In sports sims, half of the fun is just playing through the regular season, but the other half is about getting to do your own thing. It’s why so many people loved NBA 2K‘s Crew mode. Previously appearing in NBA 2K10, 2K11 and 2K14, Crew mode let players team up and take on opposing crews; they could even come up with their own name and jersey design.
Sadly though, Crew mode was nixed in NBA 2K15 and replaced with the Jordan Rec Center, a mode which was often criticised for how long it took to load. Things are being shaken up again with NBA 2K16 though, as the new Pro-Am mode will deliver on fans’ wishes and then some. Watch the NBA 2K16 Pro-Am trailer after the break.
NBA 2K16 Pro-Am Mode
As mentioned, NBA 2K16 Pro-Am will bring back many of the Crew mode’s most believed features. Players will still be able to team up and play games of 5v5 and should it still offer some good online times. However, the big difference with Pro-Am is that you’ll have creative control over just about everything.
2K has revealed that players will be able to craft their team’s “identity”, including their logo, the jerseys and the arena. Want your team to be the ‘Steph Curry Squad’ and use a giant picture of the NBA MVP’s face as the logo? You can do that. Want to design your arena, tweaking everything from the positioning of the ads to the colour of the paint? You can do that too.
2K also explains that NBA 2K16 Pro-Am won’t have any wait times (games start immediately) and that if you don’t have a team, you’ll be able to just walk on and play a game in an arena that supports 40 players, including yourself. These two features raise alarm bells given that poor servers have plagued the game for years, and so although they are certainly appealing, it’s yet to be seen if NBA 2K16‘s servers will be able to withstand the pressure.
NBA 2K16 will be released on September 29, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.