While graphics and animations were grand, the game suffers from many bugs and AI was terrible. On the other side, we have NBA Live 19, a game that tries to take NBA 2K off its throne. Last year’s challenge was more than solid, contribution a game that’s fun to play and while visuals and player animations weren’t on par with NBA 2K18, the game play was outstanding and the game was very fun to play.
Graphics and animation
In this department, both games look pretty superior. NBA 2K19 simply continues its tradition of excellent visuals, this time offering a couple of improvements that should put off weird clipping issues that marred previous games from the series. And after a couple of games changes are obvious. No more will two players melt into each other when one of them tries to go towards the ring and the other is not playing strong protection nor will a player simply be absolved into the shoulder of a center placed for pick & roll.
And during dribbles you no longer those spiteful clipping issues that happened every couple of seconds in previous games. It seems Visual Concepts actually delivered on their promise and made NBA 2K19 clipping-free, which is an accomplishment worthy of admiration because this problem is noticeable in most video games, no matter the genre.
The game flows as expected, and it looks superb in motion. There are tons of different animations for each player and with cutting now gone games look more authentic. Shots are harder to make but plays and dribbles are tremendously fluid and playing games is really satisfying.
Overall, the gameplay is runnier in NBA 2K19 but that game is also much harder to master. There are many more details everybody should learn about, and shots are noticeably harder to hit. On the other hand, while NBA Live 19 isn’t a fluidity king, the game is one tremendously enjoyable experience because you can learn to play it relatively rapidly and if you have fast reflexes you can hit harder shots much easier than in NBA 2K19.
You can pick a primary and secondary skill and there are some differences between those two depending on your place. But, in general, you can generate many different combinations. A pass-first point protector that can also knock down threes? Not a problem. A center that’s excellent rim protector but can also pass like Oscar Robertson? That’s achievable. There are really a lot of different combinations but you should know that max potential stats (like three-point shooting or passing) and famous badges are possible only when selecting the same primary and secondary skill, which is a disgrace.
So, you start in the Chinese basketball association and after a few games, the NBA All-Star team comes to China, plays next to your team and then you get a call from an NBA team. And that’s where the demonstration ends. But, it seems NBA 2K19 again features a career mode that’s based around earning coins in its place of experience points. And prices get pretty high after you improve a certain skill a couple of times.
NBA Live 19 is more amusing to play, it is one tremendously enjoyable experience, and it offers plenty of game modes. While it doesn’t feature the pure number of online modes and the slick presentation of NBA 2K19 (nor is as popular as NBA 2K), the game is a stimulating take on basketball. NBA 2K series started to fall in the eyes of fans for a few years now and it’s great that the game finally has some worthy competition.
So, if you want something new, a normal-looking career mode, an arcade basketball game with lots of cool moves, or are simply tired on the cash-grabbing method in NBA 2k games, pick NBA Live 19.