EA Sports released the latest patch for NBA Live 18. The update focused primarily on stability in a variety of modes, but it also updated the face scans of a few players for accuracy.
Most notably, the clean-shaving version of Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is now available in the game. Irving’s Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert and others also received new and improved renders.
You can see the updated Uncle Drew in the image above. Here are the other details:
Addressed a crash in Pro-Am Tour that occurred during a conversation with the Goodman League Commissioner after winning the league tournament.
Addressed a crash when a player would get to Level 50 League Hype.
Addressed some player likeness issues.
Addressed an issue in which a user could turn off auto-subs and cause the CPU to stop making the substitution.
Addressed some idle issues with some instance of dribbling and hands-up animations.
Made improvements to the look of a player’s first step out of triple threat
Improved responsiveness for pull up jumpers
Improved responsiveness when catching and shooting
Improved responsiveness on right stick shot contests.
Updated and Tuned dribble content
Improved overall online gameplay stability
Live Ultimate Team Update:
Updated player ratings on items to better reflect important attributes.
Added Post Offense (POST) to show how good a player is at getting to the basket and scoring from the post.
Changed Shooting (SHT) to Mid-Range Shooting (MID) to better reflect a player’s ability to score off of mid-range jumpers.
Changed Dunking (DNK) to Finishing (FIN) to better reflect how well a player can score around the basket with dunks and lay-ups.
EA Sports continues to improve what was already a resurgent entry in the NBA Live series. If there is any way to flesh out the franchise mode and add more content to Ultimate Team, it could go a long way toward improving the overall experience.
Even still, the game is on the right track and anticipation will be high for next year’s release.