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  • Summary: Be the Story. The NBA 2K franchise is back with a true-to-life NBA experience in NBA 2K16. Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an entire NBA franchise, or refine your skills online competing against gamers from around the globe. With animations that provideBe the Story. The NBA 2K franchise is back with a true-to-life NBA experience in NBA 2K16. Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an entire NBA franchise, or refine your skills online competing against gamers from around the globe. With animations that provide smoother movement and more realistic articulation, it promises to be the most authentic NBA gaming experience yet. [2K]

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  1. Jan 25, 2016
    87
    This NBA 2K is surely rife for nitpicking. Annoying update notifications, clunky menus, AI blunders, Spike Lee’s unnecessary meddling with the well-oiled machine of MyCareer, a rough Gauntlet mode, and traditional connectivity problems. But still, even with all that, NBA 2K16 is like a complex, mesmerizing painting.
  2. Oct 11, 2015
    87
    NBA 2k16 justifies the expectations that the series has built over recent years. The best basketball simulator can be even better.
  3. Oct 6, 2015
    85
    The PC version seems to have some technical problems on some machines, but if you don't mind that and the career mode full of cliché then this is a monster slam dunk.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Sep 29, 2015
    10
    Best 2k basketball game ever. The gameplay, which is the most important aspect of any sports game, is top notch and the best it has ever been.Best 2k basketball game ever. The gameplay, which is the most important aspect of any sports game, is top notch and the best it has ever been. You have to work as a team and play as a team and not just try to do everything with Lebron or Durant.

    My Career is also better now to with a story now and its great to play in High School and College now to in my Career. If you want a very realistic bball game, pick this up asap! I think some people might be overwhelmed with just how realistic the gameplay is, but for sim buffs like me this is perfect. No more cheesy play like previous years where you could just shoot 3s or dunk most the time.

    Great job 2k, I have played all the games in the series over the years and this is hands down the best one yet. Runs well, handles well, top notch gameplay, good controls and has even more features. Best sports game of 2015 and the best bball game ever.
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  2. Aug 11, 2016
    10
    I'll try to be short even though this game deserves many words.

    Game is true Masterpiece. First of all, the unbelievable fact that the
    I'll try to be short even though this game deserves many words.

    Game is true Masterpiece.

    First of all, the unbelievable fact that the developers managed to capture a soul of something so complex as basketball and yet made it so simple.

    Don't get me wrong, simple is not same as easy.

    Game is really hard...and if you want to master it better be ready to sit down with your gamepad and learn for a long time.

    But this is the second great aspect of the game, bang for the buck.

    This is probably the only game I have ever played that gives you so much that even if it had 100$ price tag it would be worth it.

    And you can get this game for 5$ or less. Some even got it for free.

    Developers like this should get our support and I really hope that in this time when gaming industry is going in one bad direction...there will be developers like this to go the opposite way.

    Toward the consumers and not just profit.

    Won't say any more.

    You have to see it to believe it - try the game, give yourself some time to learn basics, go watch few videos on youtube...and spend a lot, and I mean a lot if time in the gym and practicing.

    Then, one day...you will get the "feel" for the game and understand it's awesome mechanics.

    It's all about the flow.

    Keep up 2K and thank you!
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  3. Sep 29, 2015
    6
    Much was made about the Spike Lee directed Career/Story Mode but I found it really lacking and hugely disappointing. The biggest problem IMuch was made about the Spike Lee directed Career/Story Mode but I found it really lacking and hugely disappointing. The biggest problem I have with this was the absolute heavy-ham-handed scripting which instead of adding to immersion actually kills it completely.

    Firstly, My Career has always been about creating a player that is you (or that you want) regardless of race. Spike Lee pigeon-holes and shoe-horns you into poor black kid growing up in the projects in Harlem. Cliched much?

    My Career tries to present two of the fundamental choices/problems that blue-chip college/young NBA players have: such as whether or not to go one-and-done; whether or not to stick with your homie who's had your back forever but is a bad influence or to ditch him for the good of your career.

    So much is made about these problems and how hard it is to choose. Your character literally agonizes over each choice. Then the game/story goes ahead and makes the choices for you. Well duh ... if you're going to belabour the point and make it such a big deal, and if it really is MY career, then I would like to have a say in it, wouldn't you? I honestly only started enjoying the game a bit more after the script ended.

    Also another pet peeve is the big deal they make of your created player: high school phenom, blue-chip prospect, once in a generation talent, etc, etc. And you come into the draft with a skill level of 55? This may not be a big deal (and actually fit with the last edition where your player went undrafted) but the disparity is so immersion-breaking. From having 'boosted' stats in High School/College where your 7 foot centre can literally hit 3-pointers from everywhere to missing 2 feet lay-ups in the NBA ... i should think that if I'm actually good enough to be drafted top-20 in the NBA draft i should be at least be able to make a jump-shot or two.

    Also, because of whatever reason, your rookie season is abridged into eight games so that Spike Lee can turn your rookie career into a blurb. Which means you only play 8 games (i.e. compared to the regular season 82 you would have played in previous editions - meaning you literally miss out one entire year of skill points and never have a chance to break into the starting line-up). It also means the whole Rookie of the Year target which most players set their sights on is pretty much impossible/redundent.

    Game-wise its generally more of the same with better animations. A more robust blocking/swatting system is much welcome. But generally the AI appears to be more tepid and less intelligent this edition. The point-guard hogs the ball way too much and makes really bad decisions/shots. The transition game appears better and fast breaks are a lot more viable but the PC-controlled teams appear to have a huge edge in the transition game (most of the time your team are not even back in their half-court set when the other team pushes the ball back up the court for an empty lane).

    tldr: Spike Lee's story kills the immersion and the real game/fun only starts when it ends. They should have made the story-mode a toggle on/off feature when starting a new career. I feel that 2k15 plays a little better and is more immersive.
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  4. Feb 9, 2016
    4
    Excellent on visuals, graphics, animations, etc... (after various updates that fixed crappy performance)
    Good solo modes (myleague,
    Excellent on visuals, graphics, animations, etc... (after various updates that fixed crappy performance)
    Good solo modes (myleague, mygeneralmanager...)
    Horrible mycareer mode (story, customizations, player progression, all of it is utterly crap, I could not recommend purchase this game to belovers of the good old myplayers from past years... but still slighter better teammate I.A. than last year though)

    Gameplay is a very complicated matter... superb at times...at some things...incredibly infuriating at others...but not in the "good way" that characterize some of the best sport games. After major updates I'd say that the touchstone here is the defence...absolutely broken. Sadly there is no other way to say it (and, at this time of the year, I really, really doubt that somebody is working on it.

    But rejoice... is still better than nbalive... for the moment.... next year, with the continous decline of the gameplay balance and finesse... I don't know...
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  5. Oct 2, 2015
    4
    First off, I buy these games for the Career(story) mode. It's always been my favorite aspect, being able to make your own guy and take himFirst off, I buy these games for the Career(story) mode. It's always been my favorite aspect, being able to make your own guy and take him through his career. Well, in this game, you can make your own guy in the physical aspects, but that's about as far as it goes. Because it all has to follow Spike Lee's story mode. Which is...awful. It's nothing but played-out, racial stereotypes, embarrassing dialogue, and an extremely predictable story.

    Who thought this type of a Story Mode was a good idea? We play these games because we like to have control of a character, and we like to play actual basketball simulation. Well, you don't get much character control in this one, except for raising your attributes (which takes forever). And between each game, you are expected to watch lengthy, boring cutscenes. You can skip them, but I mean...if you give the slightest bit of a care about the storyline, you'll be lost.

    I also don't understand why-- you start out as a star high school player. Then you go on to be a star college player. You can barely miss a shot. It feels like the previous NBA games, you have decent attributes and it's all based on your timing. Then you advance to become an NBA rookie, and...all of your stats basically reset themselves. Every game becomes a struggle, even on "Rookie" mode. And if you play a great game, you still only get enough points to level up a couple meager stats.

    If you aren't playing story mode, it's fine. The actual gameplay is great, no complaints there. But this whole story mode, even the idea to involve Spike Lee...it's all just a massive fumble.
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  6. Jun 15, 2016
    1
    Terrible game on the phone. It's fun and all but there are so many flaws. There are just tons of lags and if you play my career, you'll almostTerrible game on the phone. It's fun and all but there are so many flaws. There are just tons of lags and if you play my career, you'll almost never get in the team you want and win the finals. They make the opponent nearly impossible to defeat and the teammates on your team extremely bad. A lot of times, I tried to do an alley oop and it just went out of bounds. Also your teammates make a ton of turnovers and it gets really annoying after shooting like 10 threes and only making 1. Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2016
    0
    I can't play with my name Diogo? WTF? Ridicolous. The game is a lot worst than 2k15 andI can't play with my name Diogo? WTF? Ridicolous. The game is a lot worst than 2k15 and 2k14........................................................................ Expand

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