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NBA 2K22 The City: 5 Things We Learned About The City and New Cruise Ship

5 Things We Learned About NBA 2K22 The City

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NBA 2K22 The City: 5 Things We Learned About The City and New Cruise Ship

Say what you will about 2K Sports, but you have got to give them this: They are not afraid to take a risk. 2K will definitely try some things. Some of the time, they’ll try things that nobody asked for or knew that they wanted. Your mileage may vary on the execution, but you can’t fault 2K for a lack of innovation. Let’s talk about the 2K Neighborhood and/or NBA 2K22 The City.

The Neighborhood, a staple of NBA 2K’s MyCareer mode, is the place where virtual players go to hoop. If you’ve never been to the 2K Neighborhood, picture the World of Warcraft — but instead of wizards and mages, everybody is a 6-foot-8 forward with 99 shooting. The Neighborhood/The City is a vibrant, sometimes maddening example of what gaming has become in the 2020s. It’s one-third artistic achievement, one-third soulless casino, one-third high-school cafeteria.

2K is taking it a step further this year — reportedly developing some interesting changes to their signature career mode.

Won’t somebody please think of Soulja Boy? Write this man a check, he’s clearly been underpaid his whole career.

Anyway. Let’s not waste time talking about Soulja Boy. We’re Operation Sports, I’m Matt Ederer, and here are five things we know about The City/The Neighborhood in NBA 2K22 so far. We’re counting this down in order of how important I think they are, least important to most important. But feel free to let us know how you feel about 2k22 in the comment section below.

NBA 2K22 The City: Five Things We Learned

5) The City And MyCareer Will Be One Thing In 2K22

NBA 2K21’s City was, for better or worse, the major innovation of last year’s game. This year, The City has been fully amalgamated with MyCareer, providing a narrative-driven career mode that will feature expansive RPG-style mechanics. The City/MyCareer combo aims to allow players to grow their own identities off the court, and truly simulate the lifestyle of an NBA star. More on this later.

4) Last-Gen Games Wont Have The City/MyCareer Combo

Last-gen, or “current gen” if you’re me for the next 5-10 years, will not be enjoying the new innovations of The City. PS5 and Xbox Series X/S users, rejoice. The City is yours. Last-gen gamers, including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, ain’t no love in the heart of the city. Wait, what?

3) Somehow, PC Gamers Count As “Last Gen”

Boy that hurts. This has come to be expected really, but may I ask, how is PC last gen? Isn’t PC gaming kind of like..every gen? My roommate is playing on his PC right now. I’m pretty sure PC will be able to handle The City.

Yet another tough beat for PC gamers, who are basically the Charlotte Bobcats of gamers at this point — just getting beaten over and over like the first level of Super Mario Bros.

Sucks that PC gamers won’t get to join The City, but at the end of the day, the install base does fall far behind consoles. I will say, as someone who bought 2K21 on Switch on sale for $4, I understand why Switch players will not get to join The City.

2) But, Last-Gen Games Will Have A Cruise Ship

On the plus side (for us no good common men and women playing last-gen 2K like a bunch of scrubs), at least our Neighborhood is on a floating cruise ship! Who needs new exciting RPG elements?! Who needs number one on this list?! We have a floating basketball cruise ship, aimlessly sailing around the world, going to beautiful, exotic destinations like Iceland — or Cleveland.

It remains to be seen where this ship will sail, but I think we can all agree that the ship has indeed sailed.

1) You Can Be A Rapper Or Fashion Guru

What? I wouldn’t lie to you, I swear. In NBA 2K22, exclusively on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series Whatever, players will be able to break into the music or fashion industries, presumably by rapping or designing clothes? I have no idea on how these things will work, how hands-on they will be, and what, if any, rapping or designing mechanics will be included in the next 2K basketball game. All I know is that, on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, you can apparently be a rapper or a fashionista.

I’m not criticizing. If this were coming out on anything other that PS5, I would be dropping mixtapes as fast as I could — kust to see how it works, y’know? I do wonder though, why on earth this exists? Who asked for this? Anywhere? Ever? If I wanted to play Kanye West 2K22, I would just buy Kanye West 2K22. Which doesn’t exist. And probably for a good reason! I don’t want to play Kanye West 2K22. I want to play a basketball game.

Again, I need to stress that if you can release rap songs, even if its through a Guitar Hero style mini-game, I would do it. Is this what 2K needed though? Is this the innovation that will put 2K over the hump?

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  1. Really wish they would just release two games at this point. one for the people who like all this extra stuff, and another for those like me who just want a realistic franchise experience.
    Yeah, I know, $$$$$$$$$$$$ makes the world go round. I'm in the minority.
    jcblayze
    Really wish they would just release two games at this point. one for the people who like all this extra stuff, and another for those like me who just want a realistic franchise experience.
    Yeah, I know, $$$$$$$$$$$$ makes the world go round. I'm in the minority.

    I'm with you. I have zero interest in the MyCareer and The City stuff and have even less interest in creating a MyCareer guy that becomes a rapper, lol. I think I'll skip this year's release and just keep playing 2K21 MyNBA mode with my custom old-school rosters.
    GradyMac
    Ugh, I just want to play online against other real people without first having to grind so much.

    I don't understand why they can't do this for the people who want to just play park and rec and then give us mycareer back...I have been questioning this for years...some really questionable design choices from Mike Wang.
    adamspag
    I don't understand why they can't do this for the people who want to just play park and rec and then give us mycareer back...I have been questioning this for years...some really questionable design choices from Mike Wang.

    It's because of player engagement. Forcing people to grind before doing what they really want to do keeps the base engaged for longer times with the game even if it makes them miserable where they can bombard you with ads. They know that after investing all that time you will be more likely to pay for extra items and pay to win boosts.
    WOW, who cares if the basketball is legit, I got myself a rap career start lmao. It will totally make me forget about the times my game hard resets my console for no apparent reason, but if will not stand for it if it corrupts my files on myplayer who is one of the all time great fashionistas.
    I mean now I don't even have to be worried about constant exploits, them making one build superman so everyone uses the same one, every single player using the same couple of dribble moves and jump shots because they are so overpowered and everyone dunking on everyone all the time. Naw I'm not even worried about needing to spend extra money to buy boosts so I'm not at a competitive disadvantage. Actually maybe they will have boosts I can buy to help my rap game and get some help dropping fire lines. This year goona be hype.
    But will those of us who have no desire to play against human opponents and only want to play NBA games with our player be punished by being locked out like last year?
    The fashion guru stuff has me kinda excited
    https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/nba-2k-basketball/971052-2k21-next-gen-myplayer-mode-wishlist.html
    zello144

    Or an even crazier idea. Start your own shoe brand.

    Since you are starting your own company. You'll be responsible for creating the shoe and marketing it as well as growing the brand itself. You'll design the commercials (obviously not very in depth just 3-4 already created commercials and you pick one). You can however have full control on how you design the billboards and posters.

    You'll also hire a couple of people to help handle the business side of things maybe a MYGM type screen with a list of available candidates.
    Rome wasn't built in a day so don't expect to earn a lot of VC just because you're your own boss or see your shoe brand to grow as big as Nike overnight. There should be a lot of moments of struggling and where you think you should have taken the shoe deal instead. I'd even say have the shoes blow out but that would be taking it a bit too far. The success of the brand would depend on your players popularity and how well you market the brand. Starting off your own brand you'd earn less VC than if you had a shoe deal with a company like Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Under Armour, but as you grow you'll earn more I'd say maybe max would be like 5-6k VC per check maybe 7k if you're really good at it.
    You'd also be able to sign other players to the brand but since that brings another issue of real world contracts and ruining the image of the brand or whatever. I'd say just limit that to CPU generated Rookies and whoever is the 2k Created story character teammate like Shammy Wells or Justice Young. You could attempt to convince established NBA stars in text messages to sign with your brand but they'd just laugh you off and never say yes.

    I posted that a year ago. If I could create my own shoe brand like Big Baller Brand :lol: that would be awesome. It's a very small thing though since it's a basketball game where the main objective should be basketball but it would be cool it should remain as a background feature and not the main thing.
    They have the 2K shirt creator and shoe creator. Let us use it in MyCareer and fully take advantage of it.

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