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NBA 2K21 Play Now Online Remains Broken on Next-Gen Consoles

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NBA 2K21 Play Now Online Remains Broken on Next-Gen Consoles

The PNO community is basically Oliver Twist in its purest form. With NBA 2K21 Play Now Online wins still not counting with any consistency as we now enter week five on next-gen consoles, it’s almost comical at this point what we’re enduring here.

PNO Community: “Can I have some more wins, please?”

2K breaks out in song: “Catch him! Snatch him! Hold him! Scold him! Pounce him, trounce him, pick him up and bounce him!”

The PNO community already gets characterized as boomers and dinosaurs (I’m quoting the Oliver Twist movie for a reason here, folks!), but ya know, we generally take our lumps and just keep rolling. Sure, we’ll complain and we’re very good at being whiny. But we also accept that we’re low on the priority scale and a relic of the past as people move to Rec, The City, Park or just playing in leagues. But this is ridiculous even by our low standards.

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That’s right! After five weeks with the game, I’m a solid 2-2 overall. I’m a total newbie who has only played four PNO games and definitely deserves to just smoke Freshman players over and over.

We’re not even asking for common sense features anymore like not being matched up against duplicate teams or having the WNBA teams as another form of PNO so we can actually use those teams online. We just want the basic functionality to at least be here. I have been stuck in Freshman since launch. I don’t remember the last time I lost a game.

What’s worse is there is not even any rhyme or reason to what games count and don’t count. There is a running theory that games start to count more if you can somehow escape Freshman, but I’m calling shenanigans on that. Beyond that, it’s not like losses really count either. Nothing counts and nothing matters.

via GIFER

Let’s go to the examples of nothing mattering. Here is an opponent just turning off his console during a timeout in the third quarter while losing:

Yep, didn’t count.

Here’s an opponent turning off his console late in the fourth while chilling in the pause menu:

Yep, didn’t count.

“Well, what if people don’t quit?” Hmmm, good question! Let’s see what happens here.

Oh…That didn’t count either.

“Well, what if they just quit rather than turning off their conso—”

Look I’m going to stop you right there and tell you it doesn’t matter, friend.

This is absurd. And the truly screwed up part is I still play PNO sometimes! So, really, I think this is just a maniacal social experiment by 2K to see if the PNO community actually does have a breaking point where we won’t return. I continue to really enjoy playing this game head to head on next-gen consoles, so I’m going to keep playing…for now. But once online leagues are more stable (or I guess if they become more stable) I’ll probably be tapping out.

If there is a “bright side” to all of this, it seems mostly contained to PNO. I have played MyTeam a bunch as well and every online game has counted there. With that in mind, I have to believe that if this is not a social experiment, 2K is just trying to cause the number of people who play this mode to sink so low they can justify removing PNO from the game by citing metrics that say no one plays it anyway. If that ends up happening, well played 2K, well played.

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  1. This is so freaking annoying to me! I don't even really play in the Park/City or whatever it's called now. I mainly play on Play Now Online in any NBA 2K game. For the life of me I don't understand why it's still so bugged out when they knew all along that they would be releasing this for the Next-Gen consoles.
    I can't even get a win after the other guy quits because I'm blowing him out. I've blown people out in the 1st or 2nd quarter and my opponent will just quit because they already know that there aren't any consequences for doing so. In Current-Gen if you quit at any point within the game then you get a L. I'm just so frustrated with this.
    Not only that you can't even select your defensive Matchups against the other team without the player selection jumping up and down all over the roster whenever you press left or right on the D-Pad. I don't understand why they released this so early if it was so damn buggy and not ready. Did they even use game testers or did they just not care for Play Now Online gamers???
    Can you imagine if they really are purposely trying to phase out this mode......
    We’d have an nba game and wouldn’t be able to play the current nba game online ???
    That’s pretty crazy if you just sit back and think about it.
    The game is called NBA 2K......lol
    Those of us that play this mode are “old heads”.....crazy if you sit back and think about it......
    If you said to me 20 years ago when I was playing nba 2k1 online on sega dreamcast that in 20 years nobody would play this mode/play the game “like this”, and play these things called park, rec and get purple diamond cards I’d think your were crazy......
    Well. 20 years later and here we are.
    Still. Band together “old heads”
    Mintsa
    Can you imagine if they really are purposely trying to phase out this mode......
    We’d have an nba game and wouldn’t be able to play the current nba game online ???
    That’s pretty crazy if you just sit back and think about it.
    The game is called NBA 2K......lol
    Those of us that play this mode are “old heads”.....crazy if you sit back and think about it......
    If you said to me 20 years ago when I was playing nba 2k1 online on sega dreamcast that in 20 years nobody would play this mode/play the game “like this”, and play these things called park, rec and get purple diamond cards I’d think your were crazy......
    Well. 20 years later and here we are.
    Still. Band together “old heads”
    When I hear people do the whole "2K doesn't care about my favorite part of the game!" thing because they didn't get something in particular they wanted...
    I'm just sitting here like, Imagine your entire mode being completely unchanged from a universally hated format for 5 years..then just not working all together one year, lmao.
    Not a mention of fixing either.
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    Boomers and dinosaurs. Because we like to play a close semblance of NBA ball instead of getting jerked out my money creating a player for some fantasy league that doesn't resemble any form of basketball played on the planet.
    OK then. I'll wear that like a badge of honor from the generation of Barney kids.
    I LOVE THIS THREAD! Get this out there. MAKE 2k HOPEFULLY FIX THIS MONSTROSITY. I’m currently in the Development rank. And i should be WAY higher. Like this post clearly states, there is just no rhyme or reason for why wins donn’t quit. All of his examples are exactly what i have had to go through. Playing a whole game just so my opponent can quit in the 4th, dont count. Blow my opponent out right out of the gate... rage quit...i dont get the win. It’s definitely frustrating. And what’s crazy is i keep playing just hoping I get a W that counts because...sometimes they do.
    Of course with Myteam, a huuge money making mode all those games count. Soon as someone quits, you get every W. I have no clue why PNO is soo broken. But im definitely glad its not just a me problem. Im 33-10 and the reality is, i really should be like 60-10. I have been robbed of soooo many wins it’s damn near comical.
    Please 2K. Fix this horrible mistake.
    Yes, time to bring some attention to this mode. Sadly, the PNO community probably isn’t large and vocal enough to apply pressure and give 2k a sense of urgency to fix this mode
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    The 24th Letter
    When I hear people do the whole "2K doesn't care about my favorite part of the game!" thing because they didn't get something in particular they wanted...
    I'm just sitting here like, Imagine your entire mode being completely unchanged from a universally hated format for 5 years..then just not working all together one year, lmao.
    Not a mention of fixing either.
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    You're so right, lol! NBA 2K21 PNO has definitely been a love/hate relationship with me at the moment, but it's basically been the same mode for 5 years, and we really don't ask a lot like Chase B said.
    Hell, I would have been happy if they implemented the original vision for Tier team selection...play the teams in your tier or elect to play anyone. The year that they unlocked ALL the teams from the start was the best (team selection) year for me. The problem was that it was the year (NBA 2K18) of the unstoppable blow-by animations.
    Right now, I've mostly been playing NBA 2K20.
    ZB9
    EA has problems but they would never let this happen.
    If EA had an NBA game out, you best believe 2k would fix this ****.
    It would definitely say I have to agree with this, and speaking of this particular subject right here I had to do a little blast from the past.
    The more and more we become remove from this, the more I miss these days. Sometimes simplicity can go a long way.
    https://youtu.be/aDXQv2YeMVc
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    Writing has been on the wall for a few years now. The last time they actively advertised this mode pre-release was in 2K16. They haven’t even acknowledged the mode’s existence since then.
    Like I said in the PNO thread, this mode doesn’t bring in money like the Park and MyTeam modes and it doesn’t have the rabid fanbase of MyNBA, so this mode most likely isn’t on their list of priorities considering they’ve copy/pasted the same exact mode for 3 games straight lol.
    Doesn’t make it any less frustrating though because this is the most basic mode in the game lmao. How they manage to mess it up is just BIZARRE lmao.
    On another note, I might have to take some responsibility here. Late last year Czar did a stream and I mentioned PNO to him and he asked me remind him to do a stream later in the year, where he would take our wishlists and suggestions for PNO and pass it over to the devs that handle that mode.
    Obviously I forgot and he probably was busy as hell too but maybe now that I’ve brought it up again we might have another opportunity to get this topic open again with him, especially since it’s still pretty early in the development cycle.
    What's so ridiculous is that 2k will ban anyone who takes advantage of a vc glitch, that they allowed in their own game.
    But when they OWE you virtual currency because you've won 10 play now games that didn't count, they will remain silent, and do nothing for you.
    I didn't take advantage of a vc glitch, but my point is that other games like dead by daylight compensate you with virtual currency when they see an error in their game. 2k knows they owe countless players thousands in virtual currency and they do nothing.
    It reminds me of last year when I signed a virtual endorsement deal with several companies, and 2k updated the game and lowered the vc for virtual contracts I already signed.... How is this stuff even legal?
    And for the love of God...in PNO i want the freedom to use my team everytime. I play with the pacers. I dont wanna play with any other team. I dont care if i face the best team in the league. I am capable of beating them. Stop making me choose teams in other tiers. I hate that crap. I dont care about park and i dont care about rec or whatever. I want my freedoms back to choose my pacers.
    gknjr007
    And for the love of God...in PNO i want the freedom to use my team everytime. I play with the pacers. I dont wanna play with any other team. I dont care if i face the best team in the league. I am capable of beating them. Stop making me choose teams in other tiers. I hate that crap. I dont care about park and i dont care about rec or whatever. I want my freedoms back to choose my pacers.
    FYI, if you don't care about ranking up, you can keep using the same team over and over.
    gknjr007
    And how do i do that? Buy losing everygame?

    Example:
    You only use the jazz.
    Just keep playing the tier 2 games over and over again in whatever league your in and don’t advance. Even though it shows the Gold basketballs filled in for the required wins. You can still click on it and keep playing.
    ksuttonjr76
    FYI, if you don't care about ranking up, you can keep using the same team over and over.

    This is exactly what I do for the last two years. I've been in the GOAT league multiple times and racked off many 10 game wins streaks to get to higher tiers if they were available. I've got nothing to prove especially in a mode that is neglected every year. I just wanna use my teams and have fun dominating every team, but 2K thinks I should only stick to my lower tiers because scrubs can't beat the elite teams. I really hate some of the backwards decisions they've made ever since 2K17 like introducing tiers. I get so bored playing the same 3-4 teams all the time.
    Let me know if wins are counting more regularly for anyone else this week. Would be a weird thing to stealth fix and not say anything about but, hey, I've seen 2K do weirder stuff.
    ChaseB
    Let me know if wins are counting more regularly for anyone else this week. Would be a weird thing to stealth fix and not say anything about but, hey, I've seen 2K do weirder stuff.

    Honestly, them fixing it and not even bothering to make any sort of announcement would be pretty consistent with how they treat the mode already.

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