Matching up for games in The Neighborhood stays the same--it could be a slog, waiting for gamers to queue up and the game to cycle through all the pre- and - post-game animations. I find the Rec's 5-on-5 games a whole lot more satisfying with appropriate matchmaking (given that teams are balanced in ability and NBA 2K21 MT Coins positions), and you are able to take this basketball ethos a step farther in the coordinated Pro-Am league. But enjoyment from these competitive outlets relies on the players that you get paired with, and also how much your participant has improved as a way to maintain up.
It's not surprising the microtransactions mess every corner of NBA 2K21--and for me, I've moved on from being outraged to sense despondent. The game boundaries on a pay-to-win version, with progress tracks that are paced in ways to nudge you towards paying VC instead of earning it. Improving your stats nevertheless relies on spending VC, and the prices increase exponentially the further you update a particular ability. There are loads of nice cosmetics to make, and it's admittedly a whole lot of fun dressing up your player in fresh kicks as well as also the flyest Nike and Adidas apparel, however their steep VC prices suck the life out of their experience.
VC permeates the MyTeam way again, also. This mode functions as a fantasy-esque build-your-own-team endeavor in which you earn card packs to unlock players among a roster which spans multiple NBA eras. MyTeam can be captivating for long-time basketball fans such as myself who have Allen Iverson teamed up with Anthony Davis and can take this dream team roster into single-player or multiplayer games. However, the loot-box character of earning card packs--which can be obtained by gradually earning MT points through fresh avenues such as challenges, seasonal events, and turning in cards that are useless, or by buying them with VC--makes the dependence on VC unsurprisingly egregious.
MyGM, which puts you into the shoes of a team's General Manager, is a mode worth mentioning. You call the shots for everything from roster moves, transactions, ticket prices, promotion, and personnel decisions in hopes of building a successful franchise. It's a sports management simulation fantasy, but changes here are just skin deep. You will undergo awkwardly written and animated dialogue scenarios to manage relationships within your business --such as how I chatted to RJ Barrett about the way he used to play clarinet so as to boost his morale stats, or became the yes-man of MT for sale 2K21 head coach Tom Thibodeau to keep him happy. MyGM's menus are also flooded in a means that makes it difficult to browse and get a grasp of how to spend your limited resources and time throughout the season. I've enjoyed this mode in the past using its RPG-like sensibilities, but it's one that requires a serious revamp.