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NBA Live 18 Videos - Quick Glimpses of Gameplay & Interview with Producer

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NBA Live 18 Videos - Quick Glimpses of Gameplay & Interview with Producer

EA Sports invited quite a few YouTubers and media outlets to their NBA Live 18 event in New York last week. The embargo was lifted today as some video footage and an interview from SLAM Online with Producer, Mike Mahar are now available.

For the most part, each video shows the same gameplay footage. Unfortunately, none of them saw any raw 5 on 5 footage. It also sounds as if we will hear more about a new feature the team calls “The One”, during EA Play later this week.

Check out the videos below, along with the interview (some snippets below), and post your thoughts.

SLAM: What can we expect to see with NBA Live 18?

Mike Mahar: We’ve taken our time to really focus on two key aspects of the game. One is our core gameplay and control, animations, fluidity, a lot of control around the rim, contact and physicality. A lot of the player nuances and customs that the players have in the game. The other aspect we took a lot of time to focus on is The One, which is our new way to play. It’s all about you and your path through the NBA and the streets. We’re really excited to show a little sneak peak of that. We think it’s a pretty big differentiator between what we’re offering as a player experience and what other sports games have.

SLAM: What was different in developing the game this time around?

MM: There’s a lot of significant differences. We really took some time to rebuild our core, some of our core gameplay technologies. We took a lot of time to redesign our modes so we can build around The One. Those are really the two areas what was different about our development plan was. We had to really start from scratch in both of those areas in order to get where we are now.

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  1. If this is legit, looks solid. I like the celebrations (but I hope they're not at inopportune times, like what happens in 2K).
    I noticed the Drew League getting some love -- would like to see that in a game.
    The body types and body modeling, particularly the ankle/leg areas, look like they are sufficiently different. Visually, there's a definite "pop" to me, which I also appreciate ... face animations seem stiff/robotic like, but that's not too big a deal breaker.
    As with anything, gameplay will be the deciding factor, but the video linked looks like a much improved version of the last Live we saw. That's progress and that's good.
    I like what I'm seeing so far.
    These clips look much better than the other clips we've seen, but I'm still waiting to see the post game and some hands on gameplay. I love playing with a center, so that's most important to me.
    Man....one thing EA can nail is the arena's...damn.
    Even the street/drew league courts look amazing.
    And yes, these clips look way better than last weeks.
    Lastly, why do the pacers have to clown the raptors like that ?
    As expected, graphics look great. I'll wait for some unedited 5vs5 gameplay, I don't take these highlight clips too seriously until I actually see real gameplay.
    Short highlight clips have been there for over a decade. I'll wait to see the real thing.
    Rockie_Fresh88
    Here is a short article
    http://www.slamonline.com/nba/got-early-look-nba-live-18/#qbHk9LrJeQ4eP2Jp.97
    The one is about the journey through the nba and the streets ...

    Hmm. They're really emphasizing "the One" as a driving force within that article. I wonder if that's going to be where the rest of the game modes branch out? Start as "the One" and maneuver your way through a typical NBA career, or perhaps begin as an executive and take over a team via a MyGM/MyLeague like deal.
    Seems like, for better or worse, the game's direction came from "the One."
    If the animations actually string together that smoothly, then look out 2K! From what we've seen so far it looks like we might have a legitimate competition this year between Live and 2K!
    I have to say I am impressed. I want this game to be good so bad. So burnt out on the other game. Need something fresh.
    Obviously we need to see raw 5 on 5, but seeing the short snippet today made me feel like "Oh man, it might be a tough choice deciding which basketball game to get this year."
    Just goes to show not to jump to conclusions from early videos like we saw a week or so ago.
    Game is looking m h better than last week's videos.
    One major thing 3:23 in Durant shoots. 3 and way before It goes in he's walking back and celebrating like a guaranteed shot lol. Still early but crap like that has t be fixed, actually even a patch could fix an after shot animation. This thought it was funny.
    nuttyrich
    Game is looking m h better than last week's videos.
    One major thing 3:23 in Durant shoots. 3 and way before It goes in he's walking back and celebrating like a guaranteed shot lol. Still early but crap like that has t be fixed, actually even a patch could fix an after shot animation. This thought it was funny.

    Yea I hope that's not always a guaranteed made shot, so we can have some kemba and swaggy p shaqtin moment I wouldn't mind that.
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    nuttyrich
    Game is looking m h better than last week's videos.
    One major thing 3:23 in Durant shoots. 3 and way before It goes in he's walking back and celebrating like a guaranteed shot lol. Still early but crap like that has t be fixed, actually even a patch could fix an after shot animation. This thought it was funny.

    Off topic but that's in another game this year . I've seen it on green releases.
    Why does it need to be fixed though? We don't know how it's implemented yet
    I can't even lie... I'm impressed. Especially from what I just saw compared to what I seen a few weeks ago. I been an avid PC player for past 8yrs, but this game might make me pick up ps4. Animation still need work, but flowed much better than the old videos I saw. Looks great. My interest definitely went up from about 25 percent to 90 percent. Things looking good! Bravo EA, bravo!
    This new vid got me excited. I hope the layups look good this time, because Live's layups have always looked wrong to me, and Wall's layup in the video looks really weird.
    nuttyrich
    Game is looking m h better than last week's videos.
    One major thing 3:23 in Durant shoots. 3 and way before It goes in he's walking back and celebrating like a guaranteed shot lol. Still early but crap like that has t be fixed, actually even a patch could fix an after shot animation. This thought it was funny.

    He was supposed to be celebrating before the shot. It wasn't a glitch. Guys do it in the NBA all the time.
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    DIRK41NOWITZKI
    He was supposed to be celebrating before the shot. It wasn't a glitch. Guys do it in the NBA all the time.
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    Man it's ironic
    The one Warriors player that does that was not shown doing it
    Kevin Durant doesn't do that.
    Is it another implementation of animations by EA where anybody will do someone elses stuff randomly... kinda weird if you ask me.
    Animations all look bloody awful. KD's shot looks weird af. Swaggy P's shot looks awful.
    I think it's because the body is way too upright.
    Graphics look fine but idc about graphics. Guess 2K takes the cake for another year.
    23
    Man it's ironic
    The one Warriors player that does that was not shown doing it
    Kevin Durant doesn't do that.
    Is it another implementation of animations by EA where anybody will do someone elses stuff randomly... kinda weird if you ask me.

    But he has done it, from the exact same spot against the Lakers. That's likely what they intentionally copied.
    https://youtu.be/83W78X8szLw
    fidelityny
    But he has done it, from the exact same spot against the Lakers. That's likely what they intentionally copied.
    https://youtu.be/83W78X8szLw

    Yeah man thats not his thing though its Currys and no wonder that happened when he came to Golden state.
    During the season thats not his thing thats all.
    Ea has a way to taking something and overdoing it like that.
    Just like the madden one hand catch.
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    fakeassc
    Animations all look bloody awful. KD's shot looks weird af. Swaggy P's shot looks awful.
    I think it's because the body is way too upright.
    Graphics look fine but idc about graphics. Guess 2K takes the cake for another year.

    how bout we wait til it drops first before that judgement is made, i plan on buying both....same as i have since 2k1....back when we had sometimes 4 games to pick from! miss those days....
    Americas Team
    Just you, player movement in this clip is much better than anything we've seen before in Live. What I want to know is which is the real Live 18? the teaser trailer we saw last week? this clip? or some of both? Guess we'll know in a couple of days.
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    Its not just him and anything we've ever seen in Live is your opinion.
    We've seen plenty over the years...not just something based off zoomed in non in game camera highlights.
    23
    Yeah man thats not his thing though its Currys and no wonder that happened when he came to Golden state.
    During the season thats not his thing thats all.
    Ea has a way to taking something and overdoing it like that.
    Just like the madden one hand catch.

    If we're going to point something out about that Durant clip, it's that he looks more like Harrison Barnes than Kevin Durant. I actually had to re-watch the clip and freeze it to make sure it WASN'T Barnes.
    To me, it looks like Live is trying to constantly showcase three things:
    1) Celebration animations
    2) Facial animations
    3) Dribble moves
    From what I remember, this is the first time we've even seen Durant in Live 18. And if they are showcasing what I think they are, they hit 2/3 buttons with that shot.
    Doesn't mean it's going to be overdone. Just means they're marketing what they think their strengths are.
    23
    Its not just him and anything we've ever seen in Live is your opinion.
    We've seen plenty over the years...not just something based off zoomed in non in game camera highlights.

    I'm with you about the animations. Not going to jump the gun based on a few very brief clips that, imo, didn't look too much different or better from what we have seen from Live in the past. Live has had SOME clean looking animations in the past the issue is that the majority of the movement looks stiff and robotic. These clips don't prove anything one way or another.
    I would say the same thing about 2k, not going to judge too much based on short clips or sizzle rails because they can be misleading and deceiving. Real 5 on 5 gameplay from an actual camera angle is usually more accurate and revealing.
    monnyb
    Sooooo...we're not wondering about player edits huh? All these post and nobody curious about editing rosters.

    There's a whole thread dedicated to that right below this one.

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