Narratively, MyCareer stays the best sports narrative experience out there and is packed with big-name stars such as Michael K. Williams, Djimon Hounsou, and Jesse Williams. The latter is far too intense occasionally, but it seems just like a true production, tells a compelling story without NBA 2K Coins overdoing the melodrama, and provides some satisfying narrative beats. It is a bit too scripted in places, but that is a little criticism within a sports drama.
Despite how good it's though, the lack of a complete range of difficulty Emotionally gatekeeps newcomers from what should be a welcoming manner, and it can not shake the sensation of becoming an elaborate maze designed to direct you back into MyTeam, with this Playoffs winning 3-pointer worth nothing more than a couple coins towards another pack. The Neighborhood is representative of NBA 2K21 as a whole, in that the basketball is very good, but every choice made about it lets down the side. Offline, you are able to recreate some of the feeling in The Park, however it is not quite the same. The Neighborhood is still a decent game style itself, but it has too many drawbacks to really warrant praise. For starters, you can simply access through MyCareer with your pro, which brings in the problem of where to spend VC. Additionally, it can't be accessed until you reach the Buy NBA 2K21 MT, which means skipping by far the most fascinating and personal part of the story mode's story or playing more gradually and not having to get arguably the most fun online mode until you're several hours into a story which barely connects into The Neighborhood in the first place.