When it comes to sports simulations, few game developers come anywhere close to 2K. Today we are taking a look at the latest title in their NBA series, the NBA2K17, possibly the most exciting and complete basketball simulation to date. The game was released in September 2016 for PC, PS3 and 4 as well as Xbox One and 360.
NBA2K17 features complex chaining moves, unprecedented amount of customization capabilities and in consistency with the latest NBA developments, lots of three points shots from way up the field. All of this is enveloped in a realistic and beautifully designed graphical engine, which makes players feel as if they were watching a TV broadcast instead of a video game.
The extreme flow of the game compared to the previous NBA2K iterations really gives more control to the player and will leave the player stuck in animation far less than previous games did. The game does still include a few blunders here and there, but we are definitely looking at one of the most complete NBA games to date.
Let’s have a closer look at the latest edition of the NBA2K and find out just how big of an improvement it is on the previous games and how it compares to today’s standards.
The one thing that really makes NBA2K17 stand out from the rest of the games in the genre is the gameplay. The new NBA features smooth and exciting gameplay that simply continues to flow, with the player always truly in charge of his team’s plays instead of the AI taking charge a lot as it did in some previous editions.
The game has improved the mechanics of passing, dribbling and shooting in many ways. Successful three pointers are now more common, which is clearly EA’s way of replicating the events of the actual NBA season. 2K also decided to honor their long time cover athlete, Allen Iverson, by adding plenty of chaining play and crossover possibilities to the game, giving the players an ability to dribble like never before, much in Iverson’s style.
The extreme control can however vanish at certain times as it can be difficult to assess the exact strength of a pass, or control when exactly a player will come into position to receive the ball and create an attack. All that said, the game still offers a lot more control than ever before seen in basketball games and all of this is just the on pitch part of the game, which is complemented by tons of off field content as well.
NBA2K17 Modes and Customization
When it comes to gameplay modes in NBA2K17, the MyCareer and MyGM modes dominate the game. The MyCareer mode puts the player in the role of a young upcoming player and is quite a bit less linear than it was in the previous game iterations with the only real downside being the fact players absolutely have to attend every practice and watch every cut scene in full. This makes the mode quite a bit tedious but the true fans of the game will surely enjoy the exciting journey from zero to hero.
The MyGM mode, on the other hand, offers even more customization than ever before. The mode allows the player to build a team from the ground up, building the arena, naming the team and enlisting it in an NBA season with up to 36 teams. From here, the player will move on to customize every single detail of the season, from drafting players between the seasons to adjusting how the players are substituted on the pitch, the player will have more control over your squad than he ever did in the past.
Past the two single player modes comes the online play, which was done better than ever before in NBA2K17. Only weeks into the new game, the online modes are already running smooth without significant delays in player matching or lag in actual gameplay, which was a significant issue in early months of the previous NBA2K games. The online MyLeague mode has been somewhat expanded and now resembles online league modes of some of the other, more online gameplay oriented sports games such as Madden NFL.
Graphics, Sounds And Animations
The graphics of NBA2K17 are absolutely superb. The on pitch experience is completely immersive, and as a player you will always feel like an actual part of the NBA experience. The actual games resemble TV broadcasts more than ever before and include exquisite cut scenes and plenty of details that make it all seem more and more realistic.
One of the features sports games have started incorporating some years ago is an ability to scan your own face and add it to the game. NBA2K17 excels at this as the player’s face will be properly scanned and added during the cut scenes, and he will finally truly be a part of the game.
The game’s soundtrack is just as amazing, created by the rock group Imagine Dragons, who added a very varied playlist to the game, with songs from various genres now appearing as background music. The game also features one of the best commentary tracks ever created, with the likes of Greg Anthony and Kevin Harlan narrating the action. They are joined by a host of other co-commentators, some of which are very thrilling to listen to while others can be a bit mundane at times, but that’s the way it is in real sports after all.
The ambience sound is perhaps one area of the game where significant improvement could be made. While the developers did add plenty of unique ambience sounds that make the game sound more realistic, the atmosphere in the arenas seems a bit off at times, especially when it comes to how the crowd react to various on pitch events.
Overall speaking, NBA2K17 is likely the best basketball game ever created, with outstanding graphics, cut scenes, gameplay and customization options. While the ambience sounds could be improved to a degree and even more control over gameplay could be added, the new NBA absolutely shines in comparison to all the competition and is a game every sports fan should spend a good amount of hours having a great time with.