We've finally got our hands on the two NBA games that we were looking forward to ever since the trailers dropped. by 2K Sports and by EA. The battle for taking the throne of basketball games has never raged higher, and we are absolutely loving it. However, even though NBA Live and NBA 2K are both basketball titles, they aren't exactly identical to each other as they both have different things to offer.
NBA Live could best be described as the arcade version of basketball, meaning that even the non-hardcore basketball fans can enjoy the game and appreciate the beauties of the sport. It's much more newcomer-friendly if you like. Though the game suffers from certain issues that some diehard basketball fans may find deal-breaking - such as the lack of player likeness factors and somewhat stiff animations - it is still a very enjoyable sports title, and its ESPN presentation should not be overlooked.
NBA 2K19 on the other hand, offers a much different experience. It tries and does a great job of simulating the game of basketball and so it does require a fair bit of knowledge to be enjoyed and played properly. But not everyone enjoys full-on simulators, and so certain gamers may find the gameplay of NBA 2K to be rather slow and downright unfulfilling due to its realistic style. Those that take the time to learn to execute some basic basketball plays though, may just find that 2K style should not be dismissed as unentertaining.
What the two games have in common though - other than both being basketball games obviously - is that they both look downright amazing. However, there is actually a lot of difference between the visual styles of these two titles, even though you wouldn't say so at the very first glance.