The NBA playoffs draw near. If you’ve seen me on Twitter, you know who I’m pulling for, but I can’t see the Hawks surviving the second round. In my book, the race for the title is between the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, and assuming they change their choking ways, the Raptors and Cavaliers.
I now review NBA 2K16. Unlike the other major sports, basketball actually has another big sports series, NBA Live. It’s just nearly as big. How does 2K16 fare? Let’s take a look.
Plot: 8 out of 10
Another difference is where plot is concerned. Sports games, even Nintendo’s sports titles with Mario characters, don’t have plots because the subject matter means that we gamers don’t expect it. But 2K makes attempts at it anyway. MyCareer mode lets you create a basketball player and take him from high school to the NBA and hopefully to championship rings. Cutscenes between games showcase the story of this player and interactions with other people. Not just suits and other players. The difficulties of family mixing with pro athletics are here.
All this is really well-done. The dialogue between characters is well-written and the characters are pretty interesting. I really have no idea why this is still not the standard for sports games.
Graphics: 10 out of 10
The players and coaches look almost like their real life counterparts. The arenas look great, as well. All in all, this is one of the best-looking games that I’ve seen.
Sound: 8 out of 10
The commentary is very good. It’s insightful and sounds genuine. Songs played on the title screen (by actual music artists) are both good and fit in with the basketball theme of the game.
Gameplay: 7 out of 10
One issue newcomers to these games are likely to have is how to avoid committing fouls. The senses of touch and your environment that make this obvious in real life basketball are not in this game. It takes trial and error to figure out what how much struggling to get the ball away will cause you to make illegal contact and send the ball carrier to the free throw line.
Once you figure this out, though, there’s very little fault to find. The controls are responsive, shooting is accurate, and the movement of the players with the left analog stick is just right. This really can be a fun game to play, it just takes some practice.
Challenge: 8 out of 10
Computer opponents are modestly challenging, depending on the difficulty. Playing the computer is a lot of fun, but if you don’t mind paying for the Playstation Network or Xbox Live subscription, going up against humans online is preferable..
Overall: 8 out of 10
All things considered, NBA 2K16 adapts the sport of basketball exceptionally well. While there are better games, I strongly recommend this one to “B”-ball enthusiasts.