Matching up for games in The Neighborhood remains the same--it can be a slog, awaiting gamers to queue up and the game to NBA MT Coins cycle through all of the pre- and post-game animations. I find the Rec's 5-on-5 games much more satisfying with proper matchmaking (given that teams are balanced in skill and positions), and you can take this basketball ethos a step further in the organized Pro-Am league. But pleasure from such competitive outlets depends on the players you get paired with, and also how much your player has improved in order to keep up.
This is where virtual money (VC) comes into play, yet again. It is no surprise the microtransactions mess every corner of NBA 2K21--and for me, I've moved on from being outraged to feeling despondent. The game borders on a pay-to-win version, with progress tracks that are paced in methods to nudge you towards paying VC rather than earning it. Improving your stats nevertheless relies on spending VC, along with the costs increase exponentially the further you upgrade a particular ability. There are loads of nice cosmetics to earn, and it's admittedly a whole lot of fun dressing up your participant in new kicks as well as also the flyest Nike and Adidas apparel, but their steep VC prices suck the life out of their experience.
VC permeates the MyTeam mode again, too. This mode acts as a fantasy-esque build-your-own-team endeavor in which you make card packs to unlock players one of a roster that spans multiple NBA eras. MyTeam can be captivating for long-time basketball lovers such as myself who've Allen Iverson teamed up with Anthony Davis and can take this fantasy team roster into single-player or multiplayer matches. However, the loot-box character of making card packs--that can be obtained by gradually earning MT points via fresh avenues such as challenges, seasonal events, and turning into useless cards, or by buying them together with VC--leaves the reliance on VC unsurprisingly egregious.
MyGM, which puts you into the shoes of a group's General Manager, is a mode worth mentioning. It's a sports management simulation fantasy, but changes here are just skin deep. You'll go through awkwardly animated and written dialogue situations to manage relationships in your business --such as the way I chatted to RJ Barrett about how he had to play clarinet in order to boost his morale stats, or became the yes-man of head coach Tom Thibodeau to keep him happy. MyGM's menus are also flooded in a means which makes it hard to navigate and get a grasp of how to spend your limited time and resources throughout the season. I've really enjoyed this mode previously using its RPG-like sensibilities, but it is one that requires a serious revamp.
I can run down every other manner of drama or feature in NBA 2K21, but I'd really only be going through the laundry list of things we have seen in years past--although I do need to point to the continuing addition of the WNBA. It's a fantastic attribute for fans and people who want to familiarize themselves with WNBA teams and Buy MT 2K21 players. Where this falls short is that the WNBA is relegated to only season play, and the inclusion of female player creation is only featured at the upcoming next-gen variations of the game.