NBA 2K18 comes back this year with a bunch of modes that will keep you occupied for months on end. It’s a little daunting to try and figure out where to start so this NBA 2K18 Beginner’s guide will help you get on the right track so that you can maximize your time, efforts and VC if you’ve gotten some in a pre-order bundle.
Should you need anything else on NBA 2K18, for example help with the defensive controls of the game, or general scoring tips and tricks, make sure to head over to our NBA 2K18 tips and tricks guide hub.
NBA 2K18 MyCareer Tips
One of the most highly touted modes this year is the MyCareer #RunTheNeighborhood mode. 2K has gone all out there year by creating this virtual neighborhood that you can play in. This mode has everything from getting a haircut to playing a full 5-on-5 game with created players from across the world. It’s definitely the highlight of the online experience this year and if you want to level your character up, you’ll spend most of your time here.
How to Spend Pre-Order VC in NBA 2K18
What makes the mode cool is that you can level up just about every aspect of your player via stations and modes within the neighborhood spaces. I will say that if you purchased the Legend or Legend Gold editions that came with VC, SPEND IT ALL ON YOUR MYPLAYER! Don’t go for the cosmetic items or any of the other distractions that will call out to you like the Harpies from the Odyssey. I was lucky enough to have the Legend Gold edition for review and was able to boost my character from the base level 60 to and 85 and still have enough VC to purchase dunk packages and adornments.
You can grind it out but if you don’t have the time, I totally suggest buying VC so you can spend your actual time getting better at the game.
NBA 2K18 MyTeam Tips
NBA 2K18’s card collecting mode is back with a vengeance, you’ll want to make sure you are taking full advantage of each part to get the best cards and build the best team possible.
- Super Max - This feels like a version of Overwatch’s competitive season mode. You’ll play various people online in short seasons. Five placement matches get you into the mix and after you’ve finished that fifth match, you’ll be given a rank. You’ll then battle your way up the leaderboards in the hopes of snagging some cool prizes.
- Domination - This mode lets you run the gauntlet of beating each of the league’s teams. The better you perform during a match up will determine how many stars you’ll earn. Each level will garner you better rewards.
- Pack and Playoffs - A brand new mode for MyTeam, this is NBA 2K18’s version of Madden’s Draft Champions mode. You’ll get to pick random players to take into online games and compete for packs for your MyTeam. The mode so far is pretty fun IF you get players at the proper positions. My current team has 3 elite guards but that leaves me undersized and keeps me in the losing column. I would like for each card pull to be players in a specific position instead of just everyone in the league.
Make sure you finish you spend some time getting your Warm up, Bronze and Silver Goals out of the way early. I would say that the best thing you could do with the superstars they start you off with is make sure you use them to get these done. Weirdly 2K has gated things like the Auction House behind this so make sure you knock those out really quickly.
That’s it for now, remember to check back here in the NBA 2K18 because we’ll be digging into the game some more to bring you more information on MyGM and its new story based structure and how you can earn all those badges for your MyPlayer as well.
But there's now NBA 2K19 on the horizon, and 2K has just released the first few details about the upcoming iteration of the basketball sim. Head over to our full NBA 2K19 everything we know guide, for a complete list of all the details we know about the game so far, including a release date, cover star, and new MyTeam features.