Subiect: The NBA 2K series was on this path for years

NBA 2K19 might play brilliantly, but its off-the-court issues get in the way of its success. The game delivers a huge simulation of the game, with dazzling demonstration to match and also a renewed attention on the inner-city origins that many NBA athletes discuss. Subsequently developer Visual Concepts requires this otherwise stellar game onto a detour toward microtransactions Buy NBA 2K Coins.

The NBA 2K series was on this path for years, but its emphasis on microtransactions reaches a new peak in NBA 2K19. Often it feels like the better bits of this game -- of which there are plenty -- becoming lost in its obsession with squeezing more money out of its players.

The rise of microtransactions from the NBA 2K series parallels the rising tumult of this real-life NBA offseason. This year, 2K Sports needed to alter NBA 2K19's cover after having a blockbuster trade place its cover athlete at a different uniform. To better catch that growing disarray in the league's offices, NBA 2K19 presents a story to its franchise mode, MyGM. A player -- your created MyPlayer, specifically -- suffers a career-ending knee injury and afterwards takes up the reins as general supervisor. Trade Kyrie Irving off or put him in another place; that is the crux of a team GM gig, with a sign of occasional inner team drama involved. It's a stretch to call it a narrative mode as the menu does, but minor expansions into MyGM include dialogue exchanges and participant interactions new to NBA 2K19.

Not only is there a story in MyGM, there's still a bevy of MyPlayer alternatives. Rather than invite Spike Lee to direct MyCareer (because he did back in NBA 2K16), NBA 2K19's approach settles down, focusing on the turbulent rookie year of prior street baller DJ. It's largely satirical toward locker room culture, a reprieve from the thick play of Madden NFL 18's Longshot or even previous years old NBA 2K. For example, DJ's agent isn't a lot of one, however, he does possess a catchphrase: "Eat what you kill." The characters don't appear to comprehend what that means (and they say), but NBA 2K19 runs with it to the comedy.

When playing as DJ, you'll encounter NBA 2K19's "The Neighborhood." Think about it a hub of activity for DJ's livelihood. In a MMO-lite twist, it's possible to walk around with multiple (hundreds, maybe, if servers fill up) of other player-controlled DJs, playing pickup games, trading scores at minigames or interacting. The existence of different players is normally pointless outside of light rivalry, nevertheless; I ended up only ignoring the audience Twitter.

I shortly realized The Neighborhood just replaces NBA 2K19's core menu. In that way, it is merely a clumsy method to navigate. Desire a haircut? Walk the cube into the barbershop. Want to change clothing? Go home first. Need new shoes? Jog down to Foot Locker. Looking to catch a quick pickup game? The courtroom is down the road on the left.