Suyash P ColorsSeptember 30, 2020 13:37:52 IS
NBA 2K Became the undisputed king who kept serious, respected actors in motion capture hijinks. When they were able to focus their energy on changing the setting, plot and painful dialogues of MyCareer, what did they choose to change Shot Meter?
It makes me odd, because when making choices, NBA 2K Made some great great ones. If you are buying game year after year, you already know not to expect integrity and because 2K seems to be at maximum work of refinement, without being charged to fix non-broken ones. I like one, about them. But this year, it seems they have violated their own rule.
So let’s focus on the two main choices made NBA 2K21 Released earlier this month: Mycareer story and the annual telling of the newest shot meter.
Let’s start with the junior story. The son of a college basketball hero decides to follow in his father’s footsteps on a ferry after a conversation with a stranger. Not seriously, it’s one minute in the storyline. Jimon Honsou played a stranger who became a high school basketball coach and he convinced you that football was not your thing. You should play basketball instead. Such as …
And we all change the course of our lives because what a person on the ferry is telling us, you switch.
This is the exact pattern that 2K Career Mode has followed since its inception.
Play the game. Cutzine. Play the game. Cutzine. Another cut scene. Play the game. Now, here are three cut scenes from back to back for no reason.
This year’s cutsense was filmed exclusively and the reason is two parallel storylines. You have a junior, navigating life today and junior shining back into conversation with his deceased father. The father, played by Jesse Williams, becomes a little more than an exposure dump for junior issues, thus, is constantly being suggested today and no further explanation is needed. Most importantly, you are looking at the original story of your character while playing his original story.
This is a whole plot point that can be skipped almost like David Aldridge.
Once you start playing high school ball, you meet your dad’s old friend Archie who wants to be your future agent. Unfortunately, they are playing this role WireMichael K. Williams, which keeps him from going completely.
While Jimon Honsou’s plot as your high school coach fades into meaninglessness, at least the Archie storyline leaves you with the option of making some real decision.
And I wanted more. Less ‘watching people talk to my character’ and more ‘doing things that affect my character’. NBA 2K21 Tried to make it happen but was happy with the best. Leaving college is another big option because your girlfriend is mad at you. It also seemed realistic compared to the suit you chose for the NBA draft.
Before choosing a suit, Archie and the seller in the store will let you know that your suit choice will define how you proceed. But picking two buttons a little louder the result is deadly.
Allow me to regulate you with the consequences of wearing big clothes for your big night.
It was the birth of a child to Russell Westbrook and Kanye West, who both felt a little extra.
Of course, creating Draft Night has always been controversial for 2K fans. I personally liked the combination NBA 2K20 And I thought they had a gap for it. Interviews and press junk before the draft night will determine the last few inches of your draft stock. But the ‘correct’ answers, despite constantly saying you have nothing, are painfully obvious. Replace it with a few long jumps and sprints and the draft will be at the build-up point.
Another way you can get your final place on the draft board is through an opportunity meeting with Gian Williamson. He will challenge you to play on the street court and honestly, it’s a lot of fun in all draft night proceedings. You counted on 2K to be crow and overconfident about your player and I honestly hope for a gimmick. But, Zion is a 20-year-old cover athlete of a major sports game franchise that can only completely eradicate you.
Post-draft, there is only one new plot point in the background. Somehow, your team lands two lottery picks and decides to catch you and # 1 overall pick, they also play surprisingly, in the same position as you. How can I not delete this GM?
That aside, it’s pretty common. Agents speak by text, sponsorships are signed and trades even if colleagues (that # 1 total choice) do not return.
Miker cried out for a comprehensive change. Instead, we have a storyline that touches a lot of great notes, but they are notes that have been hit at least twice before. I hope next year brings some basic story changes and some serious edits to those cut scenes. Plot points like dad problems, chips on the shoulders and why a kid from New Jersey dreams of becoming a millionaire basketball superstar do not require detailed conversations.
Instead, how about a microcare plot starting in Europe? Pela for the idea.
Now, let’s jump from microcare and into gameplay for the second big choice NBA 2K21.
Let me be completely honest: NBA 2K is one of the most authentic sports sim experiences on the planet. So I’m criticizing their gameplay options is like Lou Deng’s worst Dame Lillard.
But, when you get to the place, you have to take the shot … which is impossible because of the humorously difficult shot meter.
In fairness, 2K released a patch, and it made things easier, but on a purely conceptual level, this shot meter was insane. Not to mention specifically how accurate the green point is, it completely changes how you used the Pro Stick in the past.
One of the greatest real life jump shooters in the NBA and this year’s cover star also felt the need to file a complaint.
Am I the only one struggling with this shot meter? And I haven’t done a free throw yet
– Damien Lillard (ame Dame_Lillard) September 4, 2020
The only reason people play is because the developer has forgotten NBA 2K Games because they can’t really play basketball. This is a tough sport. If you don’t train, I bet the odds of hitting three pointers in real life are impossible. That’s why we need the damn game.
Instead of making the shot meter more satisfactory, they made it much harder, as the man who normally speaks the worst of MVP candidates (and sends them home from the playoffs) felt the need to tweet his grievances over Zomato as his order was delayed.
Thankfully, and once again to the credit of 2K, this jump shot functionality is easily switched off and you can quickly get back to OG.
Speaking of OG, I’m especially glad they did not sink too much with parts of the game that have been successful since the last few issues.
BlackTop continues to be a great place to try your own dream match-ups. Magic and Kareem in 2-on-2 with LeBron and AD? Did you know. 1-on-1 between Isia Thomas Jr. and Mugsy Boges? It’s weird, but okay, you can do it too. With each variation from 1-on-1 to 5-on-5, you have to adjust the way you play to hold the W, which means you spend more time learning and perfecting your craft. And of course, a ton of fun on multiple controllers.
Mileage remains a sandbox of everlasting insanity with unlimited customization and clever and clever AI earned to beat you in your own pay cop game. But there is no new rookie class yet, which means there are no new names to tinker with. Will be sorted easily with update later in the year, I know for sure. A real dampener for anyone hoping to spend their time on the draft in Mileage or MyGM.
Oh and the surroundings have more colors now. Cool, I think.
Crunch Time View: There is so much about this game, it’s so good. But, if you are not NBA 2K Super nerd, and you didn’t play NBA 2K20, You will still enjoy. On the court, it is almost flawless and the game continues to be fantastic in rewarding you for equalizing and learning new skills. That means there is plenty of incentive for a long, dominant NBA career. Be sure to take your revenge on Zion for that brutal pre-draft beatdown.
The author is an advertising professional and basketball enthusiast who can hit the names of every 10 players to start Game 7 in the 1969 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers.