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NBA 2K19 Review: The Crown Jewel of Sports Games Continues On

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NBA 2K19 Review: The Crown Jewel of Sports Games Continues On

With the release of NBA 2K19, the series marks its 20th year with The King, LeBron James gracing the Anniversary Edition cover. It’s fitting as the annual franchise has been the king of basketball games for almost as long as James has dominated the NBA. NBA 2K19 looks to remain on top of the competition by refining almost every aspect of its already dense offering. Between a revamped neighborhood in MyCareer, a new MyTeam, and many other ways to experience life as an NBA star, 2K has done anything but rest on its laurels.

2K has established itself as a very ambitious company when it comes to its basketball game, and after spending a lot of time in the practice gym with NBA 2K19, it’s time to tip-off and see how the newest entry in the franchise stacks up.

MyCareer

With each new year, would-be basketball players flock to the ever expanding MyCareer mode. This season, your MyCareer player starts off in China after going undrafted. It’s here that we get to create our player, dubbed A.I., as he meets with Chinese media for the first time. The dual-archetype system from NBA 2K18 returns, as do the attribute caps and the badge system. Unlike last year, however, you can now see what your player’s attribute caps will be before committing to making a specific type of player.

Archetypes and badges have been reworked and the options are staggering. Stat caps change based on a number of factors like height, weight, wingspan and position. Badges are consistent by position, but the same archetype at a different position may have different badges at different levels. Badge levels still remain divided between Hall of Fame, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and while a point guard may get a gold Dimer badge and a Silver Limitless range, that same archetype at shooting guard may have those badges flipped in terms of tier.

Once names, vitals, and position are filled out for your player, there is an option to either play through the Prelude, where the bulk of the story takes place, or go straight to the NBA. While I won’t give away spoilers, I highly recommend that players experience the Prelude, which is much longer and more in depth than the demo of the same name. The narrative in NBA 2K19’s Prelude is easily the most grounded and emotionally heavy of the MyCareer stories. There are no Friends of Freak or D.J.’s here.

Once you make it to the NBA proper, players are introduced to the new and greatly expanded Neighborhood. Introduced in NBA 2K18, the Neighborhood was a hub for MyPlayers to meet in the Park and the Pro-Am to see whose virtual baller was King of the Court. That’s still very much the case in NBA 2K19, and it’s clear that the dev team has done a lot of work to make the Neighborhood a more refined and more fun place for gamers to play.

The first thing players will notice is that the neighborhood is much easier to navigate than it was before. Gone are the labyrinth of streets and alleys, and in their place is a town square. It’s this square that players can find everything from the NBA store to the Jordan Rec center — and everything in between. This new layout makes everything much easier and faster to get to so time in between games or changing outfits has been reduced.

Speaking of change, new this year is the ability to change your player’s jump shot and outfit without having to step out of the queue in Park games. This is another quality-of-life change in NBA 2K19 that doesn’t seem like much, but it all adds up to save the player time. In fact, the only area in the Neighborhood that takes some time to get to is also one of the most fun additions in the game: The Under Armour Cages.

In the Under Armour cages, NBA 2K19 leaves the confines of regular basketball and introduces trampolines. Yes, that’s right: TRAMPOLINES. It’s easily the most fun I’ve had in the Park so far, and it was also the longest wait to play as many wanted to experience this wacky way to play. It’s very reminiscent of NBA Street in that way as players sky for dunks, rebounds and blocks. It’s even possible to double jump from one trampoline to another, though I’m not sure if that was intended as it’s inconsistent as to whether or not it works.

Another way to kill time in the Neighborhood is a good old-fashioned game of dodgeball. At various times, dodgeball will open up for players in the Neighborhood, though I’m sad to report that it wasn’t up and running during my time with the review (though I’m sure will get to this in a later article). I also did not have any luck with the Jordan Rec Center, which now serves as the Pro-Am walk-on spot (more on the servers later). But speaking of the Pro-Am, players can make their personalized team and uniforms right off the jump with only the Arena editor requiring Pro-Am rep to have access to. There is also private matchmaking for Pro-Am so finding talented squads to play against should be easier than ever.

Eventually, your player will take to the NBA arena and it’s there that more quality of life changes come in. Now your player can go straight into the next game or over to the team practice facility right from the locker room. This saves time while grinding badges and your player’s new way to get to 99 overall: MyPoints. Much like last year, the goal of MyCareer in NBA 2K19 is to get to 99 overall, and MyPoints are the new name for XP. There are also different perks for reaching certain overalls, including a boost to a new MyPlayer once you reach 95 overall.

After each game with your NBA team or in the Park, a bar will fill up based on performance. The better the game, the more MyPoints you get. Performance in-game is still shown with hot or cold icons by your player, but in addition to simply being hot or cold your player now has access to the Takeover mechanic. This mechanic boosts your attributes for a limited time once you build up the takeover meter. This could potentially grant the player access to better moves, such as momentum dribble moves depending on if the boosted attributes pass the required threshold.

That being said, MyCareer is still heavily laden with microtransactions and is still very much a pay-to-win model. While things like haircuts are free this year, those who were tired of how everything cost VC will still be disappointed. Players will still feel the pressure to pay real money in order to not fall behind, and you’ll still feel like your MyCareer player is the most broke NBA player in the world. 2K is a bit more liberal with how VC you earn, but it still feels like it’s not enough.

There are also things in the Neighborhood that are obscenely overpriced. While a pair of Jordans may cost your player a couple thousand VC, buying a football to throw around with your friends or buying a skateboard to wheel around the Park will cost you north of 50K each. It’s frustrating that 2K has added all of these fun additions to the mode and locked them away behind microtransactions.

The good news is that MyCareer is still really fun to play. Beyond the frustrations of VC, the core gameplay remains very solid with some important changes.

MyLeague/MyGM

For those who want more out of an NBA game than the offerings of MyCareer, NBA 2K19 has you covered as well. The deepest franchise mode in all of console sports video games is back. They didn’t reinvent the wheel in MyLeague, but there are refinements scattered throughout the mode that help keep things fresh. Whether you want the traditional franchise experience, or start the league with up to six expansion teams, to even exploring matchups across different eras with historic teams, the ways to dive into franchise mode in this year’s game are staggering.

To help matters along, NBA 2K19 still has the most extensive team-creation suite in the industry. From  custom logos for team uniforms, to a couple dozen expansion cities, to the ability to customize your team’s arena and court, wannabe team owners will be able to spend ample time pouring over the little details in an effort to create the next great NBA franchise.

Online MyLeague is present and accounted for as well with every detail and nuance needed to run a league with multiple users. The ability to have timed offseason events is a huge deal, as is the trade approval screen being included in game. On top of that, there is a handy icon up in the corner where the league commissioner can establish different milestones in the season such as the trade deadline. Everything in MyLeague is fully customizable so that it can be fully tailored to a player’s needs.

If running an entire league seems a bit daunting, MyGM makes its return. Players have a choice of continuing on the story from MyGM in NBA 2K18 or going straight into being the general manager for an NBA franchise. Again, I won’t spoil the story for MyGM, but it picks up immediately after last year’s story. Unlike the Prelude though, MyGM’s story is presented through text boxes.

Playing the story in MyGM takes some time to get going as you spend the first 20 minutes of the experience making a few decisions but mainly reading conversations. Once you get past that, you’ll still be expected to meet owner goals in order to keep your job. That may mean trading for a certain player, or changing out an assistant coach. How you choose to tackle those goals will impact your standing with the owner, your fellow front-office staff, and down to the players themselves.

Even if you choose not to experience the story that MyGM offers, you still have to staff your team with coaches and trainers. There are six positions to fill including a Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Coaches. During contract negotiations, your GM avatar will meet with players to discuss contract terms and player desires to keep the roster happy. You’ll even have to meet with players to discuss their playing time and all of these options can affect chemistry.

MyTeam

No sports video game would be complete without a card-collecting mode. The concept remains basically the same. Collect better and better cards in order to put the best team possible out on the court where you can compete solo or against another player online. That’s not to say things haven’t been improved, however.

Most notably, there are head-to-head qualifiers that will make the winners eligible for a 250K dollar MyTeam tournament. Details on exactly when this is happening are on the way, but this is something that could potentially be a boon for 2K’s foray into the world of esports. It’s just unfortunate that, again, MyTeam is a mode that is very much a pay-to-win model. With more transparency in what is inside packs this year, NBA 2K19 runs the risk of an even more unbalanced playing field.

On top of that, card art is merely okay but it lags behind other card-collecting modes. There are weekly challenges for both solo and multiplayer, a refreshed Domination mode, and a new Triple Threat Online mode, which pits teams of three against each other. The 2K dev team is promising more regular content updates for the mode to keep it fresh, so if card collecting is your thing there should be enough content to keep you busy in the months ahead.

Gameplay

Once you get past the plethora of different modes, you get down to the brass tacks in any video game. How does it play? If you’ve ever played an NBA 2K game before, you know exactly what to expect from NBA 2K19. It’s still a very solid game of basketball despite the gameplay showing a bit of age. While shooting and dribbling still feel great, I couldn’t help but notice how floaty the player movement was. Players seem to glide across the court, and unlike a game like NBA Live 19, there does not feel like there is any real physics-based movement for the players.

Another legacy issue that remains is that animations will trigger that remove the player’s ability to control their player. Too often my player was sucked into a bump animation with a defender and the animation ended up taking me out of bounds. I’d also like it if 2K would add a better lob pass into the game. Instead of floating a ball into the post over a defender, oftentimes the pass is straight to the defender despite the situation dictating otherwise.

With all that said, once you get past those couple of issues, this game plays extremely well and remains the most complex yet fun game of basketball out there. Euro steps, spin moves and post ups are all here, and with a little practice are really easy to do. NBA 2K19 has the most extensive set of animations for players to choose from, and each helps to contribute to making each player feel unique.

On top of that, the CPU has seen a big boost on the defensive end. Steals and blocks now make sense within the context of the game, and the armpit blocks and through-the-body steals from NBA 2K18 are largely resolved. The CPU will now access more of the playbook and run different plays to try and take advantage of the opponent.

Another addition is “pick and roll smart switching.” It’s now possible for the player to pick on bad defenders by running pick and rolls to draw a defensive switch on the screen. Along with excellent off-ball movement and new play art, you now have more agency than ever when playing the game.

Strategy and execution remain as important as ever, and 2K has implemented new double team and transition logic in order to improve the overall game experience. Spacing on the floor is better than ever, and I saw far fewer instances of four players clogging the middle of the lane or poor angles on the fast break. I’ve spent hours playing 5-on-5 basketball and I’m barely scratching the surface on all of the under-the-hood improvements.

Besides the aforementioned improvements, 2K veterans will undoubtedly pick right up where they left off last year. All of the familiar dribble moves are back and remain as fun as ever to pull off. Also returning is the jump shot creator for MyPlayers to mold their stroke however they see fit. Shooting has been tuned so better logic exists for contested versus open shots, and NBA 2K19  marks the return of the shot meter on layups as well.

At the end of the day, this is the most refined basketball game that 2K has put out from a gameplay perspective.

Graphics and Presentation

Much like player motion, graphics are where NBA 2K19 is starting to fall behind at times. That’s not to say that this is an ugly game. Far from it. It just seems like 2K went with a much more video game aesthetic as opposed to the photo-realistic route that other sports games are steering towards in recent years. Colors are much more vibrant as a result of this direction and players are still very recognizable, it’s just a clear art-style choice that you either already love or won’t be sold on at this point.

Courts look great and the lighting is also really good for the most part. There can be issues with sun glare in the Park at times but it’s a minor gripe. Player introductions in-game look smooth and 2K has even done a much better job of incorporating female characters into the game. Unfortunately, these women are few and far between and there are no WNBA or even MyCareer female avatars, which seems like an oversight by 2K.

The one area where NBA 2K19 is far and away superior is in the presentation of the game. We still get great in-game commentary from Kevin Harlan and the crew, with more dialogue than ever before. Unlike any other sports game, the commentary and sideline reporting in NBA 2K19 flows very similarly to real life. There are almost no moments where I was starkly aware that I was playing a game in terms of the commentary.

Dialogue is smooth and almost conversational, and even guest commentators — such as a returning Kobe Bryant — do a great job of being informative and deliver their lines with conviction. Everyone sounds as if they were actually calling a game. The only exception to this is during halftime interviews with David Aldridge. Play enough games with a particular team and you’re very likely to see repeat interviews before too long.

Arena and crowd sounds are awesome and really help to immerse the player in an arena atmosphere. The crowd cheers as it should, and fans will boo if they see the home team playing poorly. Arenas generally have accurate sounds, with Madison Square Garden and the trademark organ music being a highlight.

The 2K Studio reports before and after each game with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal also return. Their chemistry is awesome and really add a broadcast feel to each game, though it pains me to see that Charles Barkley is once again absent from the game. Here’s hoping he makes it in next season.

Online And Servers

Much like past releases, NBA 2K19 struggled over opening weekend with the typical server issues that have plagued 2K before. Park games would sometimes stutter to a crawl, Jordan Rec Center games often took up to 20 minutes to get on the court, and even when you did the frame rate and lag were issues. Missing VC purchases and deleted MyPlayers also continue to be a legacy launch issue.

The server issues are especially apparent in MyCareer. As the most popular online connected mode in the game, it makes sense that it would face the heaviest server loads early on. Every modern online game suffers through server issues at launch, but it seems as if it’s the same ones that 2K has to deal with every year. I even had dozens of hard crashes in the game, and every time I restarted I just hoped that all of my progress remained.

Of course, 2K is accommodating player issues as best it can, but it would be nice to see some progress made in terms of server and game stability — particularly with a lot of real-world money at stake. Hopefully, these issues get ironed out over the long run, though I do worry about potential setbacks when the standard edition of the game comes out on the 11th.

Bottom Line

NBA 2K19  shows no signs of relinquishing its crown as the best basketball video game around. It plays well, it looks good, and it features the deepest and most varied modes in all of sports video games. While the game is yet again laying it on thick with microtransactions and server issues at launch, improvements and polish have been applied to nearly every aspect of the experience. This is especially true of the revamped Neighborhood.

If you love the NBA and want the most complete package in basketball, NBA 2kK9 is right up your alley. It’s easily the most refined and densely packed sports game on the market today.

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  1. As someone who loves to Play Now Online,  I really thought this game had a lot of hope. I was wrong! 2K has now made it to where the offense is on rookie and the defense is on Hall of Fame, I lost to a guy who shot 3-3 from the 3 with Ben Simmons, it feels as if 2K only cares about modes where you pay to play (mypark, myteam, pro am) 2K has really shifted more towards a arcade game  I don’t consider it to be a simulation basketball  at all. 2K use to  be a game I really looked forward to buying  but I’m truly dissatisfied with  2K19
    TheTruthHurtz
    As someone who loves to Play Now Online, *I really thought this game had a lot of hope. I was wrong! 2K has now made it to where the offense is on rookie and the defense is on Hall of Fame, I lost to a guy who shot 3-3 from the 3 with Ben Simmons, it feels as if 2K only cares about modes where you pay to play (mypark, myteam, pro am) 2K has really shifted more towards a arcade game *I don’t consider it to be a simulation basketball *at all. 2K use to *be a game I really looked forward to buying *but I’m truly dissatisfied with *2K19

    So basically ratings don't seem to matter? Is this the case in the offline modes as well?
    Straight up? Gameplay looks stiff, robotic, skate-y, and outdated. Some of the arenas look ridiculously bad.
    Was watching Chris smoove vids last night and it was kinda cringey.
    2k is going in a virtual world direction, and has gotten way too complacent with its gqmeplay imo.
    I’m probably a Black Friday purchase this year if at all.
    But so far, yuck
    2k still using exploitative VC hooks? Still having server and connectivity problems?
    no way im shocked
    50k VC football!?!? LOL
    I remember when 2k day was fun. Now it's just the start of a disappointing, frustrating, grindy, pay-to-win mess. Sorry 2k - not for me this year. I remember when you were fun. 
    RipCityAndy
    https://youtu.be/8Dwr69T5a5s

    That guy is hilarious and extremely fluid on the mic.
    Sidenote: British dudes have carte blanche on the cuss words..color me envious..
    MrHaron
    Im enjoying the game alot but the worst part is you need 5 people to play proam. Its tough time getting 5 sometimes.*

    The Jordan Rec center is this year’s Pro-Am walk on
    Barnsey
    Way too early to give a reliable in-depth review yet

    Probably in that servers will change and get more steady as we move further away from the launch window, though to be fair, I played the game for nearly 50 hours before writing this review.
    Another legacy issue that remains is that animations will trigger that remove the player’s ability to control their player. Too often my player was sucked into a bump animation with a defender.

    I could never quite find the perfect way to word my issue with the 2K series the last few years but that sums it up really well. Especially after spending some time with the Live 19 demo and Real Player Motion. But, 2K19 is the better game and I’m used to that flaw and can deal with it.
    Bbondsfan25
    pretty what I’ve found out man, ranting don’t mean crap in this game, I’ve seen guys hit 3s on me with people that teams leave wide open in real life.
    I only play offline modes and I have played since the 1st 2K on the Dreamcast.  Each games  gameplay has gotten better except I think 2K5.  Nonetheless I totally disagree with the physics of the game.  I feel the weight of every player I play with and the movement to me is better than Live especially if you run plays.  The worst thing  about the game are the arenas and sound of crowd and lack of player speech to emotion...lastly bring the sound track back during post game to listen To while watching replays
    In the end I agree with your summary that 2k19 is the "better" basketball game at this point, but isn't that like claiming to be the best downhill skier in Panama?
    Atax1s
    Probably in that servers will change and get more steady as we move further away from the launch window, though to be fair, I played the game for nearly 50 hours before writing this review.

    So many little nuances (positive or negative) go unnoticed in the first weekend. Patterns reveal themselves over time, impossible to notice this early. There will be very particular things that define the series that will emerge in the next few weeks
    Cavs2016
    Straight up? Gameplay looks stiff, robotic, skate-y, and outdated. Some of the arenas look ridiculously bad.
    Was watching Chris smoove vids last night and it was kinda cringey.
    2k is going in a virtual world direction, and has gotten way too complacent with its gqmeplay imo.
    I’m probably a Black Friday purchase this year if at all.
    But so far, yuck

    This take is so horrifically bad that its almost tantamount to pure trollery
    Barnsey
    So many little nuances (positive or negative) go unnoticed in the first weekend. Patterns reveal themselves over time, impossible to notice this early. There will be very particular things that define the series that will emerge in the next few weeks
    For those who have made up their mind that they wont enjoy the game, the review could come out next July and it wouldnt really make a difference.
    Not sure if you actually read the review, or are just going off of the title (You should if you havent)...but it's pretty in depth and covers the various modes throughout the game. Updates, patches etc. will ultimately happen like in most sports games, some will like those changes, some wont, but I felt he did a good job of articulating pros/cons, improvements from last year and where the game is currently.
    Im not a basketball guy, per se...I played football all my life. That said, I'd rather play 2k18 or 2k19 than madden 19. I still think people have the right to complain..but the truth is 2k is where it's at..if you don't like this game, you probably don't like basketball or you just don't realise most games suck.
    NHL 19 and Madden 19 both have zero face sculpting..which sucks..unless you actually look identical to the presets..then bonus for you :)
    Franchise? let's not even attempt a comparison with any other sports games other than, maybe, The Show.
    Junior Moe
    Especially if you consider his statements on the other hoops game.
    Well you can't get noticed if the forum is kinda dead. Gotta get seen somewhere...oh hey let me ****post here.
    Great headline I'm sure this will trigger a bunch of people. Its already happening lol
    Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
    Single player offline has never been better gameplay wise. Is it perfect? Heck no but If you are a single player and cannot enjoy this year’s game for what it is then youll never be satisfied. Itll never be perfect because basketball is too dyanmic of a sport to be represented perfectly with lines of code.
    And the fact of the matter is that online play will never be realistic because exploits will always be there no matter how hard you try to limit them
    Hengist
    This take is so horrifically bad that its almost tantamount to pure trollery

    Well I clarified in my statement that I do not own the game.
    I do own 2k5, 2k10-2k18.
    I have played the prelude. And I’ve watched a few hours of 2k19 gameplay.
    I don’t understand how my take could possibly be “bad” or come off as trolling especially with my added context.
    Goffs
    Well you can't get noticed if the forum is kinda dead. Gotta get seen somewhere...oh hey let me ****post here.
    Great headline I'm sure this will trigger a bunch of people. Its already happening lol
    Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk

    Yep. There are a few of them around here like that. I'll never understand why people expend so much time and energy on something they clearly don't like.
    osk9
    Im not a basketball guy, per se...I played football all my life. That said, I'd rather play 2k18 or 2k19 than madden 19. I still think people have the right to complain..but the truth is 2k is where it's at..if you don't like this game, you probably don't like basketball or you just don't realise most games suck.
    NHL 19 and Madden 19 both have zero face sculpting..which sucks..unless you actually look identical to the presets..then bonus for you :)
    Franchise? let's not even attempt a comparison with any other sports games other than, maybe, The Show.

    Well said. Of course 2K isn't without problems, no game is. And you can certainly compare areas of 2k to other game/sports games to see where improvements are necessary. But every year 2K is one of the best all around packages in videogames, not just sports gaming. The game isn't going to be for everyone but I don't know how people arent able to at least appreciate what 2K offers.
    Junior Moe
    Yep. There are a few of them around here like that. I'll never understand why people expend so much time and energy on something they clearly don't like.

    I’ve been invested in 2k sports since NCAA 2k3 football. My first basketball game was nba 2k5 with Ben Wallace on the cover. Got it at the mall during Christmas time while I was with my family. My dad said we could only get it if one of us could name the player on the cover, and I came in clutch. Spent many early mornings at 6 am sitting on the edge of my brother’s bed in his room playing the game before he woke up and kicked me out. Was fascinated by the coach mode.
    Had a blast with the 2k9 demo with Kobe Bryant. Played it over and over. Fascinated by the realism and rim physics.
    2k10 I started becoming more of a hardcore 2k player. Was first introduced to MyPlayer. Was annoyed by my mentor’s critique after ever game. My player sucked. I played for the hornets alongside CP3 and David west.
    I overplayed tf out of the song “Amazing”
    Played so many Cavs-Magic rematches. Still bitter over the playoffs.
    Loved the Q siren when I made a 3 with mo or west, or even LeBron.
    Loved Vince Carter’s jumpshot. Buttery smooth. I drafted Vince Carter in every fantasy draft.
    2k13 my fantasy draft league, I was on the Steph curry train before most others. Drafted him with the Cavs and made him a multiple mvp and finals winner. Ironic.
    2k12 I love that soundtrack. Sideways, now’s my time.
    2k14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
    I don’t like 2k? Well that’s news to me.
    The skating part is what is getting me. I don't know why they haven't address that. I just think it hurts. Sure I can play D by backing up and anticipating, but instead of having the cpu or a human player do a move to get pass you, they just need to do a quick move back the other way and your guy goes sliding. I didn't play 2k18 because of how 2k16 and 17 were with this issue, so maybe I'm wrong and it's gotten better. However if it's still the case than I will probably pass it up again. Also getting stuck in animations is another thing. I play myplayer mode only, offline, so this really sucks if this is the case, because I love that mode since 2k10.
    Cavs2016
    I’ve been invested in 2k sports since NCAA 2k3 football. My first basketball game was nba 2k5 with Ben Wallace on the cover. Got it at the mall during Christmas time while I was with my family. My dad said we could only get it if one of us could name the player on the cover, and I came in clutch. Spent many early mornings at 6 am sitting on the edge of my brother’s bed in his room playing the game before he woke up and kicked me out. Was fascinated by the coach mode.
    Had a blast with the 2k9 demo with Kobe Bryant. Played it over and over. Fascinated by the realism and rim physics.
    2k10 I started becoming more of a hardcore 2k player. Was first introduced to MyPlayer. Was annoyed by my mentor’s critique after ever game. My player sucked. I played for the hornets alongside CP3 and David west.
    I overplayed tf out of the song “Amazing”
    Played so many Cavs-Magic rematches. Still bitter over the playoffs.
    Loved the Q siren when I made a 3 with mo or west, or even LeBron.
    Loved Vince Carter’s jumpshot. Buttery smooth. I drafted Vince Carter in every fantasy draft.
    2k13 my fantasy draft league, I was on the Steph curry train before most others. Drafted him with the Cavs and made him a multiple mvp and finals winner. Ironic.
    2k12 I love that soundtrack. Sideways, now’s my time.
    2k14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
    I don’t like 2k? Well that’s news to me.

    Cavs2016
    I’ve been invested in 2k sports since NCAA 2k3 football. My first basketball game was nba 2k5 with Ben Wallace on the cover. Got it at the mall during Christmas time while I was with my family. My dad said we could only get it if one of us could name the player on the cover, and I came in clutch. Spent many early mornings at 6 am sitting on the edge of my brother’s bed in his room playing the game before he woke up and kicked me out. Was fascinated by the coach mode.
    Had a blast with the 2k9 demo with Kobe Bryant. Played it over and over. Fascinated by the realism and rim physics.
    2k10 I started becoming more of a hardcore 2k player. Was first introduced to MyPlayer. Was annoyed by my mentor’s critique after ever game. My player sucked. I played for the hornets alongside CP3 and David west.
    I overplayed tf out of the song “Amazing”
    Played so many Cavs-Magic rematches. Still bitter over the playoffs.
    Loved the Q siren when I made a 3 with mo or west, or even LeBron.
    Loved Vince Carter’s jumpshot. Buttery smooth. I drafted Vince Carter in every fantasy draft.
    2k13 my fantasy draft league, I was on the Steph curry train before most others. Drafted him with the Cavs and made him a multiple mvp and finals winner. Ironic.
    2k12 I love that soundtrack. Sideways, now’s my time.
    2k14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
    I don’t like 2k? Well that’s news to me.

    So you don't have the game right? It's always the same rant....I've been playing since dreamcast days now let me tell you why the new one is trash because I've bought every 2k so I can blah blah blah. Yawn...every year...
    Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
    Matt did a great job with this early review. However I think he missed a key bit of early controversy with MyTeam. This year you have to win two different types of games online before you can access the auction house. For people that can't stand playing online or have poor internet this is very frustrating. You are being forced to play online God squads and burn through your contracts in games that take 45 minutes to play in order to access the central piece of the mode. I haven't attempted yet because I have no desire and my rural internet makes online play a mess. I purchased the anniversary edition partly for the MT to spend at the auction house. Had I known this sleazy change was taking place I would have waited for the regular edition and saved some money. Lesson learned
    mcpats
    Matt did a great job with this early review. However I think he missed a key bit of early controversy with MyTeam. This year you have to win two different types of games online before you can access the auction house. For people that can't stand playing online or have poor internet this is very frustrating. You are being forced to play online God squads and burn through your contracts in games that take 45 minutes to play in order to access the central piece of the mode. I haven't attempted yet because I have no desire and my rural internet makes online play a mess. I purchased the anniversary edition partly for the MT to spend at the auction house. Had I known this sleazy change was taking place I would have waited for the regular edition and saved some money. Lesson learned

    In that I apologize. That was an oversight on my part. I played the mode and was focused on the gameplay part of it rather than going through the auction house and I missed that restriction. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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    Atax1s
    In that I apologize. That was an oversight on my part. I played the mode and was focused on the gameplay part of it rather than going through the auction house and I missed that restriction. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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    Hey no worries. What was that review like 10,000 words covering literally every aspect of the game? You did a great job. I'm just hoping to get people with influence like yourself to put some heat on 2k to get them to change it.
    Goffs
    So you don't have the game right? It's always the same rant....I've been playing since dreamcast days now let me tell you why the new one is trash because I've bought every 2k so I can blah blah blah. Yawn...every year...
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    Well at least your gripe isn’t personal. I can see where you come from. And I apologize if I came off as a downer.
    Last year I broke my disk for the first time ever I was so frustrated with the fouling, little did I know 2K19 with the added cpu AI D would make the game worse! Pluthera of modes? All the single player stuff to me is a nuisance I just want to compete online and if you play the really hard challenges your cpu opponent they’ll make bad shots all day so how is that realistic? Park mode everyone was 90 rated a week in what’s the point of buying your skill level? My teams were high 80’s dome 90’s week one! Really only play now mode is authentic but then often I disagree with the ratings. Ratings need to be overhauled, they should bring back the original gauntlet that was a blast 2K14 I think. Remember the Jordan challenge how great was that? But this is crap. Who cares about my career? Not me. Park and My Team are a fallacy everyone buys there talent and lesser squads just quit. Really the only mode that is worth a damn in this game is Play Now mode, and the only other mode that could be great would be an online league but you’d have to have a great group to make it memorable. Roster creators and editing holy smokes that alone is worth it but so few will bother. To me the gameplay is really bad it’s really all kick outs and picks, forget about going to the basket unless you have a super athlete on your squad forcing it baseline again the automatic cpu AI hurts the gameplay big time least fun I’ve ever had playing 2K. If you have money you can have a blast otherwise wait another year. You’ll have to buy pack after pack or play all the boring single player stuff to unlock stuff. I rented game $3, Bought game $51 BB GC, bought 75K VC $20, best player I got was 88 Gerald Wallace, That’s it after opening 20 packs, infuriating! Sold today for $45, waste of my time, I’d be shocked if they don’t do the same stuff next year. Here’s the biggest fallacy about this game the two most popular modes, Park & My Team people pay big dollars for until there player is easy as pie? What’s the point of the game then? Truly they aren’t competing. Truly I only had fun for a week and then the teams were so obnoxious I had to battle just to keep close and trust me I’m good, but this year not as good because the cpu AI is a real thing and makes the game near unplayable, for sure way different in a bad way.
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