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NBA 2K18 Tips and Tricks Guide - Release Date, Demo (Prelude), Pre-Order, All-Time Teams, Cover Stars, Gameplay, MyTeam

All the info on NBA 2K18, 2K’s upcoming iteration of its blockbuster sports sim. Get all you need to know about the best sports game on the market. Earn VC, beginner's guide and more.

Guide by Kahlief Adams, Tom Orry, and Hirun Cryer, .

NBA 2K18 is finally here, and we want to make sure you are prepared to bring your "A-game" to the digital hardwood. We’ll be sharing all of our best NBA 2K18 tips, tricks and strategies so that you’ll be able to tomahawk dunk on the competition.

Everything from in-depth breakdowns on how to earn badges in NBA 2K18 MyCareer to best techniques on how to break down opponents with NBA 2K18’s new fluid dribbling system. We’ll have a bunch of content to dig through for both advanced players and novices alike. This NBA 2K18 guide will have it all.

NBA 2K18 Tips and Tricks Guides

Just below, you'll find our complete list of NBA 2K18 guides, running down everything you need to know about the game, the moment it releases.

NBA 2K18 Companion App

While the NBA 2K18 Prelude might be just around the corner, you can download the NBA 2K18 companion app right now. The companion app for the game is how you'll do the in-game face scan for your MyPlayer career, and you can also earn VC (virtual currency) through the app.

NBA 2K18 Nintendo Switch Details and Hands-On Impressions

We recently got to go hands-on with NBA 2K18 at a special preview event in New York, and we can now confirm that the Nintendo Switch version of the game will be near enough identical to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Every single mode, including MyGM, MyPlayer, and MyTeam will be included on the Switch version of the game, meaning you won't be missing out on any features.

The Switch version of NBA 2K18 will also feature Amiibo support, although we don't currently know in what capacity, and the game will run at 30 frames per second in both docked and handheld mode. Check out our editor Kat Bailey's quick impressions of the Switch version just below:

NBA 2K18 New Neighborhood Social Club Feature

At the aforementioned preview event for NBA 2K18, we got our first glimpse at the new Neighborhood social hub feature for the game, which you can see a few snippets of just below. It looks set to be a forum for player avatars in the game, in the same way that Splatoon 2's Inkopolis Square lets you show off your equipped clothing items and other accessories.

We don't have too many details to go on right now for the Neighborhood feature in NBA 2K18, but do know that it will be a feature on day one for the game, when it launches worldwide on September 19.

NBA 2K18 Gameplay Trailers

The official NBA 2K YouTube channel recently published a video of behind the scenes developer interviews, while also giving us our first look at gameplay for the upcoming NBA 2K18.

The full trailer, which you can see for yourself just below, highlights the focus on player accuracy in NBA 2K18, with the dev team having rebuilt the entire player body system from previous NBA 2K iterations, in order to accurately match the real life counterparts of the players in the game.

The team then went into detail about MyPlayer, and about how the facial scan feature from past 2K games is returning in greater detail than ever. There's now slated to be more options than ever before for when you're customising your own character, and the team showed off some of the more advanced body proportion controls.

On August 16, the NBA 2K YouTube account again posted a gameplay trailer for NBA 2K18, highlighting some of the flashier moves seen around the league on a nightly basis.

The trailer at points gives some nice looks at defensive plays, as well as showing off some of the more emotional aspects of players on the court. Elsewhere, we could see the likes of Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and more doing what they do best.

NBA 2K18 MyTeam Details Revealed

With less than a month to go until the worldwide release of NBA 2K18, a brand new developer diary on the MyTeam mode was recently posted to the NBA 2K Facebook page, where associate producer Peter Cornforth revealed some of the new details coming to this iteration of the flagship basketball sim.

Cornforth outlined several new modes and features for NBA 2K18 MyTeam, all of which we've highlighted and detailed just below for you:

  • Pack and Playoffs - In this mode, you'll start by opening a pack and picking the coach for your team, and then opening successive packs to assemble your full squad, which you'll then take into 5v5 matchups online with other assembled teams. The further you advance before being eliminated from this tournament, the bigger the prize.
  • MyTeam Super Max - This mode introduces a salary cap and season gameplay to online competition within MyTeam, with each player having to assemble a roster of players based on their salaries. If everyone uses one card, for example Steph Curry, then his value will go up, causing less people to use him in their teams.
  • Strategy Cards - These cards can be played during timeouts, and have certain effects on your team for a limited time only. The higher rank your coach is, the more Strategy Cards you can bring with you into a single game.
  • All-Time Domination - Think you're good at 2K? You might want to think again, as 2K18's MyTeam brings in the All-Time Domination mode, where you can take your team to play against lineups comprised of the best players in a franchise's history. This means Kobe, Shaq, Kareem, Magic, Wilt, Jerry, and more can all be found in a single team, for you to take on.

Over on our NBA 2K18 All-Time team ratings guide, we've got the full breakdown of every player for every All-Time team, which you can take on when the game releases, if you're feeling brave enough.

Elsewhere, the NBA 2K YouTube channel posted the trailer below, showcasing some of the above game modes in action, as well as the redesigned MyTeam player cards.

NBA 2K18 In-Game Screenshots

It's taken a while, but finally the first screenshots of NBA 2K18 have been released. The shots, seen below, appear to show players with more realistic body types than seen in NBA 2K17.

NBA 2K18 Screenshot - Paul George.
NBA 2K18 Screenshot Isaiah Thomas.
NBA2K18 Screenshot - DeMar DeRozan.

NBA 2K18 Special Editions - Get Extra Virtual Currency

NBA 2K18 will ship in numerous forms. There’s the standard edition that comes with NBA star Kyrie Irving on the cover, plus two versions of the Legend Edition. These NBA 2K18 Legend Editions feature NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal on the cover.

Pre-order NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Standard Edition (pre-order) - $59.99 - Included Items

  • 5,000 VC
  • 10 Weekly MyTeam Packs (With Team 2K Card)
  • Kyrie Irving MyPlayer Apparel

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition - $99.99 - Included Items

  • 100,000 VC
  • 20 MyTEAM Packs to build your perfect fantasy team (delivered one a week). Featuring a guaranteed Shaq card, one random Team - 2K Free Agent card, and more!
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Rookie Shaq jersey
  • Shaq Official Logo shirt
  • Shaq "nickname" jersey
  • Shaq Championship ring

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold - $149.99 - Included Extras

  • 250,000 VC
  • 40 MyTEAM Packs to build your perfect fantasy team (delivered one a week). Featuring a guaranteed Shaq card, one random Team 2K Free Agent card, and more!
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Rookie Shaq jersey
  • Shaq Official Logo shirt
  • Shaq "nickname" jersey
  • Shaq Championship ring
  • Mitchell & Ness Shaq jersey collection - 5 in total
  • Additional MyPLAYER apparel items

Check back for more info on our NBA 2K18 guides as we get to grips the game over the coming months.

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