What will the LeBron James Path to Greatness (PTG) mode entail? We don't know for sure just yet, but it would seem to be a signature spin on the My Career and Create a Legend game modes. Gamers will likely have the ability to play as LeBron from the beginning of his career up to his most recent championship.
That might sound like a lot of the same thing, but there are a few ways to make the mode feel unique. Keep in mind, I have no idea what PTG will officially include, but here are a few ideas that would make it interesting.
Some variations of these musings may make it in, and some may not.
Young LeBron to Current LeBron
LeBron James' wasn't always a muscle-bound 6'8" 260-pound monster. Sure, he's always been a freakishly-gifted athlete, but back in his days at St. Vincent-St. Mary's, he was more wiry strong than hulking.
What if the PTGs Mode takes you back to his high school days in Akron, Ohio? Young LeBron would have more hair, a lower sitting head band and stickers on his tattoos. His game would be different, but the competition would be well...at his mercy more than the NBA is today.
It would be pretty fun to try an win Mr. Basketball in Ohio, earn the cover of Sports Illustrated—or some other magazine—as a sophomore in high school. The first objective could be to finish up a dominant high school career with the King.
The mode could show LeBron literally grow from a boy to a man. I'd love to play as James with the Cleveland Cavaliers with the throwback jerseys and all. I'd even like to experience the decision and championship glory with the Miami Heat.
Distinct Objectives and Alternate Paths
Besides the presentation and visual specifics, recreating real events in LeBron's career would be cool. It could be similar to the objective-based 30 Years of WrestleMania mode headed for WWE 2K14.
In MyCareer, you're writing your own history. In this mode, history is already written; you're be more or less recreating it. This concept is similar to the Michael Jordan mode in NBA 2K11, but updating the concept with LeBron has some value.
To add an RPG-like element and play to the fans that like to say "what if," perhaps gamers could even choose to do things differently than LeBron. It is probably asking too much to give gamers a chance to take King James to college. That would entail expanding the mode and rules more than is plausible.
However, deciding not to leave the Cavs in free agency (technically a sign-and-trade deal) seems doable enough. I'd play this mode just to try and win a championship with LeBron in Cleveland or elsewhere.
NBA 2K14 releases on Oct. 1 for Xbox 360 and PS3, we'll find out just what PTG is about in the coming weeks.
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