Review of NBA2K17 My Career Mode
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of NBA 2K’s My Career Mode. I 100% hated NBA2K16′s My Career mode with the debacle of a story line created by Spike Lee. However, I was absolutely blown away by My Career mode in NBA2K17.
Your nickname is Prez, short for President as you have an American flag blowing behind you when you make your college announcement. I decided to take my PG basketball talents to UConn where I wound up winning the National Championship which resulted in my being drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. A young team with a ton of upside.
I started off as an overall 58 and quickly earned VC by attending open practices and using drills such as sprints, vertical jumps, ladder, hand/eye and squats. From time to time teammates stop over your place to hoist up 3′s, play one on one and even 3 on 3′s. After about 18 games I became a started along with teammate Justice Young. I played a total of 52 through the all star game where I won All Star Game MVP and decided to sim the rest of the season. I won Rookie of the Year as well as League MVP…no too shabby.
I made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs as I played one game and simulated one game before getting bounced by the Toronto Raptors. I thought I had a 4 year deal but at the end of the season I became a free agent and decided to leave Milwaukee for the bright lights of New York City as I signed on with the New York Knicks. To be honest I became a bit tired of the whole “Orange Juice” thing, a name that you and teammate Justice Young come up with during the course of the season and hoped I could part ways.
Unfortunately Justice also signed on with the Knicks so I’m stuck with Orange Juice for at least another season. One thing that I found to be a bit odd is that even though I signed a contract for 315 VC per game I don’t know how long the contract is for. I’m at the beginning of season 2 but hope that you do not become a free agent after every season.
The AI is much improved. The AI will set picks and screens to get open although one thing I absolutely hate is that it seems that almost all low post offense results in a foul. However, you don’t always have to call for the ball as in games past as teammates seem to be more willing to pass you the ball if you’re open.
I stared off playing on Pro but my numbers were getting ridiculous. On Pro it’s super easy to steal the ball. My player was turning into a quadruple double machine so I decided to play on All Star. As my player in now an overall 89 my numbers are once again going into ridiculous territory. My last game against my former team, the Milwaukee Bucks, I dropped 52 points, had 18 assists to go along with 8 boards. I’m seriously considering playing on Superstar but I do turn the ball over a ton and am not quite sure if I want to average 7 turnovers a game on Superstar.
For some reason regardless of difficulty level with 12 minute quarters your team seems to score 130 a game. I found 9 minutes quarters to be ideal as the final score is much more realistic and you can still put up decent numbers. One thing that I will say is that there are some games where the team you play against will not miss! It seems every jumper goes in and every rebound goes directly to the other team.
There is a ton to like about NBA2k17′s My Career Mode but there are a few things that I dislike. For one, missing team practices can result in loss of playing time. You also cannot simulate games without missing endorsement meetings and team practices. You also cannot skip cut scenes which I really don’t like as if I decide to create another player I have to sit through all the cut scenes again. There are also a few glitches that I have come across in season 2. The 1st is that during my first game of season 2 the commentators were talking about me going to the all star game. Really after one freaking game? The 2nd is that my cell phone seems to be stuck with 1 message even though I don’t have any new messages. It’s nothing major but it is a bit annoying. You also have attribute caps depending on what you make your player. For example, I’m a Sharp Shooting PG. As such I do have playmaking ability but will never be the 2nd coming of Pistol Pete.
All in all I really like NBA2K17′s My Career mode and am having a ton of fun playing it.