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NLSC Podcast #337: Playing Your Cards Right

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Episode #337 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

As the NBA 2K21 demo looms, we’ve received an insight into MyTEAM with the latest developer blog. Much of this week’s show is spent providing a comprehensive breakdown of the blog, which delivered some promising news. We also offer up some final speculation ahead of the demo’s release, though we’re keeping our expectations low as far as its scope is concerned. With the launch of NBA 2K21 Next Gen happening a couple of months into the Current Gen version’s life cycle, we also talk about our plans for the latter. Other topics include Ante-Up, MyTEAM pack odds, the positives and negatives of regulation in the Auction House, and the oldest releases that we could feasibly play regularly again.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Blog & Trailer Released

NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Developer Blog

Following on from last week’s insight into gameplay, this week’s developer blog by Erick Boenisch discusses NBA 2K21 MyTEAM. It’s a much longer read compared to the gameplay blog, with a lot more information to take on board.

Key points include the implementation of Seasons, which will feature their own objectives and rewards. Erick also reiterates that our collection, Tokens, and overall progress will carry over between Current Gen and Next Gen, as long as we’re on the same console family (e.g. PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X), and are using the same account.

Other new and updated features include MyTEAM Limited, MyTEAM Unlimited 2.0, and The Exchange. I’ve summarised the NBA 2K21 MyTEAM blog below, but be sure to give the entire blog a read to get the full scoop. You can also check out the MyTEAM trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments, as well as join in the discussion here in the Forum!

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NLSC Podcast #336: I’m A Surgeon With This Pro Stick

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Episode #336 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

Before we get to this week’s gaming news, we take a moment to reflect on the San Antonio Spurs’ 22-year Playoff streak coming to an end. On the subject of change, however, we have our first developer blog for NBA 2K21 Current Gen, previewing this year’s gameplay. We break down the changes to the Pro Stick, including the new dribbling and shooting controls, and other details provided by the blog. With a demo coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 24th, we also speculate on what it will entail, and discuss the likelihood of a Next Gen demo later this year. We’ve also got some new retro basketball game purchases to talk about, and once again touch on the modding possibilities for NBA 2K21 PC.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

NBA 2K21 Gameplay Blog & Demo Release Date (Current Gen)

NBA 2K21 Gameplay Blog

The NBA 2K21 gameplay blog for the Current Gen version has been posted, outlining what we can expect from this year’s release. A breakdown of the key points is as follows:

  • Beluba reiterated the focus on striking a good balance between realism and fun, once again referring to turnovers on long passes as an example of what they want to avoid.
  • Cover player Damian Lillard had several suggestions, including raising the maximum height for point guards in MyCAREER. It’s now 6’8″.
  • The Pro Stick controls have changed: Hold down for a jumpshot, hold left or right for escape dribbles, hold up for signature size-ups, tap for quick 1-to-1 dribble moves, tap while holding Sprint for quick momentum dribbles.
  • New signature size-ups have been added (for a total of 14 Street and 36 NBA animations), and moves are now more responsive and “chain-able”. Street moves are performed with a tap of the left trigger.
  • When shooting with the Pro Stick, the Shot Meter is replaced by target aiming inspired by NBA 2K17’s mechanics. Instead of timing the release, you can use the whole animation to hit the target window. The same mechanics apply to layups, but this can be disabled. There are also new shot types, and over 40 new shot landings for Park.
  • Block targeting has been improved, and some of the overpowered paint moves have been toned down. There are also signature defensive styles, and player movement has been refined for more responsiveness.
  • The Badge system is basically the same as last year, though it’s been refined based on telemetry data from popular builds. Shot speed has been moved back to the Jump Shot Creator, with the Quick Draw Badge being removed entirely.

Check out the NBA 2K21 gameplay blog for the full scoop! A demo will be dropping on August 24th, though no further details are available as yet. What are your thoughts on these changes and additions? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here the Forum!

NLSC Podcast #335: For a Few Dollars More

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Episode #335 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

The NBA 2K21 Current Gen trailer has given us something to really sink our teeth into this week. We share our thoughts on what we saw, and touch on some of the community reactions. A glimpse of the new Shot Meter and recent comments by Beluba also inspire us to once again discuss shooting mechanics. Meanwhile, remarks by 2K’s CEO have continued to stir up controversy regarding the Next Gen price increase. We have a few things to say on the matter, along with our subsequent expectations for Next Gen. With the NBA Live 16 servers shutting down, we also encourage everyone to wrap up their business ASAP, and take some time to reflect on the game.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

NBA 2K21 Current Gen Trailer Shows Gameplay, Other Details

NBA 2K21 Current Gen Trailer

After the official Twitter account dropped a not-too-subtle hint yesterday, the current gen trailer for NBA 2K21 has been released. In addition to giving us a glimpse at the gameplay from cinematic angles – along with a clip showing off the new shot meter – it also teases some interesting details.

It appears as though this year’s MyCAREER story will once include a college portion, as a player can be glimpsed wearing a Florida Gators jersey. Previous leaks have hinted at college teams being playable in NBA 2K21, though the full extent of their presence is obviously yet to be confirmed. The Neighborhood appears to have been revamped, based on a quick glimpse and a sign mentioning “2K Beach”. Players from around the world are also spotlighted, possibly hinting at some related content.

Check out the trailer below, courtesy of TGsoGood.

With the game less than a month away from release, we should be getting some concrete details very soon. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the NBA 2K21 Current Gen trailer? What do you make of the hints that it appears to have dropped? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

NLSC Podcast #334: NBA 2K21 News & NBA Live Woes

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Episode #334 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

With the Current Gen version of NBA 2K21 a little over a month away, we’re anticipating the floodgates opening on the preview season. For now, we have news on this year’s soundtrack, as well as a few tidbits about gameplay and MyTEAM. We break down what we know so far, including Mike Wang’s interesting comments about making the game as enjoyable as possible. Given the recent sentiments in the community – as well as a few remarks from NBA players – it seems like the right idea! Elsewhere, now that we know there won’t be an NBA Live 21, we once again discuss the future of the NBA Live series. Are we keeping our fingers crossed for next year? Also, we talk about when basketball games get cartoonish, and how that can be a welcome change of pace.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

NBA 2K21 Gameplay & MyTEAM Tidbits via NBA 2KTV

NBA 2K21 News on NBA 2KTV

The current gen version of NBA 2K21 is a little over a month away from launch, which means the trickle of information about the upcoming game should soon become a steady stream. Earlier this week the game’s soundtrack was unveiled, and now thanks to NBA 2KTV, we have some tidbits on gameplay and MyTEAM.

Agent 00 had the opportunity to interview Mike Wang in the latest episode of NBA 2KTV, and Beluba had some interesting things to say. He stressed that one of the main goals this year is to ensure that the game is enjoyable, striking the right balance between realism and fun. Beluba cited canned turnovers on cherry-picking passes as an example of something they wanted to fix.

He also mentioned that movement will feel very different on Next Gen, and confirmed that different studios are working on the Current Gen and Next Gen versions. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version will also reportedly have everything that the Current Gen version does, “but so much more”, indicating it’ll be deeper than NBA 2K14 on PS4 and X1. There will also be more WNBA content this year.

As for MyTEAM, Evolution cards will return in NBA 2K21, with more control over how we evolve them. MyTEAM Unlimited will also return, with “new ways to compete”. We’ll also be playing for “championship rings”, the in-game context of which is yet to be explained. As previously confirmed, progression in Current Gen MyTEAM will carry over to Next Gen.

More information and previews of NBA 2K21 should be right around the corner, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can check out Agent’s interview in the latest NBA 2KTV episode. We’ll share our thoughts in this week’s NLSC Podcast, but for now, have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum. Thanks to yyy2k from the official NBA 2K subreddit for compiling these tidbits!

NBA 2K21 Soundtrack Revealed; More Songs Post-Launch

NBA 2K21 Soundtrack Reveal

As July draws to a close, another trickle of news begins with the reveal of the NBA 2K21 soundtrack. Current Gen cover player Damian Lillard, under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A., has provided two of the 52 songs that will be featured in the game when it releases on September 4th, 2020.

Other artists featured on the NBA 2K21 soundtrack include Stormzy, Roddy Ricch and The Strokes. The late Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke will also be featured, along with Lil Tijay, J Has, CHIKA, and Little Simz. Mainstays such as Meek Mill and Travis Scott also return. As was the case with NBA 2K20, more songs will be added post-launch. Those new songs will apparently span the genres of hip-hop, R&B, electronic, pop, and rock.

The Next Gen version of NBA 2K21 will reportedly feature 202 songs at launch. Even more songs will be added after launch, the same as with the Current Gen version. The Next Gen version will feature Zion Williamson on the cover, and is a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, slated for release this holiday season.

You can listen to the entire soundtrack here on Spotify. What are your thoughts on this year’s selection of music? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

Monday Tip-Off: We DO Give a Damn ‘Bout a Bad MyREP System

Monday Tip-Off: We DO Give a Damn 'Bout a Bad MyREP System

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with some thoughts on the importance of fixing MyREP, not just in terms of its rewards system, but also allowing it to carry over year-to-year.

Keeping an annually-released basketball game fresh in a way that satisfies its toughest critics – the hardcore hoops gamers – is easier said than done. Take a ranking and rewards system such as MyREP, for example. If it’s the same year after year, we’re prone to complain about it being too stale and familiar. If it changes, there’s bound to be a lot of people who preferred the old system, as well as those that were open to a change, but aren’t feeling the new approach. There’s also the issue of having to start over from scratch every year; a common complaint in general these days.

I want to talk about both of those issues related to MyREP: its use as both a reward and matchmaking system, and the concept of being able to carry over rep from the previous game. It’s something I’d like to see NBA 2K get right as we enter a new generation with online basketball gaming as popular as it’s ever been, yet also in rough shape. Because of its effects on features and the online experience, it’s more than a cosmetic badge. We have good reason to give a damn about a bad MyREP system. Yes, that is a reference to “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and indeed, I’m keeping the musical motif going as I wax lyrical about this matter.

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NLSC Podcast #330: The Price of Upgrading

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Episode #330 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

The three cover players and their editions of NBA 2K21 have been revealed, and it turns out our predictions were pretty good! We react to the choices, and some of the community’s opinions on them. We’ve also discovered that the Next Gen version will have cross-platform VC and MyTEAM progression, but more controversially, a $10 price increase. Breaking down the pre-order bonuses also suggests that the approach to microtransactions and grinding won’t be much different this year. With confirmation that NBA 2K21 PC is a Current Gen port, we weigh up the pros and cons, and what it means for our modding community. Elsewhere, reactions to Madden 21’s Franchise mode have made us wonder about the future of franchise gaming in basketball titles. Finally, we’re noticing some new waves of nostalgia among younger and older hoops gamers alike.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition, Other Info Announced

NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition Announcement (Next Gen)

The final NBA 2K21 covers have been revealed! As expected, the third edition of the game is the Legend Edition, which this year is named the “Mamba Forever” edition after its cover player, the late Kobe Bryant. Additionally, the Current Gen and Next Gen versions of the Mamba Forever edition of NBA 2K21 will each have their own cover art, which you can check out below.

NBA 2K21 is now available to pre-order for all platforms. The Current Gen version, which refers to the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia releases, will be out on September 4th (and not October, as previously reported). The Next Gen version will be a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this holiday season. See below for details on the pre-order bonuses.

As reported by Operation Sports, the Mamba Forever edition of NBA 2K21 will also grant dual access to the Standard Edition on the other generation at no additional contest. This means that if you opt for the Mamba Forever edition on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll get a copy of the Standard Edition on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X as well (and vice versa).

OS has also revealed that there will be cross-platform progression for MyTEAM, and your VC wallet will also be shared between Current and Next Gen. This comes as excellent news for anyone concerned about having to start over from scratch, or simply having to buy the game again for that matter, once the PS5 and XSX are released.

Once again, check out the cover art for the Mamba Forever edition below, along with the pre-order bonuses and reveal trailer. Got any thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments, as well as join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum!

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Zion Williamson Revealed As Cover Player for NBA 2K21 Next Gen

Zion Williams NBA 2K21 Next Gen Cover Reveal

Following on from the Current Gen reveal, Zion Williamson has now officially been unveiled as the cover player for NBA 2K21 Next Gen. Zion was widely expected to be one of the cover players for NBA 2K21 after featuring in the game’s announcement trailer at the PlayStation 5 event in June.

With Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson revealed as the Current Gen and Next Gen cover players, we’re just left with the unveiling of the Legend Edition cover. As I mentioned in the previous bulletin, Kobe Bryant has been a popular pick and sentimental preference for a lot of gamers. With his recent retirement, Vince Carter is also a name that’s been thrown around, and one that we mentioned among our picks in Episode #329 of the NLSC Podcast.

Speaking of Current and Next Gen, it appears as though the PC will remain a Current Gen port this year. Although this is a drawback in many ways, it also means that our modding tools will probably still be suitable for another year. It also means the PC version should be released in October, the same time as on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. No dates for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions have been announced as yet, but it’s safe to say NBA 2K21 will be a launch title for both consoles. Current Gen pre-orders begin July 2nd.

What are your thoughts on Zion Williamson being the Next Gen cover player? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum! You can check out the full cover art below, along with the reveal trailer.

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Damian Lillard Revealed As First NBA 2K21 Cover Player

Damian Lillard NBA 2K21 Cover Announcement

The first cover player for NBA 2K21 has been revealed! Damian Lillard has been announced as the cover player for the Current Gen version of the game. Dame has previously graced the cover of NBA Live 15, as well as the Chinese exclusive NBA 2K Online 2. He is the seventh player to appear on the covers of both NBA Live and NBA 2K.

Pre-orders for the Current Gen version of the game will begin July 2nd, and the game is slated for release in October. As of this post, no details about pre-order bonuses has been released, but that information will likely be coming soon. We can assume that they will be quite similar to last year’s bonuses, except with Damian Lillard-themed content.

With one cover reveal down, we have two to go over the next couple of days. As per ESPN, the next two covers will be for the Next Gen and Legend editions of the game. Zion Williamson has been a popular prediction after being featured in the announcement trailer, while a lot of gamers are picking Kobe Bryant for the Legend Edition.

Check out the cover art below, as well as a reveal trailer! What are your thoughts on 2K choosing Dame for the Current Gen release? Who are your picks for the Next Gen and Legend Edition covers? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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NBA 2K21 Cover Reveals Coming Next Week

Potential NBA 2K21 Cover Player Zion Williamson

The official NBA 2K TikTok account – yes, that’s now a thing – has announced that there will be three NBA 2K21 cover reveals taking place next week on June 30th, July 1st, and July 2nd. This suggests that there will be three editions of the game, and possibly three different cover players.

Since the announcement trailer has dropped, there’s been a lot of speculation that Zion Williamson will appear on the NBA 2K21 cover. Many gamers have also suggested that the late Kobe Bryant will appear on the Legend Edition cover, which seems like a solid guess given the circumstances.

There have been hints of other news coming through next week as well. My guess is that we’ll also learn some of the pre-order bonuses and possibly be able to pre-order the game as soon as next week, though there’s a chance we might receive some more substantial details. I’ll be sure to post any information as soon as I can.

In the meantime, feel free to speculate on the NBA 2K21 cover players in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum! Once again, if you’d like to help keep our Wiki resources on NBA 2K21 updated throughout the preview season, you can find the article for the game here.