NBA 2K20's MyCareer Mode Acquires A Social Conscience
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    NBA 2K20's MyCareer Mode Acquires A Social Conscience

    NBA 2K20's MyCareer story mode goes for something a little more real and a little less escapist. Narratively, it's only partially successful; your character's ethical code doesn't gel with the materialistic wish fulfillment at the heart of the mt coins

    An upside to the more serious tone is that none of the characters are deliberately obnoxious. For years, the NBA 2K MyCareer storylines were filled with bizarre, unlikable characters. Your avatar was a fame-chasing cornball. Your agent was a cowardly shill. And you were saddled with hangers-on from your old neighborhood who crashed your apartment and ate your Reese's Puffs.

    In NBA 2K20, the attempts at comedy and "hip" dialogue are gone. Your character is a reflective guy who takes a debatable moral stand and pays a price for it.You play as Che, a basketball superstar and locker room leader for your college team, the Bay City Flames. You have a heated argument with your head coach (played by Idris Elba) after he pulls the scholarship of your injured teammate. You drop out with one semester left, and suddenly, your well-laid path to the NBA is in shambles.

    Che must take the long route to glory. He plays in the Portsmouth Invitational, grabs the attention of scouts, and scores an invite to the NBA Combine. And eventually, after tryouts with several interested teams, he enters the NBA Draft. Whether he's drafted in the first round or not at all depends upon your performance in the aforementioned activities.First, you design your character. After choosing your floor position, height, weight, and wingspan, you create your playstyle by balancing four different categories: Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defense / Rebounding. You further customize your player through badges, which are very important in this year's MyCareer. Unlike in prior years, you have the choice to assign and upgrade the badges you want to, rather than grinding redundant plays to earn your bronzes, silvers, and golds.

    To upgrade your MyPlayer to an 85 rating (from his initial rating of 60) will require anywhere from 150K to 200K in Virtual Currency, better known as VC, depending on what type of player you create. The game sells VC as a separate microtransaction from the core game; assuming you bought the standard edition, you would have to spend an additional $50 to start MyCareer as the prodigal talent you're hyped to be.

    If you decide to earn your 200K VC through gameplay instead of a microtransaction, you're in for a grind, though it'll be less strenuous than in years prior. NBA 2K20 is more generous with its sponsorships and contract negotiations, which provide VC incentives for making X rebounds or Y assists. We're talking weeks to get to 90 or above, rather than months.NBA 2K20's on-ball and off-ball play has been adjusted in noticeable ways, too. Some are minor quality-of-life improvements, but other changes are more consequential. Blocking, for example, is much easier for both you and your computer-controlled opponents; you can no longer charge the basket on a prayer and expect to score. It feels organic to learn these new mechanics in the context of MyCareer. You're forced to adjust and react to difficulties that you hadn't experienced in prior iterations of the game, just as a real-life rookie has to step up his game in the big leagues; there's an adjustment period.Buy Now

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