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NBA 2K19 Patch Seven: What Works And What Doesn't

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NBA 2K19 Patch Seven: What Works And What Doesn't

We’re now in the month of December. The holiday season is upon us, which means a whole lot of people are going to be receiving new systems in the near future, which also means that top games will have a bunch of new players on them, including NBA 2K19. With that in mind, patch 7 is the latest update from the 2K team, and it weighs in at almost 7 GB on the PS4. Let’s take a quick look at what this patch has done for the game.

What Works

Patch 7 has brought in a lot of cosmetic changes. Updated/new uniforms, shoes and player likenesses has been brought into the game. There’s also been fixes that people are more concerned about that are mode based. Everything that was released in the patch notes in regards to gameplay that I’ve personally encountered so far looks to be as advertised.

What Still Needs Work

Servers. Are we ever going to get a patch or news that the servers have been improved? I appreciate 2K keeping the game as authentic as possible with the player likenesses, shoes, courts and jersey updates, but I think it’s fair to say that a large demographic of players are running games online to some capacity, whether it be in MyCareer in the Park/Pro-Am/Rec Center, or in MyLeague Online. The continued server issues have and still are bogging down the game, and makes things unbearable at times. I jumped back into the Park this weekend and got hit by huge lag spikes or continued lag in several games that made me quit playing 2K altogether. Something has to give at this point.

One area that needs some serious attention is the creation suite for content creators. It’s pretty evident that I vouch for these guys heavily as they keep each year of 2K fresh until the next iteration comes out, and the work that they put in is arguably unmatched. And they do it for free, investing their precious time just to give back to us, the fans. The 2K team is doing us all a disservice by not addressing issues with custom rosters and draft classes, such as inappropriately aged players (a 7-year-old kid can’t make the NBA guys), and player attributes changing randomly after being saved. I’d worry a little less about patching Dodgeball and a little more about fixing these lingering issues.

My Final Thoughts

It’s encouraging to see that the 2K team is fixing things in game within various game modes as well as updating authenticity. The caveat here to me is that they’re still skimping on the areas that many people have been — and still are voicing their displeasure about. MyLeague Online and Pro-Am are two heavily loved and frequented modes, but they still have issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Giving some love to the community in terms of fixing draft class issues should also be a priority for the 2K team, as this is where their game is kept alive long enough to get to the next year of the game. Only time will tell if the next 7 GB patch will solve some more potent problems, or just glaze over the surface of issues.

What do you think about all the patches for the game? Do you feel there is an area that needs to be seriously looked at and patched? Let us know!

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  1. I am still seeing the Under the Basket Tendency Bug where non-FA players see their tendency rating spike to 99 in the offseason. They claimed that it was fixed in Patch 6 but it is still there.
    Settings/Matchups are still Not saving for myleague online games.... But hey, maybe they See that as Part of the experience. I am already used to pausing the game right before tipoff to Change my Coach settings. i mean, it is the 4th year in a row.
    what works? I dont know man, I think this game is dead...
    The parks are empty, for Jordan Rec you have to wait so much time and then realize to play against completely OP opponents.
    Matchmaking fail!
    Server fail!
    Event fail!
    Slashers fail!
    Defense fail!
    Shot contest? Please what? FAIL!!!
    sharps work!
    strech work!
    GC work!
    3 pt shooting oh yeaaah....work!!!
    buy VC always work!!!!
    If you're a Park Player, or enjoy All Star Team Up - or even MyLeague (download 2018 draft class, fast forward to the next year 2018-19, update uniforms via Team Relocation) -- then you're better off staying with NBA 2K18.
    NBA 2K18 vastly superior.
    Honestly, if they don't add in some kind of matchmaking next year for My Career, I will likely pass on buying. I literally cannot play in the park because of the Got Next system. I tried hopping into an open spot on every single court in two separate neighborhoods last night, and didn't get to play a single game after about 30 minutes of trying.
    I loaded up the other game, and actually completed 5-6 online games within that same 30 minutes. The experience is night and day. The Neighborhood and Park ideas need to be scrapped altogether. Cool idea on paper, but it doesn't translate well to the game.
    El_Poopador
    Honestly, if they don't add in some kind of matchmaking next year for My Career, I will likely pass on buying. I literally cannot play in the park because of the Got Next system. I tried hopping into an open spot on every single court in two separate neighborhoods last night, and didn't get to play a single game after about 30 minutes of trying.
    I loaded up the other game, and actually completed 5-6 online games within that same 30 minutes. The experience is night and day. The Neighborhood and Park ideas need to be scrapped altogether. Cool idea on paper, but it doesn't translate well to the game.

    It's just too much going on at once and that's why it's hard to get games this year. The Cages should've been a park event. That's where majority of the players are on each server. I have to retry about 5-6 times to get in a neighborhood with games being played on all courts.
    Korrupted
    It's just too much going on at once and that's why it's hard to get games this year. The Cages should've been a park event. That's where majority of the players are on each server. I have to retry about 5-6 times to get in a neighborhood with games being played on all courts.

    It's not about the lack of people playing. But because I play by myself, it's impossible to actually get other people to join the got next spots with me. If I join an open spot when someone else is waiting, they immediately back out.
    It's just an awful system. Why do I need to physically walk around and find a game to play, and just hope that some random people will choose to join me? The other day, I literally sat on a got next spot for 20 minutes, while the team that won the previous game was waiting for other people to join. A squad walked up and instantly the game started. Basically, they cut me in line for the game because no one else wanted to play with me, even though I had been waiting.
    Brinkus
    They need to nerf the 3PT shooting big time. Turn Rec and ProAm into sim basketball, not a damn all star game with all the 3PTers.

    Hate to break it to you but all online versus modes are set to an all star difficulty. Thats with sliders set at 50 across the board. With these settings, you cant truly cheat (gap) on defense at all, which is actually a little unrealistic in terms of real life but flip side, you cant truly stop the blowby either.
    I don't know what they did but the game is no longer fun or playable imo. Just shut off a game where myself and the cpu were shooting well over 70% from the field deep into the third qtr. Shooting percentages have jumped 10 plus percentage points in every game I've played.
    El_Poopador
    It's not about the lack of people playing. But because I play by myself, it's impossible to actually get other people to join the got next spots with me. If I join an open spot when someone else is waiting, they immediately back out.
    It's just an awful system. Why do I need to physically walk around and find a game to play, and just hope that some random people will choose to join me? The other day, I literally sat on a got next spot for 20 minutes, while the team that won the previous game was waiting for other people to join. A squad walked up and instantly the game started. Basically, they cut me in line for the game because no one else wanted to play with me, even though I had been waiting.

    Hated that system for a long time too, but everyone's answer is "Get friends to play with.". Point blank, I don't like playing with people and using mics. I just wanted to fire up my console, start up NBA 2K19, play a game, then get off.
    It's a wonder that I do so well in games where communication is important.
    El_Poopador
    It's not about the lack of people playing. But because I play by myself, it's impossible to actually get other people to join the got next spots with me. If I join an open spot when someone else is waiting, they immediately back out.
    It's just an awful system. Why do I need to physically walk around and find a game to play, and just hope that some random people will choose to join me? The other day, I literally sat on a got next spot for 20 minutes, while the team that won the previous game was waiting for other people to join. A squad walked up and instantly the game started. Basically, they cut me in line for the game because no one else wanted to play with me, even though I had been waiting.

    Yeah I already told one of my friends I’m not playing next year if this GOT NEXT stuff returns again. I actually have friends that play but it doesn’t always workout that we are all on. So the majority of the Time only 2 of us are on at a time and it takes forever to find a game and when you finally find one the 3rd teammate sometimes is a terrible Player so we lose and have to keep searching until we get a game with a third person who compliments our game.
    This is even harder finding games alone cuz now you gotta wait around and then eventually figure out how 2 strangers play to have a chance at staying on. This recipe makes for a lot of waiting. Really not interested in grinding badges and free throw golf trash while waiting on pods for 2k20.
    2k19 is a good game though I like it overall but this park system has to change. I can just keep playing 2k19 next year if I want to play other modes.
    Lakerplayer8
    Yeah I already told one of my friends I’m not playing next year if this GOT NEXT stuff returns again. I actually have friends that play but it doesn’t always workout that we are all on. So the majority of the Time only 2 of us are on at a time and it takes forever to find a game and when you finally find one the 3rd teammate sometimes is a terrible Player so we lose and have to keep searching until we get a game with a third person who compliments our game.
    This is even harder finding games alone cuz now you gotta wait around and then eventually figure out how 2 strangers play to have a chance at staying on. This recipe makes for a lot of waiting. Really not interested in grinding badges and free throw golf trash while waiting on pods for 2k20.
    2k19 is a good game though I like it overall but this park system has to change. I can just keep playing 2k19 next year if I want to play other modes.

    I hear you. I remember arguing with someone when this was first introduced, because they stated "that's how it is in real life". Ummmm...no! I don't know what part of the country they were living in, but if I got next, I GOT NEXT. You think I'm going to give up my next just because you showed up with a squad of 5? Nope...I'm just going to grab some people who are waiting and/or grabbed some people from the losing team, and I'm going to play next.
    To me, that's how the park should be. Give each court a waiting queue with a maximum of 3-5 slots, then people can play in the order they arrived to the court. Also, let people queue their squad from the waiting screen.
    ksuttonjr76

    To me, that's how the park should be. Give each court a waiting queue with a maximum of 3-5 slots, then people can play in the order they arrived to the court. Also, let people queue their squad from the waiting screen.

    That would not solve the problem my friend!
    In that case, there would probably be no game at all.
    The only solution is: to seperate Parks in 2 different types!
    1. for "casual" gamers without any records and stats, just for fun...everybody plays with anybody. No Squads, no amateur, no elite, no OVR, nothing.
    Only the ID and the Position with archetype should be shown.
    2. the other park for tryhards who love to show how "good" they are.
    with stats records rep and all that stuf!!!
    And this would shown who really is an elite player....
    Because I see only games where elite plays against amateur, if another elite squad is next, the others go away...thats not a good reputation system!!!
    ksuttonjr76
    I hear you. I remember arguing with someone when this was first introduced, because they stated "that's how it is in real life". Ummmm...no! I don't know what part of the country they were living in, but if I got next, I GOT NEXT. You think I'm going to give up my next just because you showed up with a squad of 5? Nope...I'm just going to grab some people who are waiting and/or grabbed some people from the losing team, and I'm going to play next.
    To me, that's how the park should be. Give each court a waiting queue with a maximum of 3-5 slots, then people can play in the order they arrived to the court. Also, let people queue their squad from the waiting screen.

    Honestly, even that would still be a poor implementation. There's no reason in a video game that I should need to sit and watch other people play before I can play. I want to get on and get into a game. If I want to wait for a game, I'll go to a court in real life.
    The only possible way I might be ok with it is if we could do other things while waiting: drills, play our next My Career game, etc. Something so we're not just standing still, waiting. Hell, we can't even upgrade attributes or change our clothing while sitting on a got next spot. Every part of the system is bad.
    El_Poopador
    Honestly, even that would still be a poor implementation. There's no reason in a video game that I should need to sit and watch other people play before I can play. I want to get on and get into a game. If I want to wait for a game, I'll go to a court in real life.
    The only possible way I might be ok with it is if we could do other things while waiting: drills, play our next My Career game, etc. Something so we're not just standing still, waiting. Hell, we can't even upgrade attributes or change our clothing while sitting on a got next spot. Every part of the system is bad.

    Truthfully, they just need matchmaking where people of similar skill/rank are matched up with each other, but that would never work due to people being complete snobs/douchebags about records and archetypes. People would back out of the Park games all the time.
    Fouls are still completely broken... The NBA is averaging 23 free throw attempts per game, yet I am seeing a total of 7 fouls combined, and only 3 free throw attempts...
    ksuttonjr76
    Truthfully, they just need matchmaking where people of similar skill/rank are matched up with each other, but that would never work due to people being complete snobs/douchebags about records and archetypes. People would back out of the Park games all the time.

    I agree. Matchmaking is the best way to go. As for the snobs, just make it so you can’t see anyone’s records, stats, rep, etc. until after the game is over. You should be able to see their archetypes so you know their play style, but that’s it.
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    El_Poopador
    It's not about the lack of people playing. But because I play by myself, it's impossible to actually get other people to join the got next spots with me. If I join an open spot when someone else is waiting, they immediately back out.
    It's just an awful system. Why do I need to physically walk around and find a game to play, and just hope that some random people will choose to join me? The other day, I literally sat on a got next spot for 20 minutes, while the team that won the previous game was waiting for other people to join. A squad walked up and instantly the game started. Basically, they cut me in line for the game because no one else wanted to play with me, even though I had been waiting.

    The community is heavily into checking Player Cards this year and if your win % is awful or you're a bronze amateur, you're not going to get any games. For those struggling to get games or have no friends to play with I can understand why you guys would want a matchmaking system. It's really not THAT hard to find casual or hardcore players to run with in Park though. This is coming from a person who switched consoles this year and started with 0 friends on PS4. I like the current set up. Being able to roam freely and all that is pretty cool to me. I also know if I go to the park solo I'm able to find a Center and Guard of equal skill level to streak with. The biggest con I see is players running off courts when Elite Players pull up. At times I wish I was an Amateur again. On another note I can only imagine how atrocious matchmaking would be constantly playing with randoms. Not to mention people backing out every chance they get once you get a complete team. The JRC is a prime example. I'll pass on that.
    Skill Based Matchmaking wouldn't be that fun for some either. I don't think people would prefer to play against try hards 24/7/365 lol.
    With the Group feature on Xbox and the communities on PS4, there's really no excuse to complain about not having people to run with or not being able to get games in. Use those if you haven't they will make a difference for ya.
    Korrupted
    The community is heavily into checking Player Cards this year and if your win % is awful or you're a bronze amateur, you're not going to get any games. For those struggling to get games or have no friends to play with I can understand why you guys would want a matchmaking system. It's really not THAT hard to find casual or hardcore players to run with in Park though. This is coming from a person who switched consoles this year and started with 0 friends on PS4. I like the current set up. Being able to roam freely and all that is pretty cool to me. I also know if I go to the park solo I'm able to find a Center and Guard of equal skill level to streak with. The biggest con I see is players running off courts when Elite Players pull up. At times I wish I was an Amateur again. On another note I can only imagine how atrocious matchmaking would be constantly playing with randoms. Not to mention people backing out every chance they get once you get a complete team. The JRC is a prime example. I'll pass on that.
    Skill Based Matchmaking wouldn't be that fun for some either. I don't think people would prefer to play against try hards 24/7/365 lol.
    With the Group feature on Xbox and the communities on PS4, there's really no excuse to complain about not having people to run with or not being able to get games in. Use those if you haven't they will make a difference for ya.

    Again, it shouldn’t fall on me to have to search for people to play with. And even if I find other players, we shouldn’t have to watch other people play before we can get into a game.
    I get maybe 10-12 hours per week to game. I have no interest in spending half of that standing in one spot watching other people play. If I wanted to do that, I’d go on YouTube or Twitch.
    The way it is now, if you haven’t already spent a large amount of time playing online, you’re not going to find a game. That is a poorly designed system.
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