I shortly realized The Neighborhood just replaces 2K19 MT core menu. In that way, it is merely a clumsy way to navigate. Want a haircut? Walk the block to the barbershop. Wish to change clothing? Go home first. Need new shoes? Jog down to Foot Locker. Looking to catch a quick pickup game? The court is down the road on your left.
Plodding as this navigation isalso, there's a bit of personality and culture inside. At the barbershop, DJ is served like a local celebrity while they talk about overall gossip. The friendly (if drowsy) attendant of a food cart brings in some laughs.
These spaces will also be nicely decorated, cramped and flush with old brick buildings circa 1930s New York. It is a powerful representation of the impoverished to lower-middle-class upbringing of NBA stars that got their start in areas like Harlem's Rucker Park.
However, The Neighborhood is also sullied by corporate sponsors. A bit of gentrification from the old neighborhood? Maybe. But it's not only a Foot Locker location sitting on a corner or Gatorade-sponsored gyms. The proprietors of this barbershop present DJ using a present, JBL cans, of which DJ chimes in, "
Are the newest JBLs?" Gatorade is a central part of the narrative, called out from the broadcast group during games as far as it is promoted during gym training sessions (purchasing virtual bottles of Gatorade for endurance includes a spiel about electrolytes).