Elevate the Game: NBA 2K18 Release
2017 is almost coming to a close, and the NBA 2K18 Release is coming. So, what’s new in the latest installment of the long-running video game franchise of the biggest basketball league in the world? Well, lots of stuff. Let’s talk about what’s up.
Kyrie’s Got You Covered
The first thing people see in a video game is the cover. In sports games, the cover is a big deal, and fans want their favorite superstars on the front cover. There are three covers for NBA 2K18:
- Kyrie Irvin: Boston Celtics (standard cover)
- Shaquille O’Neal (special edition)
- Demar DeRozan: Toronto Raptors (Canada)
Out of the three cover athletes, Kyrie Irving was the most controversial one. He’s the only NBA superstar featured on the cover that left his team and joined a new one before the game’s official release. It made the older version of the cover (Kyrie Irving in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey) outdated and no longer applicable. The change was made only a few days before the NBA 2K18’s official release.
Slap Those Beats
Another attractive element people watch out for in NBA 2K every year is the soundtrack. In fact, this 50-track playlist is mostly hip-hop, and the tracks of this genre are solid, in most cases. Here are a few songs:
- “Coming Out Strong” – Future and The Weekend
- “Humble” – Kendrick Lamar
- “Victory” – P. Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Biggie
- “Wrote My Way Out” – Nas (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Even though the soundtrack is predominantly hip-hop, there are other genres:
- “Chantaje” – Shakira and Maluma (Latin R&B)
- “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” – Panic (Alternative)
- “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard (80s metal)
- “The Zoo” – Scorpions (80s metal)
If you want to peep the playlist without playing the game, then go to Spotify. You can listen to the game’s beats even if you’re away from the action.
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As for new gameplay features, NBA 2K18 is steering in the same way as Madden 18 and FIFA 17 with a story mode. If the former has “Longshot” and the latter has “The Journey,” NBA 2K18 has “MyGM: The Next Chapter.” In a nutshell, it’s a version of MyGM with a twist that involves a heart-wrenching tale.
For NBA 2K18’s emotion and plot-driven game mode, players will be stepping in the hanged-up sneakers of a former NBA superstar who sustained an injury that ended his basketball career. Six years later, after a life-changing event, he returns to the court as a manager. You’ll be playing differently by guiding your team through the season, and ultimately, to the granddaddy: the NBA Finals.
NBA 2K18 comes out on September 19 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For those who preordered, they got their copy on September 15. So, what are you doing still reading this post? Take it to the virtual courtside and start playing ball, or be an NBA superstar who turned manager and lead your team to greatness.