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NBA Live 19 Demo Available Now For Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4

NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19 Demo Available Now For Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4

The NBA Live 19 demo is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, weighing in at roughly 19GB.

In NBA LIVE 19, you’re on a quest to be The ONE.

  • Create and customize your home court to take on competition across the globe.
  • Choose current players and basketball legends to join your squad as you defend your court and team rank against the best competition on the planet.

What does it mean to be The ONE?

This year we’re bringing new signature Subclasses and personalized playstyles that let you shape your player’s skills.

Each time you play counts toward your progress tracker called The ONE score, no matter if you’re playing the League or The Streets modes.

What game modes are available with the demo?

  • The ONE modes
  • The ONE store
  • The Rise
  • Live Events
    • 15 events
    • Multiple events per day
    • Demo events
  • Customize Player
  • Customize Court
  • Practice
  • Drills
  • 1v0
  • 1v1
  • 5v5 Scrimmage
  • NBA Play Now
    • Unlocks after you complete two games of The Rise
    • Teams available: Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics
  • WNBA Play Now
    • Unlocks after you complete two games of The Rise
    • Teams available: Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx

What game modes aren’t available in the demo?

  • Court Battles
  • LIVE Run
  • LIVE Ultimate Team
  • Franchise
  • Online Head-to-Head

How does The ONE mode work?

  • The League – Get drafted and prove that you’re worthy of being the MVP of the NBA in your solo career.
  • The Streets – Play at some of the most storied venues in the world, including Dyckman Park, Seattle Pacific University, and Venice Beach, including solo, multi-player, or co-op play.

What else can I do in The ONE mode?

Take your game LIVE. Play challenges, boss battles, and other live events to hit the court and earn daily rewards.

Choices you make on your journey determine the skills you earn, the gear you wear, and your quest toward being The ONE.

How do I upgrade my players?

In the demo you’ll get one Customizable Player. This player can reach level 20 using Grind Currency (XP).

Your player is reset inside the Customize Player Hub, and when your player hits level 20, you won’t earn any more Progression or Grind currency.

  • Your players MAX level is 99 in the full game.

How can I earn more points for my Customizable Player?

  • Reward Points (RP)
  • Grind Currency (XP)
  • Trait Progression
  • Icon Progression
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  1. First impressions (ps4) - post 3v3 into...
    Wow. Player movement is MUCH improved. Passing, dribbling, shooting, all felt very responsive and smooth.
    Transition animations are better
    Shaq’s dunks felt great. He barely got any lift.
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    Love what I see and man I’ll tell you that the player movement is the best I have ever played and seen to date. Extremely fluid . I can’t wait for the full version
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    T.B
    Movement and defense are top notch. Post game needs work but excellent upgrade
    Post game still hasn't changed? That was one of the areas they said they worked on.
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    dasunsrule32
    Post game still hasn't changed? That was one of the areas they said they worked on.
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    They did work on it but I'm so used to the other game and all of the options we had that are sometimes compared to life but I shouldn't. The simple things like choosing which hand to do hook shot with it's something I love
    Unreal improvement from 18. From the shooting to player movement to layups to defense. I’m in awe. This is the best basketball game I’ve played. So enjoyable thus far from visuals to gameplay.
    Fingers crossed for the 5 on 5 nba gameplay.
    Loved the intro and breaking ankles with Iverson felt great.
    Loved the cut away scenes were they are showing video from people’s cell phones in the crowd super cool.
    Really liked that when the one story is unfolding they showed highlights of one of my games.
    The one looks like it will be fun this year.
    Now on to nba play now.
    Liked that they had a little better ESPN broadcast intro to start the game.
    19 makes last years game look like doggy doo doo. TD garden was absolutely gorgeous. I like the player models and face scans were good. The players still have a little bit of robotics to them but it’s better than in the past.
    Tip off is much improved.
    The cpu wasn’t he’ll bent on getting to the rim which was by far my biggest complaint and ultimate game killer last year. In fact the CPU put up 70 on me and only had 20 points in the paint.
    Movement was smooth and I had some incidents that unfolded that honestly were jaw dropping. I stole the ball with Kylie than ran the floor and double pumped a layup and got an and 1. Then got to choose 4 types of celebrations.
    There were a reasonable amount of block shots and all of them were appropriate. Was a problem last year.
    Half time show is exactly the same which is great. Best half time of any sports game.
    What I didn’t like.
    Plays are just plain bad and even worse broken. I can’t imagine a world were anyone could use them and find any success. Been that way for far too long with Live.
    Another big problem I had with last years game that is unfortunately prominent again was that it was very rare that anyone on the user side got open looks. There is little to no screens or off ball movement which makes driving to the hoop the only real option. Cpu defenders don’t play help defense so you can’t even drive and kick to an open guy. They just stay with their man no matter what and are happy to let you drive.
    The games I played were dunk fests. I must have had 20 dunks a game.
    Free throw shooting with meter is still way too easy. If you have have any reflexes you can shoot 100%
    All in all I’m pretty optimistic. I’m not much for the one type modes but I actually think I will get into it this year. I have a strong suspicion that franchise is untouched which ultimately will hurt the longevity but there’s no doubt there is fun to be had here.
    PVarck31
    How do you just play a normal game of basketball? I did all the one stuff and it says I have to play game 2 of the rise but that's locked! WTF?

    You have to talk to the guy who you see at the beginning of the game talking. I had that problem too. But once you reply to his long text message, it unlocks.
    The one looks and feels amazing.
    5 on 5 nba action is absolute garbage. Commentary so awful. Not even a post season atmosphere. The crowd feels disconnected. Default sliders are whack af.
    Huge buzzkill.
    Zero effort into the nba aspect of NBA live.
    Embarrassing nba product.
    The one is the only reason to buy this game. Just so much to like from that experience as a basketball player.
    Definitely not paying for 60 Bucks for this half assed garbage.
    Probably will have to mute commentary and mess with sliders a ton.
    Just need a blacktop mode in the streets.
    Ugh.
    No point of even diving into franchise mode.
    1. I don't like all that extra boring stuff you have to do before you can play an actual NBA game. One shouldn't be FORCED to play a mode they will never play in the retail version.
    2. The menu system is EXTREMELY CLUTTERED. Hard to navigate to even get to the NBA play now section.
    3. Game play, it's alright. Nothing mind blowing to me. Tad bit too fast paced. So far I have seen the Warriors take mid range shots, so that is a good thing. Minus the new dribble moves, it feels like NBA Live 18 to me. I don't feel a difference in player movement at all. Post game is still bare bones. The alley oops are arcadey. You can pull off some alley oops from damn near anywhere from any angle it seems. ESPN camera seem to be pulled a tad bit further back then last year.
    Going to play some more games. But so far, to me anyway, I am not seeing anything revolutionary. Early impression but to me it plays like NBA Live 18 with just a better dribbling system and CPU with a mid range game. Which you know, there isn't anything wrong with that. Definitely not a giant leap from last year game, just a couple of steps forward. Game is still a highlight fest like last year's game. Which you know their highlight system is top notch.
    I just played my two games and my play now game.
    I won't say it's the best thing that has ever happened to planet Earth like some. But it's definitely a good game of basketball.
    It's easy to pick up, fun, movement is 500% better than last year. Plays great, similar to last year but even more improved.
    Graphics: Look GREAT in replays or close up. But doesn't quite match up to the competition in average gameplay.
    Gameplay: I feel the game is 80% there. Will probably need a lot more signature stuff. And more varied movement based on types of players. Post game is improved but still needs improving. But it feels great. It looks great. Players will not/will barely move unless you call a play but I assume there's a setting to change that down the line.
    Commentary is decent and nice to have fresh voices.
    Imo it's going to be what we expected, Even more so vastly improved with gameplay. Some will find it thrilling to have competition in this regard compared to other games. The One will be terrific and honestly this trumps the my career experience. You start off 70 rated and move up pretty quickly. You can enjoy the game right away with $0 in micro transactions. Street modes will be a blast. Franchise mode will probably lack depth, and certain aspects of gameplay (mainly the ones that differentiate each individual player) may lack depth.
    Add more depth next year, and a deep deep franchise mode, and Nba Live will catch fire and steal a ton of players and be back in it.
    Gotmadskillzson
    1. I don't like all that extra boring stuff you have to do before you can play an actual NBA game. One shouldn't be FORCED to play a mode they will never play in the retail version.
    2. The menu system is EXTREMELY CLUTTERED. Hard to navigate to even get to the NBA play now section.
    3. Game play, it's alright. Nothing mind blowing to me. Tad bit too fast paced. So far I have seen the Warriors take mid range shots, so that is a good thing. Minus the new dribble moves, it feels like NBA Live 18 to me. I don't feel a difference in player movement at all. Post game is still bare bones. The alley oops are arcadey. You can pull off some alley oops from damn near anywhere from any angle it seems. ESPN camera seem to be pulled a tad bit further back then last year.
    Going to play some more games. But so far, to me anyway, I am not seeing anything revolutionary. Early impression but to me it plays like NBA Live 18 with just a better dribbling system and CPU with a mid range game. Which you know, there isn't anything wrong with that. Definitely not a giant leap from last year game, just a couple of steps forward. Game is still a highlight fest like last year's game. Which you know their highlight system is top notch.

    I heard this for the last couple of days. Bro, nobody is forcing anyone to do anything. Its a demo. For access to the mode you want to play they would like you to play/try the other modes just in case someone who would not play it, might try it and like it.
    Don't act like your are entitled to anything. They could not even have put out a demo. It takes all of 20 min to play the 2 games and move on. You are all frustrated and don't like the game anyway.
    As for impressions. I think the game has improved in everyway. Control, movement, visuals. I started tweaking sliders immediately, and low and behold, I actually find a way to enjoy it. If this still all comes down to how it stacks up against the other game. Well....it will be available the same day.
    Player movement is a little better but the stiffness is still there for the most part.
    I thought the new commentary team would be amazing, but they sounded mostly like the old one.
    I thought the atmosphere was nice, the crowd sounded great to me. I liked the new feature after freethrows which is basically like an emote.
    Dynamic commentary as so far been disappointing in both NBA and WNBA play now modes. Both modes still play very similar from last year
    The real improvement is in the One, where the gameplay and movement has vastly improved, which will make the mode fun again to play this year
    I only got to play one half of play now mode after completing THE ONE introduction (which I really enjoyed). But even with the limited amount of gameplay I can already tell this game is an improvement over 18. It feels about 90% more fluid in dribbling, driving, shooting, etc. There is still some stiffness and robotic movement, but honestly I've come to realize that is NBA Live. I think the team did their best with trying to open up the game more, and limit majority of the stiffness from 18.
    But overall, I will say the Dev team did a great job from 18 to 19. I'm gonna really play a few games tomorrow after work and get a better impression on the game. Definitely looking forward to Sept 7 more now!
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    Just spent about 2 hours customizing my court and didn’t even realize it! Man this game is fun, I haven’t had this much enjoyment from a game in a long time!
    The presentation graphics are very clean and nice to look at
    The detail in the arenas is crazy.
    Some players look really good and others don't.
    The body types look pretty good and i like how the jerseys fit and move.
    The animations are a lot better.
    Nice body up and bump animations on defense.
    Controls need some work, felt like i was fighting the controller trying to do the behind the back, the input didn't seem to register some times.
    I don't like the lack of different speeds. Either you jog, run or sprint, no walking or creeping
    Players kept getting slowed down on fastbreaks.
    Paint scoring still seems OP. I didn't change any settings so I'm not sure.
    A lot of good things going for the game.
    Day one purchase? No, maybe on sale.
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    Played a game against the LA Sparks using the Minnesota Lynx. Odyssey Sims hits a game winning buzzer beater 3, no reaction from the commentary team, no replay, no halftime/postgame recap, Exactly like last year. Just a waste of my time and effort smh
    Cavs2016
    No more mike breen?
    The commentary is god awful in play now. God awful. Major major disappointme
    I was just about to post this....it sooooo cringeworthy !!!!
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    The one mode is definitely the bright spot of this game....NBA portion maaaaan I'm not enjoying it right now, I'll just leave it at that right now
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    Everything about The One was incredible man. I was really, really impressed with the presentation and TBH I skipped a lot to save it for later when I create my actual build. Very impressed with how The One is put together and can see it being a major hit for the series.
    On the flip side, I'm shocked with how underwhelmed I was with NBA gameplay. Just some Pro/Cons
    Ball in hand movement definitely feels a lot better than 18, and even on Superstar I was able to beat the defender by taking an angle instead of a dribble move. Still not a huge fan of dribbling though...feels clunky...but I'm really going to buckle down and lab.
    The CPU played a LOT more intelligently. There was a period where KD got in his bag that was a dope sequence and a mix of drives, mid ranges and 3 point shots.
    The commentary team is rough man. I cant remember the last time I've heard a more dry commentary team. Not only that, but their lines are kind of spotty, which just adds up to some very unimpressive play by play.
    The camera still cant quite keep up with the ball on long passes on broadcast cam.
    Might be something that needs to be taken back to the Live devs- Thequick pick and roll is open just about every time. CPU cant cover the roll man.. noticed this by accident trying to nail down the controls.
    Kind of bummed the NBA side didn't wow me out if the gate like The One did man. .
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    Game plays hella smooth.Some characters look great while others and some WNBA players don't look too hot... surprisingly there is little to no muscle definition on players(Gumby arms) which seem a step back .
    Step up from last year movement wise...some wonkyness is still there BUT it's far less than 18(thats a huge improvement ).
    The Bread and butter right now for me is the One, the NBA side definitely needs the same love and care as the one mode received as far as the demo is concerned.
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    The game playing graphics are both greatly improved love it The one mode is clean in Gorgeous and plays a really nice game.
    That Player Motion... Nice
    but man that new commentary in play now I don't know not digging it.
    And no additional camera angles From last year either which is greatly disappointing
    but I owned and played live 18 last year for awhile and this is definitely much improvedm Minus the commentary
    This is honestly the most responsive Live game I’ve ever played. Just got done squeaking out a tough win against the Celtics where Kyrie was lighting me up from 3 & mid range in the 2nd half. Don’t want to give a full impression since I’ve only played one game, but I absolutely love the feel of the game. I do however feel the game has gotten a tad darker though, but it’s still visually very nice. It’s definitey a buy from me, but might wait until it’s discounted. I’m a franchise guy & it doesn’t sound like that part of the game was touched at all.
    The 24th Letter
    Everything about The One was incredible man. I was really, really impressed with the presentation and TBH I skipped a lot to save it for later when I create my actual build. Very impressed with how The One is put together and can see it being a major hit for the series.
    On the flip side, I'm shocked with how underwhelmed I was with NBA gameplay. Just some Pro/Cons
    Ball in hand movement definitely feels a lot better than 18, and even on Superstar I was able to beat the defender by taking an angle instead of a dribble move. Still not a huge fan of dribbling though...feels clunky...but I'm really going to buckle down and lab.
    The CPU played a LOT more intelligently. There was a period where KD got in his bag that was a dope sequence and a mix of drives, mid ranges and 3 point shots.
    The commentary team is rough man. I cant remember the last time I've heard a more dry commentary team. Not only that, but their lines are kind of spotty, which just adds up to some very unimpressive play by play.
    The camera still cant quite keep up with the ball on long passes on broadcast cam.
    Might be something that needs to be taken back to the Live devs- Thequick pick and roll is open just about every time. CPU cant cover the roll man.. noticed this by accident trying to nail down the controls.
    Kind of bummed the NBA side didn't wow me out if the gate like The One did man. .
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    My exact impressions . In the one Graphics looked really good and Gameplay felt great . Look foward to making my likeness as my all time favorite player Scottie Pippen .
    But the nba play now . I’m not even going to comment on lol .
    Idk man some of you guys have the weirdest taste or something. The game is almost 100% improved gameplay wise from last years title. I’m curious on what some of you don’t like. There’s a ton I saw in just one game that was exciting. The fact that I feel like I can control a player fully on a P&R is great. I actually feel like the cpu matters when I’m playing. The defensive side of the ball is so much better compared to the other game. I feel I can score at will on the other game, while here I felt I had to work for most of my shots or set up plays to get baskets.
    After playing some more. I can clearly tell The One was their main focus, the NBA and WNBA was just an after thought. Halftime and post game shows are still the same. Baseline high camera shows off the game the best and it is also way easier to pull off the dribbling moves in this camera compared to ESPN camera. Game is a tad bit too highlight reel focused. Game plays like Sports Center Top 10 plays, only it is all game long.
    You will see star players do some nice moves that isn't post related. Kevin Durant seem to catch fire pretty easily and often. Steph Curry will try to fancy dribble his way passed you. Step backs happen a lot. The pass the ball to the nearest one to the basket I can tell will be fast break cheese. I was able to start a lot of fast breaks with that mechanic which lead to a dunk or easy layup. Blocking layups from behind LeBron James style seem to be, I don't know, too easy. I don't know if the offensive player slows down or the defender have warp speed catch up logic. But I noticed I was able to run down the CPU every time and pin their layup to the glass.
    CPU rebounding is hit or miss. Some times they aggressively go after it. Some times they just stand there and watch the ball bounce and roll passed their feet. It is the same way with loose balls on steal attempts and pass deflections. Some times they will make an effort to go after it, other times, they will just stand there and watch.
    A global player editing system is almost crucial for this game. There isn’t nearly enough rating separation between players especially the speed rating.
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    I went back to check 18 concerning the muscles definition and I was correct....19 took a step backwards ...I think lighting did too(nba side of the game)...
    Al horford comparison 18 top/19 bottom
    Kinda makes tatts look stamped on...ie the Kyrie pic
    Hopefully it will be in the full game!!

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    Absolutely loving it so far!
    The commentary isn’t as ‘dynamic’ as I would have hoped for. Maybe it’ll be updated at release? It was one of their selling points this year.
    Cavs2016
    The one looks and feels amazing.
    5 on 5 nba action is absolute garbage. Commentary so awful. Not even a post season atmosphere. The crowd feels disconnected. Default sliders are whack af.
    Huge buzzkill.
    Zero effort into the nba aspect of NBA live.
    Embarrassing nba product.
    The one is the only reason to buy this game. Just so much to like from that experience as a basketball player.
    Definitely not paying for 60 Bucks for this half assed garbage.
    Probably will have to mute commentary and mess with sliders a ton.
    Just need a blacktop mode in the streets.
    Ugh.
    No point of even diving into franchise mode.
    Highly disagree
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    swac07
    I went back to check 18 concerning the muscles definition and I was correct....19 took a step backwards ...I think lighting did too(nba side of the game)...
    Al horford comparison 18 top/19 bottom
    Kinda makes tatts look stamped on...ie the Kyrie pic
    Hopefully it will be in the full game!!

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    I'm not even a huge graphics guy and this jumped out at me immediately. Live has a pretty distinguishable "pop" when it comes to their lighting/graphics and it seems to be lowered here. I know WTF said they were kind of toying around with lighting so maybe this isn't final. It definitely didnt look quite as dim in the tutorial videos yesterday.
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    The 24th Letter
    I'm not even a huge graphics guy and this jumped out at me immediately. Live has a pretty distinguishable "pop" when it comes to their lighting/graphics and it seems to be lowered here. I know WTF said they were kind of toying around with lighting so maybe this isn't final. It definitely didnt look quite as dim in the tutorial videos yesterday.
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    I really hope so(not a big graphics guy myself, but this definitely jumped out at me).if anything live does have a pop with lighting and small details. The demo shows different!
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    Nah man he's right. The NBA part seems to be an "after thought" vs the one mode via demo The full game will tell the tale..
    Poke
    Highly disagree
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    It's NBA Live. The things I like about the series are here. Love the pace. I love the spacing. I was killing the midrange with Kyrie. The crowd is exceptional. I like the ESPN presentation still. The one on one defensive mechanic feels even better than 18. So do steals. I was shocked the first time I swiped and actually stole the ball in a smooth sequence. I like how I can feel why and how I beat my guy.
    But the negatives are still here. The players while improved are still too rigid. It's like their torsos don't bend or contort. I just don't like the way the players animate. Dunking still feels overdone and without momentum. I did do one nice "throw in" dunk in The One mode was awesome. I'm not a big graphic person but some face renders like Draymond and Markus Morris are off. And why does Iggy look larger than Dray? I was playing the Warriors but the CPU offense felt blah. It was only effective because the team is loaded. What's it gonna be like when I play the Knicks and their sorry roster? Like I said before, it's Live. The One is ok but I'm not that kind of gamer. The near radio silence on franchise tells me that not much has changed. So Live will be my change of pace basketball game again. I'll grab it later on.
    Ahhhh that new car smell lol. Hard to be objective when you drive a new car for the first couple of times. Im looking for objective impressions and will try to give them myself.
    I love the RPM and how it affects movement and momentum. The post game is NVA Live for sure but nothing you cant get past. With the exception of passing the ball, the ball speed appears to be on point. It felt the same way when the demo dropped last year as well and then once the patch hit it had that floaty feel to it. I hope it stays the way it is. For the minimal time i had with it last night its def a step up from last year. Ill have more time tonight and will be looking HARD at the AI's mid-range game. That broke tye game for me last year.
    im not convinced f the ball physics or the inside layup animations still look wonky
    everything else? passing dribbling player foot planting ALL better than nba 2k so far huge improvement there
    i will say when a shot goes in the ball looks better its when
    the shot misses that the ball physics show to be really bad
    its like this and ea always had a problem with this
    take fifa for example vs pes
    pes you play the game focused on the ball
    fifa you play focused n the player
    why?
    becasue in this case the player movement looks real but the ball movement does and then vice versa
    in nba live the player movement looks good but the ball doesnt and its very apparent once you let go of the ball
    Junior Moe
    It's NBA Live. The things I like about the series are here. Love the pace. I love the spacing. I was killing the midrange with Kyrie. The crowd is exceptional. I like the ESPN presentation still. The one on one defensive mechanic feels even better than 18. So do steals. I was shocked the first time I swiped and actually stole the ball in a smooth sequence. I like how I can feel why and how I beat my guy.
    But the negatives are still here. The players while improved are still too rigid. It's like their torsos don't bend or contort. I just don't like the way the players animate. Dunking still feels overdone and without momentum. I did do one nice "throw in" dunk in The One mode was awesome. I'm not a big graphic person but some face renders like Draymond and Markus Morris are off. And why does Iggy look larger than Dray? I was playing the Warriors but the CPU offense felt blah. It was only effective because the team is loaded. What's it gonna be like when I play the Knicks and their sorry roster? Like I said before, it's Live. The One is ok but I'm not that kind of gamer. The near radio silence on franchise tells me that not much has changed. So Live will be my change of pace basketball game again. I'll grab it later on.

    Yea haha. It's nba live. I still gotta get it and try it today but that's step one. It's like watching all the elite players on 2k play live, try to dribble and launch a crazy shot and be like man this game sucks!!!
    It's a completely different game. I played 18 awhile ago and we lost cuz I got beat on the boards down the stretch, and I was like sry dudes I'm still playing 2k out there.
    It sounds exciting tho. I just want good competitive 5 v 5 with real nba rules. I'd have played 18 with just that improvement, but seems like they did more. Like we all know, I'm not really mad at live for neglecting franchise because they have never had a good franchise mode, or one comparable at all to 2k. Ever ever.
    -Smak
    Only played for about 2 hours last night.
    Step up from previous game. only played the tutorial and about an hour of 5v5 scrimmage.
    Few boxes they checked off.
    Plays look like they got some attention. Being able to Branch out for back screens and others cutting looks great. Can get players open looks off ball.
    Defenders not glued to players anymore. Spacing is improved and plenty of small windows for high percentage shots.
    It's live but the player movement/motion looks great.
    Post game is improved. Fast breaks actually work(assuming low difficulty). Agree with most in thread about the negatives.
    Hate passing in both games and both still look like crap.
    Hopefully someone gets the game early, so we can see franchise mode. I have no faith in any mode besides the one.
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    ILLSmak
    Yea haha. It's nba live. I still gotta get it and try it today but that's step one. It's like watching all the elite players on 2k play live, try to dribble and launch a crazy shot and be like man this game sucks!!!
    It's a completely different game. I played 18 awhile ago and we lost cuz I got beat on the boards down the stretch, and I was like sry dudes I'm still playing 2k out there.
    -Smak

    Haven't tried the demo yet but that's exactly how I felt when I played Live 18. Initially thought the game yet awful, gave it a little more time and then it just clicked for me. It's tough going from 2K to Live and vice versa. Once you get the feel for one game it's a big adjustment to go back to the other game.
    Looking forward to getting my hands on the demo later and throughout the weekend. Sounds like this game can play a good, fun game of basketball
    Impressions are all over the place. I'm seeing contradictory statements regarding movement, spacing and play calling. Think we just gotta play it ourselves.
    I've only played the first two The One games but will have more thoughts later.
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    I'm kind of having mixed feelings about the game from the start I really loved the 3 on 3 match that played smooth as butter, and moving on to The One aspect of the game gameplay still felt good and responsive a lot better then Live 18, but once I played the play now game that same smooth feel and responsiveness was out the door and it felt more like Live 18.
    IDK if its a placebo effect or what might need more time with the game to be sure, but I hope I'm just tripping because I cant buy this game just for the Streetball aspect of the game.
    Overall, I am loving the progress.
    Pros
    - RPM. God damn. It really, really makes a difference.
    - Graphics. I am playing in 4K, HDR and it looks magnificent. Those trailers weren’t lying.
    - Dribbling. Losing dribbles seem more common if you get too crazy on the sticks (thankfully) and animations blend better.
    - Defense. I loved defense in Live 18 and this is an improvement.
    Cons
    - The Ball. It does float, like 18. It’s improved but something is off.
    - Commentary. This is just a demo so I doubt it’s the full version. If it is the retail version, then it’s very bland.
    EA still hasn't motion captured enough dribble moves, triple threat moves, or post moves for Live, and their relatively small library of offensive maneuvers makes their one-on-one offense feel generic and repetitive. After only a few hours of playing the demo, I already feel like I've seen every possible way that you can get past your man in a one-on-one encounter. I hardly noticed any difference dribbling around with Curry, Kyrie, and Tatum in the one-on-one mode; athlete differentiation during gameplay remains a major problem across EA's entire portfolio of sports games. They do a good-enough job of distinguishing between players' visual likenesses, but athletes who have different offensive skill sets still control and animate too similarly in EA Sports games.
    All of the gather moves and jump shots still animate too slowly. If a real NBA player took as long as it takes in Live to gather and go up with a shot, he would get his shots swatted into the crowd all game long.
    Contested layups and dunks go in too easily, even over highly rated rim protectors. My 6'5" backcourt defender point guard who has a slightly above-average 81 dunk rating was repeatedly making contact layups and triggering posterizer dunk animations over big men like Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid.
    I like how the cutoff, contest, and steal mechanics are balanced in Live's on-ball defense systems, but the game needs an option that disables the assisted, CPU-controlled movement that kicks in whenever you press the left trigger. We should be able to sit down and get into our defensive stance without having to give the CPU any control over our player's movement.
    That same concept of "full user control" needs to be applied to Live's dribbling. Since the dribble move inputs are dependent on which hand the ball is currently in, the ball should never be changing hands unless the user deliberately flicks his right joystick and tells the game to switch hands. Please add a controller option that removes all of these automated hand-switching animations from the game.
    So far....
    Good = movement, courts, lighting. Very good pick up ball game / Street ball.
    Bad = the commentaty is TERRIBLE. They were going on about non stop movement when a cpu player hit a standing still 3. Very little matches what is happening. Lots of generic 'HE would be / any other player but HIM'.
    It is 2018...commentary feels like a 2010 game. I am stunned at how bad it is.
    Klay took a wide open three and made it...commmentary = It is better to be lucky than good and HE took a terrible shot. What on earth...it is the worst commentaty I have heard in years. Truly stunningly bad.
    Some player models are way off...Shaq and Draymond Green are built like they are Antwan Jamison.
    Worse = the actual NBA part is terrible. Absolutely nothing like real NBA basketball.
    Summary = Potentially excellent street ball game. NBA parts are incredibly poor.
    Cavs2016
    No more mike breen?
    The commentary is god awful in play now. God awful. Major major disappointme

    It is unfathomable how a big company could release commentary THIS bad. It is is, literally, the worst in any sports game in maybe a decade.
    Cavs2016
    The one looks and feels amazing.
    5 on 5 nba action is absolute garbage. Commentary so awful. Not even a post season atmosphere. The crowd feels disconnected. Default sliders are whack af.
    Huge buzzkill.
    Zero effort into the nba aspect of NBA live.
    Embarrassing nba product.
    The one is the only reason to buy this game. Just so much to like from that experience as a basketball player.
    Definitely not paying for 60 Bucks for this half assed garbage.
    Probably will have to mute commentary and mess with sliders a ton.
    Just need a blacktop mode in the streets.
    Ugh.
    No point of even diving into franchise mode.

    Agree completely.
    As a BASKETBALL game it is pretty good / streetball.
    As an NBA GAME it is beyond bad. I am genuinely shocked just how bad it is. I am one of the rare few who has every LIVE game....and this one is the final nail on the coffin. They need to just take out the NBA part, call it Streetball 19 or something and make it a mobile game. It is embarrassingly bad compared to Madden and FIFA.
    Thanks for the impressions guys. I’m a NBA Live fan and it’s the only hoop game I buy. Also, how old is this build? Seems most are forgetting this is a demo.
    Walt Frazier
    It is unfathomable how a big company could release commentary THIS bad. It is is, literally, the worst in any sports game in maybe a decade.

    When it comes to a demo and commentary, isn't the norm that it's stripped down v. what's in retail?
    Is it possible to change controls to "camera relative" like in 2k?
    I want to enjoy this game on "broadcast cam" and "absolute" controls are making it impossible to play….
    ILLSmak
    Yea haha. It's nba live. I still gotta get it and try it today but that's step one. It's like watching all the elite players on 2k play live, try to dribble and launch a crazy shot and be like man this game sucks!!!
    It's a completely different game. I played 18 awhile ago and we lost cuz I got beat on the boards down the stretch, and I was like sry dudes I'm still playing 2k out there.
    It sounds exciting tho. I just want good competitive 5 v 5 with real nba rules. I'd have played 18 with just that improvement, but seems like they did more. Like we all know, I'm not really mad at live for neglecting franchise because they have never had a good franchise mode, or one comparable at all to 2k. Ever ever.
    -Smak

    Yeah, it takes a minute to get recalibrated. During the Brazil tournament it all came back. I still play NCAA Basketball and Live 10 a few times a month. I just enjoy basketball games and enjoy them for what they are. I've played 2K and EA basketball games for so long that I just know them. Even a gen or two later. Some of the same issues are still in both. But Live 19 is solid. Live 18 was, too. It's just the depth I think that'll kill the replay value for me again.
    PhillyIMBlog.com
    I haven't played this yet, is there any multiplayer in this demo like the previous ones?

    There is no head to head multiplayer option like there was in last year's demo.
    This year, you can only play online co-op against a full team of AI players.
    The level cap for created characters is a 73 overall at level 10 on the XP bar.
    jyoung
    There is no head to head multiplayer option like there was in last year's demo.
    This year, you can only play online co-op against a full team of AI players.
    The level cap for created characters is a 73 overall at level 10 on the XP bar.

    Thanks for the response. One more question, is there a "gather" button like it was in 16? They took out the hop step button in 18, hoping they added it back in
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    PhillyIMBlog.com
    Thanks for the response. One more question, is there a "gather" button like it was in 16? They took out the hop step button in 18, hoping they added it back in

    All of the gather moves (hop step, euro step, stepback, spin gather) have their own separate input commands.
    I brought Live 18 last year but didn’t play it much. The gameplay was quite boring. LIVE 19 is way better and the gameplay is incredibly fun (& you’ll notice this instantly). This is without a doubt thee best NBA LIVE ever! Great job, EA.
    spike83
    When it comes to a demo and commentary, isn't the norm that it's stripped down v. what's in retail?

    Well, let's see. But the commentary has been woeful for years now and this has just taken it to a whole new level of bad. I doubt the retail version will be different.
    Surely Steph, Klay, Cousins could get better lines thab generic 'he / him / insert pronoun + meaningless comment.
    How is Klay Thompson shooting an open three getting commentary like 'well HE knows to be lucky rather than good and HE took a bad shot there'
    Time to mess with sliders. There’s a lot of core mechanics to appreciate. Hopefully I can get a solid nba experience with sliders.
    That said, visually I wasn’t a fan of the nba side. Idk but it looked like a big downgrade from 18. Last year looked like a real game. This year a lot of things seem dull and dim. Not a fan.
    Cavs2016
    First gameplay impression: Wow.
    Fluidity and player movement is absolutely incredible. True basketball feel.
    Wow wow wow

    Exactly. The real motion player movement is simply incredible and has made LIVE 19 beyond miles better than live 18. Anyone who cannot see the major and powerful difference must not be playing the right game.
    Walt Frazier
    It is unfathomable how a big company could release commentary THIS bad. It is is, literally, the worst in any sports game in maybe a decade.

    Worse than NCAA 14?
    A quick, possibly worthless impression of the opening 3 on 3 because I had "half a min" to play before heading out on vacay - Felt and looked good. Played a full game of that then restarted and got a couple buckets in before hitting the rd.
    It seemed the steal button was responsive, as usual, but I was a bit distracted while playing but other than that, I liked.
    What's concerning is reading about how the actual "game of NBA" is a let down compared to The One. Ironically, that's what I felt about last year's demo which is apart of what lead me to buy 2K18, only, when I was kinda feeling I may buy both. There were also annoyances about that demo in terms of gameplay and movement that factored in.
    Anyway, won't get to play again for a week. Can't wait, tho.
    spike83
    When it comes to a demo and commentary, isn't the norm that it's stripped down v. what's in retail?

    I don't remember people complaining about it for past demos of Live. That would be the best comparison, not comparing it to completely different franchises.
    CujoMatty

    Another big problem I had with last years game that is unfortunately prominent again was that it was very rare that anyone on the user side got open looks. There is little to no screens or off ball movement which makes driving to the hoop the only real option. Cpu defenders don’t play help defense so you can’t even drive and kick to an open guy. They just stay with their man no matter what and are happy to let you drive.
    The games I played were dunk fests. I must have had 20 dunks a game.

    This was the very first thing I looked for when I fired up play now, and you're 100% right. For me personally, it's a game killer and I won't be purchasing because of it. I just can't fathom how this is still prevalent.
    Maybe I'll pick it up for $10 if it ever gets to that price point, but that's about it. Which sucks, because I really wanted this to be my main game this year.
    Spent a few more hours with it and I’m liking it more and more. I’m also enjoying the commentary a lot more too. It’s definitely far better than Live 14, 15, 16 and 18. They’re going to update it each month so hopefully it gets even better.
    In terms of gameplay, it plays like a dream for me. I love how physical the game is too. You feel each bump and I love the emotion options on the right stick after a foul is called etc.
    Anyone knocked over the camera man yet??
    I also love how the PS4 controller light goes green with a good release :)
    As far as NBA Play Now is concerned, the game is only a slight improvement over 18 IMO. Yes the players move better and some animations are smoother but overall it's just kind of bland.
    Commentary and atmosphere leave a lot to be desired. And the player models/body types seem a bit off. Faces are great. Body types I'm not digging. Westbrook with narrow shoulders doesn't look right.
    The game is definitely The One centric. And I'm sure people that are into that will enjoy it. This is probably a skip for me. I see that the other game has cleaned up some of my main issues so I'll roll with that.
    I think they've found their niche in the marketplace with The One. Hopefully it sells. Just not my thing.
    The first year of a brand new commentary team is usually rough...you can only record so many lines and it takes a while to really build a library of sound bytes. Even if this is just a section of the commentary, I doubt the deadpan delivery is something that can be corrected.
    As far as the gameplay though, the pick and slip is definitely a money play right now...the AI just cant cover it....going to put a video up when I can....half court defense is pretty solid otherwise but this is a bit worrisome especially if it makes it to H2H..
    A random +: I really like the celebration option after And 1's, really nice touch
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    Just played in The One mode for about 2 hours. Haven't touched the NBA side yet.
    The opening 3 on 3 game felt really good. Playing as A.I., VC, and Shaq were a lot of fun.
    Lots of hair and facial hair options in the create mode.
    Defense no longer has those locked and forced animations which is very welcome.
    Driving to the basket seems harder, which is good.
    I honestly like what I played. I'm kinda still in debate though about whether or not to get it. I'm definitely more of an NBA guy than a street baller type guy.
    TarHeelPhenom
    Ahhhh that new car smell lol. Hard to be objective when you drive a new car for the first couple of times. Im looking for objective impressions and will try to give them myself.
    I love the RPM and how it affects movement and momentum. The post game is NVA Live for sure but nothing you cant get past. With the exception of passing the ball, the ball speed appears to be on point. It felt the same way when the demo dropped last year as well and then once the patch hit it had that floaty feel to it. I hope it stays the way it is. For the minimal time i had with it last night its def a step up from last year. Ill have more time tonight and will be looking HARD at the AI's mid-range game. That broke tye game for me last year.
    The midrange game is DEFINITELY there.
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    hoopheid
    Spent a few more hours with it and I’m liking it more and more. I’m also enjoying the commentary a lot more too. It’s definitely far better than Live 14, 15, 16 and 18. They’re going to update it each month so hopefully it gets even better.
    In terms of gameplay, it plays like a dream for me. I love how physical the game is too. You feel each bump and I love the emotion options on the right stick after a foul is called etc.
    Anyone knocked over the camera man yet??
    I also love how the PS4 controller light goes green with a good release :)
    Man the little animations in this game are a great touch. The game feels more "alive" than the usual basketball games of the past. I also like that if the player isn't facing the to where he can see a pass then it will hit him in the body or something rather than him making a blind catch.
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    Poke
    Man the little animations in this game are a great touch. The game feels more "alive" than the usual basketball games of the past. I also like that if the player isn't facing the to where he can see a pass then it will hit him in the body or something rather than him making a blind catch.
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    Definitely feels more alive. Regarding the NBA side of things - they’ve nailed the atmosphere. The arena lighting is awesome, the floors look great and I love how the crowd move and react. I want the full game now.
    The 24th Letter
    The first year of a brand new commentary team is usually rough...you can only record so many lines and it takes a while to really build a library of sound bytes. Even if this is just a section of the commentary, I doubt the deadpan delivery is something that can be corrected.
    As far as the gameplay though, the pick and slip is definitely a money play right now...the AI just cant cover it....going to put a video up when I can....half court defense is pretty solid otherwise but this is a bit worrisome especially if it makes it to H2H..
    A random +: I really like the celebration option after And 1's, really nice touch
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    Is the cpu missing jumpers vs you? I am getting killed on contested jumpers.
    I preferred last years commentary team. I found something that will annoy me every time I block someone. One of the commentators would do a "hmmmph" sound after a block.
    So far I'm really liking the controls though way too many broken ankle animations.
    Its very smooth and a bunch of new animations adds to the smoothness.
    It's probably because it's a demo but I don't think I noticed any sweat.
    I love that we can control the celebrations like Madden.
    I didn't really explore the control but can we change the controls to camera relative?
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    d23x
    This is honestly the most responsive Live game I’ve ever played. Just got done squeaking out a tough win against the Celtics where Kyrie was lighting me up from 3 & mid range in the 2nd half. Don’t want to give a full impression since I’ve only played one game, but I absolutely love the feel of the game. I do however feel the game has gotten a tad darker though, but it’s still visually very nice. It’s definitey a buy from me, but might wait until it’s discounted. I’m a franchise guy & it doesn’t sound like that part of the game was touched at all.
    You've obviously never played any legacy Live game... Say Live 10.
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    sawicki
    Seems like a solid game over last years, only downside is its basketball.
    They main part of the game... How sad... I'm going to see if Sony will let me cancel my preorder and get 2K just for franchise mode this year. I don't love the One mode or Street ball. I'm not buying these games for those modes.
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    Can you CONFIRM this? Is CPU calling time outs regularly if they fall behind and subbing tired players? This was a major legacy issue the last few Live games, cpu never calling time outs and didn't sub out. Also does the camera keep up with the ball being thrown down court?
    DonWuan
    Only played for about 2 hours last night.
    Step up from previous game. only played the tutorial and about an hour of 5v5 scrimmage.
    Few boxes they checked off.
    Plays look like they got some attention. Being able to Branch out for back screens and others cutting looks great. Can get players open looks off ball.
    Defenders not glued to players anymore. Spacing is improved and plenty of small windows for high percentage shots.
    It's live but the player movement/motion looks great.
    Post game is improved. Fast breaks actually work(assuming low difficulty). Agree with most in thread about the negatives.
    Hate passing in both games and both still look like crap.
    Hopefully someone gets the game early, so we can see franchise mode. I have no faith in any mode besides the one.
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    Help please.
    How are you getting the plays to work? Every play I ran broke down almost immediately and I don’t think I had 1 guy get an open look.
    Any particular plays you used that worked good? I would like to try.
    hoopheid
    Absolutely loving it so far!
    The commentary isn’t as ‘dynamic’ as I would have hoped for. Maybe it’ll be updated at release? It was one of their selling points this year.
    Don't count on it, they really didn't make huge improvements last year through patching, other than adding some roster editing.
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    ChiefKeef300
    I dont think the full commentary is in the game... its a demo. PES did the same thing they dropped the demo but no commentary.
    I would take that with a grain of salt. The game really didn't change much from the demo to the full purchase.
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    CujoMatty
    Help please.
    How are you getting the plays to work? Every play I ran broke down almost immediately and I don’t think I had 1 guy get an open look.
    Any particular plays you used that worked good? I would like to try.

    You might be passing too early and it's breaking the play down.
    dasunsrule32
    You've obviously never played any legacy Live game... Say Live 10.
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    I hope you’re not comparing Live 10 to this. This game is so much more fluid & overall just better than Live 10 and I actually enjoyed that Live.
    spike83
    When it comes to a demo and commentary, isn't the norm that it's stripped down v. what's in retail?
    Not with the Live demo. Last year, it was almost identical going into the full game.
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    The best Live game I’m a long, long time.
    It has never been this fluid in motion and it has the least ‘weird only in Live’ animations, with only a few remaining.
    The catch and shoot and catch and dunk transition animations are superb. The bumps and pushes and player cut animations are really good too.
    Commentary isn’t great but it’s the best Live has had in forever as well. Having players call by the first, last and nick names randomly works so well. It is all pieced together a lot better as well. The commentary reminds me of the (Japanese only PS2 game) NBA Starting Five 2005. Now EA just need to replace the stadium announcer (21 years and counting... no joke).
    Graphically... very good but the skin textures are slightly lower res than 18 and the sweat isn’t as pronounced. Hopefully both these can be fixed.
    The courts and general colours look great and still pop.
    So far so good. Best ball game in years.
    Franchise mode is locked as we all know for this demo. However, if you read the description, it says "Take control of your favorite NBA team..." which likely means the WNBA won't be an option for franchise mode
    It's not a definite at this point but it doesn't look good
    CujoMatty
    Help please.
    How are you getting the plays to work? Every play I ran broke down almost immediately and I don’t think I had 1 guy get an open look.
    Any particular plays you used that worked good? I would like to try.
    I just press up and watch the motion. In my limited time it was much easier with warriors. Celtics I would use the quick plays or plays by position plus pressing up for auto play calling.
    Same thing I did last year but players run with more purpose and you can see the rpm also.
    My tip with either game is don't focus on the player in motion to much. 2 other scoring opportunities open up. Not a auto bucket but a good look.
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    dasunsrule32
    Don't count on it, they really didn't make huge improvements last year through patching, other than adding some roster editing.
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    Well the commentary is touted as a main feature and they’ve said there will be monthly updates so that it’s always relevant.
    As far as commentary goes the commentary is levels behind breen/gundy(that's not saying Alot)... probably the worst live has had in a while..sounds like both commentators recorded lines in two separate rooms.
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    Justonepost
    The best Live game I’m a long, long time.
    It has never been this fluid in motion and it has the least ‘weird only in Live’ animations, with only a few remaining.
    The catch and shoot and catch and dunk transition animations are superb. The bumps and pushes and player cut animations are really good too.
    Commentary isn’t great but it’s the best Live has had in forever as well. Having players call by the first, last and nick names randomly works so well. It is all pieced together a lot better as well. The commentary reminds me of the (Japanese only PS2 game) NBA Starting Five 2005. Now EA just need to replace the stadium announcer (21 years and counting... no joke).
    Graphically... very good but the skin textures are slightly lower res than 18 and the sweat isn’t as pronounced. Hopefully both these can be fixed.
    The courts and general colours look great and still pop.
    So far so good. Best ball game in years.

    NBA Live 09 and 10 were smoother in the animations department!
    Live should have kept two teams of announcers for different days of the week until the new team was ready to be on thier own.
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    The basketball feel/responsiveness and animation IQ is amazing quite often. This game is like a sandbox when trying to recreate real feel basketball sequences. There’s a lot of beautiful basketball to be found.
    An NBA game this is not. While a lot of players feel and play incredibly lifelike as individuals, the 5 on 5 nba games just don’t play like nba games.
    There just wasn’t enough effort put into that side of the game. I don’t think there was any effort tbh.
    The game does a crazy job of capturing so many of the beautiful aspects of basketball.
    But the nba side is garbage. Even with dunk sliders on zero Gordon Hayward is dunking 15 times a game.
    I think that sums up everything you need to know about the nba side.
    i really really like the streetball aspects of the game .. like really enjoy it. The footplanning .. weight of the players and subtle “basketball” movements/mannerisms are all legit, there are aspects to this game that feel better basketball wise than the comp but it is just something about the NBA side of things that just dont work ..
    Almost like the gameplay is a little to “street” for NBA. I suggest next year they have two different type of playstyles based on the street/nba aspects of basketball because they are really two different types of games from a playstyle and approach standpoint.
    Its like this is a very good basketball game just not a very good *NBA* basketball game .. especially if you are not playing or have no intention of playing The One.
    Can someone please chime in ?
    Is CPU calling time outs regularly if they fall behind and subbing tired players? This was a major legacy issue the last few Live games, cpu never calling time outs and didn't sub out. Also does the camera keep up with the ball being thrown down court? Thanks for any input. It's appreciated.
    Downloading demo.now.
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    Finally NBA Live is BACK! Been playing since NBA LIVE 95 took a break and played 2K in 2000 went back to LIVE in 2005 then back to 2K when 2K7 dropped then back to LIVE last year.  Im a fan of both but I always loved LIVE more. Gameplay and player movement is great, the one mode is very good also. If they have to improve on anything I would say just the commentary. The game should improve every year. I'll try 2K when it goes on sale but LIVE got me. 
    magiclakers32
    I heard this for the last couple of days. Bro, nobody is forcing anyone to do anything. Its a demo. For access to the mode you want to play they would like you to play/try the other modes just in case someone who would not play it, might try it and like it.
    Don't act like your are entitled to anything. They could not even have put out a demo. It takes all of 20 min to play the 2 games and move on. You are all frustrated and don't like the game anyway.
    As for impressions. I think the game has improved in everyway. Control, movement, visuals. I started tweaking sliders immediately, and low and behold, I actually find a way to enjoy it. If this still all comes down to how it stacks up against the other game. Well....it will be available the same day.

    What's the big deal, he's giving his opinion, that's what the thread is for. I could care less about the One mode as well, they could have easily just left both modes unlocked and playable. You like the One and have your opinion, so do others, doesn't have to be your opinion.
    To me, it seems most of the updates to the game went into the One mode, I don't see nearly as much love has gone into the NBA 5v5 game side. 3 point cheese is still in the game, which is a damn shame. Still playing more before I can fully decide what else I'm liking or not. I actually feel like the game plays slower with the real player motion, almost clunky.
    Ok my face scan does look better in game. Basically the same
    As last year.
    So now. I’ve played the 3 on 3 (shaq, so, VC) game. Uploaded my
    Face, but together my build.....now what ??
    I have to play 2 the one games in order to unlock playnow mode with warriors/Celtics ?
    Wasn’t the commentary in last year’s demo way worse than the actual full version?
    I know it wasn’t great for full version either...but I still seem to remember it was better.
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    Not a big deal. And this wasn't about opinion. It was about entitlement. It's shouldn't be a big deal to try a mode on the game, like it the mode or not.
    I got in the hockey beta despite never playing online, just to get a look and feel of the game. Ended up not really enjoying any of the modes, but what did it cost me? Did I go to complaining about having to play through that?
    We give the devs on most games a lot of flak because we somehow feel entitled. Nuff said tho. Back to impressions.
    mitsurugi_78
    What's the big deal, he's giving his opinion, that's what the thread is for. I could care less about the One mode as well, they could have easily just left both modes unlocked and playable. You like the One and have your opinion, so do others, doesn't have to be your opinion.
    To me, it seems most of the updates to the game went into the One mode, I don't see nearly as much love has gone into the NBA 5v5 game side. 3 point cheese is still in the game, which is a damn shame. Still playing more before I can fully decide what else I'm liking or not. I actually feel like the game plays slower with the real player motion, almost clunky.

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    I hate the whole “entitled” argument when it comes to simply asking for a better product, or being forced into a mode you don’t care about. You’re damn right I’m going to be entitled if I’m handing out $60 for a video game.
    I'm happy to have two playable basketball games this year.
    Live is refreshingly good, as in different from 2k. But not better.
    Create a court is similar to NBA Street v3
    Animations are finally smooth, gotta give props when it's due.
    I love the momentum shots. It really opens up the shooting
    I can see the effort. still maybe a year or two from being a legitimate competitor.
    I give the demo 5.9/10
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    Rockie_Fresh88
    Made a female stretch big . She’s cold bro lol . Having fun with this build .

    Nice, we’ll have to run some later with york. It’s mak, I sent u a friend request. I have a rim protector that looks like Lionel Ritchie
    Killuminati
    Franchise mode is locked as we all know for this demo. However, if you read the description, it says "Take control of your favorite NBA team..." which likely means the WNBA won't be an option for franchise mode
    It's not a definite at this point but it doesn't look good
    There is no WNBA franchise or season mode.
    How do I know?
    Go to character creation and select a female. Note that League play is not one of the play options. It isn't an option because you can't play in The League with a woman.
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    d23x
    I hate the whole “entitled” argument when it comes to simply asking for a better product, or being forced into a mode you don’t care about. You’re damn right I’m going to be entitled if I’m handing out $60 for a video game.

    1. You haven't handed out $60 for the demo
    2. No one is forcing you to do anything. It's YOUR choice.
    3.You are not asking for a better product, because you don't like how you gain access to the demo.
    4.The price tag does not entitle you to whatever you want.
    You are one of those people who think you paid for your ticket and get to curse the players out? No you are not entitled to whatever you choose.
    We are all capable of complaining. We are also all capable of speaking with our dollars and not supporting the product if it doesn't meet your standard. Im simply stating, that it's a damned if you do or don't. Realizing that they don't HAVE to put out a demo at all. They don't have to provide anything they choose not too. That we would just complain about not having it at all.I was a member here when we complained and entitled our way out of nfl2k as a whole.
    My very early impressions are that character models look better. It's possible my new 4K television (yeah I'm part of that world now!) Is doing the magic but I'm not talking about graphics, just player models. Something looks healthier about the models.
    I know others have noted less muscle tone but I'm reserving judgement until I see if guys that should have muscle definition are also lacking it. I think the example provided was Al Horford. I wouldn't necessarily consider Horford an example of muscle definition comparatively speaking with other NBA players.
    I have not used replay to check anything out. I've barely had game time with the NBA product.
    What I have noticed is Durant cross me up twice and use the space to fire a mid range jumper. I saw that exactly zero times in 18 and now twice in one quarter in 19. That's a major positive in my opinion.
    Offensive boards are still too easy. Sometimes my man just didn't even attempt to be in the paint area to box out Cousins. Could be a Celtics thing vs an elite big but let's be serious, we know this has been an issue, let's not pretend the matchup in this particular version is the reason for it still being an issue.
    I've noticed some of the individual movements that were being touted. Kyrie has a little extra pep in his step, the dribble just a little in front of his body. Curry knocking down a three and the mouth guard coming out (not in 18). Not sure yet about other animations. Might be others but those two were the only ones I am 100% on.
    Finally, movement is much improved. Last year I felt like I was fighting the stick a lot to get my player to move across the floor. As of a couple minutes of play time, I have not noticed that issue.
    Still seeing passes I hate like ones that are successful to a guy not looking at you. I know sometimes the ball bounces off the head but would it hurt for the roll man to have his head turned toward the ball? It would look more natural.
    And I had one situation driving with Kyrie where Hayward's (stationed in the corner) man rotated over to help on D and I was able to pass to an open Hayward. That was nice to see but not sure if I got lucky. Just a 1/1 deal so far. Based on other comments, close outs may still be too quick.
    My opinion, Live could drop percentages a bit (I know there's a slider but talking default), slow down close outs and make open jumpers hit at the same rate. Those simple changes would likely result in realistic shooting percentages out of the box.
    More later when I have the time. As of now, I'm leaning toward a buy. But I'm not there yet. The One was really fun so that's a positive too.
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    Quick impressions from a little time last night.
    I don't understand how the UI functions. It doesn't seem intuitive to find anything. What's weird is that Madden uses a similar UI philosophy, but it is organized a millions times better.
    But the face scan I did last night was so on point it's kind off scary. It made messing around in The Rise a little more interesting. I love the idea of playing a basketball game as one locked on player, but it exposes my lack of basketball knowledge even more. I'll probably still end up passing it over. but man, the customization, from the courts to the game rules is pretty fantastic.
    The gameplay feels as good to me as last year. Presentation is fine, but compared to 2K it is a massive step down. But it looks and feels fantastic on the court.
    Also, I really had fun messing around with the court creator last night. Wish there was a logo creator or a way to download images, but I get why they aren't. I'd have a big-*** Jayhawk right in the middle of the court. But it's still a pretty neat option. I wish all these courts were available for LUT.
    All in all, not regretting my pre-order, at all.
    Wow! One thing EA can be excited about is there seems to be a lot of interest in this game by the number of comments here. I bought both Live and 2K last year and although I thought 2K represented an overall better sim of basketball, I found myself playing Live more because to me it was just more fun. This year's version looks and plays even better except for the commentary as others have pointed out. 2K will still be great but we have our selves a ball game now!
    oldmanonsilvercreek
    Wow! One thing EA can be excited about is there seems to be a lot of interest in this game by the number of comments here. I bought both Live and 2K last year and although I thought 2K represented an overall better sim of basketball, I found myself playing Live more because to me it was just more fun. This year's version looks and plays even better except for the commentary as others have pointed out. 2K will still be great but we have our selves a ball game now!

    This is what I’m looking for these days, SIM with a touch of fun. May pic up Live for The One. I normally don’t indulge in those types of modes but I don’t have the attention span for an 82-game season in Franchise...no matter how much I wish I did. Haha
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    d23x
    I hate the whole “entitled” argument when it comes to simply asking for a better product, or being forced into a mode you don’t care about. You’re damn right I’m going to be entitled if I’m handing out $60 for a video game.

    But if you don't like the product don't buy the game...or wait for it to go on sale, which if the past 2-3 years is any indication it won't take long. You're "forced" into trying the mode for the free demo. For the actual retail version you'll likely be able to do whatever you want right from the jump.
    Nothing wrong with wanting a better product, no one wants to buy something that they are going to be unsatisfied with, but luckily there's a free demo to prevent you from making a regrettable purchase. There's also so much information available about any product you are interested it is almost impossible to make an uninformed decision about buying anything.
    So just played my first NBA game in the demo and I am going to talk about that because I really dont care about the other stuff. So I played on all star difficulty and lost 40-67 playing has GS. At half time I was only down by like 7 or something but in the 3erd quarter I got killed. Graphics looks amazing but really so did last year and so has 2k this whole gen to. The crowed sounds great but so did it last year on the demo never bought the game. The way the players move just looks darn realistic in the game. Its just 1 game but there may be a problem with substation logic if going by this one game. I was playing with auto sub's and to start the 2nd half Curry wasn't in the game and took about 2 timeouts being called and about 3 minutes into the 3erd for him to be brought back into the game and than at like the end of the game with like 2 minutes left both teams still had like all starters in the game even with it being a blown out. I have heard people complain that there is not enough off ball movement in the game and I am not seeing that. Both my team and the CPU team I was seeing a lot of good nice off ball movement the whole game. Blocks may be to high and may need to find a way to get more fouls but trying to get the right amount of fouls and right type of fouls always seems to be hard in nba games. There where 9 blocks in the game seems like a lot in just a 20 minute game at that pace you are looking at 21-22 blocks in a full 48 minute game. Maybe its because I have not played much live for a long time but I found that its hard to stay in front of the CPU when playing defense has they where able to get open shoots and get to the basket a little to much and it was hard to not leave shooters open on fast breaks. Also may have to turn down the slider that helps to make contested shoots some for the CPU 1 game is not enough sample size to say for sure but it did fell like they may be a little to good at making those kind of shoots. Last offensive rebounds may be to high for CPU at default. Just 1 game so again need to play more but they had 7 and I had 0 at that pace they would have about 15-16 in a full 48 minute game. Hopefully the game has a franchise mode that is not crap like before but I am not counting on it. Out side of my worries about franchise mode my 2 biggest worries are things I worried about before the demo and that is substation logic has it sounds like it was a issue last year and clock management. That one I worried about because last year when I played the demo there where some times where CPU should have just held on to the ball and wait to be fouled and didn't or would take to much time to try to get a shoot with not a lot of time left in a close game.
    daveee87
    I am very disappointed about the graphics... its not near like the screenshots EA posted a few weeks ago...https://twitter.com/EASPORTSNBA/status/1027243176074072064?s=20
    I hope it's because it's not the current build...
    The lighting is the key difference. I saw a lot of Russ in my The One game and he looks the same as those screenshots.
    What's missing is that lighting vs an outside court in the middle of the Phillipines.
    It's like a professional photography shoot. Take a regular camera into a dark room with a couple lights and you will kill it thanks to the shadows and back light. Take the same subject outside and you're competing with the sun. Or at a court you're competing with arena lighting which lights up the entire face, making everyone appear flat.
    There was no way the game would compare to those screenshots.
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    If you download demo on both consoles!
    The player models are bigger on Xbox One X
    and PS4 they are smaller and the court looks massive!
    Small detail to seek if you own both consoles.
    CMH
    My very early impressions are that character models look better. It's possible my new 4K television (yeah I'm part of that world now!) Is doing the magic but I'm not talking about graphics, just player models. Something looks healthier about the models.
    I know others have noted less muscle tone but I'm reserving judgement until I see if guys that should have muscle definition are also lacking it. I think the example provided was Al Horford. I wouldn't necessarily consider Horford an example of muscle definition comparatively speaking with other NBA players.
    I have not used replay to check anything out. I've barely had game time with the NBA product.
    What I have noticed is Durant cross me up twice and use the space to fire a mid range jumper. I saw that exactly zero times in 18 and now twice in one quarter in 19. That's a major positive in my opinion.
    Offensive boards are still too easy. Sometimes my man just didn't even attempt to be in the paint area to box out Cousins. Could be a Celtics thing vs an elite big but let's be serious, we know this has been an issue, let's not pretend the matchup in this particular version is the reason for it still being an issue.
    I've noticed some of the individual movements that were being touted. Kyrie has a little extra pep in his step, the dribble just a little in front of his body. Curry knocking down a three and the mouth guard coming out (not in 18). Not sure yet about other animations. Might be others but those two were the only ones I am 100% on.
    Finally, movement is much improved. Last year I felt like I was fighting the stick a lot to get my player to move across the floor. As of a couple minutes of play time, I have not noticed that issue.
    Still seeing passes I hate like ones that are successful to a guy not looking at you. I know sometimes the ball bounces off the head but would it hurt for the roll man to have his head turned toward the ball? It would look more natural.
    And I had one situation driving with Kyrie where Hayward's (stationed in the corner) man rotated over to help on D and I was able to pass to an open Hayward. That was nice to see but not sure if I got lucky. Just a 1/1 deal so far. Based on other comments, close outs may still be too quick.
    My opinion, Live could drop percentages a bit (I know there's a slider but talking default), slow down close outs and make open jumpers hit at the same rate. Those simple changes would likely result in realistic shooting percentages out of the box.
    More later when I have the time. As of now, I'm leaning toward a buy. But I'm not there yet. The One was really fun so that's a positive too.
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    The things you mention are exactly what the game needs and I also actually like the toned down textures. I thought last year the lighting and textures made a lot of players look kinda ghoulish. I still have nightmares about Draymond Greens likeness.
    I honestly really disliked last years game. The ease of driving to the hoop, no mid range game, lack of open looks just killed it for me. This year driving to the hoop seems fixed, there is a mid range game. Now if they can fix close outs and get some movement for open looks I honestly think this would get more play than 2k for me.
    Don’t get me wrong I think 2k is amazing and a superior basketball game in most ways but In my old age I just really like the simplicity of live.
    The other things I like better about live:
    Accelerated clock. I dunno why but I love the accelerated clock.
    The fact I can turn off all the icon video gamey crap. In 2k you can turn off a lot but in live you can turf all of it.
    The ESPN presentation. I know some people probably feel like it’s been the same too long but I love it. The half time and end of game shows are amazing. I never skip them.
    The replay system. I love love love the right stick click system.
    d23x
    I hate the whole “entitled” argument when it comes to simply asking for a better product, or being forced into a mode you don’t care about. You’re damn right I’m going to be entitled if I’m handing out $60 for a video game.
    Facts.
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    CMH

    I know others have noted less muscle tone but I'm reserving judgement until I see if guys that should have muscle definition are also lacking it. I think the example provided was Al Horford. I wouldn't necessarily consider Horford an example of muscle definition comparatively speaking with other NBA players.
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    Gotcha!
    But the reason Horford was used or stood out to me is because although he is lean dude has some swoleness to him irl. He isn't out there with Gumby arms like he is in 19.Not trying to sway anyone's opinion, but it seems like a dropoff imo
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    So far the gameplay is great and much improved! However, if there is no Franchise improvement for NBA AND no Franchise Mode for WNBA, I personally cannot purchase this at full price. Modes need to exist and need to be deeper to warrant $60.
    Okay i spent 5 hours watching this.. with a guy who plays it every year,.. this game is leaps and bounds better than 18, 18 i stopped viewing after about 10 minutes, i actually watched all 5 hours!!!!!!
    Only truly negative i saw was KLay Thompson his shooting is insane from 3, or even spot up shooting... but that could easily be tuned.. also separation seems like it's not that good... pick and rolls look great this year.. but the guy who was playing said it's a completely different movement/control that takes time to get used to, once you do it's great!
    I saw him learning on the fly.. like passing to the wrong player who was cutting.. 
    Commentary may be a weak spot if that is the NBA FINALS... honestly didn't even think about it wow reallu serious atmosphere is missing.. more like a  regular nba season game.
    I'm only a 2k player, I can say this year LIVE is finally LIVE!!!!!! 
    it's been age since i wanted to say that.. feels like a basketball game,,,great movement.. much better passing.. much more fluid shooting... nice blocks one thing that worries me is the take over icon that seemed extreme... but that's not something that cannot be fixed...
    Only thing that could hold live back from being a real contender is franchise.... don't know much about that.
    If they can add good dynamic commentary like Madden... i might be buying a console NEXT year!  (only own a Gaming P.C at least i get fifa nba 2k now madden... just need live to cross over :)
    All I can say after 5 hours of watching.. is FINALLY!!!!!!!!!
    This is from a 2k player only for the past 10 years! WATCH out 2k!
    This year   Nba live... "Ea Sports It's in the game"
    ENJOY fellas!!!!
    jyoung

    That same concept of "full user control" needs to be applied to Live's dribbling. Since the dribble move inputs are dependent on which hand the ball is currently in, the ball should never be changing hands unless the user deliberately flicks his right joystick and tells the game to switch hands. Please add a controller option that removes all of these automated hand-switching animations from the game.

    While I agree somewhat with this...that would simply never happen and cause more problems...imagine a normal everyday casual player or even kid that picked up the sticks and had to MANUALLY switch hands just to dribble properly. 2k even knows better than that. Would it be cool to have that option? As a toggle sure .... But it would just not be something that would be a positive to ALOT of people. Just my 2 cents
    magiclakers32
    1. You haven't handed out $60 for the demo
    2. No one is forcing you to do anything. It's YOUR choice.
    3.You are not asking for a better product, because you don't like how you gain access to the demo.
    4.The price tag does not entitle you to whatever you want.
    You are one of those people who think you paid for your ticket and get to curse the players out? No you are not entitled to whatever you choose.
    We are all capable of complaining. We are also all capable of speaking with our dollars and not supporting the product if it doesn't meet your standard. Im simply stating, that it's a damned if you do or don't. Realizing that they don't HAVE to put out a demo at all. They don't have to provide anything they choose not too. That we would just complain about not having it at all.I was a member here when we complained and entitled our way out of nfl2k as a whole.

    Now you got me interested, NFL2k..."our way out of nfl2k as a whole" can you elaborate on that? I have owned every 2k since it's earliest days on dreamcast, and I clearly remember and still hate that EA was able to throw more money at the NFL and that is why we don't have a 2K NFL game.
    Not sure what you're talking about anymore, people came to the thread to post their impressions and thoughts of the game. The only one talking about entitlement is you. Stop complaining about other peoples posts, say what you like or don't like about the game, leave the rest alone, as with all online game forums you always have to take it all as what it is, just folks own opinions, doesn't mean you will or won't like it the same.
    The devs making money for their games, especially EA, don't really care if you think we shouldn't say what we'd rather have them do or not do in the demo, has nothing to do with being entitled so just let it go man.
    SonicBoom2040
    While I agree somewhat with this...that would simply never happen and cause more problems...imagine a normal everyday casual player or even kid that picked up the sticks and had to MANUALLY switch hands just to dribble properly. 2k even knows better than that. Would it be cool to have that option? As a toggle sure .... But it would just not be something that would be a positive to ALOT of people. Just my 2 cents

    I think the way it used to be with them simply crossing over to the other hand if you go left or right was fine. What the OP is saying though and I sort of agree...why have them going behind the back and doing spins when I just move in the other direction. Sometimes it doesn't work the way intended and while trying to setup a cross over or just get better position they start pulling off some dribble animation that messes up the whole flow. I'd rather the more advanced dribble moves be up to me. For very casual gamers this stuff could be more automated on rookie/pro, but shouldn't be on All-Star, like Madden, I want it to rely more on stick skills, and not the CPU just doing stuff for me.
    Nothing to let go. Just responding. Commenting on other people's post is the point of a forum right?
    I will say no more.
    mitsurugi_78
    Now you got me interested, NFL2k..."our way out of nfl2k as a whole" can you elaborate on that? I have owned every 2k since it's earliest days on dreamcast, and I clearly remember and still hate that EA was able to throw more money at the NFL and that is why we don't have a 2K NFL game.
    Not sure what you're talking about anymore, people came to the thread to post their impressions and thoughts of the game. The only one talking about entitlement is you. Stop complaining about other peoples posts, say what you like or don't like about the game, leave the rest alone, as with all online game forums you always have to take it all as what it is, just folks own opinions, doesn't mean you will or won't like it the same.
    The devs making money for their games, especially EA, don't really care if you think we shouldn't say what we'd rather have them do or not do in the demo, has nothing to do with being entitled so just let it go man.

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    I’m really liking the online play. Idk why. I might actually buy this game just for the one.
    That said I do not agree with the performance grade. Spacing the floor, and playing defense, and being a team player really isn’t rewarded enough.
    And I feel like I get punished for help defense too often.
    One aspect of gameplay that needs depth: finishing.
    Steps need to be singled out. There needs to be a buildup to the layup/finish. It’s too easy to hold x from anywhere and be rewarded/locked into a canned finish.
    2k looks to have really addressed this a lot recently.
    It just feels too cruise control at times.
    Another area that needs depth: passing. Passing is too slow and floaty. Its wonky and inefficient.
    Rim/shooting physics are better but it still feels like we only have 5 animations. Also misses still often times look ugly and flat off the rim.
    Oh! Huge pet peeve is struggling to pick up ball in transition. Just leads to so many easy drives to the rim from half court. I shouldn’t have to turn and run and pray for the canned two-handed block animation at the hoop.
    Needs to be more back pedaling, cutting off, and fouls/blowbys/contact.
    Cavs2016
    I’m really liking the online play. Idk why. I might actually buy this game just for the one.
    That said I do not agree with the performance grade. Spacing the floor, and playing defense, and being a team player really isn’t rewarded enough.
    And I feel like I get punished for help defense too often.
    One aspect of gameplay that needs depth: finishing.
    Steps need to be singled out. There needs to be a buildup to the layup/finish. It’s too easy to hold x from anywhere and be rewarded/locked into a canned finish.
    2k looks to have really addressed this a lot recently.
    It just feels too cruise control at times.
    Another area that needs depth: passing. Passing is too slow and floaty. Its wonky and inefficient.
    Rim/shooting physics are better but it still feels like we only have 5 animations. Also misses still often times look ugly and flat off the rim.
    Oh! Huge pet peeve is struggling to pick up ball in transition. Just leads to so many easy drives to the rim from half court. I shouldn’t have to turn and run and pray for the canned two-handed block animation at the hoop.
    Needs to be more back pedaling, cutting off, and fouls/blowbys/contact.

    Unless you are a shot blocking big man don't help
    nuttyrich
    Okay i spent 5 hours watching this.. with a guy who plays it every year,.. this game is leaps and bounds better than 18, 18 i stopped viewing after about 10 minutes, i actually watched all 5 hours!!!!!!
    Only truly negative i saw was KLay Thompson his shooting is insane from 3, or even spot up shooting... but that could easily be tuned.. also separation seems like it's not that good... pick and rolls look great this year.. but the guy who was playing said it's a completely different movement/control that takes time to get used to, once you do it's great!
    I saw him learning on the fly.. like passing to the wrong player who was cutting..*
    Commentary may be a weak spot if that is the NBA FINALS... honestly didn't even think about it wow reallu serious atmosphere is missing.. more like a* regular nba season game.
    I'm only a 2k player, I can say this year LIVE is finally LIVE!!!!!!*
    it's been age since i wanted to say that.. feels like a basketball game,,,great movement.. much better passing.. much more fluid shooting... nice blocks one thing that worries me is the take over icon that seemed extreme... but that's not something that cannot be fixed...
    Only thing that could hold live back from being a real contender is franchise.... don't know much about that.
    If they can add good dynamic commentary like Madden... i might be buying a console NEXT year!* (only own a Gaming P.C at least i get fifa nba 2k now madden... just need live to cross over :)
    All I can say after 5 hours of watching.. is FINALLY!!!!!!!!!
    This is from a 2k player only for the past 10 years! WATCH out 2k!
    This year* *Nba live... "Ea Sports It's in the game"
    ENJOY fellas!!!!

    that's a reach. you might have 2k fatigue.
    scuffleman
    Finally NBA Live is BACK! Been playing since NBA LIVE 95 took a break and played 2K in 2000 went back to LIVE in 2005 then back to 2K when 2K7 dropped then back to LIVE last year.* Im a fan of both but I always loved LIVE more. Gameplay and player movement is great, the one mode is very good also. If they have to improve on anything I would say just the commentary. The game should improve every year. I'll try 2K when it goes on sale but LIVE got me.*

    I think you love that idea NBA Live instead of the game because they have been changing the gameplay every year it seems since they've been behind so much
    Planning on trying online tonight but the one thing EA can’t fix that always ends up happening is getting stuck on a team of ball hogging yahoos.
    Basketball isn’t very big in Canada where I’m from and I literally don’t know 1 person who will play this game so I always end up in random games with a bunch of tools that don’t pass. I’d say 1 out of every 10 games ends up being fun which is a ratio I’m not willing to invest time in.
    Behindshadows
    NBA Live 09 and 10 were smoother in the animations department!

    Live 10 is my favourite bball game I’ve ever played and yeah it had some better animations but they were definitely not smoother.
    Live 10 (and most of EAs games) animation from point A to B: the dots representing frames in an animation.
    .. . .. .... ... . . ...
    Live 19:
    ...... .. ........ ......
    oldmanonsilvercreek
    Wow! One thing EA can be excited about is there seems to be a lot of interest in this game by the number of comments here. I bought both Live and 2K last year and although I thought 2K represented an overall better sim of basketball, I found myself playing Live more because to me it was just more fun. This year's version looks and plays even better except for the commentary as others have pointed out. 2K will still be great but we have our selves a ball game now!

    There was a lot of interest in the demo last year. Lives problem is keeping it. Back in Janurary or Feb, Live was one of the top selling games (it was like 5$ or 10$) on the PS4. For all the things the game does well, without the depth most of us want it doesn't have a long shelf life. Hopefully Live 19 has something big up their sleeves, because if not, I see things trending the same way as 18 with only a few people here actively playing the game in a few months.
    tril
    that's a reach. you might have 2k fatigue.

    Amazing how you're telling me how I feel... :)
    2K has been stagnant for the past few years, still my favorite game to play.
    You have to give credit where credit is due, LIVE has made tremendous improvements sure it only took them 10 years:) Still it looks and plays light years ahead of last year's version.
    I'm a 2Kfan boy but I can separate my love for 2k and acknowledge LIVE is back to Contending...the best game NO way.. but massive improvements.
    Seems most 2kfans write off LIVE and look for the faults before even a screen shot or game play is released... people will be better off have an open mind set and give credit where credit is due.
    You say 2kfatigue , maybe you have 2k obsession.. because LIVE is a very decent game this year, be open minded it's why the 2k vs LIVE silly war exists... close minded people.
    As i stated before, it's great for basketball fans to have 2 GREAT choices, don't know why anyone NOT want that.
    Sorry for getting off TOPIC, LIVE is back again coming from a 2kFAN boy.
    I can ACKNOWLEDGE LIVE is a contender and I welcome it!!!!!
    nuttyrich

    Commentary may be a weak spot if that is the NBA FINALS... honestly didn't even think about it wow reallu serious atmosphere is missing.. more like a* regular nba season game.

    Atmosphere is Regular Season, not Finals.
    If you check the settings, you can't change from Regular Season to Playoffs / Finals.
    I only watched a very popular youtuber play for 5 hours... that's great to know it's not the finals!
    Happy for LIVE this year (2kfanboy) but LIVE is Back!
    About 3 hours of playing, very pleased and I'm sold for the full game. 5 on 5 play now NBA is smooth and feels great on the court, graphics are crisp, courts are shiny and bright and better than the courts from the other game. I like the feel, feels like a souped up version of 18 which I did enjoy. I really have no complaints about the game besides the horrible presentation thanks to shoddy commentary.
    AS mentioned by many of you, What on earth is going on with the commentary? It sounds like they recorded themselves on a cheap microphone, I can't figure it out, but it sounds cheap or something and their lines are dull and very "uninformative" . I hope they can update it as the season progresses and patches come. The soundtracks is awful. I will just leave it at that.
    Enjoying the One as I did last year. Online is smooth and fast an seems to be some good players online that like playing a team game and AMEN, I don't see any Virtual currency offerings. I will buy this game at launch. I hope franchise won't disappoint me a lot. I hope it will keep me busy this winter when it gets cold outside. :)
    Graphics 9.5 Great looking player models, accurate uniforms and spot on courts that look amazing.
    Gameplay 8.5 Tight, not perfect, but with a few hitches and hiccups here and there, but much better than 18 which I enjoyed. Looking forward to see if the legacy issues from the previous Live games have been addressed.
    Presentation/Sound: 6.0 The music is worse than vomit. I mute in the menus it's so bad. I wish we had more variety. Commentary is downright atrocious. Sounds like commentary from an old 90's basketball video game. Good crowd reaction, nice sound effects. I wish there was more stat screens in real time.
    Longevity: Undetermined how long I will keep coming back, but the ONE seems like it will keep me entertained. Tons of unlockables and NO VC, kudos for EA for doing that and that will give them a big advantage for the other guys who are fed up with that on the other game.
    Final Call: NBA Live definitely is back and it's finally great we have 2 great basketball games to own this year.
    8.5 Out of 10
    Daddy123
    I had a lot of fun with Shaq, Vince and AI, Shaq played just like himself. Is there a way to play with them again, or just a one time thing?

    I would hope there is a way to in the full game.
    How I feel (Will even type this up on a real keyboard not a phone, ha.)
    In some ways, I do dislike the fact that Live's demo doesn't have net play, especially to showcase their new mode. I feel they think they proved enough last year, but I don't think they did.
    It feels mostly the same to me, with some minor adjustments. I really like how you can add people on your squad, and I hope you can add those people in your squad for 5 v 5 online if you don't have a full team. I like that you can add female players. It was funny watching Diana Taurasi (sp?) straight rip Curry and some other female, Candace Parker maybe, smashed one of his lay ups. I think it adds new flavor, and flavor is good.
    I said before that I felt 2k went out of its way to punish you for not making the correct input (like they make you miss easy shots if you don't shoot them right), well Live is the opposite. It seems to have a little too much leeway for just pressing shoot, in what constitutes a make.
    I played a bit of 1 on 1 scrimmage Curry vs Kyrie and that's where the game really shined to me. Button mashing on D does not really work in Live. Curry became easy to contain after awhile (cuz he's AI), but I really felt in control of Kyrie and got some really nice moves that didn't look like trash. Some did, but some didn't. By trash I mean, yea the Live animations are kinda wonky, but trash like 'there's no way he should have made that shot' kind of trash.
    It seems like there is gonna be a lot of fun to be had online this year, and I hope enough people play. I hope it keeps records for Squads or courts or whatever.
    Inside play as a big is still weird. I find that 'press square to score' mechanic kind of underwhelming. I still hate auto-rebounding. I still like that you have to be in position to block a shot, you don't just come from behind and strip someone doing a reverse.
    We're not really gonna know what it plays like 5 v 5, 5 minute quarters, but I'm willing to purchase the game in good faith.
    I like that in Live if I know what you're gonna do, I can stop you. If you try to get over eager with jumping or trying to steal, you're dead in the water. Live is a game of positioning and precise button presses atm. It's bare bones as well, but hopefully they can just keep adding a little more.
    Dudes say you don't get a lot of space for Js, that might be true, but you can hit those Js. You can even hit 'guarded' Js, but a lot of contested looking Js don't come up guarded, you just can't green them for various reasons. I was cooking Curry with some Kyrie like moves.
    I might even have to make a wing in the real game because perimeter is so fun to play and big seems kind of meh.
    -Smak
    daveee87
    I am very disappointed about the graphics... its not near like the screenshots EA posted a few weeks ago...https://twitter.com/EASPORTSNBA/status/1027243176074072064?s=20
    I hope it's because it's not the current build...

    I was actually going to say the same thing.
    But the game is much improved. Movement is much better. The shots are smooth. But the dribbling and paint interactions leave a lot to be desired.
    One thing I didn't like about 18 that it still the same this year is how on ball defense is represented. It's to contact based. In real life if you're making contact with the defender, unless you cut them off and the contact is to your Center Mass, then you're probably not playing good defense.
    2_headedmonster
    I was actually going to say the same thing.
    But the game is much improved. Movement is much better. The shots are smooth. But the dribbling amd paint interactions leave a lot to be desired.
    One thing I didn't like about him that it still the same this year is how on ball defense is represented. It's to contact based. In real life if you're making contact with the defender, unless you cut them off and the contact is to your Center Mass, then you're probably not playing good defense.

    You know what’s weird in the one the graphics look close to the that on my setup . But in the nba portion it’s not even close to that .
    GisherJohn24
    About 3 hours of playing, very pleased and I'm sold for the full game. 5 on 5 play now NBA is smooth and feels great on the court, graphics are crisp, courts are shiny and bright and better than the courts from the other game. I like the feel, feels like a souped up version of 18 which I did enjoy. I really have no complaints about the game besides the horrible presentation thanks to shoddy commentary.
    AS mentioned by many of you, What on earth is going on with the commentary? It sounds like they recorded themselves on a cheap microphone, I can't figure it out, but it sounds cheap or something and their lines are dull and very "uninformative" . I hope they can update it as the season progresses and patches come. The soundtracks is awful. I will just leave it at that.
    Enjoying the One as I did last year. Online is smooth and fast an seems to be some good players online that like playing a team game and AMEN, I don't see any Virtual currency offerings. I will buy this game at launch. I hope franchise won't disappoint me a lot. I hope it will keep me busy this winter when it gets cold outside. :)
    Graphics 9.5 Great looking player models, accurate uniforms and spot on courts that look amazing.
    Gameplay 8.5 Tight, not perfect, but with a few hitches and hiccups here and there, but much better than 18 which I enjoyed. Looking forward to see if the legacy issues from the previous Live games have been addressed.
    Presentation/Sound: 6.0 The music is worse than vomit. I mute in the menus it's so bad. I wish we had more variety. Commentary is downright atrocious. Sounds like commentary from an old 90's basketball video game. Good crowd reaction, nice sound effects. I wish there was more stat screens in real time.
    Longevity: Undetermined how long I will keep coming back, but the ONE seems like it will keep me entertained. Tons of unlockables and NO VC, kudos for EA for doing that and that will give them a big advantage for the other guys who are fed up with that on the other game.
    Final Call: NBA Live definitely is back and it's finally great we have 2 great basketball games to own this year.
    8.5 Out of 10
    I think that review is quite generous...
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    Seems there are no specific team styles again.
    Played GSW twice and after every defensive board Draymond Green simply passed it to the PG to carry the ball / Boston did the same.
    Draymond should be running the offene as a point forward some of the time.
    Last year's NBA part of LIVE got boring VERY quickly as teams were all generic.
    Same again. It is a damm shame they have done nothing to fix the NBA part / franchise / team styles / player specific traits.
    Really don’t understand the comments about the new commentary.
    It’s not amazing but it is ten times better than the last three games.
    You guys either never played Live before or are trolling.
    Walt Frazier
    Seems there are no specific team styles again.
    Played GSW twice and after every defensive board Draymond Green simply passed it to the PG to carry the ball / Boston did the same.
    Draymond should be running the offene as a point forward some of the time.
    Last year's NBA part of LIVE got boring VERY quickly as teams were all generic.
    Same again. It is a damm shame they have done nothing to fix the NBA part / franchise / team styles / player specific traits.

    Agree with this. Klay Thompson doing dribble moves and post ups while running down the shot clock is No Bueno.... Other times though Steph and KD are doing Steph and KD things
    tcain80
    Little disappointed by the mid range game. Defenders seem stuck to you

    As a user defender I had the opposite experience. I failed to contest many midrange shots because of lack of anticipation and my momentum driving me back. Was expecting the drive and they’d pull up on me suddenly.
    Justonepost
    Really don’t understand the comments about the new commentary.
    It’s not amazing but it is ten times better than the last three games.
    You guys either never played Live before or are trolling.

    They don’t feel the same as you so they are trolling?
    Wowzers that’s bold
    Keep in mind, we still officially know nothing about franchise. For all we know it is vastly improved
    I too have my doubts, but to already be giving up on the game with no info out at all about franchise seems a little extreme
    Walt Frazier
    Seems there are no specific team styles again.
    Played GSW twice and after every defensive board Draymond Green simply passed it to the PG to carry the ball / Boston did the same.
    Draymond should be running the offene as a point forward some of the time.
    Last year's NBA part of LIVE got boring VERY quickly as teams were all generic.
    Same again. It is a damm shame they have done nothing to fix the NBA part / franchise / team styles / player specific traits.

    That drove me nuts about 18. Besides Curry scripted to jack up an occasional 'crazy' long ranged 3 pter, every team and player played the same, and they all were determined like hell to drive to the basket. When they couldn't drive, they'd pass the ball and jack up a horrible shot or circus layup late in the shot clock. It was constant no matter what sliders I changed, and it ruined the game for me.
    That, and ea's silence on franchise mode unfortunately made me not preorder. It will take some major news before it's release to make me change my mind.
    And I've also read comments complaining about the commentary, which is something I also expected. Why bring in a new duo with far less name recognition, instead of adding Mark Jackson to JVG and Breen, and improving what they already had?
    Fist Of Kings
    Why bring in a new duo with far less name recognition, instead of adding Mark Jackson to JVG and Breen, and improving what they already had?

    Because these guys are going to be in studio all season recording new stuff and talking about the current NBA so it can go in the game. Breen & JVG likely couldn’t commit to doing that.
    Killuminati
    Keep in mind, we still officially know nothing about franchise. For all we know it is vastly improved
    I too have my doubts, but to already be giving up on the game with no info out at all about franchise seems a little extreme
    If that's the case, they would've been promoting it equally as much as The One...
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    Not necessarily
    I too wish that was the case, but that may not be their marketing strategy. Nothing is set in stone, so they can choose to market their game any way they want
    Fist Of Kings
    That drove me nuts about 18. Besides Curry scripted to jack up an occasional 'crazy' long ranged 3 pter, every team and player played the same, and they all were determined like hell to drive to the basket. When they couldn't drive, they'd pass the ball and jack up a horrible shot or circus layup late in the shot clock. It was constant no matter what sliders I changed, and it ruined the game for me.
    That, and ea's silence on franchise mode unfortunately made me not preorder. It will take some major news before it's release to make me change my mind.
    And I've also read comments complaining about the commentary, which is something I also expected. Why bring in a new duo with far less name recognition, instead of adding Mark Jackson to JVG and Breen, and improving what they already had?

    Yes, unfortunately, rhe NBA game itself is generic again. The only 'separation' are ratings. I.e. Durant will play better as he is rated higher than Tatum. But that is it.
    There is no team specific play, yet again.
    I really like the controls and movement, but the NBA game is just way, way, way too generic for me to buy the game again this season.
    I understand EA focussing on The One...but they are basically defaulting on the NBA game itself. It is almost like it is an afterthought.
    Killuminati
    Not necessarily
    I too wish that was the case, but that may not be their marketing strategy. Nothing is set in stone, so they can choose to market their game any way they want
    You'll see, I've been playing since Live 95, Showdown, Bulls vs Blazers, etc. Ever since the newer generation of consoles, 360/ps3, they've been spinning their wheels until 09/10. They're doing it even more now. Whoever used to run the Live team before, needs to come back. This game is horrible, it's not much better than 18. I'll be posting my review soon, but this is a severe disappoinment.
    I've been tooting Lives horn for years, but unless something blows me away, I'm done.
    Year 2 of 3, year 2 of 3...
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    I was initially impressed after the first 3v3 with Iverson, Carter, etc. I'll chalk that up to excitement because I haven't played a live game in so long. After the first 5v5 came along though, thats when I started seeing all the flaws that have plagued live since forever. Generic basketball with rocket animations when going for layups, dunks, and even just passing the ball. I love how players feel weighted and some of their animations are very nice and fluid. However, looking at it as a true 5v5 basketball game, it is very lacking. I like how the defense feels most of the time but it's still very flawed when it comes to defending the paint. Live has always had a problem with passing into the paint and this one is no different. Passes that has no business being caught are zooming through bodies causing an easy rocket animation dunk or layup. I don't know how to explain it but it just feels generic and arcadey. I don't really see it as a viable option of you're looking for a true sim experience. There's one thing I like about it though. I love is that you can create space for yourself for a step back or nice mid range jumper. That's almost impossible to do in 2k because of the sliding defense. It makes it too easy for the CPU to magically recover and contest your jumper.
    Okay so I'm buying Live this year over 2K. Still has bugs to work out for sure, but the presentation, soundtrack, The One mode, new physics engine, overall strides and no microtransactions deserve our support. People need to look at progress for this game over last couple years and try to understand how hard it is to rework a game year to year. Thank God Live is chipping away at 2k's dominance. 2K has gotten lazy AF year by year and worse and worse. The microtransaction scandal last year was game breaking.
    Long story short, Live isn't perfect but it may be the most fun game by far going forward, starting this year. The One is WAY better than My Career and this year having all of these legend paths was a BRILLIANT idea. Adds huge replayability with all of the archetypes and lets you play like many of your favorite legends.
    PS. Has anyone figured out how to activate Iverson's trait? It says scoring unlocks it... yet it never gives me the boost. I randomly got it once and not sure how.
    I hope everyone is enjoying the demo. I can't really give much feedback as pretty much all playable modes are just not for me. I played one game online and it was just run and gun and reminded me why I am an offline player. I will have to wait until EA ACCESS to get a feel for things.
    vtcrb
    I hope everyone is enjoying the demo. I can't really give much feedback as pretty much all playable modes are just not for me. I played one game online and it was just run and gun and reminded me why I am an offline player. I will have to wait until EA ACCESS to get a feel for things.

    I don't online either man. "The One" or in 2k "My Career" is mostly what I do. I think overall it's fantastic in this game. I hope they tweak speed/height/strength so guards stop posting up Shaq or bigs stop outrunning guards.. and maybe add wingspan. Besides that, I love the mode. Way less corny than 2k and no microtransations.
    Did you try few different paths? Just delete save data to make a new.
    Finally got to try it out.
    The One was fun. I enjoyed it about as much as last year. I still wish the video clips were full screen instead of a rectangle in the middle.
    I loved the 5v5 against the CPU. It felt like a completely different game compared to 18.
    The AI was much quicker to make decisions, and The CPU offense was beautiful to watch and fun to play against. I took a step back against Curry and he immediately knocked down a three. Durant was driving and knocking down mid-range jumpers, and guys were making smart cuts and making open passes that I never saw in 18.
    Animations were a lot smoother, and evening felt more responsive. Post play was way more responsive as well. It was nice to be able to fak shoulder fake into a drive and dunk in one fluid motion. And visually, the game definitely looks a lot better. The videos don't do it justice. I am disappointed in the lack of sweat, though.
    I am disappointed that they didn't update the halftime show. Jalen Rose still sounds pretty terrible, and is a major blemish on an otherwise pretty good piece of presentation.
    As for commentary, I actually thought it was pretty good. I like that they focus on the game in front of them instead of going on and on with side stories. It did sound a bit robotic at times, but overall I was pretty happy with it. Knowing they can add more throughout the season makes it even better.
    Of course, this was only one game, so we'll see how things go after playing more.
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    This pretty much happens majority of the possessions for the CPU:
    Pick n roll. Pass it to the corner. Pass it to the post. Pass it back to the corner or up top. Mindlessly dribble in place for 10 seconds. Jack up a 3 with 1 second left on the shot clock. Saw the CPU play like this on Superstar, All Star and Pro. Hell I even watched a CPU vs CPU game on Superstar and BOTH TEAMS were doing this.
    I noticed the AI will play good for 1 quarter, then the rest of the 3 quarters they just do mindless brain dead things. When I watching the CPU vs CPU game I was just thinking to myself what the hell are they waiting for ? Why are they just dribbling in place wasting the shot clock like that ? I also noticed the CPU don't exploit mismatches in the NBA game at all. Many times Curry and Boogie switched. I thought ok Kyrie going to ghost Boogie. Nope, he passed it to the corner. Next possession, same switch. Thinking clearly he going to pass it to the post. Nope passed it to the corner again. Curry would do the same thing when Kyrie and Hortford switched.
    Just don't understand this brain dead AI. Like I said for 1 quarter they will play lights out. Then the rest of the 3 quarters nothing. Hell I even saw the CPU bigs in perfect position under the basket, dribble out 8 feet and do a fade away jumper. Like what ??? Why ???? It is like if the CPU don't get hot, they are brain dead and don't know what to do.
    Looking forward to see what the EA Access do. Maybe the AI will be better then. This demo is a 6 out of 10. Going strictly by the NBA part. I don't play The One type modes. This build might be 2 months old, who knows. Definitely not liking seeing both teams play the same.
    ClipsFanSince98
    Okay so I'm buying Live this year over 2K. Still has bugs to work out for sure, but the presentation, soundtrack, The One mode, new physics engine, overall strides and no microtransactions deserve our support. People need to look at progress for this game over last couple years and try to understand how hard it is to rework a game year to year. Thank God Live is chipping away at 2k's dominance. 2K has gotten lazy AF year by year and worse and worse. The microtransaction scandal last year was game breaking.
    Long story short, Live isn't perfect but it may be the most fun game by far going forward, starting this year. The One is WAY better than My Career and this year having all of these legend paths was a BRILLIANT idea. Adds huge replayability with all of the archetypes and lets you play like many of your favorite legends.
    PS. Has anyone figured out how to activate Iverson's trait? It says scoring unlocks it... yet it never gives me the boost. I randomly got it once and not sure how.

    Well I think the live needs to just skip the NBA portion and lose the license therefore making a Streetball on the game since that were people seems to like it's nowhere close to 2K and isn't chipping away at it yet without basic improvements to the actual NBA mode since that is with the licenses for. They want to get 2K kids to buy but they're going about it the wrong way but it's their business I already pre-ordered 2K 19 so I can play in a league with my friends
    Really starting to get the feel for play now Games.
    I'm Enjoying it a little more Then last night. One thing I notice is The AI plays a much more well rounded game than 18. There's finally a mid range game and a little bit more motion.
    The one thing I hope for though is that When the full game comes out and I pause the game and put my Xbox X to sleep That when it comes back on the game picks up where it left off like it does in the demo
    if you're not going to have a save feature you absolutely have to be able to revive it from sleep and pick up mid game. Last Game Live 18 whenever you paused it for a period of time it log your gamertag out with some obnoxious message and made you abort the game that you were playing.
    I really hope that doesn't happen again in 19 ...Also Xbox X graphics are beautiful I think the player models are really well done I agree not quite as much detail but the floors are amazing and they really make a difference
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