Obviously, you still should stay locked in NBA MT Coins to track your matchup's movements, know when to press up, move laterally, competition shots, and battle over displays. Nevertheless, the slow nature of off-the-ball movement can still be a tiresome thing to battle with when controls don't react the way you planned or you merely run set up, stuck on teammates, and then get punished for a defensive breakdown.That is where virtual currency (VC) comes into play, yet again.
Matching up for matches in The Neighborhood remains the same--it can be a slog, waiting for gamers to queue up along with the game to cycle through all of the pre- and post-game animations. I find the Rec's 5-on-5 games much more satisfying with appropriate matchmaking (given that clubs are balanced in ability and positions), and you are able to take this basketball ethos a step further at the organized Pro-Am league. But pleasure from these competitive outlets depends on the players you get paired with, and also how much your player has progressed as a way to keep up. It is no surprise that microtransactions litter every corner of NBA 2K21--and for me, I have moved on from being spat to feeling despondent. The game boundaries on a pay-to-win version, with progress paths which are paced in methods to nudge you towards paying VC rather than earning it. Improving your stats nevertheless relies on spending VC, and the prices increase exponentially the further you update a certain ability. There are plenty of nice cosmetics to make, and it's admittedly a whole lot of fun dressing up your participant in new kicks and the flyest Nike and Adidas apparel, however their exorbitant VC prices suck the life out of their adventure.
VC permeates the MyTeam mode again, too. This mode acts as a fantasy-esque build-your-own-team endeavor in which you earn card packs to unlock players among a roster that spans numerous NBA eras. MyTeam can be attractive for long-time basketball lovers such as myself who have Allen Iverson teamed up with Anthony Davis and may take this fantasy team roster into single-player or multiplayer matches. However, the loot-box character of earning card packs--that can be obtained by gradually earning MT points through fresh avenues such as challenges, seasonal events, and turning into cards that are useless, or by buying them with VC--leaves the dependence on VC unsurprisingly egregious.
MyGM, which puts you into the shoes of a team's General Manager, is a style worth mentioning. You call the shots for everything out of roster moves, transactions, ticket prices, promotion, and personnel decisions in hopes of building a successful franchise. It is a sports management simulation fantasy, but affects here are only skin deep. You'll undergo awkwardly animated and written dialogue situations to handle relationships within your organization--such as how I chatted to Cheap 2K21 MT RJ Barrett about the way he used to play clarinet in order to improve his sanity stats, or became the yes-man of head coach Tom Thibodeau to keep him happy. MyGM's menus are also flooded in a way which makes it hard to browse and get a grip of how to spend your limited resources and time through the season. I've really enjoyed this mode previously with its RPG-like sensibilities, but it is one that requires a serious revamp.