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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.

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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Latest NBA 2K19 First Look Screenshot: Damian Lillard

NBA 2K19: Damian Lillard First Look

The official NBA 2K Twitter account has released another NBA 2K19 First Look screenshot, this time featuring Damian Lillard. The man they call Dame previously appeared on the cover of NBA Live 15, but has since become a member of Team 2K, voicing himself in various cutscenes in NBA 2K18’s MyCAREER mode.

As with the other First Look screenshots, Lillard’s Overall Rating in the initial NBA 2K19 roster has been revealed. We now know that Lillard will be rated 90, matching the Overall Rating he had in the final official roster update for NBA 2K18, where he was one of fourteen active players to be rated 90 or more.

Check out the full screenshot below, as well as here in our NBA 2K19 gallery. Got any thoughts on how the game is looking, or the Overall Ratings that have been revealed? Have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Latest NBA 2K18 Screenshots: Lillard, Oladipo, Howard, Young

NBA 2K18: Damian Lillard

2K has released four new NBA 2K18 screenshots, featuring Damian Lillard, Victor Oladipo, Dwight Howard, and Nick Young. For what it’s worth, only Lillard – formerly the cover player for NBA Live 15 – is identified as a member of Team 2K. Howard and Young’s overall ratings have also been revealed, and they are as follows:

  • Dwight Howard: 81 Overall
  • Nick Young: 74 Overall

As with the previous screenshots, the latest images also give us a peek at the new Nike-designed uniforms. It remains to be seen whether the official reveal of the jerseys for all 30 NBA teams will also open the floodgates on preview media for both NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18.

You can check out the latest screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA 2K18 Screenshots gallery. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section, as well as join in the discussion taking place in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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