JBrightSports: NBA 2K16 Review

NBA 2K16 is the best game ever!

Ok. Review over.

Thanks for reading.

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Steph doesn’t approve. I guess i’ll do a real review.

***SPOILERS!!! IF FOR SOME REASON YOU HAVEN’T BOUGHT THE GAME YET AND YOU’RE READING A REVIEW ABOUT IT, I WILL SPOIL SOME OF THE FUN FOR YOU IN THIS REVIEW. I WON’T REVEAL ANYTHING ABOUT THE MYCAREER STORYLINE BUT I WILL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE NEWEST FEATURES OF MYCAREER. IF YOU LIKE BEING SURPRISED WITH EVERY ASPECT OF A NEW GAME, AS I DO, THEN STOP READING THIS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.***

INTRO

First things first let’s talk about the intro.

This might be the best intro 2K has done since 2K12. The graphics don’t look like the 2K graphics but that’s a part of the appeal. It catches your eye and takes you into a different world for a second. Then towards the end when you’ve defeated all four bosses, it turns back into 2K graphics and it all makes sense. Once you’ve defeated your inner demons then you can conquer the rest of the NBA. Good intro.

MAIN MENU 

They updated the 2K Main Menu this year. It’s similar to last year but this year it seems more accessible. It doesn’t force you to watch 2KTV at the menu screen. Even though I don’t mind seeing Rachel every now and then, i’d rather have a choice when I watch her show.

GAMEPLAY

The graphics look a little different this year. It’s hard to improve on the best graphics in sports video games but 2K does its best to make the game look even better. The crowd is much more animated and real looking, the players are less boxy and have real life-like builds, the faces are mostly all correct, and the attention to detail is crazy. From the cheerleaders to the player intros, this game is a step up in all aspects. One thing I dislike though is the addition of Kenny Smith to the 2K sports team. Where’s Charles??? No one wants to watch Kenny. He’s only good when Charles is there. Shaq is hard to understand and now with Kenny you get all the “other” people from the TNT crew. Charles is the star. It’s time to bring him into the game.

The player animations are spot on. They do everything they would do in a real game. The game-time animations are on point as well. The player to player contact is so realistic and the shot timing is a lot quicker this year but I like it. It helps for pull-ups and off-the-dribble shots. Makes sense because Steph is on the cover. It has a very Steph Curry feel this year. The game is a lot more free flowing. Last year the game was very technical and it was hard to pull off a lot of moves and at times the game wasn’t that fun. But it seems like this year they put the FUN back in FUNDAMENTALS.

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MYTEAM

I haven’t really played this mode this year. But last year it was pretty fun. I’ll check it out and get back to you.

NBA2KTV 

I love Rachel. She’s awesome. She’s beautiful and knows her sports. She knows her 2K and she’s athletic. Perfect host for a pretty cool show. This was one of the best features 2K added in recent years and it keeps getting better. Never get rid of Rachel, she’s awesome!

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MYLEAGUE AND MYGM

I haven’t played much of MyGM but MyLeague is amazing. The biggest change they added was finally adding a relocation feature. So you can take any team and move them to mostly any city in the U.S. What’s even cooler is that you can change your teams brand very easily. Unlike Madden where they only give you a few choices, 2K lets you upload your own picture or design for a logo (or you can upload one from someone else online.) You apply that logo to your team and you can change the colors to whatever you want. Also you can change the arena to whatever you’d like. Change the floor, the stands, the scorers table, the jumbotron, literally everything you can imagine. Everything is completely customizable. You can do all this without relocating as well.

Everything else in the MyLeague is amazing as well but I want to focus on the draft. The lottery is a lot cooler this year in that each pick is shown and the animations are better. There is some commentary that helps you get more into the game as well. The draft itself looks a lot cooler too, the picks are more epic and it shows the player instead of just the name.

MYCAREER

Now this is the most fun feature on the game IMO. From the jump Spike Lee shows you how he did MyCareer and the process of putting yourself into the game. He shows the actors behind the scenes and their MoCap suits (motion capture suits). I won’t spoil too much about the game but here is the opening scene of MyCareer so you can get a gist of what I’m talking about. The rest you’ll have to see for yourself.

2KPROAM & ONLINE PLAY

I haven’t got to check out these features yet either but I sure hope they fixed the online glitch. The servers are always terrible.


Well there you have it. That’s my 2K first review. As the season progresses and I get further along in my MyCareer I’ll keep y’all posted.

Thanks for reading.

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