Next-Gen Update Delivers Much-Needed Gameplay Fix


Finally, 2K has released a patch that has nerfed the nearly un-guardable and ultra-unrealistic fading jump shots that was plaguing PARK, Pro-Am and customized MyNBA experiences.

It was the biggest gameplay change associated with the fourth patch on next-gen consoles. Here is a look at all of the details from every mode affected by the latest update:


GENERAL:

  • Updated soundtrack in 2K Beats, with additional new music drops in The City
  • Los Angeles Lakers court floor will reflect new changes for this season
  • Uniform updates have been made for the following teams:

o   Los Angeles Lakers (Home uniform)

o   New York Knicks (City uniform)

  • Updated another set of player likeness for current NBA players, including:
  • Udoka Azubuike
  • LaMelo Ball
  • Keita Bates-Diop
  • Leandro Bolmaro
  • Zylan Cheatham
  • Brandon Clarke
  • Troy Daniels
  • De’Andre Hunter
  • Jaren Jackson, Jr.
  • Frank Mason
  • Tyrese Maxey
  • Jaden McDaniels
  • Johnathan Motley
  • Zeke Nnaji
  • Elie Okobo
  • Miye Oni
  • Tariq Owens
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Payton Pritchard
  • Immanuel Quickley
  • Josh Reaves
  • Cameron Reynolds
  • Anfernee Simons
  • Robert Williams
  • Addressed the vertical line remaining on screen for a period of time on Xbox Series X/S

GAMEPLAY:

  • Reduced the effectiveness of fading three-pointers off-the-dribble, as requested by the community

 MyCAREER/THE CITY:

  • Private matchmaking is now supported during Pro-Am League Nights
  • Improved load times of menus when loading into The City
  • Foam fingers and boxing gloves will no longer remain equipped when going into games in The City
  • Addressed community reported issues with the badge progression display on the postgame recap screen
  • Resolved a rare hang that could occur upon completion of workouts in the Gatorade Gym
  • Various other stability and performance issues have been addressed to further improve the overall experience in The City

MyNBA:

  • Updated the MyNBA Online load/download Draft Class option functionality
  • Improvements made to the way player morale is calculated
  • Resolved a player generation issue that led to inflated athletic attributes like speed and vertical as progression occurred

 MyTEAM:

  • Various preparations have been made for upcoming additions to MyTEAM
  • Enabled Situational Substitutions for both On-the-Fly Coaching and Timeouts in Domination, Challenge, Unlimited, and Limited modes
  • Addressed a rare hang that could occur when starting a multiplayer match with a specific lineup
  • Various other stability and performance issues have been addressed to further improve the overall experience

While this massive patch obviously touches several areas of the game, the nerfing of the fading threes is easily the most significant change. I’d say the tuning on this update looks great for now.

I’ve done some tests with very skilled shooters, and while making the shot is still possible, the green window is far smaller, which increases the skill level required to sink this high-difficulty shot.

That’s the way it should have been all along.

In addition to the gameplay changes, there are also some notable player likeness updates for guys like the Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball and New York Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley. However, there is one rookie still waiting for his likeness to be upgraded.

The Sacramento Kings’ Tyrese Haliburton took to Twitter after seeing the updates, and wondered aloud when his turn was coming.

When 2K has a chance to scan Haliburton, his likeness will change, or they could lean on a member of their art team to create a one-off until obtaining a scan is more practical.

2K has had issues getting as many scans as they have in the past because of COVID restrictions, but with each update, things seem to be improving.



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