byBlake-BBY11-06-201501:21 PM - edited 11-11-201510:38 AM
I’ve been wavering on buying NBA 2k16, but then I saw the Michael Jordan version of the game…SOLD!
2k sports has been a staple in my life from football to basketball. NBA 2k16 improves on a game that really doesn’t need much improvements.
I dedicated myself to the My Career mode to see what Spike Lee’s storytelling could add to the game. I was pleasantly surprised by the dynamic story constantly feeling the high and lows of the being on the court and off. My first character was a true reflection of myself 5’10” player. After averaging 1 point per game and losing every high school basketball game (Yes, high school basketball games), I realized that I need to step it up. My second character, based loosely off Spike Lee’s film “He Got Game”, was a 6’8” point guard and averaged 20 points per game through high school and college. That was more like it!
I won’t spoil any of the story, but I want to emphasize the human element of the game mixed well with the incredible gameplay for an experience that took the genre to a new level. After the story concluded (10-15 hours), you’ll find the My Career mode to be very similar to previous years.
Last years NBA 2k15 broadcast was strange having a current NBA coach (Steve Kerr) commenting in-game. Now, they’ve improved on an already stellar cast by having pre-game commentary including Shaq, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith. They really nail the goofy banter that I’ve grown accustom to seeing on television. The in-gem interviews with players (Pulled audio from real interviews) and custom dialogue from your created player was a nice touch of authenticity.
Finally, defense really is the key to winning. After years of being able to run past players or call pick-and-roll plays to get easy buckets, I found that the defense AI is better than ever. I’ve lost the ball more times than I can count because I was trying to be too aggressive on the baseline or driving to the paint. It’s a really nice improvement that makes the gameplay more authentic and challenging.
If you’re a basketball fan, then NBA 2k16 has been on radar for months and is worthy of your time! For any newcomers, the game is a marvel visually and can really give you a unique outlook on sports video games with an emotional story that rivals big budget movies.
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