NBA 2K17 Standard Edition - PlayStation 4
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Following the record-breaking launch of NBA 2K16, the NBA 2K franchise continues to stake its claim as the most authentic sports video game with NBA 2K17. As the franchise that “all sports video games should aspire to be” (GamesRadar), NBA 2K17 will take the game to new heights and continue to blur the lines between video game and reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Fun basketball game
This is the first basketball game I had bought in a long time after being disappointed with the EA sports efforts in March Madness 08, the last pro basketball game I had was NBA 06 for my PC, so I can’t compare to the previous year’s installment. I had heard good things about the 2K series, so after seeing this for less than 30 bucks, I decided to get it.
Definitely things have changed for the better since the lackluster efforts from the old EA sports basketball games I have. Graphics are fantastic with the game with really good player modeling and stadium modeling. The pregame and halftime show are nice touches and make me feel like I watching a real game.
The gameplay is good and feels like a realistic basketball simulation for the most part. Although I won’t say that the gameplay is perfect it is definitely a step in the right direction. It has taken me some time to adjust in the meantime and I do feel like I am terrible at playing the game in my initial efforts. I like the career mode which gives me something to strive for throughout the game.
The addition of the small things such as coach talks and other cutscenes are cool but can get a bit annoying over the course of a season. The game commentary is good though and not just the same repeated lines over and over.
The music is ok but could be better. Personally, I don’t pay much attention to the music and tend to turn it down.
Since I am coming from an old version that is many years old, I am happy with the game so far with the game and gameplay. Is isn’t a perfect basketball game, but it does have a lot of good things going for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Once great franchise has gone downhill
I was extremely disappointed with this latest version of the NBA 2K series. The game looks amazing and I still enjoy playing the normal mode of the game against friends. But where I used to love this franchise and where I had sunk hundreds of hours of gameplay in NBA 2K14 and 15 was the myCareer mode, which I've found to be nearly unplayable in this version. I can't speak to 2K16, as I didn't play that version, but I can say that with this one it looks like 2K has completely overhauled this mode to change it from a fun, complete experience, to a free-to-play model (in a $60 game, so not even free to play) that completely ruins the balance of progression in this mode.
In prior versions, this mode went basically like this: you create a rookie character of pretty middling stats, get drafted to an NBA team, and you work your way up to a superstar by playing games and gaining what is essentially experience points based on your performance. I believe you could spend money for these points, but I never did, because progression was the entire point, to start out weak and work your way up. I'm sure this is why 2K changed the model, to make sure the mode was UNPLAYABLE without forking over some more cash.
In NBA 2K17, it seems to work the same: you create a character, get drafted, play games and earn experience. However, they've changed a number of things to make the experience much, much worse (even if you do choose to buy into the microtransactions). Your character starts much worse than in previous entries and the amount of experience you get each game is so much less. Without buying VC (the game's currency), your character will be unable to really perform at all and you will need to play multiple games to get the amount required to upgrade even a stat or two. I can't imagine how many games it would take to get this character to even the starting level of previous games. Half a season? A full season? More?
This is the core of why this mode has been completely ruined - you can't realistically progress without spending money (or attempting to earn VC through the game's other modes). And I'm not saying it is ruined because you need to spend some money to have fun with it. If they removed myCareer entirely from the game and sold it as DLC with the same progression system as in previous games, I would be upset that they were forcing me to pay more money for something I expected to be included in the base level of the game, but I would pay the 10 or 15 bucks or whatever and still enjoy the mode, still probably getting my money's worth out of it. But the entire fun, addictiveness of myCareer is tied to this progression - you work to improve your stats, you get new abilities and get better at old ones, until you're the best player in the league and working on a HoF career. If you can't see meaningful progression as you play, then it is ruined. If you pay for the progression (or get it from other game modes) instead of play for it, it is ruined.
There are other issues with the game - new mandatory trainings in myCareer make what is already a long season more tedious; unskippable cutscenes and still not being able to have some control over which team you play for in myCareer (annoyances in previous versions too, you would think would have been fixed by now); largely no innovation to the core of the main game.
But there are things I enjoy as well - I liked the face scan to create a character, it works really well; I liked having more games to prove yourself leading up to the draft in myCareer; I enjoyed what I saw of the story in myCareer (though you should still be able to skip any of it); still good gameplay in the more standard modes (unfortunately not a lot of mileage for me there, I only really play this head to head against friends occasionally).
Overall, if you have no interest in the myCareer part of this game, you'll probably enjoy the game just fine. It isn't changed much from prior entries, as far as I can tell, which were all great. If you are like me and spent the vast majority of your time with previous entries in myCareer, you will likely be just as disappointed as I was.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Vidal Hodge
Great item. Item came on time and in good condition. would but again if i ever need another item from like this