Every year the new and updated NBA 2K comes out and basketball fans everywhere compare and contrast the latest offering to the versions that have come before. To be honest, this is one gaming series that has consistently improved and brought in exciting and innovative features. But there are still ways it can get better. It is not just the NBA 2K game that we are talking about here. Due to licensing issues, there are not as many viable alternatives for hoop gamers these days. However, if you are going to bring out an NBA game then we have some suggestions, and we don’t mean being able to bet on NBA games online, you can do that elsewhere.
4 Huge Ways to Improve Future NBA 2K Games
Concentrate on the Game
The gameplay on NBA titles these days is incredible. There seems to be more control and ability to try realistic shots than ever before. Even the AI movements of other players on the court seem to have gotten better. But we would suggest that it could be even better if that’s all the developers had in their brief.
Unfortunately, players are bombarded by extra features that only cater to specific groups of people buying the product. Maybe we just want to de-stress by playing a few hours of video game NBA – not start a career that seems to be more about mixing with celebrities and off-court dealings. The game should be the game.
Forget About Michael Jordan
NBA 2K23 has brought back the Jordan Challenge. While Michael Jordan was probably the best ever to play the game, it might be a good idea to try someone else. There are plenty of other top hoop stars that could be given the same treatment. A Kobe Challenge would go down very well, especially following the commemorative editions of recent games celebrating his death. This is probably all down to licensing deals but a little variety would be nice. Or, to go back to our previous point, just concentrate on the main game.
Don’t Try to Monetize EVERYTHING
Speaking of concentrating on the game, bringing in new features is fine and all, but it would be really good if they didn’t put some players at a disadvantage if they don’t won’t to spend more virtual (real) money. The career modes seem to be going this way now. If you want to improve a character in a career mode you have to deal with transactions that have nothing to do with basketball. Earning virtual currency can take a while, but having to buy it to compete seems unfair. Unless the NBA game is free to play in the first place, we don’t think gamers should have to pay out even more.
Even More Different Era Matchups
This is one area where we think NBA games have been really getting it right in recent years – and we want more of it. There has been an introduction of being able to select different era teams, complete with retro uniforms. This is an excellent move and a good way to settle basketball arguments.
Were Jordan’s Bulls better than Steph Curry and his Dubs? Let’s get a game going and find out. We are definitely here for this kind of time-traveling NBA magic. Maybe we would even be more supportive of a career mode if it was using the constraints of the early 1990s and we could play as one of Pat Riley’s Knicks!
If You’re Going to Be Realistic, Be Realistic
We are very aware that the realism of gaming in general – and the possibilities modern technology and game development have given us – makes today’s NBA games far superior in so many ways compared to titles from the past. But there still seems so much more to do.
We should expect the players to be at the correct heights and for their bodies to look realistic. Sometimes past players seem to have been designed on the cheap. This element is all about accuracy. With not so much choice when it comes to NBA games, we just want the ones we can play to be perfect. Is that too much to ask?
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