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FIFA 18: NBA2K18’s ‘The Neighborhood’ is everything The Journey fans have ever wanted

It's Grand Theft Auto meets The Sims for 2K's upcoming basketball game

FIFA 18 fans may want to take note.

NBA 2K18 was released today. Well, sort of. And it does things The Journey can only dream of.

The game launched their ‘Prelude’ in the early hours of Friday morning, with the free download serving as the demo.

But this is no ordinary demo, as the Prelude allows you to get a head-start – a week early – on your MyCareer.

Unlike FIFA 18’s The Journey, NBA2K18 has a whole region called The Neighborhood for you to explore

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Unlike FIFA 18’s The Journey, NBA2K18 has a whole region called The Neighborhood for you to explore

From scanning your face into the game to creating your perfect style of player, the fun really starts now.

In case you didn’t know, the 2018 edition of the NBA 2K franchise is set to be the greatest basketball game of all-time… and the MyCareer mode is going to be the real jewel in the crown.

Always pioneers in the ‘Career’ mode – after their successful link-up with film giant Spike Lee in 2016 – they’ve gone even further this year.

2K are calling it “The Neighborhood” and ‘The Road to 99’.

You’ll be able to interact with the hundreds of characters that populate the game world

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You’ll be able to interact with the hundreds of characters that populate the game world

The basic idea is, rather than being stuck in a menu system, picking and choosing what hair style you want, what shoes you wear, what threads you throw on and what games you play, you instead live in “The Neighborhood”.

In a style echoing the stunning GTA V, you are free to walk around the world, visiting barbershops to get the coolest trim, the tattoo parlour to update that sleeve and even basketball courts for a bit of 1v1, 3v3 or even a dunk-off competition court.

You’ve even got your own penthouse in the dripping-with-cool town. Take that, FIFA 18.

And that’s only scratching the surface.

After all, there’s a ton to explore in ‘The Neighborhood’, from a custom T-Shirt kiosk, an NBA Store – based on the New York flagship branch – and even a team training facility and a separate gym.

Just like in Grand Theft Auto – you’re able to pick outfits and customise your appearance

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Just like in Grand Theft Auto – you’re able to pick outfits and customise your appearance

It’s all part of the new ‘Road to 99’ model – which sees you define your own career as you bid to get your player that all-important 99-rating… having started as a lowly 60-rated rookie.

This year promises to be even more unique too, with your actions and responses in the movie-like cut-scenes truly defining who you are, how you play and how others react with you in your career.

Simply put, this work of genius from 2K will keep you occupied for hours upon hours.

The Prelude, released today, should even keep you going for a good chunk of time, after all there’s plenty to entertain.

Make sure to keep fit at the gym – much like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Make sure to keep fit at the gym – much like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

First of all you’ll get the chance to scan in your face, pick TWO player archetypes this year rather than one – to make your star even more unique – and play through the early portion of the game…

…up until you drop into “The Neighborhood”.

Then you’ll have to wait until the official launch a week from now, on Friday September 15.

But we promise, it’ll be worth the wait…


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