It is not until September 19 that players will be able to get their hands on the new NBA 2K18 game, but there’s a lot of new revelations to keep them excited in the meantime. Besides the NBA 2K18 player ratings that have cooked up a storm (and they are still coming in), publisher 2K has shared a lot of gameplay footages that promise the best that we have seen so far in the famed series.
But what really matters in any game of any genre is how capable the AI is, and it can make or break a game. However, the creators over at Visual Concepts have shared some staggering details that promises an immensely responsive, and therefore, realistic NBA 2K18 gameplay that we have been missing all these years. Visual Concepts’ Scott O'Gallagher has written a detailed blog post where he talks about the most important technical tweaks that result in the sort of game that you would expect to play on the court.
The Importance of Position in NBA 2K18 Gameplay
In NBA 2K18, everything from the defense to the player selection has been given a keen treatment. To begin with, O'Gallagher talks about the settings related to the change of positioning, which had previously lacked depth. Selecting the “Moderate” setting, he says, would result in a calculated stance that was far removed from what is really experienced. With the new upgrade, NBA 2K18 will let you play with more distances and positions.
One other great overhaul has been made in the defensive perceptions area, whereby a certain player will react defensively to a pass depending on the player’s own individual ability. Besides that, there are the finer details that have made their way into the reactions this year. For instance, if a player has his back turned to the ball (just like Karl-Anthony Towns in the demo video below), they will not react until they turn around and recognize their responsibilities.
NBA 2K18 Gets “System Proficiency”
However, one of the most impressive things about this year’s game is what SOG calls System Proficiency- something with which “ the player’s skill set, position and play style fits into the coaches scheme is more important than ever.”
The eight systems that constitute this are:
- Pace and Space
- Seven seconds
- Post Centric
- Grit and Grind
- Perimeter Centric
Coaches are rated based on these and classified accordingly, and players’ performances within the system will be based upon their skills, playing style, and position fit into these.
One other point to note from among the plenty that SOG detailed is that NBA 2K18 is also getting new communication settings that tell the player what they should do at a given time while playing against the computer. This, O’Gallagher says, will be helpful for those who find playing on their own confusing.
The innovations in AI have been tremendous for this year’s game, and we can tell that the NBA 2K18 gameplay is going to be richer than fans have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. However, the ones that we have noted here are only a few, and there is a lot to look forward to between now and the NBA 2K18 release date. So stay with us for the latest updates.