VC has burst into an infestation over the years, and it's a powerful lure. Buying special editions of grants bonus VC, an attractive proposition considering that participant updates, new hairstyles, clothing and shoes need currency. Spending VC on sneakers signifies less VC to upgrade DJ, and less opportunity to maintain your own in pickup or Pro-Am modes against real-world competition.

The slog to earn currency without having to spend real money is inexcusable; sneakers operate 1,500 VC and one player category update asks for 1,200 VC, but you just earn about 600 VC from the average game. The poking and prodding from VC-related pop-up provides when booting up a brand new 2K18 session irritates further. The microtransactions can be discounted, at least, when in business mode, one of those few parts of NBA 2K19 where VC isn't available.

On the court, various tweaks continue to enhance 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 appropriately significant. Any defender's hand in the vicinity is likely to send a jumper off course.

At default settings, fresh AI tweaks allow the opposing offense to keep possession, utilizing the shot clock to work the ball around. Does this seem natural, however, the days of playing only six-minute quarters for sensible outcomes have passed. I stuck to nine to ten minutes each quarter to produce realistic scores at default settings, inching nearer to the entire 12 minutes of a real game.

To further add to the feeling of realism, NBA 2K19 is totally gorgeous in movement. Despite the leading HDR service, tweaks to character models and textures bring out myriad small details. Beards seem better than anyplace else. Additionally, a brand new manufacturing package is in place this season, from pregame national anthems to humorous pieces from the studio team of Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. The group's character models require a do-over, but their interactions stay natural. Game commentary brings over some recognizable lines (Kevin Harlan returns) yet continues to progress with guest commentators (from Kobe Bryant into ’96 dunk contest champ Brent Barry).

Obviously, it is not surprising that looks good; the show has looked the part since its advent on the Dreamcast, staying applicable visually and staking out its own part of basketball civilization. NBA 2K19 continues the trend, capturing the sense of basketball's urban centers from The Neighborhood.

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