I already gave my thoughts on MyCareer in NBA 2K17. It is good mode but it has so many flaws that annoy me. It’s time for 2K to take MyCareer to the next level. In the past I wrote a series of blogs with changes I wanted to see in MyCareer.
The 2K team has many strides in MyCareer with the addition of Justice Young, a fellow draft pick who eventually becomes your best friend on the team. You guys form a bond and create a nickname called, “Orange Juice”. This dynamic needs to be taken further and it is time for 2K to add an expansion team to MyCareer.
Before you get upset and say it is unrealistic. Just remember that as you get drafted in MyCareer, the team that drafts you still picks their real life draft picks plus Justice and Denver. Not to mention you get a new head coach as well. So realism is kind of thrown out the window there.
The cut scenes in MyCareer don’t work because there are only a handful of people that speak. Sometimes heading to the locker room Justice and Pres are talking and your other teammates look weird because they don’t speak. They look happy after a loss or Pres might be venting to them and they have this awkward look on their face.
As a rookie you are supposed to be taking over the league with Justice and that is not realistic; especially when you are on a team with other All-Stars. Rookies just don’t take over a team and lead them to the promise land. However, if it is an expansion team with a few veterans and some really good rookies than it could work.
Just stay with me for a second. In 2K17 there are a bunch of people that talk to Pres. You have your high school coach, college teammate, mom, trainer, head coach, Justice, Denver, Agent, girlfriend, the security guys, the barbershop guys and a few reporters. If you remove the barbershop guys, the high school coach, the mom and even the security guys that is enough voice actors for your teammates and coaching staff.
I’m not a big fan of the college aspect of MyCareer. It’s pointless to me because you don’t get a large amount of VC and it just seems like filler that could be used in something else. It just bothers me that you are this big time player and yet your overall is very low and you are wearing this awful looking sweatpants.
Instead of giving us our attributes we should get a certain amount of points and be able to use them anyway we want. Our overall would be maxed out at let’s say 63. There would be no college but rather three games followed by three workouts. The games are basically used as scouting for the upcoming expansion draft. After every game you have some type of cut scene where you talk with trainers or scouts and they tell you what to work on. After that you can pick something to work on and you actually go practice your moves.
This gives you a better opportunity to actually learn how to play the game and how to play with your player. It also gives you a chance to earn VC and unlock new moves without spending VC.
Instead of having a generic name like Pres. We should be able to select the name we want our team to call us, a name that announcers calls us and of course our twitter handle. This will make the game feel slightly different for everyone that plays the game. I still want different voice actors as well. Different accents from different regions. It would be cool to watch different YouTube commentators and their character has a different voice.
Now if you play MyCareer in 2K17 with play calling on auto then the team will run plays. Some plays will be for you but you have no control over the play calls unless you are the point guard. Some plays are really good while others are pretty bad and take a long time to develop.
With this expansion team they have to develop a playbook. Upon joining the team, the first practice will be about plays that are run for you. The team will run a few basic plays that they might call for you throughout a game. After the practice you are shown about 10-15 plays that are currently in the playbook for you. You should be able to select three favorites at the start.
As your overall gets higher and you play better and establish yourself as the best player on the team then you will get to select more favorites and more plays will be unlocked for you. This should not cost any VC. When you reach a certain point then you can select situational plays, like if you need a basket and your team is down 2 with 15 seconds left.
Off the court you should still get an agent but you should be able to select an agent. This will allow players to earn different endorsements and see different cut scenes. Would you rather have a big pay day but a short contract or do you want to take a lower wage for a longer contract. Again small changes to make the mode feel more personal.
In terms of finding the new “Orange Juice” you should be able to grow your relationship with players on and off the court. I’m sure on every team there are cliques. Not to say everyone isn’t friendly but some bonds are stronger than others. Instead of giving you that person you should be to choose that person. If you are a point guard maybe you want to establish a connection with a center to become a dominate inside-out combination. Or maybe you want to be dominating wing players like Jordan-Pippen or LeBron-Wade. The choice should be yours.
As the team plays better the cut scenes about taking over the league, the billboards and the press conferences would make more sense. The dynamic of the relationship would actually grow and be more believable.
Let’s not forget MyCareer is about YOU as a player. You are supposed to be the best player and lead the team to a title. However, basketball is not an individual sport so you will need help to win a title.
Practice has to change as well. There should be more team practices that focus on running plays with your team. Individual practices should add skill drills. The weight room is cool but after a while it’s boring. There should be details to each drill or activity letting us know what we are working on, so I’m not randomly selecting drills. I should be able to do an activity to focus on my step back jumper, euro step, post moves etc.
There has to be a change to badges and practice could help that. I like the fact that 2K17 limits the amount of gold badges you can have but I don’t like the fact that they give you the badges that can become gold based on your player archetype.
First off you should be able to get 15 gold badges. 2K could still give you advice on what badges to make gold based on your archetype but you should be able to choose what badges you want to become gold since you can earn every badge anyway. Now you use VC to improve the badge to silver. To make a badge gold you should have to go to practice and do “Elite” drills.
As mentioned before there should be skill drills in practice mode. However, when you are going for a gold badge then the drills should change. So if you want to make the Catch and Shoot badge gold then the drill might require you to run around the court hitting shots with a defender in your face or coming off screens and hitting shots. There should be a meter that goes up depending on how you perform in the drill. You shouldn’t be able to do the drill one time and get a gold badge, that’s way too easy. Maybe you have to hit level 3 and then you finally unlock the gold badge. And you can’t perform this “Elite” drill at every practice therefore it will take time to get gold badges. The “Elite” drill has to recharge so maybe it will be available every couple of days.
Depending on your archetype you will get a boost towards certain badges. So shooters will have an easier time getting Deadeye or Catch and Shoot gold while a slasher will have an easier time getting Acrobat or Euro Step gold.
There should be some joy in earning a gold badge or any badge. The use of VC is out of hand because people can just buy it and upgrade their stats all the way up. Let players earn something instead of buying it or spamming their way to it.
I don’t know how many seasons most people play in MyCareer but if it’s only one then there should be plenty of growth throughout the season. By the month of April, you should feel like a completely different player compared to the start of the season. You are still a rookie but your skills should have improved through hard work.
It’s time for NBA 2K to take MyCareer to the next level. This would be dynamic and it would be a more personal story for your player. Let me know what you think about these changes to MyCareer.