NBA Live 19 Reviews

NBA Live 19 is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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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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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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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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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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Forbes
Top Critic
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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EGM
Top Critic
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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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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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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