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- The #1 rated NBA video game simulation series for the last 16 years (Metacritic)
- The #1 selling NBA video game simulation series for the last 10 years (NPD)
- Over 95 awards and nominations since the launch of PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
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RUN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The future of sports career modes has arrived, allowing you to play the game the way you like. Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground Park, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore the shops and venues in an all-new open neighborhood setting. Featuring new MyPLAYER upgrade and endorsement systems, our biggest cast of characters to date including NBA players, and so much more.
The Road to 99
The overarching meta-game that rewards users for improving their MyPLAYER’s overall rating, regardless of which modes they choose to play. Featuring a unified badge system across Pro-Am, Park and your NBA journey in MyCAREER, your attributes, animations and badges all combine to define your play style on your road to a 99 overall rating.
Get a free sneak peek at the neighborhood, one week prior to the full release of NBA 2K18. Hit the Proving Ground streetball courts with your MyPLAYER and show the world what you have to offer. Available September 8 on the PS Store and Xbox Live.
Updated Create A Player
Create the MyPLAYER you want, whether scanning your face with the MyNBA2K18 mobile app or building something custom using our preset options. Hairstyles have been updated with numerous new options to choose from, and body weight and height are more accurately represented to ensure the unique look you want for your MyPLAYER.
Collect player cards featuring NBA legends from yesterday and today, and compete in a variety of online and offline modes.
Construct a salary-capped team and compete against other users of similar ability in a new season mode. With a limited salary cap to distribute among 13 players, you’ll have to be strategic in selecting your lineup for each round. Prizes are awarded based on your performance each round, ensuring that every game matters.
Pack & Playoffs
An all-new draft mode that challenges you to build the best possible 5-man team from packs you’ll open before each round. Compete against other users’ drafted teams and advance to earn better prizes. With Pack & Playoffs, it’s a new lineup and a new experience every round.
Play through a 30 game schedule for each of the 30 NBA teams. Earn MyTEAM points and prizes as you work your way through 900 unique challenges based on the 2017-18 NBA schedule.
New Motion System
The new motion system brings player control to a new level of realism. Now, dribbling and off the ball movement are no longer driven by animations. This groundbreaking technology dynamically creates animations to deliver the best gameplay experience possible. You are now in complete control.
Improved Shot Meter
Hit shots more consistently thanks to an improved shot meter, featuring multiple feedback points for more precise shot timing.
GRAPHICS & PRESENTATION
Improved Player Accuracy
Countless hours of work have been put in to make every NBA player look and feel like their real-life counterparts, down to the smallest details including scars, stretch marks, and even faded tattoos. The player body system has been completely redesigned to accurately match the physique of every player in the league, and player faces have been rebuilt from scratch to show more details and respond more realistically to light.
Laser Scanned Uniforms & Accessories
Laser scanned uniforms from all 30 NBA teams accurately depict each design down to the smallest stitch. Using True Color Technology, team colors have never been more pure & authentic, and whites have never popped so brightly. And with the overhauled player body system, uniforms fit accurately for each specific body type. To round out the complete on-court look of an NBA player, users will enjoy the largest collection of scanned shoes and accessories in NBA 2K history.
Special Guest Commentary
The biggest roster of broadcasting talent in sports videogame history gets even bigger. Future Hall of Famers and former NBA 2K cover athletes Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett join the booth on a rotating basis to lend their expertise to the broadcast, bringing the total number of in-game broadcasters to 13.
The greatest players in NBA history from all 30 teams, together on All-Time franchise rosters for the very first time. Compete in Play Now to find out which franchise’s All-Time Team reigns supreme, or challenge all 30 All-Time Teams in MyTEAM’s All-Time Domination mode.
Play with 62 of the NBA’s greatest teams from the past, including 17 new additions. Pit your favorite classic roster against current NBA teams, replay epic Finals matchups, find out if Shaq & Kobe can compete with the great Lakers teams of the past, or matchup the ’97-98 Bulls against the ’15-16 Warriors to settle the argument once and for all. The possibilities are endless.
MyGM: The Next Chapter
For the first time in a sports game, MyGM introduces a narrative-driven, story-based franchise experience that maintains all of the user control and team building aspects that fans have come to love over the years. Your path will be determined by the choices you make and the answers you provide at many key points in the narrative. Make the story your own, and build a winner!
2K’s fan-favorite franchise mode allows users complete customization over their league. Choose the number of games and teams, adjust the league settings, and apply your custom setup to a single season, multi-season or online experience. Or, skip the regular season and jump right into to the Playoffs.
True-To-Life League Structure & Rules
Both MyGM and MyLEAGUE feature numerous updates to match real-life NBA rules, including many from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Negotiate player contracts that work best for your franchise and each player, including Super Max & “Bird Rights” deals for elite players, Over-38 contracts for older players, and two-way contracts for younger players. Manage your roster by using the Stretch Provision to minimize the Salary Cap when you waive a player, or develop younger talent in the G-League or by stashing them overseas. Simply put, the most detailed and authentic franchise experience on the market puts you in the hot seat as an NBA GM like never before.
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Everyone knows why they added these microtransactions. It makes more money for 2K of course. It is however, greedy to an extreme degree. What these people are doing is about as legally evil as a video game company can get. I sincerely hope this blows up in their face enough that they lose a significant amount of money on the next couple years of games so they change their behavior.
Unfortunately, predatory schemes like this that target young kids (often with access to credit cards they shouldn’t have access to) and those with impulse control issues have been shown to make staggering amounts of money from a small number of people. So, even if a large percentage of people (rightfully) quit buying their games, their CEO’s may still decide this outright morally disingenuous system of monetization will stay. I believe we need to try though, and I won't be giving 2K another dime for any of their video games unless they change this behavior. I hope enough people will join me to make a difference.
Not great, as there are a decent assortment of bugs and glitches in the current build. Online play is far from greatness, and I've recently learned that the latency issues can be solved with the purchase of a PS4 Pro.
Now, I already have one, so it doesn't affect me, but it's going to be difficult getting my buddies [read, 'anyone at all'] to shell out $400 in order to play the game proper. 2K really needs to get their servers under control. It feels as though this lag and frame-rate dropping has been a constant since 2K15.
There are other glitches in the current game, like character archetypes using animations they have no business using. It's bad, but it hasn't killed online for me, yet.
What has been killing online for me are the micro-transactions, and man, are they prevalent. There's nothing wrong with choosing to pay in order to make the game better for one's self, but this game essentially takes the choice out of it for most. The grind for VC is absolute basura, and you can play myCareer [which is trash in every aspect, BTW. No skipping these cringe city cutscenes? Word?] as best as you can, get the highest mark available and get next to no VC. It's a 'Freemium' practice that is taken into art form in where you pay for progress, as the game is too difficult to grind properly at the jump and 2K makes it a priority to frustrate you into purchasing VC.
Now, 2K has always made it a habit to sell VC to its customers, but here it's taken to a whole nother level. Without VC the game is simply too limiting as is. It's a business model that is totally anti-consumer, and should be loathed instead of praised, especially when you're paying a premium for the game itself. Mobile games do this to no end, but it's even worst coming from a triple 'A' developer. Ridiculous.
Problem is, I don't see 2K changing their plan anytime soon. It's probably only going to get worse from here on out.
Progression is horrendous as you do your best in games to get a good teammate score, get good stats, etc. I've put up really high numbers and got a perfect A+ teammate score only to be rewarded with 87 VC. Literally worthless. Haircuts cost 1,000 and they force you to get one! VC is dolled out painfully slow and you're constantly pushed to buy more with actual money.
Players who buy the VC or special editions of the game get an instant advantage over players making it a terrible experience for those who refuse to buy VC in a fully priced game.
The MyPlayer story is also extremely annoying this year. Your character is an entitled, obnoxious DJ who is a characiture of what some corporate white dude thinks of NBA players. Every character is a stereotype that is annoying and other than their looks you can't define your player at all. The blacktop neighborhood is also a terrible change since it's like 2009 Playstation Home. Remember that? Of course you don't, it was awful.
Don't support 2K and this horrible business practice. Wait for them to address (which they most likely won't) or just skip this year. I only gave 2 stars because playing exhibition games is still fun. Everything else is a disaster.