on their own One Courts. This involves competing in games against an AI version of a user’s squad to earn unique bonuses and rewards, with an ultimate goal of “controlling” as many courts as possible. A breakdown of the key points is as follows:

  • Court Battles are comprised of Campaigns, which include both a “defend” and “attack” phase. Your AI squad defends your court, while you play the games attacking other courts.
  • Defending your court includes setting the custom rules, defensive lineup, attacker handicap (a restriction placed on the attacking team to make their games more challenging and aid in your defense), and a game plan for your AI squad.
  • There will be 38 custom rules at launch, with more settings being added throughout the year.
  • Players available for your squad are earned through The Streets World Tour, LIVE Events, and levelling up in terms of Court Hype and number of controlled courts.
  • As mentioned, the ultimate goal is to control as many courts as possible (in addition to your own), in order to level up and earn better rewards. Bonuses are rewarded for controlling your own court, facing a more difficult opponent, and so on.

Be sure to read the entire blog for the full insight! You can also watch the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube.

As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion taking place in this topic in the NBA Live 19 section of our Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Demo Out Now (PlayStation 4 & Xbox One)

NBA Live 19 Demo

Following some initial issues at Sony’s end, the NBA Live 19 demo is now available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! You should be able to find it by browsing the store on each platform, or you can try using these direct links:

As previously noted, the demo allows us to play through The Rise in The One, as well as LIVE Events. Scrimmages and drills are also available, and faces can be scanned in using the companion app. Franchise, Ultimate Team, Court Battles, and LIVE Run are not available, but the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Lynx, and Los Angeles Sparks are available in NBA and WNBA Play Now.

We’ll be sure to share our impressions of the NBA Live 19 demo in due course, but in the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Information on LIVE Run, 5v5 Online, & Hype in NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19: LIVE Run

The NBA Live 19 demo will be dropping in less than ten hours, but before then, we have some new information about this year’s game. This insight comes straight from Executive Producer Seann Graddy, in a developer blog posted over on the official website.

Specifically, the blog provides some further details on LIVE Run, 5v5 online play, and the Hype system in NBA Live 19. A breakdown of the key points is as follows:

  • Changes to 3v3 LIVE Run go beyond the new global courts. Games are now played to 11, with baskets counting for one and two points rather than twos and threes.
  • Hype is intended to set The One players apart from each another, since reaching 99 Overall will be an attainable goal with persistence. Hype has six tiers (Rookie, Pro, All-Star, Superstar, Legend, Icon), with each tier having five levels.
  • Raising your Hype earns new gear, as well as players for your squad and other rewards. You’ll also get a badge displaying your Hype level in online lobbies.
  • 5v5 LIVE Run will be more of a traditional Pro-Am experience, with five minute quarters and full rules, including fouls. It also benefits from the addition of the new global courts.
  • Private games on our One Court will allow for custom rules, including additional points for dunks and layups, and other variations on the Pro-Am format. More rule sets will be added post-launch.

Be sure to read the blog for the whole scoop! Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in our NBA Live 19 Forum.

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Companion App for NBA Live 19 Now Available (Android & iOS)

NBA Live 19 Companion App Artwork

As an update to the previous bulletin, the NBA Live Companion App has now been updated for NBA Live 19. The new version of the app should be pushed through automatically for those who downloaded it last year and still have it installed. Otherwise, it’s available through Google Play and the App Store.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the companion app, it is used to scan your face into the game. The app can be used for both the demo and the full version of the game, with the face data that you scan in for the demo carrying over to the full version of NBA Live 19, should you pick it up. Progress made in the demo will also carry over.

The NBA Live 19 demo is slated for release at midnight on August 24th. If you download it, be sure to share your impressions with the community in the NLSC Forum! Also feel free to share the results of your face scans in this topic.

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NBA Live 19 Soundtrack Revealed; Companion App Coming

NBA Live 19 Soundtrack

The NBA Live 19 soundtrack has been revealed over on the game’s official website. This year’s track list includes artists such as J. Cole, Nipsey Hussle, Black Milk, and more. You can check out the full soundtrack below, as well as here over in our Wiki. Listen to the soundtrack ahead of NBA Live 19’s release here on Spotify.

Additionally, the companion app is slated for release later today. The app, which will be available for both Android and iOS devices, will allow gamers to scan their face into the game for use in The One, both in the demo and the full version.

What do you think of the NBA Live 19 soundtrack? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Feel free to share your face scans once the app is released!

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NBA Live 19 Demo Available August 24th; Full Details

The NBA Live 19 Demo arrives August 24th

We’re just a few days away from the release of the NBA Live 19 demo, which will be hitting the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace on August 24th. As per developer Cornell Gunter, the demo launches at midnight, so there’ll be no need to create an international account to skip the wait.

Although the NBA Live 19 demo will obviously be far more restricted compared to the full version of NBA Live 19, it will offer a substantial glimpse at the game. We’ll be able to play through The Rise, take part in LIVE Events, customise our court and The One player, run through drills and scrimmages, and play 1v1. Play Now will also be available, with NBA Play Now featuring the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, and WNBA Play Now featuring the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx.

Other modes of play, such as Franchise and Ultimate Team, will not be available. It remains to be seen whether the NBA Live 19 demo will receive updates and additional content as was the case last year, but we’ll be sure to keep everyone posted of any such developments. In the meantime, check out the full breakdown below, courtesy of the EA Support website.

Are you looking forward to the NBA Live 19 demo? What are your thoughts on how the game is shaping up this year? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Monday Tip-Off: NBA Content in NBA Live 19

Joel Embiid in NBA Live 19

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on what has to happen with the NBA content in NBA Live 19, from gameplay to game modes.

The NBA Live 19 demo will be out later this week, and I for one am excited. While NBA Live 18 took many steps in the right direction, there was still a certain amount of roughness and room for improvement. From everything we’ve seen and heard so far, it seems that NBA Live 19 has made another pleasing leap forward. While I do expect that there will still be ways in which the game can get even better in the future, it’s shaping up to be a good year for NBA Live as it continues to make its way back to being a viable alternative for sim basketball gamers.

To that end, however, there is an area that is of some concern: the NBA content. So far, the previews have mostly focused on The One, with a particular emphasis on The Streets World Tour. While this is a tremendous hook for NBA Live 19 and has clearly led to some positive buzz, many of us are a little concerned about the NBA side of the game. Although NBA Live does need to have its own appeal and approach, there are certain aspects where it needs to go head to head with NBA 2K, namely in terms of being a realistic and enjoyable NBA sim. From modes to gameplay, a lot of us are hoping that NBA Live 19 is as good on the NBA hardwood as it is in The Streets.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #259

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Episode #259 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Kenny, The X, and I as we discuss the past couple of weeks in basketball gaming news, which included several impressive screenshots and details on One Court customisation in NBA Live 19, a gameplay trailer and MyTEAM developer blog for NBA 2K19, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • EA Sports has been dropping some very impressive screenshots of NBA Live 19, and revealing some player ratings. We give our thoughts on both.
  • One Court customisation has been officially announced for NBA Live 19, revealing some content that is very appealing to us.
  • Before we get to this week’s NBA 2K19 news, we revisit the developer blog for MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE Online to share some additional thoughts.
  • We have our first NBA 2K19 gameplay trailer, titled “Take the Crown”. Did it wow us the same way the OMG Trailer once did?
  • The latest developer blog for NBA 2K19 dropped a ton of information about MyTEAM. We discuss everything that we’ve gleaned from it.
  • Naturally we’re disappointed to hear that “Creator” by Santigold isn’t on the NBA 2K19 soundtrack, but we talk about it anyway.
  • We wrap up Episode #259 of the NLSC Podcast with a quick discussion of the unfortunate and somewhat controversial forfeit by the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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Details on One Court Customisation in NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19: Custom Court

A couple of recent screenshots leaked news of the court customisation functionality in NBA Live 19, but we now have an official preview of what to expect:

For NBA Live 19, we’re introducing a brand-new feature called The One Court. Your One Court sits at the center of your NBA Live experience and allows players to express themselves in a whole new way. With a full suite of customization options, users can create something truly unique.

Some of the key features include…

  • Choose a location for your court from over 1000 real cities from around the world (with more to be added).
  • Select from a preset Theme, or individually customise all the colours of the lines, paint, and other court textures.
  • Pick different floor materials, from hardwood to polished concrete to asphalt.
  • Add full court designs, with a variety of options available right away. Floor paint options are also available.
  • Logos can be placed at five different locations. There are many to choose from, including a selection of retro NBA team logos.
  • All equipment from the basket to the ball can be customised.
  • Your One Court can be used for drills, shootarounds, and scrimmages, as well as private online games with friends.

Check out the article for more details. You can also find various screenshots of the customisation features below, as well as in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery. There’s no word on whether the custom logos will also be available in Ultimate Team, but hopefully, that will be the case. We’ll certainly post more information as it becomes available, but for now, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Latest NBA Live 19 Screenshots Spotlight Several Rookies

NBA Live 19: Deandre Ayton

A few more NBA Live 19 screenshots have been released over the past couple of days. The latest batch of screenshots spotlights a few members of this year’s rookie class, and it seems that the face scans that were performed during the 2018 Summer League yielded some excellent results.

The rookies featured in the latest screenshots are first overall pick Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, and Trae Young. Additionally, EA Sports have posted a few ratings reveals infographics providing in-game shots of a couple of other rookies, namely Kevin Knox, and Marvin Bagley III.

Aside from the rookies, there’s also a screenshot of DeMarcus Cousins that you may have already seen, but I neglected to include it in the previous bulletin. Be sure to check out all of the latest screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery!

What are your thoughts on the latest screenshots? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Ratings Reveals: Top Rookies

NBA Live 19: Trae Young (81 Overall)

EA Sports aren’t quite done with the ratings reveals for NBA Live 19 just yet. The latest article over on the official website lists the top-rated rookies in this year’s game, while also profiling the key members of the Class of 2018. The top rookies and their Overall Ratings are as follows:

  • DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (84 Overall)
  • Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings (82 Overall)
  • Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks (81 Overall)
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (81 Overall)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (81 Overall)
  • Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic (81 Overall)
  • Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (80 Overall)
  • Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers (79 Overall)
  • Grayson Allen, Utah Jazz (79 Overall)
  • Kevin Knox, New York Knicks (78 Overall)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Los Angeles Clippers (78 Overall)
  • Aaron Holiday, Indiana Pacers (77 Overall)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Screenshots: Embiid, Durant, DeRozan, & Westbrook

NBA Live 19: Joel Embiid

While the ratings reveals have included a couple of infographics providing a glimpse of various players as they appear in NBA Live 19, community manager Donnie G has dropped four new screenshots that give us a much better look at this year’s game.

The four players featured in the new screenshots are cover player Joel Embiid, NBA Live 16 cover player Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and DeMar DeRozan, who is sporting his new San Antonio Spurs jersey. For those who may have missed the earlier articles, those players are rated 92 Overall, 93 Overall, 95 Overall, and 90 Overall respectively.

Check out the screenshots below, as well as over in our NBA Live 19 gallery. I’ve also included the infographics from the ratings reveals articles, which provide a look at a couple of other players (as well as the aforementioned ones). Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the Forum. We’re hoping to set up some developer interviews soon, and we’ll obviously post any other news that comes along, so stay tuned for more details.

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