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.
Polygon - 8/10 - "Taken as a whole, NBA 2K17 is a worthy if subtle upgrade".
Forbes - 9.1/10 - "NBA 2K's depth continues to set the bar for the Genre."
Even though 2k did not implement a MyTeam draft mode into the game, it is still a great game for sports fans looking to hop onto NBA 2k17. The gameplay has not taken any major steps back and has improved on many facets such as shooting, player movement, and rebounding. Shooting is so satisfying this year albeit the numerous tweaks to the shot meter and timing. Player movement has become even smoother, where one can truly feel sluggishness or quickness of a player. Rebounding has been drastically overhauled, giving the player a sense of control where past 2Ks made rebounding feel like a roll of the dice. However, despite these improvements, there are still some drawbacks to the gameplay aspect. The A.I. is still a issue that continues to plague the game. The A.I. on defense continues to make pointless rotations and play help defense incorrectly regardless of the player's defensive ratings. A.I. on offense has also been questionable as there is times when the A.I. does not cut to the basket on fast breaks. MyCareer has received some nice upgrades from the daily schedule change that allows you to do multiple things in a single day, the wide assortment of endorsements to the dual player control feature (dubbed Orange Juice) that is incredibly fun to utilize in games. Microtransactions have become a problem in MyTeam. It is absolutely absurd that one would have to pay $50 dollars just to open ONE 20-pack box. MyGM and MyLeague has now also added League Rule Changes, which is an incredible addition that definitely changes the game (ex. Approving the change of the shot clock to 35 seconds will result in lower scores and lower per-game averages). All in all, this is not a perfect game, but it certainly is not the worst. NBA 2k17 is a game that continues to improve and expand, but does miss out on some key issues in addition to a microtransaction problem.
NBA 2K17 feels like it has made improvements from the previous title. There is a greater focus on player control while shooting with the right stick (you will want to play the game with a controller) or when it comes to chaining moves together to get around defenders. Mycareer is more enjoyable than the linear story mode of the previous year but is held back when it comes to a need for grinding points to improve your character, the amount of time you will spend in training which can get old, the extremely low stats you have when you first start, and the inability to skip cutscenes will likely bother some people. The MyGM mode has also seen improvements. The grind required in the Mycareer and Myteam modes also make it seem likely that they want you to spend money on micro-transactions to get the credits that you will need to otherwise grind for. Problems are the usual with sports game with passes not always feeling as responsive or as accurate as they should and AI players doing strange things and not getting into good positions.
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