Percentile Rank

NBA Live 19 is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

25%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 7, 2018

A wonderful suite of different game modes are on offer and keep the gameplay fresh and exciting, while the gameplay itself is fast, fluid and flexible. NBA Live 19 is a huge leap forward for the franchise and one that promises to entertain until next year’s entry. Well done EA, you have brought Live back from the dead.

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Polygon
Unscored
Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Sep 5, 2018

The real fun of NBA Live 19 is out in The Streets, with my new friends from two different leagues, fitting together their styles with my star's, and then running that back all the way to 2 a.m.

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Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 27, 2018

Change can be scary, but this time it paid off big time. In the past NBA live would not be a game I'd talk highly of. The slow pace of the players and the too realistic play style and the shooting mech was just all messed up. If you stood in front of another player and tried to shoot the ball, even if it was an easy shot, there would be no way you'd make the basket because of the simple fact someone was in front of you. It would require you to juke, run or somehow shake the player off you so that you had a wide-open path. For me, that was too much and too realistic. Yes, I love realism and the fact that games have player motion to make it look absolute, but the past Live games were out of hand. Luckily that has changed.

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Scored Reviews

PSX Brasil
88 / 100
88 / 100
Sep 27, 2018

NBA Live 19 is a great basketball simulator. Besides its easy gameplay mechanics, it can put the player inside the courts due to its realism. Although the game modes are the same, The One is addictive in its literal meaning. NBA Live 19 is a 3 point shot from the middle of the court.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2018

NBA Live 19 fully expands on its The One mode while adding a little more weight and momentum to its actual gameplay. While its in-game presentation and distinct style of gameplay might turn off players looking for a strict basketball sim, NBA Live 19 consistently rewards players for actually playing without trying to gouge them for more money.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Another step forward for NBA Live, which although still far from the historical rival NBA 2K, manages to reach good levels with this new episode.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 17, 2018

NBA Live 19 continues to trend in the correct direction in terms of overall success.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 16, 2018

NBA Live 19 finally steps out of the shadows of the competition and makes a name for itself as the best "basketball" game on the market, as opposed to the best "NBA" game.

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Hobby Consolas
77 / 100
77 / 100
Sep 7, 2018

NBA Live 19 is a step in the right direction for the EA Sports saga. The gameplay is fun and simple, more polished than its predecessor, but it still lacks more depth and variety to stand out.

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Generación Xbox
7.7 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
Javier Bassols

Top Critic

7.7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

NBA Live 19 is a good basketball game. It improves on last year's base and includes great new features, such as Court Battle. This, added to its simple and nice gameplay and features, makes it a title basketball lovers will enjoy.

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IGN Spain
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2018

This is not the best year for NBA Live, despite EA's efforts to improve this basketball game. In fact in some ways this game looks like a step back in the series, just mantaining what the game did well a year ago.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 13, 2018

With an overall smooth gameplay and a fresh The One mode, NBA Live 19 does enough to distinguish itself from competitors, but it does not rise above as the best simulation basketball game of the year. For those who much prefer a casual playing experience, NBA Live 19 has got you covered.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

Electronic Arts has managed to deliver yet another solid entry to the NBA Live franchise. Despite the fact that there are still some rough edges and that the game certainly has room to grow, the gameplay has been refined and 'The One' is even better than it was before. It may not be on par with other elite sports games, but NBA Live 19 still is a good and fun basketball game.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

There are many things to appreciate in this year's installment of NBA Live. The addition of mixed gender rosters, female created players, the introduction of Court Battles, and the new commentary team all help the game keep pace with their previous improvements. It is not going to raise the quality bar anytime soon, but they've managed to deliver an authentic NBA experience. If you're looking for a solid alternative to 2K's offering, look no further.

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The Games Machine
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

While the series is still far from perfection and the direct competitor is always fierce, NBA Live 19 is another step in the right direction.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

NBA Live 19 does a lot of innovating for it's career mode, “The One”, yet drops the ball when it comes to it's other modes. The inclusion of the WNBA is amazing, and really earns the applause it deserves. If there was at least one other new, deep and fun game mode, NBA Live 19 would be right up there with it's competitors. Instead, this year is yet another small step towards something great.

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Forbes
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

On a whole, it is too inconsistent to be considered elite. This was a year where the franchise expected to make a huge leap from doormat to contender, but it still falls short of the postseason.

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USgamer
Sep 13, 2018

The biggest challenge for EA is getting people to give NBA Live 19 a shot over NBA 2K19. Overall gameplay in NBA Live 19 is good, but nowhere near great.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2018

In the end, any progress made, whether it's leveling up my player or regaining control of my court, just feels aimless. If I'm simply being rewarded with cosmetic options, I don't see the point of furthering my character's career. If my Icon path is linear, why make me go to a menu to activate those perks? Why play the mid-range game if driving straight to the hoop while getting double teamed will still grant me the 2 points I need? It's questionable decisions like this that sets NBA Live 19 just below the bar of greatness.

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Sports Gamers Online
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 7, 2018

While it may have some issues like the lack of attention to Franchise mode and some gameplay problems — that are fixable –, one thing you can't deny is the overall package of NBA Live 19 nails what video games are supposed to be all about and that's delivering a fun experience for the gamer.

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CultureJam
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

Look, there is a lot to like about NBA Live 19. The One career mode is a welcome addition that has brought NBA Live forward, and make no mistake about it, this is the best NBA Live in years. Unfortunately, the visual presentation lets the game down and, until that is sorted out, NBA Live will continue to lose the Championship to its competition.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2018

Live does its best work away from the NBA license, when it delves in to fantasy hoops scenarios. The NBA-focused modes still need a lot more work

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

NBA Live 19 is a great improvement over previous years' iterations, but the developers need to show some extra confidence to ever make the game feel like a true slam dunk.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 21, 2018

NBA Live 19 is slowly closing the gap with NBA 2K19 the giant. The game chose a more spectacular path, more fun to wheedle basket ball fans and it's pretty successful.

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GameCrate
7 / 10.0
GameCrate
Larry Hester

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2018

Is NBA Live 19 worth the money? Yes, indeed. There is a lot to do and no matter the skill level, there's fun to be had. The upgrade to the WNBA and character creation is a giant step forward in widening EA's audience and The One is strong enough to warrant its own title. With enough practice, anyone can be the baller they want.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 5, 2018

EA's NBA Live franchise returns with its best effort in a while capturing the spirit and atmosphere of basketball culture, but it's not without its problems.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 21, 2018

NBA Live 19 is an admirable attempt at snatching the NBA video game throne, but ultimately it fumbles. While there are a number of quality of life improvements in the career mode, it drops the ball in too many areas. Even diehard fans will be hard pressed to find many improvements to the series' gameplay compared to entries from a decade ago.

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Screen Rant
Sep 12, 2018

NBA Live 19 is an improvement over last year's NBA Live but it's not about to beat the competition

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Sporting News
Sep 14, 2018

"NBA Live 19" seeks to carve out a niche in the sports game genre through its well-designed Career Mode and its accompanying online cooperative and competitive modes that involve the player's created character. That direction will resonate with some but alienate those seeking a more traditional NBA experience, which is severely lacking.

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