Exciting and entertaining, NBA 2K16 is probably the best basketball simulator ever made. Yes, it’s that good.
While NBA 2K16 is easily the best basketball game you can get your hands on right now, its unique appeal in successfully mimicking the game experience consumed off television is unmatched when compared with the other sports titles, including EA’s FIFA series – undoubtedly the most played sports simulator on the planet. I’ve been following NBA 2Kxx since 2011 and the franchise has only gone from strength to strength. Whether you’re have played previous NBA 2K titles in the past or popping your cherry on hoops, the first thing you’ll notice when you get down to the gameplay is just how easy and difficult it is to play basketball in NBA 2K16.
While on the face of it passing and shooting hoops with the ball needs no training whatsoever, making the game’s fundamental controls quick to grasp and master, try doing anything more and you find yourself facing a challenge – and therein lies the beauty of this game. AI opponents are constantly pressurizing as soon as you enter their half, closing down spaces and filling gaps, keeping your players on their toes all the time. Steamrolling past AI players is rare, pulling off unrealistic shots and age-old tricks even more so, making you think your every move before launching offensives. The ebb and flow of the game in NBA 2K16 – including its pace, challenging but not overwhelmingly difficult AI – is brilliant.
The sights and sounds in this game are insanely good, as NBA 2K16 continues to up the audio-visual presentation game to a whole new level altogether, unmatched by any other sports simulator I’ve played all year long. Be it camera angles, action replays, common and unique crowd animations, team and player introductions, everything that has to do with setting the stage and suck you into the experience is extremely well done in NBA 2K16. From player likenesses to how they move and in-game commentary – which nails the action nine times out of ten – and everything from pre-game shows to post-game analysis and interviews, NBA 2K16 is one helluva well-oiled machine that blurs the lines between a live NBA broadcast and interactive video game. This alone speaks volumes about the game, it’s truly unmatched!
There’s something or the other to keep everyone busy in NBA 2K16, let me tell you. Not only does the game have a full-fledged character creator / customizer, allowing you to create your ultimate basketball player and his likeness, it also has plenty of interesting game modes. MyGM and MyLeague encourage a managerial style, overarching game experience, whereas MyTeam has its appeal if you’re into virtual card-collection – this mode is for the basketball connoisseurs. Lastly, and slightly controversially, you have the MyCareer game mode – the most popular feature of the NBA 2K titles.
|Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Genre : Sports simulation
Platforms : Xbox (360, One), PS (3,4), Windows PC, Android, iOS
Price: Rs.2,800 (PS4)
MyCareer has undergone one significant shift in NBA 2K16. It starts out as a Spike Lee movie which is full of cutscenes and melodrama, with occasional user interactivity. This feature is controversial because there’s no way to turn it off – you have to follow a high school kid’s dream of getting drafted into NBA and cutting his teeth on the circuit as a rookie, with very little control over the story, because essentially it’s Spike Lee’s imagination at play. Thankfully, that part of MyCareer ends quickly allowing you to fully steer your player’s choices and the teams he plays for in quintessential MyCareer style. Spike Lee’s “Living Da Dream” beginning to MyCareer definitely has its high points, but for eager enthusiasts who want to cut through the “nonsense” it may not be so great. It definitely pushes the boundaries of storytelling in sports-based games, though, which is great to see.
The only clear cut negative about NBA 2K16 would have to be its lack of a tutorial system as far as its control scheme is concerned. At least a basic rundown of how things work and more importantly what controls have changed from the previous installment (because controls have changed from last year) isn’t asking for too much, is it? That’s the only thing that stood out for me. Everything else is nothing short of brilliant, including the online multiplayer game modes. NBA 2K16 is a great way to learn and follow basketball – on your terms. It recreate the on-screen TV magic like never before!
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