Andrew wrote:For me it's a bit of "extra flavour" that goes towards the idea of creating a living world within the mode, but it's certainly not for everyone. Ideally, the fake social media should be just one of those things that's an extra detail reflecting the real world, but can be ignored without any problems...kind of like social media in real life, I suppose.
Out of interest, what are the features that would achieve that effect for you, and create a more immersive experience? I get that social media isn't one, but what are some bells and whistles that you would like to see, if any?
Andrew wrote:So the elements that keep you hooked are all pretty much gameplay and gameplay atmosphere related. That's fair enough, I was just wondering.
I do think those extra elements need to be a part of the game, because they are very popular. Ideally, they shouldn't be intrusive, and largely optional. The thing is, neither EA nor 2K can please everyone in a mode like this. If the mode doesn't have those extra bells and whistles - as is the case with Rising Star at present - then it's criticised for being "too bare bones". Put in all that extra stuff, and other gamers are going to feel like it's unnecessary.
I will say that a lot of the extra stuff in MyCAREER isn't really like The Sims, or all that disconnected from the gameplay experience. The practice sessions are a way of improving your player, and an opportunity to practice certain scenarios. The event appearances don't consist of more than your player walking out the door of your MyCOURT and then a pop-up stating the event has been attended, and letting you know of the VC reward (which ultimately goes towards improving your player, or whatever you choose to spend it on). Endorsements also bring in extra VC. I guess the most intrusive parts of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17 are the story (far less so this year, though) and the messaging, though you can ignore messages, and it's really not a big part of the mode when it comes down to it.
Andrew wrote:Absolutely understandable, I hear where you're coming from. But like I said, it's kind of a no-win situation. If EA adds that stuff, it's going to upset people. If they go in the other direction and don't have those bells and whistles, they'll get roasted for having a bare bones mode.
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