While many players flocked to NBA 2K's MyTeam mode over the last two to three years, the one disconnect for me was the lack of customization. The concept of the mode, and others like it, is to build a fantasy team of players by acquiring their virtual cards through the completion of challenges and opening of virtual packs.
It's cool to blend card collecting with fantasy sports, but if I'm unable to make the team look the way I want it to, is it really "my team?"
This year, that won't be an issue. What looks like the most expansive create-a-team tool in sports video game history is set to augment the MyTeam mode.
Take a look at the video that shows off all that can be done in the awesome name of customization. The video highlights the new 2K Pro-Am mode, but the customization options shown here are also available in MyTeam and other modes such as MyGM and MyLEAGUE in different capacities, per Caleb Zinabu (AKA Droppin_Daggers) on Twitter (h/t OperationSports.com's b1Baller).
WWE 2K15 allowed gamers to upload images as logos, as did the Team Builder application that worked so beautifully with the NCAA Football series. This will be the first time we've had similar options with a hoops title.
Because this customization takes place within the world of MyTeam, the customized jerseys, uniforms and arenas make the made-up names applied to the squads more relevant. When I open up a pack that includes a star like LeBron James, I can immediately envision him in the uniform I designed.
That's the experience I've been missing from the mode. Also, when I take my squad online, it'll be nice to leave an impression on your opponents with your game and stylish threads.
While nothing has been announced officially, you can almost bet that there will be filters and moderators in place to make sure the NBA 2K community stays classy. You'll always have someone trying to push the envelope.
Hopefully, the moderation will be strong, and we'll see only fun and nonoffensive logos and designs in the game. If something slips through the cracks, you'll be able to report offensive images—much like the way the similar customization and share tool works within WWE 2K15.
The NBA 2K series does a lot of things well—while struggling in some areas—but the most amazing quality the product has is its depth. If you take the time to examine each mode in the game, almost every one of them offers enough substance to keep a gamer busy and entertain singularly for months.
When you combine the total package, year after year, it could be the deepest series in existence.
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