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NBA 2K18 Looks to Blur Lines of Gaming with The Neighborhood

Blurring the lines. That’s the goal all games look to achieve, perhaps even more so in sports gaming. Gamers want to feel they can do that, prove they understand, and feel that’s what it’s like to be there. 

The NBA 2K team hosted a day-long event in New York City to introduce their biggest enhancement for NBA 2K18, The Neighborhood; a mode that seemingly will blur the lines more than ever before in the NBA 2K series, at least beyond the more traditional NBA courts.

The Neighborhood brings “the most loved elements of NBA 2K — MyPARK, Pro-Am and the popular MyCAREER experience — together into a shared world for players to truly experience the life of an NBA athlete, both on the court and off,” according to the official press release.

2K’s guests for this event didn’t know it at the time, but by touring parts of Midtown Manhattan, they were actually being inserted into a real-world replication of The Neighborhood. Places visited, stories told and swag collected were all elements that blurred the lines between gaming and reality.

The official tour guide for this event was famed New York City DJ Bobbito Garcia who told us stories from the front of the bus about the history of basketball in New York, the city’s impact on the game, and even his cameos in basketball video games. Garcia was terrific, and was the perfect choice to lead us through this tour of his city.

The first stop was Made Man Barbershop. Detroit Piston Tobias Harris was waiting for us inside and chatted and took pictures with many of the guests. While getting a trim, we were able to play NBA 2K on the Nintendo Switch as the game will makes its first appearance on the system.

This is the experience NBA 2K18 gamers will get when entering into Doc’s Barbershop in The Neighborhood in which you can select a new cut, interact with NBA players, and more.

We made similar stops at Foot Locker and Harman, with each locale providing a glimpse into the experience The Neighborhood will bring to gamers in terms of swag that can be obtained, such as the new Kyrie Irving shoe and JBL E55BT headphones. As in the game, we crossed paths with various NBA stars like Damian Lillard who did an intimate trivia session with our group.

Although we did not make the rounds for every type of storefront you’ll see in The Neighborhood, gamers will still be able to experience an in-game tattoo parlor, an official NBA Store, and of course competing on The Playgrounds scattered throughout The Neighborhood, which are updated replacements for Parks.

When the tour ended, we were back at 2K’s base where they unveiled The Neighborhood for the first time during their live stream. We then had a few hours to play the fully featured game and talk to 2K staff about the game.

I spoke to Jeff Thomas, Vice President of Sports Development and Visual Concepts for 2K, about The Neighborhood, a concept Thomas said was something he had wanted to do for a few years. He confirmed my impression of The Neighborhood seemingly being a zoomed out version of the Park concept.

Thomas continued to discuss some fun features that may take NBA 2K18 gamers a bit of time to even notice, such as being able to not only visit a friend’s MyCourt again, but also to sit on their virtual couch and actually play the game together. He mentioned that your MyCourt will now have an elevator. He mentioned that not only can you utilize locations such as the Gatorade Gym, but also walk by the window and even see other actual MyPlayers working out in real-time.

In exploring NBA 2K18‘s The Neighborhood myself, I noticed a few things right away that I liked, such as your overall rating being prominently displayed in place of your rep below your MyPlayer (I was told that the rep system has been completely replaced with the new Road to 99). I noticed the new Playground courts, I was able to create a T-shirt (which fans can vote on to be sold in the virtual stores), and I walked into the indoor courts called The Venue. The Venue is where the larger tournaments will be held, and give these events a more grandiose feel. While the Playgrounds are spread throughout the Neighborhood, The Venue courts are spatially laid out similarly to how Park courts were.

Community Manager Chris Manning discussed with me some of the sponsored tournaments that 2K18 would be putting on in The Venue, starting with the Ruffle’s 4-Point Line challenge — a tournament that will add a 4-point line in an otherwise familiar game; a subtle yet entertaining twist that will help this tournament and others like it feel fresh and unique.

I really like the way in which the store fronts were done — it truly looks like a neighborhood, and actually feels a lot like walking around a game like Grand Theft Auto.

From the very moment I started to explore The Neighborhood, however, I found myself wishing I could run faster (just like in real life). There is a run button, but it didn’t seem to pick up the pace much. Perhaps this is something that will be tweaked, or maybe we can eventually use transportation such as bikes and cars to get around a bit quicker once we improve our MyPlayer. Perhaps in a future version of NBA 2K, The Neighborhood could benefit from introducing sponsored cars, parking spots or a garage, again similar to Grand Theft Auto.

One thought I had was that I’d like to be able to unlock certain phrases to say to other games as I walk by, similar to the different run/walk styles we’ve had in the past. A lower-level phrase might be, “Hey, man!” or “Let’s ball!” Higher-rated players might be heard muttering, “We talkin’ ’bout practice!” or “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”

But is this getting carried away? Is the Neighborhood moving too far away from a basketball game, or is it bringing us closer to the game by living it more vividly? The Neighborhood is not the only upgrade to NBA 2K18, not by a long shot — just read the blogs from Beluba, OG, and Czar, and the many already previously revealed features such as dual-archetype MyPlayers, Road to 99, and more. However, The Neighborhood was its most prominent and publicized addition. So are we blurring the lines in the right direction?

These are questions I think the community will begin to sift through in due time and find answers to. The Neighborhood will absolutely blend a lot of the elements Bobbito Garcia talked about with the storied history of big-city basketball, and The Neighborhood is an enhancement that seems primed for a natural evolution. I believe gamers will enjoy The Neighborhood, but I also am curious how the community will feel it adds to the game’s overall experience. Will folks spend more time on the courts or in the stores? Working on their hair more than their crossovers? Is The Neighborhood something that actually takes gamers further away from NBA basketball? Is it a step towards an even deeper eSports integration in the future?

I was told at the start of the 2K event that what we were about to see today would change sports gaming, and I believe in that sentiment. Now, like the rest of you, I wait to see where this ride will take me.

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  1. I like mike lowe, well written as always but nothing new
    Really hoping we'll get a blog about new stuff in mycareer
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    I dont see why they keep pushing the feels like GTA everywhere. There's a bunch of games I can name where you can walk around.
    Unless they haven't announced more to the neighbourhood, is walking to a in-game barbershop really changing the way sports gaming is played.
    Im not into all the online modes, Im just a MyLeague guy, but with this whole neighborhood thing, does this mean, if I want to go into that mode, Im I able to watch others play? I really dont have any desire to play online against other humans, as Im old and my brain and reflexes dont work so good these days, so I wouldnt be much competition for anyone, nor do I enjoy getting a beat down every game either,lol. But if I can go into that neighborhood and just watch others play, that would be a neat addition. I actually enjoy watching some people who know how to play basketball, and they play together as a team an not this 1 on 1 BS, lets just dunk and shoot 3's concept I see so much of with online players.Other than some of the stupid looking players that people make, and some of the moronic outfits they wear, I enjoyed watching the 2k tournaments the last couple yrs.
    How many Gigs is this game going to be?..I wonder how good 2K gameplay could be if they hypothetically scratched my player and Park altogether and focused solely on 5v5 NBA gameplay. Where would it be right now?
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    Just a random thought here. Was just watching Ronnie/LD2k's periscope right now and Ronnie was throwing shade at NBA live for taking the face scan idea. Then saying he was sure some other game will steal the Neighborhood idea.
    Just thought it was funny since I remember other games doing some version of face scans before. Like EA's fight night. And I know NBA Ballers Phenom over a decade ago had a Neighborhood like feature/idea. Obviously NBA 2k might be doing those ideas better currently, but that doesn't mean they didn't get ideas from others as well.
    ghettog
    Just a random thought here. Was just watching Ronnie/LD2k's periscope right now and Ronnie was throwing shade at NBA live for taking the face scan idea. Then saying he was sure some other game will steal the Neighborhood idea.
    Just thought it was funny since I remember other games doing some version of face scans before. Like EA's fight night. And I know NBA Ballers Phenom over a decade ago had a Neighborhood like feature/idea. Obviously NBA 2k might be doing those ideas better currently, but that doesn't mean they didn't get ideas from others as well.

    They know they can get away with trying to rewrite history to their young unaware audience
    ghettog
    Just a random thought here. Was just watching Ronnie/LD2k's periscope right now and Ronnie was throwing shade at NBA live for taking the face scan idea. Then saying he was sure some other game will steal the Neighborhood idea.
    Just thought it was funny since I remember other games doing some version of face scans before. Like EA's fight night. And I know NBA Ballers Phenom over a decade ago had a Neighborhood like feature/idea. Obviously NBA 2k might be doing those ideas better currently, but that doesn't mean they didn't get ideas from others as well.
    It's Ronnie2K
    I take whatever he says with a tub of salt, and then I dump that tub out and steam wash it or throw it away.
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    The part about 2k potentially adding cars in a future version doesn't even sound absurd anymore. I have a feeling we'll look back at this Neighborhood thing in a year or 2 and be glad it was just for 2k18. If they do however expand on the idea and add more GTA type stuff like cars and property then people will want a bigger game world and guns and heist missions...
    This franchise is generating a lot of money and they're dreaming big but it's a slippery slope
    Thanks for the replies, guys. I wanted to generate discussion w this piece as I do believe it's a heavy shift in the way we play a sports title, but wanted folks to discuss in more depth than any 1200 word write-up could hope to do. Operation Sports, we are the hardcore, and I knew better than to tell folks what to think.
    2K is a fantastic studio and dev team, and it's hard to please everyone. I know most WILL be pleased with Neighborhood, generally speaking, but also felt open dialogue would be most useful to folks here at OS, so I intentionally left the piece more open-ended.
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    Mike Lowe
    Thanks for the replies, guys. I wanted to generate discussion w this piece as I do believe it's a heavy shift in the way we play a sports title, but wanted folks to discuss in more depth than any 1200 word write-up could hope to do. Operation Sports, we are the hardcore, and I knew better than to tell folks what to think.
    2K is a fantastic studio and dev team, and it's hard to please everyone. I know most WILL be pleased with Neighborhood, generally speaking, but also felt open dialogue would be most useful to folks here at OS, so I intentionally left the piece more open-ended.
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    I view myself as an offline player, fan of my career, but like to play online sometimes.
    And this neighborhood it doesnt bother me IF MyCareer is not set aside and if they keep putting into work on the offline mode.
    I mean if we want to play only offline and be a 99 only offline we can no?
    I love the direction the game is going even tho I'm a pro am guy. I want the experience expanded.
    - Boston drills v.s other users with leader boards
    - Billiards, chess, checkers and connect 4 mini games in the arcade
    - 2 v 2 around the world (3pt shoot out)
    Etc.
    Personally, The Neighborhood concept does nothing for me. I understand there are lot who are excited for this but I'm only speaking on my behalf. It would be my preference if NBA 2k's career mode were more akin to that of MLB The Show.
    In The Show I was drafted by a team I did not choose, I am building my player up in a slow and realistic manner, I am working my butt off just to get into the Major Leagues, and if I want to change anything from my haircut to my socks all if I have to do is find it in the menus. This is how I prefer it.
    There isn't a dramatic story, there's just me playing baseball and making occasional choices. Sometimes the choices matter and sometimes they don't. Sometimes things happen regardless, for example, I've already been traded once and I've had to switch my position for a series. Nothing I did lead to these happenings but it's my feeling that that's what makes it so fun. All I know to do is work my butt off and things are happening around me regardless.
    I feel as if I haven't had as much fun with a career mode since NBA 2k10, and it would be my preference if we were provided an option that uses this type of approach for MyCareer.
    eaterofworlds888
    Personally, The Neighborhood concept does nothing for me. I understand there are lot who are excited for this but I'm only speaking on my behalf. It would be my preference if NBA 2k's career mode were more akin to that of MLB The Show.
    In The Show I was drafted by a team I did not choose, I am building my player up in a slow and realistic manner, I am working my butt off just to get into the Major Leagues, and if I want to change anything from my haircut to my socks all if I have to do is find it in the menus. This is how I prefer it.
    There isn't a dramatic story, there's just me playing baseball and making occasional choices. Sometimes the choices matter and sometimes they don't. Sometimes things happen regardless, for example, I've already been traded once and I've had to switch my position for a series. Nothing I did lead to these happenings but it's my feeling that that's what makes it so fun. All I know to do is work my butt off and things are happening around me regardless.
    I feel as if I haven't had as much fun with a career mode since NBA 2k10, and it would be my preference if we were provided an option that uses this type of approach for MyCareer.

    Just seems like this pattern while good for hardcore gamers doesn't seem to introduce new ideas and progression. I don't really want the same game I got in 2010 with a new year, small changes, and new players. Basic can be good, but I don't think I could stand that for eight years (started collecting at 2k11). Sometimes it a bit of swing and a miss (storyline 2k16), but nice see the attempt at keeping things interesting while trying to tweak ever improving game play and graphics. But of course to each there own.
    I love mypark, love playing my friends, and competing (even with some glitches and lag) I think have played too many full 82 games 12 minute quarter seasons against the AI since the 2000s. Love it is option don't get me wrong, but definitely ready for something fresh (at least for a basketball game) like the neighborhood.
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    ryocoola31
    Just seems like this pattern while good for hardcore gamers doesn't seem to introduce new ideas and progression. I don't really want the same game I got in 2010 with a new year, small changes, and new players. Basic can be good, but I don't think I could stand that for eight years (started collecting at 2k11). Sometimes it a bit of swing and a miss (storyline 2k16), but nice see the attempt at keeping things interesting while trying to tweak ever improving game play and graphics. But of course to each there own.
    I love mypark, love playing my friends, and competing (even with some glitches and lag) I think have played too many full 82 games 12 minute quarter seasons against the AI since the 2000s. Love it is option don't get me wrong, but definitely ready for something fresh (at least for a basketball game) like the neighborhood.
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    I actually have very few friends and none of them are interested in sports, sadly.
    I know it's fresh, it just isn't my thing and I don't think it ever will be. I've owned every NBA 2k since 2k2 (with the exception of 2k6, only played Live that year) maybe it's where I'm a bit more old school and I'm just grounded into that sort of thing. As you said, to each their own.
    Mike Lowe
    Thanks for the replies, guys. I wanted to generate discussion w this piece as I do believe it's a heavy shift in the way we play a sports title, but wanted folks to discuss in more depth than any 1200 word write-up could hope to do. Operation Sports, we are the hardcore, and I knew better than to tell folks what to think.
    2K is a fantastic studio and dev team, and it's hard to please everyone. I know most WILL be pleased with Neighborhood, generally speaking, but also felt open dialogue would be most useful to folks here at OS, so I intentionally left the piece more open-ended.
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    First, before I begin: Thank you for writing your article.
    I'm one of those that think "the neighborhood" is taking wrong approach to "blur the lines." So, I'm pretty sure my feedback will be ignored in favor of pursuing the vision of Jeff Thomas.
    There are a few things that I find wrong with the execution of this vision, things that go beyond reluctant acceptance of a vision I don't share to cross the line towards turning me off from the whole.
    Let's begin with the press release:
    The Neighborhood brings “the most loved elements of NBA 2K — MyPARK, Pro-Am and the popular MyCAREER experience — together into a shared world for players to truly experience the life of an NBA athlete, both on the court and off,” according to the official press release.

    While this quote may be true for MyPARK and Pro-Am modes, I find it totally false when it talks about MyCareer.
    The popular experiences of MyCareer are actually being excised from the mode in favor of more and more experiences easily monatarized and hidden behind paywalls.
    Getting a haircut at Pop's is not a "favorite" of almost every MyCareer player I know - yet this is an advertised example cited. Accessory customization while liked is not "popular" in the way that the Combine, Summer League, D-League, college games and many more things stripped away from the MyCareer experience.
    Even Draft Day was done away with. But hey! I can watch other gamers "work-out" in a virtual gym - I mean I really want to watch others bench press for +1 to this stat or that attribute.
    Then you have this neighborhood being billed as "truly experiencing the life of an NBA athlete ... I'm sorry but that is pure bs.
    Maybe it replicates the experience of some of the street legends of the 1970's back when a few of these legends actually went from courts in the Bronx or other Burroughs - guys that I learn about through film archives and Kobe's old documentary.
    But does this truly represent today's athletic experience? The guys where I grew up went through a hella lot different experience - and I'm sure those from the farms in Indiana had an experience that differs from both the inner-city fantasy/replication we have and the experiences of the guys from my home area.
    Instead of immersing myself into an NBA career as I once had, I feel like I am visiting a virtual Disneyland with a replica of 1970's street ball in New York and idealized "main-street" amusement park of online basketball for increasing the revenue stream.
    I think trying to force MyCareer into this vision is the downfall of the execution. I think as a vision of the Park and Playground experiences it is good and its seems attractive to those enamored by those modes but I don't see the execution and implementation of this working for MyCareer peeps.
    The neighborhood truly is an attempt to evolve the e-sport aspects of the Park experience and to further increase income opportunities of sponsoring tournaments and events - things that really excite many - I get that.
    Please take MyCareer and the actual NBA career experience back out of the neighborhood and back into the arenas.
    Vinsanity115
    How many Gigs is this game going to be?..I wonder how good 2K gameplay could be if they hypothetically scratched my player and Park altogether and focused solely on 5v5 NBA gameplay. Where would it be right now?
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    Exactly! One can dream!
    In b4 people come in here and say that different teams work on different modes so they have no effect on each other. But that's obviously wrong like we've seen w Madden they implemented a whole new garbage mode w Longshot and Franchise mode went completely untouched. My opinion but I feel like online has been the death of sports games
    It's all about money and will probably fail as it's technically a block, not a neighbourhood. It's small, not enough courts and will cause tremendous frustration since you'd have to wait a long time to get in a game. I don't think many will care about the sideshow here, like haircuts and other physical upgrades. It will get old fast. I like their attempt at something new, but really glad I don't care about these modes. I used to like the street mode, not sure my park has replaced that, and I think NBA Live has 2k beat on that. Basketball is what it should be about, but 2k has gotten too big for themselves. They're trying to be revolutionary, which can lead to great things like expansion in My League and classic teams. It can also lead to failure, like the story driven Spike Lee fiasco. Win some, lose some. This idea might lead to something good in the future, but right now I cannot see it.
    MakaveliLPC
    Exactly! One can dream!
    In b4 people come in here and say that different teams work on different modes so they have no effect on each other. But that's obviously wrong like we've seen w Madden they implemented a whole new garbage mode w Longshot and Franchise mode went completely untouched. My opinion but I feel like online has been the death of sports games

    I can see why you might think that but I really don't think 2K would have the budget for development they do now if this was strictly an offline 5 vs 5 game. If you're not innovating, you're dying in business. It's just a fact. I respect the fact that 2k is challenging the status quo and trying new things. You're not gonna compete with the CoDs and Destiny's of the world rehashing the same game year after year.
    MakaveliLPC
    Exactly! One can dream!
    In b4 people come in here and say that different teams work on different modes so they have no effect on each other. But that's obviously wrong like we've seen w Madden they implemented a whole new garbage mode w Longshot and Franchise mode went completely untouched. My opinion but I feel like online has been the death of sports games
    Well I love online, head to head that is. To me, it was my player. Cool side idea, but when it exploded as the main feature I've never enjoyed the game the same.
    The worst realization is when I went to fire up 2K13 I wanna say and they required me to make a my player in full to even get to the main menu and play online head to head...
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    Speaking for my friends and I, we are excitedly looking forward to this Neighborhood. We think it will add a real "community" feel to it which we would enjoy. I do hope they fixed some of the more nagging gameplay issues that have been around for a couple years now.
    Just so people don't get confused
    From what I read you don't load straight into the neighbourhood, your mycourt now has an elevator which goes there, hoping the loading times will be better then last years park but I'm fearing it'll be worse
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    Taer
    Instead of immersing myself into an NBA career as I once had, I feel like I am visiting a virtual Disneyland with a replica of 1970's street ball in New York and idealized "main-street" amusement park of online basketball for increasing the revenue stream.
    I think trying to force MyCareer into this vision is the downfall of the execution. I think as a vision of the Park and Playground experiences it is good and its seems attractive to those enamored by those modes but I don't see the execution and implementation of this working for MyCareer peeps.
    The neighborhood truly is an attempt to evolve the e-sport aspects of the Park experience and to further increase income opportunities of sponsoring tournaments and events - things that really excite many - I get that.
    Please take MyCareer and the actual NBA career experience back out of the neighborhood and back into the arenas.

    I don't post here much but I just had to when I saw your post. Couldn't agree with you more. I GET the appeal of the mode to some, but it actually makes MyCareer even less realistic and it just doesn't fit. I'm still not 100% sure how will it work (what about offline players?) but if you're right about the stripped features, like college, draft day, summer league etc I'm even more bummed out.
    I really love the improvements to the gameplay we've heard about from Mike Wang, OG and Czar, but it looks like I'll be skipping MyCareer altogether now.
    MacD
    I don't post here much but I just had to when I saw your post. Couldn't agree with you more. I GET the appeal of the mode to some, but it actually makes MyCareer even less realistic and it just doesn't fit. I'm still not 100% sure how will it work (what about offline players?) but if you're right about the stripped features, like college, draft day, summer league etc I'm even more bummed out.
    I really love the improvements to the gameplay we've heard about from Mike Wang, OG and Czar, but it looks like I'll be skipping MyCareer altogether now.
    Offline players just won't be able to leave their mycourt and have training points instead of vc
    They also won't be able to get accesoires or shoes kinda the same like last year, hoping they'll be able to upgrade badges this year though but I doubt it
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    Taer
    First, before I begin: Thank you for writing your article.
    I'm one of those that think "the neighborhood" is taking wrong approach to "blur the lines." So, I'm pretty sure my feedback will be ignored in favor of pursuing the vision of Jeff Thomas.
    There are a few things that I find wrong with the execution of this vision, things that go beyond reluctant acceptance of a vision I don't share to cross the line towards turning me off from the whole.
    Let's begin with the press release:
    While this quote may be true for MyPARK and Pro-Am modes, I find it totally false when it talks about MyCareer.
    The popular experiences of MyCareer are actually being excised from the mode in favor of more and more experiences easily monatarized and hidden behind paywalls.
    Getting a haircut at Pop's is not a "favorite" of almost every MyCareer player I know - yet this is an advertised example cited. Accessory customization while liked is not "popular" in the way that the Combine, Summer League, D-League, college games and many more things stripped away from the MyCareer experience.
    Even Draft Day was done away with. But hey! I can watch other gamers "work-out" in a virtual gym - I mean I really want to watch others bench press for +1 to this stat or that attribute.
    Then you have this neighborhood being billed as "truly experiencing the life of an NBA athlete ... I'm sorry but that is pure bs.
    Maybe it replicates the experience of some of the street legends of the 1970's back when a few of these legends actually went from courts in the Bronx or other Burroughs - guys that I learn about through film archives and Kobe's old documentary.
    But does this truly represent today's athletic experience? The guys where I grew up went through a hella lot different experience - and I'm sure those from the farms in Indiana had an experience that differs from both the inner-city fantasy/replication we have and the experiences of the guys from my home area.
    Instead of immersing myself into an NBA career as I once had, I feel like I am visiting a virtual Disneyland with a replica of 1970's street ball in New York and idealized "main-street" amusement park of online basketball for increasing the revenue stream.
    I think trying to force MyCareer into this vision is the downfall of the execution. I think as a vision of the Park and Playground experiences it is good and its seems attractive to those enamored by those modes but I don't see the execution and implementation of this working for MyCareer peeps.
    The neighborhood truly is an attempt to evolve the e-sport aspects of the Park experience and to further increase income opportunities of sponsoring tournaments and events - things that really excite many - I get that.
    Please take MyCareer and the actual NBA career experience back out of the neighborhood and back into the arenas.

    Post of the year.
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    nox
    Just so people don't get confused
    From what I read you don't load straight into the neighbourhood, your mycourt now has an elevator which goes there, hoping the loading times will be better then last years park but I'm fearing it'll be worse
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    this is the only thing that puts me off about the neighbourhood.
    if i have to load up the whole neighbourhood to go to the gym and work on badges it will be pretty annoying.
    I hope we can port straight from our court to the gym, or have a gym at the personal crib and that.
    As much as the neighbourhood seems cool and new, the main issue I had with mycareer and 2k in general is just how much of my playing time is spent behind loading screens. Its a trade off when you have so much content, but there must be efficient ways to load between places.
    Unless I can literally keep working out at the gym non stop until I am badged out, that would be great, coz going home to play a career game, then going gym, then doing an event with another NBA player, then going gym etc. was such an arduous aspect of the grind.
    Allow me to clarify a little bit of what I know about load times. From what I was told (severe paraphrasing here), only certain parts of Neighborhood will load for you at one time as it would be a waste to have you wait for everything, as others have mentioned. Each part of the Neighborhood can hold x amount of guys, and as you leave one area, you "unload" yourself to free up a spot for someone else, and you'd then enter a new area taking up one of those spots.
    I am not 100% certain, but I get the impression that there may be more than one Neighborhood universe. Again, speculating as I'm not entirely sure, but it would make sense when you're talking about thousands and thousands of gamers trying to be in the same place at one time.
    Mike Lowe
    Allow me to clarify a little bit of what I know about load times. From what I was told (severe paraphrasing here), only certain parts of Neighborhood will load for you at one time as it would be a waste to have you wait for everything, as others have mentioned. Each part of the Neighborhood can hold x amount of guys, and as you leave one area, you "unload" yourself to free up a spot for someone else, and you'd then enter a new area taking up one of those spots.
    I am not 100% certain, but I get the impression that there may be more than one Neighborhood universe. Again, speculating as I'm not entirely sure, but it would make sense when you're talking about thousands and thousands of gamers trying to be in the same place at one time.

    i just saw Gento's vid and he said you can immediately play your mycareer games one after the other, which is PERFECT.
    I guess that means we can grind badges in the gym in one go too, if we wanna put that work in.
    infemous
    i just saw Gento's vid and he said you can immediately play your mycareer games one after the other, which is PERFECT.
    I guess that means we can grind badges in the gym in one go too, if we wanna put that work in.

    Yes, the entire experience of your MyPlayer is all connected and worked on simultaneously in your Road to 99. Sorry, I thought folks were aware of that already.
    Mike Lowe
    Yes, the entire experience of your MyPlayer is all connected and worked on simultaneously in your Road to 99. Sorry, I thought folks were aware of that already.

    we have ZERO information tbh.
    All we know is that there is a neighbourhood and it is a hub of park, pro am and mycareer.
    a blog or some information would be greatly appreciated as we still don't know how we will be able to check our actual player attributes, or whether the story is linear or determined by things you do in the prelude, how your OVR affects your story, whether we can get to 99 playing offline only, etc. etc.
    "Road to 99" - Sometime back I swear I saw a video stating road to 99 will lead into 2k19. Just want to ask the community if anyone saw a video that talks about myplayer and showing there's a possibility of it being carried over to 2k19? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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    blk5tar5
    "Road to 99" - Sometime back I swear I saw a video stating road to 99 will lead into 2k19. Just want to ask the community if anyone saw a video that talks about myplayer and showing there's a possibility of it being carried over to 2k19? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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    I have no info on this but I'm confident to say that hell no it will not carry over.
    Detroit Red
    The part about 2k potentially adding cars in a future version doesn't even sound absurd anymore. I have a feeling we'll look back at this Neighborhood thing in a year or 2 and be glad it was just for 2k18. If they do however expand on the idea and add more GTA type stuff like cars and property then people will want a bigger game world and guns and heist missions...
    This franchise is generating a lot of money and they're dreaming big but it's a slippery slope

    I hope it dont go that far, why not just play Grand theft Auto if you want that kind of crap. The NBA has had their share of trash thru the years, but for the most part the league has cleaned up the image of its players. So if they were to get too far out there away from basketball itself, the league might not look to kindly on that, so I dont think they will allow it to get to ghetto like, or the league office might have something to say.
    With this whole Esports idea, I think they are looking to a future where, there is a video game basketball league, and grow it that way. Personally I would rather see humans playing with actual real teams, and real NBA players in a league type idea, but I got a feeling they are looking at aleague with your created MyPlayer. Possibly using real NBA teams, but instead of the NBA players, it will be all created MyPlayers in the league.
    If that is indeed what they see in the future, it could be pretty cool, I wouldnt have any desire at my age to be in something like that, as I only play offline MyLeague, but I would watch a video basketball league. Granted I think this younger generation needs to get off their lazy rears, and get outside more, rather than sitting in front of a TV screen all day playing video games, but I will say a video basketball league, could possibly be a money maker, if done right that is.
    Rockie_Fresh88
    Guess I have to play it but I don't understand the hype . Is there any NEW features other than the ability to walk around more ? I'm not bashing it just wondering .

    Just seems to be more streamlined. Noticed a few new drills. Other than that seems to just all be in one place now.
    I'm still really confused about what my offline options will be. I just want to have an NBA career. I was willing to sit through the story and I loved playing college games and getting drafted and playing a season. I have no desire to interact with other gamers. This is my way of living my childhood fantasies. I love the All-time teams but I am/was always a My Career guy just so I can live this dream. Is that still a thing I can do?
    sfx
    I'm still really confused about what my offline options will be. I just want to have an NBA career. I was willing to sit through the story and I loved playing college games and getting drafted and playing a season. I have no desire to interact with other gamers. This is my way of living my childhood fantasies. I love the All-time teams but I am/was always a My Career guy just so I can live this dream. Is that still a thing I can do?

    I'm nearly certain you still can. Nothing was stripped out of this mode or any other. Nearly all modes have seen very nice enhancements with Neighborhood being what appears to be the most significant.
    Neighborhood took Park and expanded, but all other functionality you'd want still is still there.
    Only stripped part was the rep system which is now Road to 99.
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