With EA finally deciding to release a version of NBA Live this year with NBA Live 18, 2K Games’ NBA 2K18 won’t be the only choice for hoop fans when it comes to basketball video games. While choosing one over the other is entirely subjective, there is one thing we can (kind of) definitely compare the two fairly — and that’s the visuals!
In the two videos below, you can see how the two games stack up visually. Which one “wins?” You make the call.
There’s another video that compares the two games’ graphics when it comes to player likenesses and all that. You might not think there’s a difference, but seeing them side by side just proves there is, and it’s a lot.
My take? This whole NBA 2K18 vs NBA Live 18 graphics thing can go both ways. On the animation front, NBA 2K18 seems to have players move more naturally. But on the graphics and of the line, NBA Live 18 looks to have done a better job with the players’ imperfections, blemishes and eyes. NBA 2K18’s eyes look a bit too weird, and in some cases, give off that crazy eyes vibe,
As for the gameplay experience, that’s completely up to the player. From what I’ve played so far, both have fantastic gameplay which could mean that hoop fans can opt to buy both this year. There is the case of NBA 2K18’s major microtrransactions issue that affects the career mode, so best to keep that in mind.
NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 are both out right now on the major home consoles and PC.