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Monday Tip-Off: NBA 2K17’s Virtual Currency Problem

MyPLAYER Store in NBA 2K17, with prominent button to purchase Virtual Currency

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.

Since the release of NBA 2K17, an issue that’s come up a couple of times on the NLSC Podcast is the general reduction in the amount of Virtual Currency that can be earned in a single game. Having spent most of my time so far playing MyCAREER and 2K Pro-Am, this is certainly a problem that I’m very familiar with. Although the MyNBA2K17 app offers additional opportunities to earn Virtual Currency, it doesn’t do much to contribute towards the cost of the various in-game items that are purchased with VC.

We’re not the only ones complaining about Virtual Currency in NBA 2K17, either. A petition is currently circulating in an effort to get Visual Concepts to re-work or eliminate the VC system in NBA 2K. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll see the complete removal of Virtual Currency in future iterations of NBA 2K, but given the issues with VC in this year’s game, I’d definitely agree that some changes need to be made. While I do have a lot of good things to say about NBA 2K17, the problems with Virtual Currency absolutely need to be highlighted.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #176

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Episode #176 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, and with the imminent release of NBA 2K17, we have some final previews and developer blogs to talk about. We also discuss an issue from the past week that has us a bit riled up, with a couple of profanities slipping through as a result. Just a heads up for anyone who strongly objects to a bit of bad language!

On this week’s show…

  • NBA 2K17 is almost here! A new Momentous Trailer marks the occasion; did it hype us up?
  • We give our thoughts on The Prelude, from the glimpse at the story to our hands-on impressions of how the game feels on the sticks.
  • Face scanning has had mixed results so far, but at least one of us is happy not to be dealing with the PlayStation Camera anymore. There’s also been some good news, as the MyNBA2K17 app will support face scanning for the PC version.
  • NBA 2K17 will feature an expanded roster of broadcasters, and dynamic commentary. We certainly like the sound of that.
  • Although it’s put an end to an idea we had for a game of MyLEAGUE Online, the developer blog for MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and the aforementioned MLO has delivered some otherwise fantastic news.
  • MyTEAM has received some solid improvements in NBA 2K17, but we’re still a bit sceptical about how good the pack odds will be. How honest is that trailer?
  • NBA 2K17 has taken a shot at NBA Live (or more specifically, NBA Elite 11) which frankly, we find to be a little petty. We discuss the potshot, and things get a little profane in the process.
  • We wrap up Episode #176 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming. This week, it’s the swansong for the NLSC 2K Pro-Am team in NBA 2K16, some unfinished business in NBA 2K11, and more tales from MyCAREER.

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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.

Face Scanning Coming to NBA 2K17 PC

NBA 2K17: A Cutscene in MyCAREER

Good news, PC gamers! After it appeared as though the PC version of NBA 2K17 would miss out on the ability to scan in MyPLAYER faces through the MyNBA2K17 app, it appears as though that functionality will not be restricted to the consoles after all.

Chris Manning (aka LD2K) has confirmed that PC users will be able to use the MyNBA2K17 app to scan their faces into NBA 2K17 come the Early Tip-Off Weekend, September 16th.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users can already scan their faces and make use of them in The Prelude, the free downloadable experience that offers a head start on MyCAREER and some early hands-on time with the game. The Prelude is not available for PC, but it’s great to hear that the PC will not be left out in the cold in terms of face scanning.

Last year, a patch added face scanning functionality to NBA 2K16 PC, however it only supported devices with Intel RealSense cameras. Until today’s announcement, it seemed as though that would be the only face scanning option in NBA 2K17 PC, but fortunately for gamers who aren’t looking to buy a new laptop or all-in-one PC, that won’t be the case.

Thanks to LD2K for the good news, and to zzcoolj21 for the heads up in the Forum!

NBA 2K17: The Prelude Available Worldwide

NBA 2K17: Gaming Cutscene in MyCAREER

The Prelude, the free downloadable preview of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For those who are unaware, The Prelude will allows us to select from a Division I college, play a few games, and raise our Draft stock. It will essentially provide a head start on MyCAREER before NBA 2K17 is released, and reportedly can only be played through once. It also includes the revamped 2KU tutorial mode, featuring Coach K. The newly released MyNBA2K17 app can be used to scan our faces, and immediately start using them for the player we create.

Note that PC gamers will not be able to play The Prelude (unless they also own a PS4 and X1, of course), as it’s a console exclusive. However, the PC version will not be missing out on any of the content that’s in The Prelude, as everything in the downloadable experience is also available in the main game. It’s simply an opportunity to get an early look at the game, and a head start on MyCAREER.

If you’re giving The Prelude a look, feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA 2K17 Dynamic Commentary Trailer; MyNBA2K17 Out Now

NBA 2K17: Paul George

The latest trailer for NBA 2K17 spotlights the dynamic commentary in this year’s game. This year, Kevin Harlan and lead analyst Greg Anthony will be joined by a rotation of second analysts, including Chris Webber, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, Doris Burke, and Clark Kellogg. David Aldridge has also been added to the broadcast team, as he takes over sideline reporting duties. There will be eleven national broadcasters in total, with over 400 hours of new commentary.

Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal return with their studio show, and will now conduct interviews with your MyPLAYER. The trailer also showcases some of the new dialogue recorded by real NBA coaches, and includes a few impressive highlights in the form of gameplay snippets. Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Additionally, the MyNBA2K17 app is now available for Android and iOS devices. At present, we can play MyTEAM Mobile and scan our faces, however we won’t be able to see the scans until The Prelude is released. Nevertheless, if you’d like to take a peek at how face scanning works this year, you can go ahead and install the app.

Got any thoughts on dynamic commentary in NBA 2K17, or impressions of MyNBA2K17 so far? Feel free to share them in the comments below, and join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA 2K17 MyCAREER Trailer Released

NBA 2K17: MyPLAYER Archetypes

2K Sports has released the official trailer for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. As previously noted, this year’s story focuses on a dynamic duo: our MyPLAYER and a player called Justice Young, played by Michael B. Jordan. We’ll be able to assume control of both players out on the court, with the goal of becoming the NBA’s next great tandem.

The trailer gives us a few quick glimpses of various cutscenes, as well as some gameplay from cinematic camera angles, and another look at the player archetypes that will be available in NBA 2K17. It doesn’t give away too much of the story, which will apparently have some more branching options, with choices that matter. For those of us who expressed frustration with the linear nature of “Livin’ Da Dream” in NBA 2K16, this certainly comes as good news.

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

The Prelude is set to drop in a couple of days, so PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers will be able to get a head start on (and early look at) MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. Unfortunately, the experience will not be available on PC. The MyNBA2K17 app will also be available this week for Android and iOS devices, so we’ll be able to get our faces into the game ahead of the Early Tip-Off Weekend on September 16th. Once again, its face scanning functionality will not be available for the PC version.

Got any thoughts on the trailer? Share them in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #173

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Episode #173 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane, Kenny, and I have plenty to discuss this week with a barrage of NBA 2K17 news, some very enjoyable sessions of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, and the conclusion of the basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games.

On this week’s show…

  • After a very quiet preview season, the floodgates have seemingly opened on NBA 2K17 news. We begin with a few thoughts on the “Friction” trailer.
  • Hands-on impressions from various media outlets have given us some information about a few of the key changes to gameplay this year. We break down some of the key points, and give our opinions.
  • Does this year’s Achievement list tell us anything about NBA 2K17, specifically the direction of MyCAREER?
  • Player ratings are starting to be revealed, and Karl-Anthony Towns’ 88 Overall in particular has caught our eye.
  • Speaking of Towns, he’s been revealed as the cover player for the MyNBA2K17 app. As hinted at a few months ago, the app will include face scanning capabilities, but unfortunately the PC version has been left out.
  • We reflect on an incident involving basketball gamers and NBA 2K’s community managers on Twitter last week, which rubbed quite a few people the wrong way.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a couple of very exciting sessions of 2K Pro-Am, featuring some clutch performances.
  • Following their best ever run, the Australian Boomers fell to Spain in the bronze medal game at the 2016 Olympic Games. We’re certainly proud, but also a little disappointed, not to mention miffed with the officiating.
  • We wrap up Episode #173 of the NLSC Podcast with another edition of Trivia Time!

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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.

Karl-Anthony Towns on MyNBA2K17 Cover

MyNBA2K17 Cover Art

It’s been revealed that Team 2K member and 2016 Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns will be the “cover” player for the MyNBA2K17 companion app for NBA 2K17. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices on September 8th 2016, at no cost. In addition to mini-games that allow users to earn Virtual Currency daily, MyNBA2K17 will also feature access to the Auction House, the MyPLAYER store, and 2KTV.

The app is also how we’ll be able to scan our faces into the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17. This feature was previously hinted at during the Season 2 finale of 2KTV, and the approach worked very well in NBA Live 16 last year. Unfortunately, Operation Sports has been able to confirm that MyNBA2K17 will not support face scanning for the PC version of NBA 2K17, which is a definitely a missed opportunity.

In other NBA 2K17 news, SLAM Magazine has posted their own hands-on preview of the game. There isn’t too much in the way of new information, but it does mention that Stephen Curry will indeed be very tough to guard in this year’s title. Popular Science has also posted a preview that mentions a little more about enhancements to physics, and the removal of clipping through limbs.

Do you have any thoughts on the latest news? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as in our NBA 2K17 Forum.