Crew Mode = Wishful Thinking
It has been 4 years and counting since 2K Sports got rid of the beloved “Crew Mode” that made waves in NBA 2K11. Fans have been requesting that mode on message boards and even made YouTube videos about it. But, for the past few years all we got were crickets from community manager’s LD2K and Ronnie 2K. Last year we thought 2K might do something huge for the now current consoles and would give hoopers a feature back that they loved most. We got a crew mode, but it wasn’t what a Crew Mode enthusiast would say was a real crew mode. The customization wasn’t as expansive as we would have liked, referees were a no-show, simulation play-calling and gameplay elements were dumbed down, and they took out arenas and put it on Blacktop, a 3 on 3 mode, and called it MyCrews.
In my opinion, this mode was a disgrace to the original Crew Mode. After this and the let down for the Parks Mode, an upgraded version of 2K13’s Blacktop mode, I really thought 2K11’s Crew Mode wouldn’t ever return. Boy, was I wrong.
The Return of Crew Mode
Now lets fast forward to current day. 2K utilizes their twitch at least once a week. They usually provide announcements or just talk to the community in these streams. Last Tuesday after a largely anticipated stream, fans looked forward to new news about NBA 2K15. During the live stream, LD2K and Ronnie 2K talked about the community team up that was held last weekend. During their commentary, they reflected on a certain mode – wink, wink – Crew Mode, that used to incite the same feeling of competitiveness and overall teamwork. Later in the stream, LD2K and KSpadeTheProspect, the Crew Mode Ambassador in the YouTube 2K community, dropped the biggest atomic bomb – but with a catch. Crew Mode is returning, but only for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at this time. He also gave some specific details on the mode and a few screen shoots of the details.
Check Out The 2K15 Crew Mode Rundown:
- Crew mode will feature 5 vs. 5 matches.
- The full NBA rules are back on a hardwood floor, which will also include the home team’s logo.
- Custom jerseys will make a return.
- You will be able to start 5 vs. 5 hardwood matches with 3, 4, or 5 players.
- 3 vs. 3 half-court blacktop matches are available or you can select NBA Rules for 5 vs. 5 (just like in 2K11’s crew mode).
- If you have 3, your game will auto fill the missing positions with players from the team you chose.
- You will be able to select where each player’s position is. For example: If you are a SG, you can select it and the A.I. will fill in the missing positions you don’t take.
- The fill players will be NBA players from the team you selected when creating the crew.
- When you create your crew, you will be able to select an NBA team, as well as team playbook.
- Leaderboards are finally back.
If you missed the live stream click here.
Just The Beginning
It is bitter-sweet that Crew Mode was only announced for last generation consoles, but for 2K11 crew lovers, it doesn’t even matter. 2K Sports isn’t stupid. They want gamers to double dip and if crew mode is only on Ps3, Xbox 360, and PC then I can guarantee that people will buy both versions – including myself. Out of all of the details, the ones that stick out to me are that we’re finally heading back to NBA simulation play-calling and the use of playbooks. Another big deal in 2K11 crew mode – playing in arenas and leaderboards, just tops the cake.
So now whats next for 2K in the coming months is the question. I keep asking myself, after this live stream what else do they have planned for 2K15’s current generation version? There was no mention of any current generation 2K news in the stream, but LD2K did mention that later this week, the NBA 2K15 Ps4 & Xbox One trailers will be revealed by none other than cover athlete, Kevin Durant.
Check out the trailer here.
So 2K Sports fans, what are your thoughts on the newly announced return of Crew Mode? Are you worried that crew mode wasn’t announced for current generation consoles? Would you like to see it in the future?
Sound off in the comment section below!
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