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NBA 2K20: Things to Know Before You Buy

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NBA 2K20: Things to Know Before You Buy

We’re days away from #2KDay, or in simpler terms, the release of NBA 2K20. Despite my complaint about being unable to do anything besides use the MyPlayer Builder or go to 2KU in the demo, I’ve come to the realization that my assumption about the 2K development team banking on fans wanting to use the builder was probably correct. I also think the team understands that they might have a product on their hands this year that could be the best playing iteration of the game in years. With that being said, let me quickly take you through a look at some key information about the game that could potentially help fans make a decision about whether to buy NBA 2K20 or not.

Release Date

NBA 2K20 comes out worldwide on September 6, 2019. It will be available for the following platforms:

  • Playstation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Google Stadia
  • Windows PC

There have been no official details on the Windows PC requirements as of yet, but it’s possible that that information will drop over the next few days before launch.

Editions/Pre-Order Bonuses

There are three versions of NBA 2K20 being released to market this year, each with their own pre-order bonuses:

Standard Edition

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 5 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • 10 MyTEAM League packs (delivered one a week)
  • 5 Heat Check packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)

Digital Deluxe Edition

  • 35,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • 10 MyTEAM League packs (delivered one a week)
  • 5 Heat Check packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
  • 1 Sapphire MyTEAM Cover Athlete Card

Legend Edition

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 50,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 20 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • MyPLAYER Apparel Collection
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • 20 MyTEAM League packs (delivered one a week)
  • 20 Heat Check packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
  • 5 MyTEAM Theme Packs (one per theme release across the first five releases)
  • 2 Sapphire MyTEAM Cover Athlete Card

Dynamic Soundtrack With UnitedMasters

You wouldn’t have a fully complemented NBA 2K game without a strong soundtrack, which we’ve seen over the last few iterations of the game. Playlists curated by Travis Scott, Noah “40” Shebib and DJ Premier since NBA 2K16 show a continued tradition of lacing us with great tracks to go along with great gameplay. For NBA 2K20 a unison with UnitedMasters, a new music venture started by industry legend Steve Stoute, sees the soundtrack for this year’s game featuring top hits from today’s hottest artists. This collaboration also gave way to the announcement to find the “Next” Artists, where music artists have from August 1 to September 15 to submit their tracks using the UnitedMasters app to have a chance to see their song featured in-game. You can check out the soundtrack here.

In-Game Gear

Another area of the game that people usually spend a lot of time scoping out relates to equipment, specifically in terms of fitting their MyPlayer out in the latest gear and threads available in the Neighborhood. Twelve new brands were announced at ComplexCon to be in-game at launch. You can see the brands in the screenshot above.

Microtransactions

One of my favorite things about NBA 2K (complete sarcasm) is back again this year. It’s without question that VC is a necessity to be able to compete with other players in the Neighborhood and MyTeam. Ronnie 2K confirmed on one of his streams that VC prices will remain the same as they were last year. Another big thing that drove some people nuts but has been removed is being able to create a new character without having to use VC to rebuild them. This last fact is a very big deal and should allow you to create several builds without wasting VC.

NBA 2K20 Demo

The NBA 2K20 demo was released on August 21. It allows you to try the MyPlayer Builder, creating builds you’ll potentially use for your MyCareer, Neighborhood and Pro-Am. It also has 2KU, allowing you to practice and learn various areas of the game. The demo was released to mixed impressions. You can take a look at the Operation Sports staff impressions to get an idea of how the demo was received by us.

Additional Tidbits

“Practice?! We Talking ‘Bout Practice?!”

For those who played the demo, you quickly realize once you get into a MyPlayer Builder test game or a 2KU scrimmage that NBA 2K20 feels like a new game. For the people who didn’t get a chance to play the demo or haven’t played NBA 2K at all, this will also be the case for you. This is because the 2K developers made changes to the gameplay in NBA 2K20 that bring the experience closer to a how the real NBA feels. The overall speed of the game has been slowed down; players move, plant, cut and dribble more in tune with real life. Dribbling has been retooled and feels much more realistic. All I’m getting at here is that spending an hour in 2KU to get yourself acclimated with the feel of the game will be doing yourself a big favor. Once you feel comfortable with how movement, dribbling, defense (which requires much more user input) and the other changes made play, you’ll be ready to hit the court for real and school your friends.

MyPlayer Builder Offers Many Options

We got a good look into the MyPlayer Builder in the NBA 2K20 demo. One thing that has been preached is that the builder offers a large amount of options to create the ideal archetype that you want for your player. There’s apparently many more pies in the final version of the game that we didn’t see in the demo, which we heard from Ronnie 2K in a clip that is on Twitter:

There were also rumblings of the possibility that we would be able to use custom pies to really have full control over our builds, but that turned out to not be true, as also heard from Ronnie 2K:

These two clips definitely leave some intrigue and curiosity into how much more flexibility builds might or might not have come retail launch.

The Ladies Can Ball Too

The WNBA is in NBA 2K20 and is represented quite well. While I didn’t get much in-game time with the WNBA teams and players at a recent preview event, Forbes writer Brian Mazique threw down a very good piece that breaks down the WNBA’s well-executed inclusion in this year’s game.

Gotta Love The Classics

NBA 2K always shows love to classic teams and this year is no different. The 2K development team added well known modder R4zor to the team to help with renders, player faces and models that already look to be fantastic. He’s also working closely on the classic and legend teams that will be in the game. Six new classic teams have been added in-game, as well as all-new legendary teams. This is definitely very exciting to see for the game.

I Got This Boss

MyGM has been revamped and we’ll get to experience MyGM 2.0 in NBA 2K20. The depth in the mode is a plus and will extend the life (and challenge) of MyGM. Take a look at the NBA 2K20 Franchise developer blog to read the full details.

Playing With A Full Deck

MyTeam also saw some revamping and changes that should make the mode more fun, engaging and rewarding. Features like the new Card Evolution, a re-designed single-player Triple Threat and the new Prize Wheel will have both MyTeam players old and new jumping into the mode daily to stay on top of their decks while working towards building a strong MyTeam to conquer all comers. The NBA 2K20 developer blog digs into the details of all the changes and additions we’ll see come launch day.

Closing Out

NBA 2K20 looks to once again show why it’s arguably the best sports game on the market. With the information above as well as the videos and gameplay footage available on YouTube, you can really get a sense of how this year’s game is shaping up.

Are you going to buy or pre-order NBA 2K20? Which version are you considering? Drop a comment below to let us know.

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  1. Holding off on NBA 2K20 this year. Just not enough there to justify a $79.99 CDN price tag and purchase IMO.
    I'm happy with NBA 2K19 and will stick with that for the season. When the price drops (signifcantly) on NBA 2K20 then i might consider picking it up. I will also read the reviews (from OS and other sources.) and hear feedback from this community. Hopefully it's a positive one.
    I agree... I am not sold on 2k20 just yet. I'm still enjoying 2k19 too much to learn a whole new game. The demo looks good to me though. I just don't feel like spending more money on VC being that I have about 65,000 vc that I really have nothing to spend on right now.
    Peter_OS
    Holding off on NBA 2K20 this year. Just not enough there to justify a $79.99 CDN price tag and purchase IMO.
    I'm happy with NBA 2K19 and will stick with that for the season. When the price drops (signifcantly) on NBA 2K20 then i might consider picking it up. I will also read the reviews (from OS and other sources.) and hear feedback from this community. Hopefully it's a positive one.

    I will disagree. I think the first step changes and how guards can beat bigs in the perimeter will be huge. The WNBA is a big change for those that care too. But I’m all about deals! Last year EB Games had it for C$50 on opening day and you can always get it half price on Black Friday. Cheers.
    What we need to know? Will the OTF coaching menu work this year or will they not fix it for the 4th year in a row. It worked once upon a time, and you can watch it in real time. ACE has been a dud, because of this. The end user has no idea what is going on when you have it on auto, it is a crap shoot.
    i love player movement, better realistic footplanting and new dribbling signature styles on players that 2k19 doesn't have.. player movement feel stiff in 2k19
    So if I gather this right from the article. You can create multiple builds with the same VC? So if I had 20,000 VC I can then use that on 2 or more builds and I wouldn't need to spend more to get another build.
    detroitlions12
    So if I gather this right from the article. You can create multiple builds with the same VC? So if I had 20,000 VC I can then use that on 2 or more builds and I wouldn't need to spend more to get another build.

    i believe you can recreate new builds using the same VC, i think if you want multiple different builds you need more vc for each different build.
    rudyjuly2
    I will disagree. I think the first step changes and how guards can beat bigs in the perimeter will be huge. The WNBA is a big change for those that care too. But I’m all about deals! Last year EB Games had it for C$50 on opening day and you can always get it half price on Black Friday. Cheers.

    Yeah the speed changes are huge but it's still not enough for me to be there day one. I'll be looking to pick this up around opening week of the season maybe the price will be lower around then.
    drugsbunny
    I agree... I am not sold on 2k20 just yet. I'm still enjoying 2k19 too much to learn a whole new game. The demo looks good to me though. I just don't feel like spending more money on VC being that I have about 65,000 vc that I really have nothing to spend on right now.

    The demos are never what the actual game turns out to be.
    michaelhawj
    i love player movement, better realistic footplanting and new dribbling signature styles on players that 2k19 doesn't have.. player movement feel stiff in 2k19

    They promised better foot planting last year and look what that turned out to be.
    Yea not impressed with the game, I tried the demo and it was just horrible. I played worse as a 85 overall(which is what I wanted to test out as i'll be spending money for 200k VC when it get it) than I was when I was 85 overall in 2k19, so honestly i think 2k20 will once again have to be purchased for me at either 80% off or potentially a skip for now. Not a fan of the slow movement, huge stamina drain, dribbling being ridiculous(i'd say worse than 19).

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