NBA 2K18 Review

The yearly iteration of the NBA2K series is back in NBA2K18. They have added some new changes this year such as The Neighborhood open world mode which has such features as streetball games, a gym and an arcade.

A let-down of The Neighborhood mode is the need for a great deal of Virtual Currency (VC) which can be purchased from the store for real-world money, or can be earned completing certain objectives. This can require quite a lot of grinding if you are wanting to take advantage of all of the customization options available like haircut styles, shoes. Your character created in the MyCareer mode starts off with a rating of 60 so it takes a hell of a lot of games or giving in and spending real money to get it into the 80’s to make the player somewhat decent.

The shooting and general gameplay mechanics are as good as ever with a new shot meter feedback system implemented. This system communicates the timing of when you release the ball from your hands and how contested your player was at the time of the shot. This system is only in place for standard shots at the basket, but hopefully they will add this to lay-up shots in 2k19. This can get annoying when your player has a low stat rating and is missing wide open lay-up shots but you aren’t sure if your timing of release is on point or not.

 

NBA2K18 features All-Time franchise teams as an option where you can play as legends of the past. Here is the full roster:

Atlanta Hawks
Starters: Lou Hudson (91), Joe Johnson (89), Bob Pettit (95), Dominique Wilkins (94), Dikembe Mutombo (92)

Reserves: Kevin Willis (87), Steve Smith (87), Pete Maravich (87), Paul Millsap (87), Doc Rivers (85), Al Horford (85), Jeff Teague (85), Kyle Korver (84), Stacey Augmon (81), Spud Webb (80)

Boston Celtics
Starters: Bob Cousy (95), John Havlicek (96), Paul Pierce (94), Larry Bird (98), Bill Russell (98)

Reserves: Kevin McHale (95), Dave Cowens (94), Robert Parish (93), Sam Jones (92), Kevin Garnett (91), Isaiah Thomas (89), Rajon Rondo (89), Ray Allen (88), Tom Heinsohn (88), Antoine Walker (87)

Brooklyn Nets
Starters: Jason Kidd (95), Drazen Petrovic (90), Julius Erving (97), Buck Williams (88), Brook Lopez (87)

Reserves: Vince Carter (89), Richard Jefferson (87), Derrick Coleman (87), Joe Johnson (87), Deron Williams (87), Kenyon Martin (86), Devin Harris (86), Kenny Anderson (86), Kendall Gill (86), Keith Van Horn (86)

Charlotte Hornets
Starters: Kemba Walker (86), Eddie Jones (88), Glen Rice (89), Larry Johnson (88), Alonzo Mourning (88)

Reserves: Muggsy Bogues (85), Raymond Felton (81), Baron Davis (85), Stephen Jackson (83), Dell Curry (85), Kendall Gill (85), P.J. Brown (83), Kenny Gattison (80), Al Jefferson (86), Derrick Coleman (84)

Chicago Bulls
Starters: Derrick Rose (94), Michael Jordan (99), Scottie Pippen (96), Dennis Rodman (93), Artis Gilmore (93)

Reserves: Jimmy Butler (90), Jerry Sloan (89), Bob Love (88), Joakim Noah (87), Luol Deng (86), B.J. Armstrong (85), Toni Kukoc (85), Horace Grant (85), Charles Oakley (84), Steve Kerr (81)

Cleveland Cavaliers
Starters: Mark Price (91), Kyrie Irving (91), LeBron James (99), Brad Daugherty (89), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (88)

Reserves: Kevin Love (87), Larry Nance (87), Ron Harper (86), Terrell Brandon (86), World B. Free (86), Campy Russell (86), Austin Carr (86), Tyrone Hill (85), Anderson Varejao (83), Craig Ehlo (82)

Dallas Mavericks
Starters: Derek Harper (87), Rolando Blackman (88), Mark Aguirre (88), Dirk Nowitzki (97), Shawn Bradley (82)

Reserves: Jim Jackson (88), Jason Terry (88), Michael Finley (88), Jamal Mashburn (88), Steve Nash (86), Jason Kidd (86), Tyson Chandler (82), Sam Perkins (81), J.J. Barea (80), Brendan Haywood (80)

Denver Nuggets
Starters: Fat Lever (90), David Thompson (95), Alex English (93), Carmelo Anthony (94), Dan Issel (92)

Reserves: Allen Iverson (90), Dikembe Mutombo (89), Kiki Vandeweghe (89), Antonio McDyess (88), Nick Van Exel (86), Chauncey Billups (86), Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (86), Laphonso Ellis (84), Nene (82), Danilo Gallinari (81)

Detroit Pistons
Starters: Isiah Thomas (96), Joe Dumars (93), Grant Hill (93), Ben Wallace (89), Bob Lanier (93)

Reserves: Chauncey Billups (91), Jerry Stackhouse (89), Richard Hamilton (89), Dave Debusschere (89), Dave Bing (89), Dennis Rodman (89), Bill Laimbeer (87), Andre Drummond (85), Vinnie Johnson (83), Rick Mahorn (80)

Golden State Warriors
Starters: Steph Curry (96), Klay Thompson (90), Chris Mullin (94), Rick Barry (95), Wilt Chamberlain (98)

Reserves: Kevin Durant (96), Nate Thurmond (92), Tim Hardaway (90), Baron Davis (89), Draymond Green (89), Sleepy Floyd (88), Mitch Richmond (87), Jason Richardson (87), Latrell Sprewell (86), Monta Ellis (86)

Houston Rockets
Starters: James Harden (94), Tracy McGrady (91), Clyde Drexler (91), Hakeem Olajuwon (98), Yao Ming (92)

Reserves: Calvin Murphy (90), Ralph Sampson (89), Steve Francis (88), Elvin Hayes (88), Kenny Smith (86), Otis Thorpe (85), Cuttino Mobley (83), Vernon Maxwell (83), Patrick Beverley (81), Robert Horry (81)

Indiana Pacers
Starters: Mark Jackson (85), Ron Artest (88), Paul George (91), Jermaine O’Neal (90), Rik Smits (87)

Reserves: George McGinnis (89), Chuck Person (87), Jalen Rose (86), Roy Hibbert (86), Herb Williams (85), Antonio Davis (84), Detlef Schrempf (84), David West (84), Lance Stephenson (83), George Hill (82)

Los Angeles Clippers
Starters: Chris Paul (92), Corey Maggette (86), Bob McAdoo (94), Blake Griffin (90), DeAndre Jordan (87)

Reserves: World B. Free (88), Ron Harper (87), Danny Manning (86), Bill Walton (84), Eric Gordon (84), J.J. Redick (83), Eric Bledsoe (82), Quentin Richardson (82), Jamal Crawford (82), Darius Miles (80)

Los Angeles Lakers
Starters: Magic Johnson (99), Jerry West (97), Kobe Bryant (98), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (96), Shaquille O’Neal (98)

Reserves: Elgin Baylor (96), James Worthy (95), George Mikan (94), Wilt Chamberlain (91), Pau Gasol (90), Gail Goodrich (90), Jamaal Wilkes (87), Byron Scott (87), Michael Cooper (86), Derek Fisher (84)

Memphis Grizzlies
Starters: Mike Conley (87), Tony Allen (85), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (86), Pau Gasol (92), Marc Gasol (93)

Reserves: Zach Randolph (88), Shane Battier (85), Mike Bibby (85), Jason Williams (84), Mike Miller (83), Rudy Gay (83), Byron Scott (80), Greg Anthony (80), Bonzi Wells (80), James Posey (80)

Miami Heat
Starters: Tim Hardaway (88), Dwyane Wade (97), LeBron James (99), Chris Bosh (88), Alonzo Mourning (94)

Reserves: Shaquille O’Neal (89), Glen Rice (87), Rony Seikaly (86), Hassan Whiteside (86), Eddie Jones (85), P.J. Brown (85), Steve Smith (84), Udonis Haslem (83), Brian Grant (83), Dan Majerle (82)

Milwaukee Bucks
Starters: Oscar Robertson (94), Sidney Moncrief (93), Ray Allen (90), Bob Dandridge (88), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (99)

Reserves: Giannis Antetokoumpo (90), Michael Redd (88), Vin Baker (87), Terry Cummings (87), Paul Pressey (85), Jon McGlocklin (85), Bob Lanier (84), Ricky Pierce (84), Brandon Jennings (83), Andrew Bogut (83)

Minnesota Timberwolves
Starters: Sam Cassell (87), Andrew Wiggins (86), Wally Szczerbiak (85), Kevin Love (91), Kevin Garnett (97)

Reserves: Karl-Anthony Towns (91), Al Jefferson (88), Stephon Marbury (87), Terrell Brandon (86), Isaiah Rider (85), Ricky Rubio (84), Christian Laettner (83), Latrell Spreewell (83), Zach LaVine (82), Trenton Hassell (80)

New Orleans Pelicans
Starters: Chris Paul (96), Baron Davis (90), Jamal Mashburn (89), David West (88), Anthony Davis (92)

Reserves: DeMarcus Cousins (88), David Wesley (84), Tyson Chandler (83), Peja Stojakovic (82), Ryan Anderson (82), Eric Gordon (81), Jrue Holiday (81), Tyreke Evans (81), Trevor Ariza (80), J.R. Smith (80)

New York Knicks
Starters: Walt Frazier (95), Allan Houston (89), Carmelo Anthony (91), Willis Reed (94), Patrick Ewing (95)

Reserves: Dave Debusschere (91), Bernard King (89), Michael Ray Richardson (88), John Starks (88), Amar’e Stoudemire (88), Dick Barnett (87), Earl Monroe (87), Mark Jackson (87), Charles Oakley (86), Kristaps Porzingis (86)

Oklahoma City Thunder
Starters: Gary Payton (94), Russell Westbrook (94), Ray Allen (95), Kevin Duratn (97), Shawn Kemp (89)

Reserves: Spencer Haywood (89), Dennis Johnson (89), Jack Sikma (89), Dale Ellis (88), James Harden (87), Xavier McDaniel (87), Lenny Wilkens (87), tom Chambers (87), Detlef Schrempf (87), Serge Ibaka (86)

Orlando Magic
Starters: Penny Hardaway (93), Tracy McGrady (95), Grant Hill (86), Dwight Howard (93), Shaquille O’Neal (93)

Reserves: Nick Anderson (85), Jameer Nelson (85), Horace Grant (84), Dennis Scott (84), Steve Francis (83), Darrell Armstrong (82), Nikola Vucevic (82), Brian Shaw (81), Bo Outlaw (80), Aaron Gordon (80)

Philadelphia 76ers
Starters: Allen Iverson (97), Hal Greer (90), Julius Erving (94), Billy Cunningham (91), Wilt Chamberlain (93)

Reserves: Andre Iguodala (87), Hersey Hawkins (87), George McGinnis (87), Doug Collins (87), Joel Embiid (86), Maurice Cheeks (86), Jrue Holiday (84), Darryl Dawkins (83), Henry Bibby (82), Aaron McKie (80)

Phoenix Suns
Starters: Steve Nash (96), Paul Westphal (88), Shawn Marion (90), Tom Chambers (89), Amar’e Stoudemire (91)

Reserves: Dennis Johnson (92), Kevin Johnson (90), Jason Kidd (88), Connie Hawkins (88), Larry Nance (88), Dan Majerle (87), Jeff Hornacek (86), Goran Dragic (86), Leandro Barbosa (84), Cedric Ceballos (84)

Portland Trail Blazers
Starters: Damian Lillard (89), Clyde Drexler (96), Jerome Kersey (87), LaMarcus Aldridge (89), Bill Walton (95)

Reserves: Arvydas Sabonis (88), Terry Porter (87), Kiki Vandeweghe (86), C.J. McCollum (86), Zach Randolph (85), Kevin Duckworth (85), Rod Strickland (85), Isaiah Rider (84), Nicolas Batum (83), Wesley Matthews (83)

Sacramento Kings
Starters: Oscar Robertson (97), Mitch Richmond (94), Peja Stojakovic (88), Chris Webber (93), Jerry Lucas (94)

Reserves: Nate Archibald (93), DeMarcus Cousins (90), Mike Bibby (88), Vlade Divac (88), Reggie Theus (85), Jason Williams (84), Antoine Carr (84), Rudy Gay (83), Tyreke Evans (83), Doug Christie (83)

San Antonio Spurs
Starters: Tony Parker (94), George Gervin (96), Kawhi Leonard (94), Tim Duncan (98), David Robinson (96)

Reserves: Manu Ginobili (93), Sean Elliott (87), LaMarcus Aldridge (86), Bruce Bowen (86), Artis Gilmore (85), Dennis Rodman (84), Avery Johnson (83), Danny Green (83), Vinny Del Negro (81), Robert Horry (80)

Toronto Raptors
Starters: Kyle Lowry (88), DeMar DeRozan (89), Vince Carter (95), Chris Bosh (92), Antonio Davis (85)

Reserves: Damon Stoudamire (86), Tracy McGrady (84), Morris Peterson (84), Jose Calderon (84), Doug Christie (84), Jonas Valanciunas (81), Louis Williams (81), Amir Johnson (80), Terrence Ross (80), Alvin Williams (80)

Utah Jazz
Starters: John Stockton (97), Pete Maravich (95), Adrian Dantley (92), Karl Malone (97), Mark Eaton (89)

Reserves: Deron Williams (89), Andrei Kirilenko (88), Rudy Gobert (88), Gordon Hayward (88), Darrell Griffith (87), Al Jefferson (84), Jeff Hornacek (84), Paul Millsap (83), Derrick Favors (83), Greg Ostertag (80)

Washington Wizards
Starters: John Wall (90), Earl Monroe (87), Bernard King (86), Elvin Hayes (95), Wes Unseld (94)

Reserves: Bradley Beal (87), Chris Webber (87), Larry Hughes (86), Rod Strickland (86), Rex Chapman (85), Richard Hamilton (84), Gheorghe Muresan (84), Manute Bol (82), Marcin Gortat (82), Otto Porter (81)

 

 

The NBA2K18 soundtrack includes a mix of 49 songs which is slightly less than what was offered in NBA2K17.

  • el So Good – Mase
  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C + C Music Factory
  • Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty By Nature
  • I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
  • Jungle – X Ambassadors feat. Jamie N Commons
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
  • Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See – Busta Rhymes
  • Shook Ones Pt. II – Mobb Deep
  • Sirius – The Alan Parsons Project
  • So Fresh, So Clean – Outkast
  • The Walker – Fitz & The Tantrums
  • The Zoo – Scorpions
  • They Reminisce Over You – Pete Rock & CL Smooth
  • Victory – Puff Daddy feat. Notorious BIG & Busta Rhymes
  • ’93 Till Infinity – Souls Of Mischief
  • All Of Me – Big Gigantic feat. Logic & Rozes
  • Am I Wrong – Anderson Paak feat. Schoolboy Q
  • Birdwatching – The Shelters
  • Can’t Have – Pitbull feat. Steven A. Clark & Ape Drums
  • Comin Out Strong – Future feat. The Weeknd
  • Conrad Tokyo – A Tribe Called Quest
  • Deep End (Tarro Remix) – They
  • Do What I Want – Lil Uzi Vert
  • Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time – Panic At The Disco
  • HTP – Vintage Lee
  • Humble – Kendrick Lamar
  • Know The Ledge – Eric B. & Rakim
  • Let It Fly – Johnny Stephene
  • Living Like Khaled – Cousin Stizz
  • Nas Is Like – Nas
  • No Lie – Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa
  • Portland – Drake ft. Quavo & Travis Scott
  • Shock Horror – Shy Luv
  • Slam – Onyx
  • Stand Back – PnB Rock / A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  • Victory – Joey Bad
  • Wasatch Front – Dame DOLLA
  • Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, & Aloe Blacc
  • Hush – Linda Lind
  • Aurora – RL Grime
  • 1984 – Salmo
  • 4 Vérités – Take A Mic
  • Chantaje – Shakira feat. Maluma
  • Cult – Emiskilla
  • Feel It – GTA & What So Not feat. Tunji Ige
  • Fever – Roosevelt
  • Human (Rudimental Remix) – Rag’ n’ Bone Man feat. Rudimental
  • Tokyo Drift – Woodie Smalls
  • U Don’t – Double K

 

Rating: 8/10

 

Pros

  • Shot meter feedback system
  • Hundreds of hours of gameplay on offer
  • Using the All-Time franchise teams is fun to mix things up occasionally

Cons

  • Game feels very heavily micro-transaction orientated
  • Character creation needs to be improved in next years game
  • Graphics are decent but a little inconsistent, lesser known players aren’t very detailed

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