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NLSC Podcast – Episode #221

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Episode #221 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re in the final countdown to the release of this year’s games from EA Sports and 2K Sports, and Arcane and I have plenty to talk about with a big update to the NBA Live 18 Demo, as well as the release of The Prelude to NBA 2K18.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 18 Demo has received another update. On top of making some further gameplay tweaks, it also added updated rosters, and two additional teams to Play Now: the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets.
  • EA Access subscribers on Xbox One are currently enjoying a ten hour trial of the full version of NBA Live 18. Their streams and impressions suggest further improvement over the demo, which is great news.
  • A Game Informer article provided us with a few details on this year’s MyCAREER story ahead of the release of The Prelude, and some further information about The Neighborhood.
  • In the wake of a somewhat flat trailer, The Prelude has been released, along with the MyNBA2K18 companion app. We tip off our impressions with a few thoughts on face scanning.
  • We’re not impressed by the lack of customisation options, nor the decision to put more content behind a VC paywall. It’s a continuation of a disheartening trend that began in NBA 2K17.
  • The story in this year’s MyCAREER mode leaves something to be desired. Although we like the general idea of being able to pick our team, the plot, acting, and characters are rather corny, with one character in particular being a bit uncomfortable.
  • Although the brevity of The Prelude was disappointing, the gameplay was a highlight, and demonstrates some pleasing improvements that have us looking forward to the full version of NBA 2K18.
  • We wrap up Episode #221 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which featured NLSC THRILLHO’s final 2K Pro-Am game for NBA 2K17, and the acquisition of a long-coveted MyPARK trophy.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

New NBA 2K18 Cover Unveiled; Prelude Out Soon

NBA 2K18 Cover

2K Sports have revealed the new cover art for NBA 2K18, featuring Kyrie Irving in a Boston Celtics jersey. Following the trade between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, 2K indicated that they would be issuing a new cover “at a later date”. While the digital cover art and icon for the game will be updated upon launch, physical copies won’t feature the new cover art until the initial stock is depleted.

Although it isn’t unprecedented in sports games, cover players changing teams before the game is even released is a rare occurrence. Several players have been traded the year after appearing on the cover of a basketball video game, and Ray Allen was traded halfway through the 2003 season, during which he was the cover player for NBA ShootOut 2002.

The ShootOut series also features the only other cover player for a basketball game to be traded before the game’s release, as the 2002 version featured Stephon Marbury in his New Jersey Nets uniform despite his offseason trade to the Phoenix Suns. Similar to NBA 2K18, an updated cover was later issued.

You can check out the full cover art below. We’re a week away from the release of NBA 2K18, but only a couple of hours away from the release of The Prelude! If you’re on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and would like to get a head start on MyCAREER, be sure to check it out when it launches at 12:01 AM EST. The MyNBA2K18 app is also now available for Android and iOS devices, so pick it up to scan your face into the game, and earn extra VC through various mini-games.

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The Prelude Trailer, MyNBA2K18 Out Now

Promo for The Prelude to NBA 2K18

In less than 24 hours, we’ll be able to get our hands on The Prelude for NBA 2K18. The free to play preview for NBA 2K18 will be available globally on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will provide gamers with a head start on MyCAREER, as well as an early look at The Neighborhood. It will be released at 12:01 AM EST globally, so unlike the NBA Live 18 demo, you can’t snag it earlier by creating a New Zealand account.

To hype up the release of The Prelude, 2K has dropped a new trailer. It emphasises the general concept of working your way up from the streets to the glamour of the NBA, and features clips of The Proving Ground, which will be integral to the beginning of this year’s MyCAREER story.

Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Additionally, the MyNBA2K18 companion app is now available for Android and iOS devices. In addition to being used to scan your face for The Prelude and NBA 2K18, it includes the familiar trading card game and other features that allow you to earn Virtual Currency. If you still have the MyNBA2K17 app installed, you may want to uninstall it before installing the MyNBA2K18 app, just to avoid any potential issues.

Got any thoughts on the trailer? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion about The Prelude and other NBA 2K18-related topics here in our Forum.

NBA 2K18 AI Improvements Blog; MyNBA2K18 Cover Announced

NBA 2K18: System Proficiency

A new developer blog for NBA 2K18 has been posted exclusively over at Operation Sports. The latest insight is from Scott O’Gallagher, with OG breaking down the improvements to artificial intelligence in this year’s game. It’s a lengthy read with some great news and detailed information, and as such, it’s hard to do it justice with a quick summary. However, here are some of the key points that Scott touches upon:

  • The Adaptive Coaching Engine has received a lot of attention, in order to weed out flaws from previous games.
  • Positioning is improved, with players being more aware of the situation. Players will also recognise sets and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Elite defenders have much better awareness. However, if an AI player can’t see the ball (i.e. has their back to the play), they will make errors and be slower to react with help defense.
  • More team specific defensive schemes have been added, there are new animations for double teams, rotations and help angles are improved, and there are better mismatch adjustments.
  • Zone defense is feasible in 2K Pro-Am without taking a hit to your teammate grade.
  • Authenticity is optimised for Superstar and Hall of Fame difficulty levels.
  • There is a Defensive Communication setting that when enabled, instructs you on what you’re supposed to do defensively.
  • System Proficiency, which will affect all modes in NBA 2K18, emphasises the importance of matching the right players with the right coach and sets. This affects team building strategies in MyLEAGUE/MyGM and MyTEAM, as well as the on-court experience.

Scott has also included a bunch of brief gameplay clips that demonstrate exactly what he’s talking about. Be sure to check out the blog on OS for the full scoop!

2K have also revealed the cover player for MyNBA2K18, the companion app for NBA 2K18. This year’s cover player is Kristaps Porzingas of the New York Knicks; see below for the cover art. MyNBA2K18 is set for release on September 7th, just in time for this year’s Prelude on September 8th.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum!

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