Ballin’ out with 2K19 – New Year, More Buckets

Brandon Ottaviano, Staff Writer

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At long last, NBA 2K19 is out in full force. The general population will now be able to grind away at their characters for another whole year. Players who pre-ordered the LeBron James Anniversary Edition received the game on the 8th, giving them a head start on the standard badge grind. It’s low-key a little unfair, though, as most of these players are a solid 75+ overall stat score even though the game just released. Alas, life isn’t fair.

This MyCareer installation of the 2K franchise begins overseas, as your player remains unpicked from the NBA draft. A Chinese league is next for him, as you and your player begin on the Shanghai Bears. Battling through a few overseas games lands you in the NBA G-League, the stepping stone into the big boys club.

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There, the NBA Prelude tests your worth against various opponents until you prove yourself worthy to be signed onto a real team. From there, it’s a straight grind – the journey to 99 overall. Playing games, earning currency, and upgrading your player’s basketball attributes will garner a slow and steady rise from a 60 overall scrub player to a 90+ overall basketball Hall of Famer.

Once drafted, players can grind through a variety of game modes and do a variety of things. MyCareer includes the Park, a place where players can go head-to-head versus real people in courts of 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4. MyTeam allows you to create your own NBA team with all sorts of players, any combination you’d want, old or current. MyLeague is a massive simulation of an 80-year NBA league that the player gets to dictate, sort of acting like the general manager of the whole thing. Blacktop is a fun mode to play with friends, where you get to pick teams consisting of every major player in history, to duke it out 1v1-style. Overall, NBA 2K19 is a fantastic game and a brand new iteration of the series we all love.

 

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