WNBA players test out NBA Live 18, getting to see their likenesses in action. Last month, EA announced that WNBA teams would be playable in NBA Live 18, making it the first time the professional women’s league had been featured in a video game.
The WNBA being in NBA Live 18 also follows a trend of EA setting an example for sports sims, having also featured women’s international teams in FIFA 16.
WNBA Players Discuss Their NBA Live 18 Ratings
The Associated Press recently took a pre-release version of NBA Live 18 to WNBA team the New York Liberty, giving the players a hands-on demo. Liberty players Sugar Rodgers and Shavonte Zellous played the game, marvelling at their player likenesses and discussing their ratings.
Rodgers was less than pleased about her 80 overall rating, telling the AP that she should be at least an 85 or even a 90. But in general she was “excited” about the game and said that little girls would be excited to see WNBA players in the game too. The Liberty player explained that in previous NBA Live releases, she has had to create male characters and put Rodgers on the back.
Zellous seemed delighted about her NBA Live 18 likeness. While the player did feel that her hair could have been a bit longer and said that “some of the players don’t look exactly how they look off the court,” she said that “for the first year it’s great.” She specifically pointed to the footwear worn by the characters, noting that it’s “awesome” to see players wear the same shoes that they do in real life.
Zellous also told the publication that the decision to feature the WNBA in NBA Live 18 will only help the league grow. “When you have little kids looking up to us, and you have a video game to help that, it’s amazing.”
Not only is this fantastic for fans and players, but it draws new people in as they wonder what all the fuss is about in regards to the league. And when they do go to games or research a team near them, they will be able to head into NBA Live 18 and play as their new favourite WNBA players for themselves.
NBA Live 18 will be released on September 15 on PS4 and Xbox One.
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