For those who want to put it all on the court (but rather skip heading to the gym or breaking a sweat), it is excellent news that NBA 2k20 has arrived! On September 6th, 2019, the famous sports series hit physical and digital shelves.
As with any games in this series, there is a lot of hype. Who will be on the cover? What changes will be made to the various game modes? Can you play this game on an older system? We know you have a lot of questions, and may even be wondering if this game is worth digging into.
Well, that's what this list is all about. We are here to outline what you likely want to know before jumping onto the court of NBA 2k20. So, sit back, relax, and pick your team, because we are delving into the ten things we wish we knew before starting NBA 2k20.
10 The Variety Of Editions
Unlike 2k19, which had two editions, NBA 2k20 upped the ante and added an additional new edition of the game. So, there is the standard game, a deluxe version, and a legend edition that comes with extra content (as well as a stunning cover that includes the legendary Dwayne Wade).
However, while it is nice to have options, it would have been nice to have a break down of all the ways these editions are unique from one another. Each one comes with exclusive bundles that include points, apparel, shoe collections, and more goodies. While this is all well and good, is having three editions a bit overboard?
9 The Number Of Microtransactions
Unfortunately, whenever we deal with a game like NBA 2k20, we know that microtransactions are going to be in the equation. However, we had no idea how much. Virtual currency runs everything in this game. So, if you want new animations, shoes, and wardrobe items, you are going to have to pull out that wallet.
While this feature has been toned down a bit when compared to other years, it is still a lot of extra money that fans are going to have to pay out to experience all 2k20 has to offer.
8 How Advanced The AI Is
If there is one thing the 2K series typically gets right, it's the artificial intelligence. This game is stellar at helping teams act like their real-life counterparts. However, for some who are just jumping into this franchise, knowing how to use the AI to your advantage, or successfully maneuvering the techniques of the opposing team can be a challenge.
This game is still not the type you can jump in and expect to be excellent right off the bat. It requires a learning curve, and study of the stats as well as the AI.
7 A More Realistic Experience
For those who have played previous installments, the gameplay makes a lot more sense. Huge guards can no longer keep up with smaller and faster players. Also, taking on a defensive strategy requires more planning and communication, which would mirror what would happen in a real game.
So, things are a bit more on-the-nose with this version of NBA 2k20. Be prepared for more authentic and detailed experiences than in other editions of the series.
6 The MyCareer Story Is Actually Good
So, let's be honest here. The MyCareer story in previous games hasn't always been strong. Many times, it is a distraction from the regular "head-to-head" mode of the game. However, this year, things are different. Critics are praising this new game's story. Lebron James' production company spearheaded the development of the campaign, while voice talents from the likes of Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson are included.
You may have been tempted to go on ahead and bypass this experience, but it is worth starting with this and enjoying the story.
5 Larger Players Are Not Going To The Hoop
Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal has always been known for his skill for being in the right place at the right time (near the basket!). Well, the developers had a bit of a hard time ensuring that other big players within the game do this.
During screens, larger players are going out to the three-point line, and are not running to the basket. This situation can be incredibly irritating if you are planning to set up a smart offensive play. While the AI is excellent in other parts, it is severely lagging here.
4 The MyPlayer Builder Is Limiting
MyPlayer is a pretty cool feature for those who want to customize their NBA 2k20 experience. However, while this feature does come with some cool attributes, you must know you cannot create a Lebron James or Russell Westbrook with this feature.
The pie charts that reveal the skills you can add to your player are limiting. You have to become skilled at balancing attributes and badges, which can take a bit of time. So, just be prepared for this when you jump in.
3 Layups Can Halt The Gameplay Experience
There is nothing like witnessing an expertly crafted layup. The developers knew this and were sure to add layup animations to the game. However, they didn't get the memo that these processes need to be quick and effective.
Layup animations have a tendency to be much too long during this game. It severely disrupts the flow of an offensive mission to the basket. So, you might want to find another way to score points and just avoid layups altogether.
2 The Disappearance Of League Customizations
Remember when you could select the length of a quarter or personalize your roster? Well, this year, this feature is no longer a part of the gaming experience. This development is a massive letdown as league customizations gave gamers the opportunity to create a MyGM experience that was customized to their tastes.
When customization allows you to make your gaming experience much more engaging, then it is worth it to keep the feature in the game. Unfortunately, the developers didn't get the memo on this one.
1 There Is Good And Bad News Regarding The WNBA
This installment made considerable strides in creating "equal opportunity" gameplay by including the WNBA teams as playable. The modes that include the league are just as good as the NBA and offer a compelling gaming experience.
However, the bad news is that, if you really like the WNBA experience, you cannot create a female player in the MyPlayer experience. It would have been great if the developers allowed for the customized creation of an exceptional female player, but they, unfortunately, fell short in this area as well.