This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.
I honestly do not know if Fantasy Mode is the correct classification for EA Sports’ Ultimate Team and NBA 2K’s MyTEAM, but that is what I am going with. Technically any mode that has user input beyond the current rosters can be considered a fantasy mode but I think that these card collecting (damn, that is a good way to describe it too) modes are ruining our yearly basketball video games.
MyTEAM and Ultimate Team have completely offset the other traditional modes by taking over NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14. What happens every 5 levels of experience you gain in NBA Live 14? Free Ultimate Team pack of course. It doesn’t matter if your main mode is Rising Star or Dynasty, every 5 levels you get Ultimate Team content. The Twitter and Facebook accounts for these games keep their focus on these fantasy modes too. It feels like everything I see about the games today has to do with new legendary players in Ultimate Team or a new batch of diamond Kobe Bryant locker codes dropping at some specific time and place.
The user response is worse. You cannot go for more than a few seconds on LD2K’s regular livestreams before seeing someone begging for a MyTEAM code. At first I legitimately thought it was the social accounts trying to cram as much of this pay-for-wins-or-grind-your-heart-out mode, but instead it seems like they are just responding to the social demand. I would not be surprised at all if some locker code beggar ends up on this page from Google because I said “Diamond Kobe” and “Locker Codes” (and for fun, “Diamond Durant” hope you enjoyed your visit to NLSC).
Maybe it’s the modder in me who sees these player cards as the slight edits they are, or lazy enough to see how silly it is to play for hours to get 1 random shot at trying to unlock 1 specific player or uniform. That doesn’t change the biggest issue with these damn modes, they’re perfect. Ultimate Team and MyTEAM are by far the most polished modes in NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, they have the best replayability, they are addicting to all hell, and most importantly they make EA Sports and 2K money. I skipped out on the NBA Street Homecourt DLC because I hate add-on DLC that much…but I have spent $10 on Ultimate Team.
So for the hardcore, casual, and every other player in between, is there any point in dedicating time to MyCAREER, MyGM, Rising Star, Dynasty, or even LIVE Season challenges? Look at all the buzz on social media for these modes, is it possible for a fanbase of a different mode to get a say anymore? Do you think FIFA, Madden, or NHL’s other modes have suffered because of Ultimate Team’s presence? Am I wrong in thinking that Fantasy Modes have ruined the rest of the game?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading this dumb opinion.