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Pro-Am modes against real-world competition

MT has burst into an infestation over time, and it is a powerful lure. Buying particular variations of NBA 2K19 grants bonus NBA 2K Coins, an attractive proposition considering that player upgrades, new hairstyles, clothes and sneakers require money. Spending MT on sneakers signifies less MT to update DJ, and less opportunity to hold your own in pickup or Pro-Am modes against real-world competition.

The slog to earn money without having to spend real money is inexcusable; sneakers run 1,500 MT and a single player category update asks for 1,200 MT, but you just earn about 600 MT in the typical game. The poking and prodding from MT-related pop-up offers when booting up a new 2K19 session irritates further. The microtransactions could be discounted, at least, when in franchise mode, one of those few parts of NBA 2K19 in which MT isn't available.

On the court, various tweaks are still improve NBA 2K's simulation of basketball. Shots use a sharp new time meter, and in NBA 2K19, the difference between open and contested shots is suitably important. Any guardian's hand in the vicinity is very likely to send a jumper off course.

At default settings, new AI tweaks enable the opposing crime to maintain possession, utilizing the shot clock to operate the ball round. Does this seem natural, however, the days of playing just six-minute quarters for sensible results have passed. I stuck to nine to 10 minutes each quarter to generate realistic scores at default settings, inching closer to the full 12 minutes of a real game.

To further add to the sense of realism, NBA 2K19 is absolutely gorgeous in motion. Despite the leading HDR support, tweaks to character models and textures bring out myriad small details. Beards seem better than anyplace else. Plus, a brand new manufacturing bundle is in place this season, from pregame national anthems to hilarious bits from the studio group of Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. The group's character models need a do-over, but their interactions stay natural. Game comment brings over some familiar lines (Kevin Harlan yields) yet continues to progress with guest commentators (from Kobe Bryant to 96 dunk contest champ Brent Barry).

Obviously, it is no surprise that NBA 2K19 appears good; the show has looked the role since its debut on the Dreamcast, staying applicable visually and staking out its own part of basketball civilization. NBA 2K19 continues the trend NBA 2K wiki, capturing the sense of basketball's urban centers from The Neighborhood.

It's too bad, then, that The Neighborhood is covered in ads and persistent microtransaction begging. The growing push to spend real dollars on MT affects those looking to construct even the most fundamental of player avatars. It is too much in NBA 2K19, holding back almost every style and customization alternative. MT is an unavoidable truth. But on the court -- especially in the superb franchise mode, free from the grasp of microtransactions -- NBA 2K19 lives up to its predecessors and occasionally even bests them.
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