Matching up for matches in The Neighborhood stays the same--it can be a slog, waiting for players to queue up and the match to NBA 2K MT cycle through all of the pre- and post-game animations. I find the Rec's 5-on-5 games much more satisfying with proper matchmaking (given that teams are balanced in ability and rankings ), and also you can take this basketball ethos a step farther in the organized Pro-Am league. But pleasure from such competitive outlets depends on the players you get matched together, and also how much your participant has progressed in order to keep up.That is where virtual currency (VC) comes into play, yet again. It's no surprise that microtransactions litter every corner of NBA 2K21--and for me personally, I've moved on from being outraged to feeling despondent. The game boundaries on a pay-to-win model, with progress tracks which are paced in ways to nudge you towards paying VC instead of making it. Improving your stats nevertheless relies on paying VC, and the prices increase exponentially the further you upgrade a particular skill. There are loads of nice makeup to make, and it is true a whole lot of fun dressing up your player in new kicks as well as also the flyest Nike and Adidas apparel, however their exorbitant VC costs suck the life out of the adventure.VC permeates the MyTeam way again, also. This mode acts as a fantasy-esque build-your-own-team endeavor in which you earn card packs to unlock players one of 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 may take this fantasy team roster into single-player or multiplayer games. However, the loot-box nature of making card packs--which can be obtained by slowly earning MT points via fresh avenues such as challenges, seasonal events, and turning in cards that are useless, or by purchasing them with VC--makes the dependence on VC unsurprisingly egregious.MyGM, which puts you into the shoes of a group's General Manager, is a mode worth mentioning. It is a sports management simulation fantasy, but changes here are just skin deep. You will undergo awkwardly animated and written dialogue situations to handle relationships within your organization--such as how I chatted to RJ Barrett about how he used to play clarinet in order to improve his sanity stats, or became the yes-man of head coach Tom Thibodeau to keep him happy. MyGM's menus are also flooded in a means which makes it difficult to Buy 2K21 MT browse and get a grasp of how to invest your limited time and resources throughout the season. I have really enjoyed this manner in the past with its RPG-like sensibilities, but it is one that needs a serious revamp.