With EA making another attempt to dethrone 2K as the king of NBA games with NBA Live 18, we’ve decided to take a look at what the two games have to offer and see if Live really does compete with 2K.
While fans of the 2K franchise have been treated to incredible visuals over the years, EA is working really hard to show that they can compete in this department as well. EA really impressed me with their attention to detail in the uniforms, but 2K has a slight edge simply because players look more lifelike overall. Winner: 2K18
For me, this one isn’t even a contest. 2K has been tinkering with their gameplay for years while EA continues to start and stop the franchise, leaving gameplay stuck in 2012. Motion is more fluid in 2K and it feels more genuine. EA has a ways to go with Live, but 18 does show some promise. Winner: 2K18
While both games are similar in almost every way, 2K is introducing a new open world area called the Neighborhood. The Neighborhood is a great new addition to the career mode that really makes players feel like they are truly immersed in the world of the NBA. NBA Live has a mode called The Street that is similar, but still not quite up to par with what 2K has created. Winner: 2K18
While Live certainly doesn’t disappoint, 2K remains the leader when it comes to basketball video games. The reintroduction of Live as a serious competitor, however, could drive both EA and 2K to produce better and more unique basketball games in the future.