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."
The new NBA game is here, NBA 2K17 might not be a Spike Lee joint, neither can you become the hoop gawd, but the core of the game remains. This realistic NBA simulation gives you some of the best-looking graphics in modern gaming, and not only that, but you can also customise your own players as well as play as leading NBA teams!
Other improvements to the game include changes to the MyGM mode, where you can manage an NBA team and participate in off-season events. This fully featured mode is coupled with the MyLeague draft! Another brand-new feature is also the ability to play as Olympic teams such as the US Olympic Basketball team and much more!
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Nba 2k17 finally arrived and brought us probably best basketball simulation so far. Without any major flaws game definitely set sports game standards one more time on all gaming platforms. Standard game modes are again here with minor improvements. Many will be happy to know that you can also play Nba 2k17 Prelude as individual game mode for free. There you can create and build your character through college and prepare it for Nba draft. Gameplay is even more improved in compare to previous version. Game is fluid, player control is best so far and you can really "feel the game". Graphics are astonishing, especially players faces, reflections etc. Of that has its price, so for full enjoyment you will need very fast machine. I managed to test the game on ps4 and PC. PC version looks a bit better, but that if of course understandable due to pc hardware advantage. Famous commentary trio is also here like last year so many will be pleased to listen Shaqs funny comments once again. Nba 2k17 made good improvements from last years version but also left enough space for more to come next fall. Enjoy!
I'll be focusing on the Single Player portions of the game in this Review. MyCareer: The game mode is a disappointment this year. From unskippable cutscenes to 2K's ever increasing insistence that we play both MyCareer and MyPark, this years iteration is another disappointment. Justice Young (Michael B. Jordan's Character) is a black hole of charisma, which is a disappointment, as Jordan himself is a great actor. Young is outdone by your college roommate, Grant Alabaster, who disappears when you're drafted and is never mentioned again. Your teammates are as stupid as ever, passing up open looks (or just flat out missing them) and refusing to defend well, which is something that has been a problem for years now. The online integration this year is worse than ever, as you are forced to be online if you want to adjust your animations, buy and wear new gear, and countless other additions, which are blocked to those of us who play this game while on the move. As for MyLeague, it feels similar to 2k15's version of the mode, which is neither a good nor bad thing. The game runs smoothly enough, allowing you the full experience of running a team, but after a few seasons, the joy wears off as you repeat the same tricks you've mastered in 15 to get yourself extra draft picks or a new star with relative ease. 2K haven't advanced the series at all this year, instead deciding to take a sideways step and essentially putting out a slightly updated 2k15. If you're a hardcore fan of the series, you'll no doubt enjoy yourself, but this isn't one for the casual player.
For the people who don't like reading long reviews here is a quick overview for you. Is it better than 2K16? YES! Is it just another sports game reskin? NO! This game feels fresh and brand new. A breath of fresh air. Should I purchase it? Yes. Its the best 2K sports game period in my opinion. Rating : 8.5/10 (will be a 9/10 once a flew bugs get fixed) OK. Now into the real review We all love 2K right thats why you are here reading this correct? The main questions alot of us ask ourselves is... Is this game better than the last game/ is it a major update worth paying 60$ for.. My answer is yes here is why. PROS 1) The game overall presentation is amazing. You get sucked into the game as soon as it launches, everything feels refreshed. I haven't seen a sports game presentation this good since ESPN NFL 2K5. 2) The variety of animations make the game feel revamped and refreshing, something 2K has been needing for quite some time now. 3) The Steal System/Defense mechanics are on par and feel great to use. The new system also disable the steal spammers from 2K16 it actually requires some skill to use. 4) My Career so far is amazing. The whole setup in my opinion is awesome. The smart phone integration is pretty dope as well 5) (Depending On Your GPU) The load times are way faster this time. So no more long long long long mypark loading screens. 6) The character models look great. 7) The game is fun as hell, balanced, & fun to experience offline or online. 8) MyTeam is amazing as well this year, the pack odds seem to be increased due to even higher level cards such as the return of Ruby & Onyx from 2K15. 9) The shooting system/layup system is easy to get use to. 10) Tons of new features which are actually fun to play/use. 11) The HUGE selection of shoes, all the shoes are highly detailed this year. 12) The AI isn't dumb this year, you actually feel challenge. If you are making alot of shots expects double teams and the AI reacting aggresive towards you which is very realistic. 13) Last but not least the soundtrack is AMAZING! Alot of classics songs. I usually get bored with video game soundtracks but this soundtrack for 2K17 is amazing even better than 2K13. Cons 1)Bugs that need to be patched. (fast playing custscenes & disappearing limbs time to time) 2) Face scan app is GARBAGE! Final Verdict Despite semi flaws, none of them tarnish the game-play nor the game itself. The game is amazing to play, plus a quick patch could fix those little errors. If you are a 2K Gamer this 2K is a MUST HAVE! 9/10 once bugs are fix but 8.5/10 for now.
This is another great addition to the NBA 2K franchise. It's not very different from previous years, as is expected as most sports games offer very few changes other than updated rosters and slightly improved graphics. They fixed the shooting for the most part in this game. In last year's game it was a little weird since there were times when the meters indicated that your shot would go in, yet it would miss for unexplained reasons. In this version, the shots rarely miss when the meters indicate that they will score, so it's definitely an improvement, albeit it a small one. The game is just as fun as previous incarnations if you like the sport and basketball games in general. I tend to buy a sports game once every few years since there's just not enough that changes year to year to make it feel different or worth another purchase so soon. This time I bought consecutive years and I am enjoying 2K17 much more than 2K16 because it just feels like it plays better and isn't as confusing with the fixed shooting mechanics. I don't play online, so I don't know how the network is, if there's lag or anything, but the single player plays perfect. No crashes or framerate issues or anything. If you love basketball and haven't played a recent release of the 2K series, this is an easy purchase. Otherwise, for me at least, there's just not enough new content to make the game feel fresh to warrant a full price purchase.
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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