NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 The Prelude Out Now Worldwide

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The Prelude to NBA 2K18 is out now worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As previously noted, the brief free to play preview of this year’s game from 2K Sports allows you to get a head start on MyCAREER. Similar to last year’s Prelude, it also includes 2KU, which features an interactive tutorial that teaches you the controls in a casual 5-on-5 setting.

You’ll need to download The Prelude and fire it up before you can scan your face using the MyNBA2K18 app. Note that while you’ll be able to change your face and keep playing through 2KU, you can only play through the MyCAREER portion once. After that, you’ll need to wait until NBA 2K18 comes out next week in order to continue your career, or start over fresh.

Feel free to share your impressions of The Prelude in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum. If you’ve got a great face scan to share – or a humorous one, for that matter! – feel free to post it as well. We’ll be sharing our impressions in Episode #221 of the NLSC Podcast, which will be coming out over the weekend.

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.

Details on MyCAREER Story & The Neighborhood in NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: The Neighborhood

It’s been a big week for NBA 2K18 news to say the least. Before we wrap up the weekend, there are a few more details to report in regards to this year’s MyCAREER story, and the new Neighborhood experience.

Matt Bertz has posted a preview over on Game Informer discussing The Neighborhood and the MyCAREER story in NBA 2K18. Although there will be a narrative again this year, it will be a less linear experience. The basic plot is that your player, DJ, is a former blue chip prospect who abandoned his hoop dreams to pursue a career in music. Now eager to return to the hardwood, your character is trying to make the big time by participating in The Proving Ground, an amateur streetball event. The story begins with The Prelude, which will be released September 8th.

The article also provides a breakdown of The Neighborhood, which as previously noted, encompasses the NBA through MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, and The Playground (the new version of MyPARK). Park affiliations have also been done away with, as all players will be hanging around in the same Neighborhood. Matt also confirms that the old upgrade system is back, and talks about the new MyPLAYER Archetypes. As you can see from this chart, the primary and secondary archetypes that you select will determine which Badges you can upgrade. Thanks to Dommy73 for the heads up on the chart.

2K Sports has also Tweeted out a Guide to The Neighborhood. Locations include The Playground (as noted above, the new MyPARK), 2K Zone (mini-games and meet-ups), The Venue (live events), The Downtown Court (jumpshot game), Foot Locker Store (for shoes, obviously), and King of the Court (1-on-1 challenges). It also shows off some of the Road to 99 rewards, and the new phone messaging system.

With The Prelude dropping this week, and the Early Tip-Off Weekend for NBA 2K18 beginning in less than two weeks, I’m sure there’ll be more news and previews right around the corner. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest details in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #220

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Episode #220 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I have plenty to talk about following a big week of NBA 2K18 news, as well as the release of a new patch for the NBA Live 18 demo. The question is, as always, now that the show has been recorded, will any further news break over the weekend?

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.05 has been pushed through for the NBA Live 18 demo, and this time, we have a few patch notes. Once again, we take the opportunity to offer some further impressions of the demo, and encourage everyone to keep the feedback coming.
  • Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett will be joining NBA 2K18’s broadcasting team as special guest commentators. Unfortunately for KG, the game is only rated E10+.
  • The latest NBA 2K18 developer blogs by Scott O’Gallagher and Da_Czar have delivered a lot of promising news about improvements to AI, playcalling, and gameplay in general.
  • NBA 2K18 will see the debut of The Neighborhood, a new online open world experience that encompasses MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, and MyPARK (now called The Playground). It’s very cool, but we do have a few questions and concerns.
  • There will be 189 MyPLAYER Archetypes this year, with primary and secondary archetypes and hybrid styles. Excellent news, in our opinion.
  • A list of Achievements for The Prelude has been leaked, hinting at this year’s story. Mild spoiler warning!
  • We wrap up Episode #220 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which included a couple of really fun sessions of 2K Pro-Am as our season in NBA 2K17 continues to draw to a close.

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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.

The Friday Five: 5 Teams To Use in Franchise Modes This Year

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown. This week’s Five is a list of five teams that are appealing prospects to play with in this year’s franchise modes.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the release of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18! Although I anticipate spending time with modes like MyCAREER, The One, 2K Pro-Am, MyTEAM, and Ultimate Team, I’m also looking forward to returning to my roots as a franchise gamer. Given its incredible depth, MyLEAGUE will likely be my mode of choice, but I’m still undecided as to which team I’ll use. My beloved Chicago Bulls are naturally always an option, but with the team entering a rebuilding phase, they’re not exactly the most appealing squad. I can’t help but think back to my attempts to play Franchise Mode with the Ron Mercer-led Bulls in NBA Live 2001!

MyLEAGUE does offer the flexibility of controlling multiple teams, switching control of teams, and of course, creating a brand new expansion team. However, I must admit that I’d personally prefer to take control of one franchise, and a real NBA team at that. I can’t rule out trying to make things work with the Bulls, but there are quite a few interesting possibilities heading into the 2018 season. If you’re looking for a team that can be competitive out of the gate, but also provide options in terms of wheeling and dealing, here are five teams that you may want to consider using in the franchise modes of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

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Details on The Neighborhood in NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: Run The Neighborhood Event Poster

As previously announced, 2K held a live stream event for NBA 2K18 titled Run The Neighborhood. As it turns out, The Neighborhood is the name of a new experience in this year’s game that combines MyCAREER, MyPARK, and 2K Pro-Am. The three popular modes are now connected in an open world setting, where MyPLAYERs live in the titular Neighborhood. There will be several locations to visit, including stores and The Playground. Some of the key points include:

  • Players will be able to level up no matter which mode they play, whereas in previous games this was primarily achieved through grinding in MyCAREER.
  • There is an over-arching meta game called Road to 99, which rewards players for improving their Overall Rating. A unified Badge system across MyCAREER, Park, and 2K Pro-Am has also been implemented.
  • There are primary and secondary MyPLAYER Archetypes, including pure and hybrid styles. There are 189 Archetypes in all, each of which have their own assortment of attainable Bronze, Silver, and Gold Badges.
  • While the traditional MyPARK experience is gone, it’s still available in the form of pickup games that you can find in the open world of The Neighborhood.

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

We’ll be able to get a preview of NBA 2K18 via The Prelude, which will be released on September 8th. The MyNBA2K18 companion app with face scanning functionality will be released a day earlier on September 7th. What are your thoughts on the new open world career mode? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum!

New NBA 2K18 Gameplay Blog by Da_Czar

NBA 2K18: Dynamic Play Menu

Our friends over at Operation Sports have posted another exclusive NBA 2K18 developer blog, this time from the one and only Da_Czar. Following on from Scott O’Gallagher’s blog, Da_Czar discusses offensive tendencies, AI execution, and player motion in this year’s game. Once again, it’s difficult to summarise such an in-depth blog and do it justice, but here are some of the key points:

  • Playcalling and substitutions have been moved from the right stick back to the buttons. Left on the D-Pad will bring up the Dynamic Play Menu, where you can toggle through different sets and make your selection by pressing the appropriate button. Right on the D-Pad will bring up gameplan items, which you can also cycle through and then select using the face buttons. Up on the D-Pad calls a Smart Play, while Down on the D-Pad brings up the on-the-fly substitution menu.
  • NBA 2K18 will feature situational tendencies, so that players make realistic decisions based on where they get the ball and the current situation, including the quality of defender that they’re facing. Elite scorers will break plays if they believe they have an opportunity to score against their current match-up.
  • Several improvements have been made to the way AI players execute offensively, such as spotting up or cutting to the basket in transition, as well as their awareness of mismatches, numbers advantages, and defender positioning.
  • The new motion engine improves player movement, allowing seamless changes in direction and avoiding a feeling of getting stuck in animations.
  • There will be a noticeable difference in tempo between teams, according to real life data.

Be sure to check out the blog over on OS for the full scoop, as well as several screenshots and video clips that demonstrate what Da_Czar is talking about. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

Top Ten Players Overall & By Position in NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: Top 10 Players

Over the past few days, 2K has been releasing screenshots revealing the top ten players at each position in NBA 2K18, as well as the overall top ten active players. The ten best active players and their Overall Ratings in this year’s game are as follows:

  1. LeBron James (97 Overall)
  2. Kevin Durant (96 Overall)
  3. Kawhi Leonard (95 Overall)
  4. Jame Harden (95 Overall)
  5. Stephen Curry (94 Overall)
  6. Russell Westbrook (94 Overall)
  7. Anthony Davis (94 Overall)
  8. DeMarcus Cousins (92 Overall)
  9. Paul George (91 Overall)
  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (91 Overall)

See below for the full position-by-position list. Sixteen players are rated 90 Overall or higher in NBA 2K18, an increase over recent games in the series which have seen as few as five active players rated in the 90s at launch. On another interesting note, despite a previous screenshot listing his Overall Rating as being 84, it seems that Dwyane Wade will instead have a rating of 82.

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

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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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NBA 2K18 Special Guest Commentary Trailer; Gameplay Videos

NBA 2K18: Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kevin Garnett

Confirming the EB Games Australia leak, 2K Sports have released a new NBA 2K18 trailer announcing guest commentary in this year’s game. Future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett will join the broadcasting teams in NBA 2K18, making guest appearances on a rotating basis.

As demonstrated in the trailer, Kobe and KG will share anecdotes about their playing days and provide their thoughts on the current generation of players. Both legends have a history with the NBA 2K series, with KG appearing on the cover of NBA 2K9, while Kobe appeared on the covers of NBA 2K10, and more recently, the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17. Kobe also made a cameo appearance in Shaquille O’Neal’s trailer for the Legend Edition of NBA 2K18.

The latest trailer also features more gameplay clips from cinematic angles, notably featuring cover player Kyrie Irving wearing #11 for the Boston Celtics. While the status of that trade is currently in question, 2K have indicated plans to issue a new cover as necessary.

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

Speaking of gameplay, a handful of videos from the recent Gamestop expo are making the rounds. They are filmed over the shoulder and off-screen, so that’s something to keep in mind when evaluating what you see. In any event, you can check those out below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum. Feel free to share your impressions of the trailer, and the new gameplay videos, in the comments section below!

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EB Games Australia Leaks New NBA 2K18 Details

NBA 2K18: Kobe Bryant

As reported by The Gaming Tailgate and Operation Sports, the listing for NBA 2K18 on EB Games Australia has leaked a few new details about this year’s game. The information has since been removed from the listing, but a screenshot has preserved the details that were revealed, which are as follows:

MyPLAYER. Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in the Playground or join the Pro-Am circuit. Featuring new MyPLAYER upgrade and endorsement systems and so much more.

MyTEAM. Collect and compete with player cards featuring NBA legends from yesterday and today. Construct a salary-capped team for the all-new Super Max season mode, or draft cards for a 5v5 tournament in the new Pack & Playoffs mode.

ELITE GAMEPLAY. The new motion system engine brings player control to a new level of realism. Now, dribbling and off the ball movement are no longer driven by animations. This groundbreaking technology dynamically creates animations to deliver the best gameplay experience possible. You are now in complete control.

SPECIAL GUEST COMMENTARY. The biggest roster of broadcasting talent in sports videogame history gets even bigger. Legends Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett join the booth on a rotating basis to lend their expertise to the broadcast.

LEGENDARY TEAMS. The greatest players in NBA history from all 30 teams, together on all-time franchise rosters for the very first time. Compete in Play Now to decide once and for all which franchise’s all-time greats reign supreme.

In addition to Kobe and KG joining the NBA 2K18 broadcasting team, it’s interesting to note that MyPARK appears to have been renamed to Playground. Alternatively, that may simply be a mistake, similar to an earlier hands-on impression article that erroneously referred to MyTEAM as “MyDYNASTY”, leading to speculation of a new mode.

These details are obviously still subject to official confirmation, though we’ll likely know more after the upcoming “Run the Neighborhood” Facebook event on August 31st. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #219

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Episode #219 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Kenny returns to the show this week, joining Arcane and I in a discussion of all the latest topics of interest to our community, including further NBA Live 18 demo impressions, the new historical content in NBA 2K18, and the Kyrie Irving trade.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off the show with some further impressions of the NBA Live 18 demo. The game has also been receiving some support in IGN’s Player’s Choice Awards.
  • Arcane is running a Madden 18 giveaway for PlayStation 4. Entries close August 31st, so get them in ASAP!
  • All of the new classic teams in NBA 2K18 have been revealed, including an additional seventeenth squad. The full lineups for the All-Time Teams have also been posted. We share a few opinions on the new historical content.
  • With Kyrie Irving being traded to the Boston Celtics, it seems that a new cover for NBA 2K18 will be issued at some point.
  • An upcoming Facebook event will provide us with details on MyCAREER in NBA 2K18. We speculate on this year’s story, based on the event name and hashtag.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included 2K Pro-Am cheese – surprise, surprise – and MyLEAGUE success.
  • Backing up a little, we talk about the Kyrie Irving trade in more depth. Did the Cavs make a steal in the deal?
  • We wrap up Episode #219 of the NLSC Podcast by picking our Ultimate Australian 3-on-3 squads.

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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.

Full All-Time Team Rosters Revealed for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: All-Time Los Angeles Lakers

In the wake of the All-Time Teams trailer, the full rosters for all of the new All-Time Squads in NBA 2K18 have been revealed. 2K posted the roster listings over on the game’s official Facebook page, indicating the starters and revealing all of the players’ overall ratings.

As many gamers and a few publications covering NBA 2K18 have noted, there are some glaring omissions. Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller are two of the most noticeable absentees, as it would seem that 2K Sports were still unable to secure their likeness rights. The 1992 Dream Team is reportedly in the game again this year, so presumably Barkley will at least be included on that squad. Other noteworthy absentees include Moses Malone, Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Roy, and Gilbert Arenas. Of course, the new content still gives our modding community a tremendous head start this year.

See below for the full roster listings, and don’t forget to check out the trailer if you haven’t already seen it. What are your thoughts on the All-Time Teams? Have your say in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams Trailer

NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams

A new NBA 2K18 trailer has been released, showcasing the All-Time Teams in this year’s game. In addition to spotlighting various historical players, it also confirms that the All-Time squads will utilise both current and classic jerseys. I would suggest that this is a very good idea, as a lot of the historical players look quite strange wearing the contemporary uniforms.

Interestingly, the trailer doesn’t really spotlight too many of the newly added players, with the exception of Chris Webber, who appears in a few clips. Other featured players include Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Julius Erving Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal (both with the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic), Karl Malone, and Patrick Ewing. At this point, it remains to be seen whether 2K has been able to license longtime holdouts such as Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, as they would be glaring omissions from their respective teams.

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

I’m guessing that the full lineups for the All-Time squads might be revealed very soon, perhaps along with some more screenshots of the new classic teams. In the meantime, what’s your take on the All-Time Teams trailer? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.