Ready for some hoops? The demo for EA’s NBA Live 18 is available right now for the Xbox One and PS4.
Cover star, the Houston Rockets’ James Hardin talks Live
“When I heard about working with EA SPORTS and being the cover athlete of NBA LIVE 18 I was pretty excited for the opportunity,” said Harden. “NBA LIVE 18 is all about creating your own identity and making your mark on the league, and I can definitely relate to that. If anybody knows about creativity it’s me.”
With Hardin on the cover, EA is looking to make a splash with the 2018 edition of Live. The demo seems like it should offer a pretty nice look at the finished product. There’s a twist too, in that it offers a prolog of sorts.
How does that even remotely make sense when talking about a sports game? Well, Live 18 is going to have something called The One. And no, I’m not talking about Neo. The One is “an all-new way to pursue your legacy, centered on the player and defined by your choices. ” Interesting, and definitely a new take on the traditional sports genre.
The Rise is what the Live 18 demo is dubbed. And progress there won’t be lost. It will carry over to the finished game. So you’ll Rise in the demo, and be The One in the retail edition.
On top of that, the demo will also be filled out with plenty more to do.
Players in the free demo will also be treated to specially-timed Live Events – limited-time activities with special rules, rewards and characters, only available in The One. Rewards earned in weekly Live
Events will also carry over into the full game, giving players reason to regularly come back and check out the new events in order to earn new rewards. The free demo rounds out with a Play Now experience between the NBA Finals rivals Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The NBA LIVE 18 demo is available to all players with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.