Archive for the ‘NBA 2K’ Category
  • NBA 2K18 vs NBA Live 18 Player Face Comparison, Part One
    Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 8:30 am 25 Comments »
    Whether it be through varied scanning techniques, differing levels of access to specific individuals, or their respective graphical engines, competing sports video games tend to win with representations of certain players but certainly not all of them. In the past with the basketball games NBA 2K had the clear edge according to fans but NBA Live had some respectable showings. Most recently when conducted between NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 it was the former that won for near 75% of the players ...
  • NBA 2K18 now stands as the lowest rated edition of the series in a decade
    Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm 24 Comments »
    The story around NBA 2K18 since its release just over two weeks ago has largely centered on consumer reaction to the aggressive monetization and the influence that microtransactions have had directly on the game's design. Mainstream gaming media and Youtube personalities have covered and escalated the situation which involves the most popular and promoted mode. It's also not just user-reviews on Metacritic and Steam that have slammed NBA 2K18. The game is now the lowest-rated NBA 2K game...
  • Press Row Podcast: Microtransaction Mania
    Posted September 29th, 2017 at 11:15 am 10 Comments »
    2K Sports is facing criticism from all sides over the aggressive implementation of Virtual Currency within NBA 2K18. VC is nothing new to the popular basketball franchise however, so why has this become such a story now that mainstream gaming media, Youtube personalities, and consumers are all making their voices heard on the matter? We discuss the circumstances specific to the NBA 2K series that has allowed the situation to blow up, and the necessary pursuit of digital revenue for publisher...
  • Details on first major patch for NBA 2K18
    Posted September 26th, 2017 at 10:15 am 4 Comments »
    The patch for NBA 2K18 that has just gone live on PlayStation 4 will be out on Xbox One today, while both PC and Nintendo Switch are being framed only as arriving "soon." This update to 2K18 doesn't address the major issue of MyPlayers that have vanished or change the way in which VC affects the game given the heavy backlash the game is receiving, but it does take care of one of the biggest in-game problems that had been widely reported. It was discovered that the framerate would plummet ...
  • The uproar over VC in NBA 2K18 has now reached the mainstream
    Posted September 25th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 68 Comments »
    It took long enough to get to this place from a coverage standpoint, but NBA 2K is starting to be recognized as a real video game that sells eight million copies and generates hundreds of millions in digital revenue annually and not "just a sports game." Major media websites and Youtube personalities with massive followings have jumped all over NBA 2K18 for its aggressive implementation of Virtual Currency and for the first time in recent memory publisher 2K Sports is taking fire from all di...
  • Press Row Podcast: Roundball Review Roundtable
    Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 11:45 am 3 Comments »
    NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18 came upon their respective releases having traveled dramatically different paths to get there. NBA 2K has grown into the second biggest sports game in the world and is guaranteed to be a smash hit now annually. NBA Live is simply trying to recapture some credibility after eight years defined more by its cancellations than even its sub-par editions. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast both games are examined closely, with areas such as accessibility, gameplay,...
  • VC backlash results in cost reduction for certain customization items in NBA 2K18
    Posted September 19th, 2017 at 4:15 pm 26 Comments »
    2K Sports has generally been able to sail under the radar as it pertains to the implementation of virtual currency in the NBA 2K series. The company had to course correct following the disastrous NBA 2K14 which was made into an always-online game in order to support a currency system that was weaved throughout all of its modes, but it was the server issues that made the game literally unplayable for weeks at a time that exposed the tactics being employed and making it a story the mainstream ...
  • Review of NBA 2K18
    Posted September 18th, 2017 at 11:30 am 13 Comments »
    In what amounts to a bounce back year for the NBA 2K series, the latest edition delivers phenomenal gameplay while continuing its place as the most content-rich game in the genre. The new motion system for gameplay, expanded story elements in MyGM, and addition of all-time teams help to take the game to the next level. Note: The ongoing serious situation with deleted MyPlayer characters did not factor into the score, as this is not affecting everyone and will likely be resolved in the nea...
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