Took me a long time but here’s my review for NBA 2K18. NBA 2K18 is the 19th installment of NBA 2K series from 2K Sports. With the last game from 2K, I really hated NBA 2K17. I felt the game was unfinished, defense was unplayable, and had too much micro transactions. Despite the price being raise to $150 for the deluxe edition, I would still confident to get a great 2K since 2K12. However, I feel that this isn’t it. NBA 2K18 is better than NBA 2K17, but that’s nothing because NBA 2K17 was the worst 2k ever created by this team so improvement was guaranteed. Before I talked about the negative criticisms, I will talk about the positive points.
- New Classic Teams
I wrote an article on this feature but here’s a quick summary. NBA 2K18 has 18 new historic teams. Majority are very enjoyable such as ’01 Kings and ’11 Knicks. Some of them were unnecessary such as ’15 Warriors and ’05 Grizzlies. Despite
- Better Game plan settings
The game plan settings in NBA 2K18 are way better than NBA 2k17. Last year was confusing because the sets and concepts are not explained and didn’t make a difference. This year, they showed which concept is better for what player. In-game adjustments are faster to make and easy to execute.
- The PlayGround is a cool concept
At first, I was skeptical about the new “PlayGround” mode to replace MyPark. I don’t how the servers were going hold up with multiple people in the same area. Honestly, “The PlayGround” is really fun. I like that you can grind for badges in the practice arena or workout to raise your overall. Also, they have some fun mini-games such as dunk-off and shootout challenge, but I wish that you can earn VC for these challenges.
- Virtual Currency is everywhere again
Microtransactions are still here and they are stronger than ever. It is harder than grind for VC to upgrade your player. They remove daily VC earning for the mobile app and the multiplier for playing on higher difficulty. I’m really angry about that because that takes away for playing on “Hall of Fame” difficulty because the rewards are the same as ‘Pro” difficulty. Also, now you have pay for haircuts for your players. At first, the haircuts cost 1,000 VC. However, after the first patch, they changed it to 100 VC.
- MyTeam sucks!!!
To be honest, I thought that MyTeam would be good because the addition of Draft mode. However, my thoughts changed because 2k ruined Draft mode. Instead of getting twelve rounds to pick a players from five choices in each round, we have to choose two random players in each other and hope you don’t get a gold player. But that’s not all. Now, they added cap mode in the mode, but it not a separate mode. Now, you are forced to play with restrictions in the game. Last but not least, they added ruby and diamond coaches. This is stupid because now emerald or higher class are no longer guaranteed players and that is annoying.
- Ball Clipping is atrocious
Even though the animations has improved, the ball physics are horrible. Ball clipping is indecisive whether the ball wants to interact with the body. When you’re dribbling the ball, the computer can knock out the ball easily by bumping you. On the other hand, you can bump the opponent multiple times and they can’t lose the ball or momentum. There are multiple videos on YouTube that shows this. This can make you quit the game. This issue needs to fix for next year to have more replay value.
- MyCareer storyline is cringe worthy
Speaking of replay value, MyCareer has little replay value because of the storyline. I remember I criticized NBA 2K16’s storyline so being bad. However, this year’s storyline makes it masterpiece compared to each other. In the beginning, it seemed the dialogue is bootleg version of “White Men Can’t Jump” mixed with “Above the Rim”. Then the most annoying thing in the whole story is your best friend “B-Fresh”. My goodness she is so irritating from her voice to her dialogue. Her dialogue consists of unfunny jokes and nonstop random talking. And the worst part is that there is no skip button for any of the cutscenes. So if you want to create another player to play for the PlayGround, you have sit through the annoying cutscenes over and over again. Here’s a video that help my opinion on the story: