I recently had a chance to play through the prologue section of NBA Live 18‘s brand new mode, The One, which blends your career with a story of preserving against the odds. This prologue, called The Rise, is a great introduction to all the changes that have been added to NBA Live 18 this year and will help you develop all the skills you need to be a superstar.
Right from the get-go, you can customize your player to look however you wish, and can easily unlock loot boxes full of new gear that can give him an authentic NBA flair. There’s also a new presentation package highlighted by ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman arguing about your future status. Once you get in an actual street ball game, though, as you begin to work your way back from a debilitating knee injury in the hopes of getting drafted, you’ll quickly see a lot more has changed than just the look of this game.
New defensive mechanics highlight tighter controls as you try to prevent your opponent from driving down the line, and get in their face for every pass or shot attempt. If you want to see exactly what I’m talking about and get a taste of the game in action, check out our video below highlighting the first hour of The One, which constituted about half of The Rise.
NBA Live 18 is available on Xbox One and PS4 on September 15, but a demo of the game is available on both systems right now where you, too, can play The Rise.