NBA Live 19

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NBA Live 19
Cover art featuring Joel Embiid
Developer(s)EA Tiburon
Publisher(s)EA Sports
SeriesNBA Live
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Xbox One
  • WW: September 7, 2018
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

NBA Live 19 is a basketball simulation video game developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA Sports. It features Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers as its cover athlete and was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 7, 2018.[1] The game is the 22nd installment in the NBA Live series, and the follow-up to 2017's NBA Live 18. It received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, who praised the improved gameplay and modes, but criticized the AI intelligence and animations.


NBA Live 19 features Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers on the cover. Much like EA's Madden NFL 19, the game includes gameplay improvements, with the introduction of real-player motion and the expansion of one-on-one features. It also is the first basketball game to include the option to create a female player.[2] In addition, NBA Live 19 received a new commentary team of New York Knicks radio play-by-play announcer Ed Cohen and ESPN basketball analyst Jay Williams. Furthermore, new presentation elements debuted for this season. Cohen and Williams replaced Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, who had voiced the NBA Live series since NBA Live 14.


On August 22, 2017, EA Sports announced the soundtrack for the game, which would feature 20 songs, including Migos, J.Cole, Logic, Injury Reserve and Lil Pump. The soundtrack was also made available for streaming on Spotify.[3]


Aggregate score
Metacritic(XONE) 75/100[4]
(PS4) 73/100[5]
Review scores
Game Informer7/10[6]
USgamer3.5/5 stars[9]

NBA Live 19 received "mixed or average" reviews from critics on the PlayStation 4 and "generally favorable" reviews for the Xbox One, according to review aggregator Metacritic.

IGN gave the game 7.9/10, saying: "I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked playing NBA Live 19. The core basketball game and its various modes offer plenty of chances to have a fun basketball experience... NBA Live 19 is great at simulating basketball and has fun modes to shake things up, but its personality comes up a bit short."[8] In its 7/10 review, GameSpot said, "NBA Live 19 is a capable and competent basketball game that offers a multitude of different ways to play and numerous reasons to keep coming back. Its impressive attention to detail complements the strong foundation set by its presentation and gameplay. However, the AI logic and animation problems are impossible to ignore given they're at the heart of the experience the entire game is based on."[7]


  1. ^ "An Inside Look at Joel Embiid, NBA LIVE 19 Cover Athlete". EA SPORTS.
  2. ^ Kofie Yeboah (June 26, 2018). "Joel Embiid trusted the process onto the 'NBA Live 19' cover". SB Nation. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "'NBA Live 19' Official Soundtrack: Complete List Of Songs Featuring Migos, J.Cole, Lil Pump And More". Forbes. August 22, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "NBA Live 19 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "NBA Live 19 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Bertz, Matt (September 7, 2018). "NBA Live 19: Still Searching For Its Shot". Game Informer. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Makuch, Eddie (September 6, 2018). "NBA Live 19 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b G. Macy, Seth (September 6, 2018). "NBA Live 18 Review". IGN. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Peters, Brenden (September 15, 2018). "NBA Live 19 review". US Gamer. Retrieved September 15, 2018.