NBA 2K18: A FALL FROM GRACE
Written by: Sarmad2332 - 10:25 Mar-05-2018

(Nothing in this review takes into account the MYGM or MYLEAGUE modes of the game which are still playable in both online and offline modes. This is exclusively concerning the MyCareer [Road to 99] mode)

 

 

I installed NBA 2K18 a while ago. Having played and loved 2k14 I jumped right to the latest edition of the game. And boy was I ever disappointed.

Perhaps I should have begun my blog with the fact that I only ever play MyCareer in NBA2k or really any sports game. I loved it in 2k14 so I started one in 2k18. And the first thing that pops up is a notification telling me that since I did not log in to 2k Community, many features of the MyCareer will be unavailable. In a rush since I just installed it, i dismissed the notification and went ahead offline. And it wasnt really an option, I have an unstable, very limited internet connection, so ANY online game is a big bold NO 

Once started, it (the game) told me to pick my favourite franchise. And since i never played as a Laker in 2K14 I opted for it. But instead of a Rookie Showcase or Draft, the game just starts with my character signed on a one-year free agent contract. I say ok, big deal ill just start. So I play my first game, once this ends, its aburptly back to the schedule and start the next match. No post match conference, no player of the game, no nothing.

I was really disappointed in this, so I went online at 2k Forums to see whether there were any other disappointments in store for me. And lo and behold I discover that a very common bug whereby you get permanently stuck in any round of the playoffs. I further confirm my suspicion that this NBA 2K18 is nothing short of a grind-fest. If you go online you have to compete with a plethora of micro-transactions and if you play offline its a typical Freemium, kinda like Injustice of IOS or Android. You can finish Road to 99 in MyCareer but itll be nothing less of a, as said before, grind-fest.

Assuming you are not hit with the playoff Bug, (an Update 6 has been released as of 17 Dec. 2017) your contract expires after the playoffs and you start afresh with a new team, that you handpick just as you did at start of MyCareer, since literally every team will take you up as a free agent for, again, one year. I havent finished the game as yet, but from what I gathered from Reddit and 2K Forums, is that endorsement deals, sponsors and pretty much every thing that is not directly linked to grinding out your stats is unavailable to the offline player. Not that its any better for the online player who is flooded with the absolute need for micro-transactions.

Also, unless you play as a power forward or a center, your character will be so slow as compared to the AI that itll require a lot of patience on your part just to be able to get enough skill points (or VC if you are online) to get a decent average character. And that is not all. Once a save file has been linked to the online setting it cannot in turn be converted to offline and vice versa. So if you have made a character in offline and now want to convert online, too bad. I tried finding a solution but came up empty.

The game is plenty high demanding, with a drastic variation from low settings to high or ultra. You need 2gb VRAM just to utilize Medium textures. For High settings or above you need 3gb VRAM and above. Further, the game is a very poor pc port. All the keys and every symbol in the entire game is as per a Dual Analog Controller. So even if you align the keys to your keyboard like I did, it wont matter, the keys will shift during various moments. So simultaneously, the space bar (attached to Right Analog Up), W (attached to 1 or A) can and will act the equivalent to "OK" or "Enter" 

I am still in such a shock. NBA2K's MyCareer was what gave it an edge, held it head and shoulders over every other sports sim in the world, to the point that other ( like EA ) started to add a similar MyCareer whereby the game became like a sports single-player RPG. You get to negotiate contracts, get sponsors, have post match conferences but NBA2K18 decided to abandon that in exchange for a very worthless Multiplayer hub called the Neighborhood where you CAN change outfit, shoes, appearances but only for VC. A ton of unnecessary and unskippable cut scenes and scenarios. God knows what was going through the developers' heads when they decided to abandon the core component that lets them compete with giants like FIFA, PES.

My advice, do not buy this game. Either wait for a patched up version, or wait for 2k19 and hope that too isnt butchered up.

 

 


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I don't get why they did this. I mean ofcourse I'm stupid to actually buy this sh!t. As soon as I finished a single match in MyCareer I immediately uninstalled the game (which took me quite a while to download) because of how horrible it was. This is more than enough proof about how damage lootboxes and microtransactions do to game. I think this is what the future of AAA games will be. Glad we have indie games. For now atleast :(
Can't do nothing about sports games I guess, indie games just don't have the resources for a realistic enough experience. Perhaps an artsy sport game? Who knows.
I really liked FIFA 18's Journey Mode though I wasn't really expecting anything but it turned out to be quite a good run (still haven't finished it) but from what I've played its noice.
Good article :)

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And that is the irony. FIFA's Journey mode was made to compete with NBA2K's MyCareer Mode. But 2k Sports all but destroyed the very thing other developers admired about them

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Yeah its a lol thing really. A very, very sad lol for gamers :(

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