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  • Summary: NBA 2K15 features approximately 5,000 new animations, new defensive AI, shooting systems, new team-specific play sets, and more control over rebounding, steals, and blocks. New game broadcast presentation hosted by Ernie Johnson and Shaq O'Neal delivers commentary and analysis to the action.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 5, 2014
    100
    Overall, it’s hard to find any issues that can’t be overcome when it comes to calling NBA2K15 a complete package.
  2. Nov 3, 2014
    92
    NBA 2K15 manages once again to keep up with its already high standards, with further improvements and refinements and some welcome new features like the facial scan and pre-match shows. A must have game for any basketball lover.
  3. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    2K Sports took significant technical strides with last year’s NBA release, but it’s the reinvented movement system and improved physics that make 2K15 such a success.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    80
    The on-court action has been refined and MyCareer is arguably better than ever, making NBA 2K15 another fine basketball game. It's just a shame that the online facet of the game is so poor. Despite this, NBA 2K15 is still well worth checking out.
  5. 80
    As smart and slick as fans expect. [Issue#118, p.82]
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    78
    When it works, NBA 2K15 offers a triple double worth of compelling content, from its accessible but deep gameplay to the deep MyGM and dramatic MyCareer modes. Unfortunately, the connectivity issues continue to box out players from its engaging experiences.
  7. One of the best sports franchises just got... exactly the same. [Xmas 2014, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    The attention to detail is incredible. All the players (even the bench and rookies) and coaches are perfectly done. No more slacking on theThe attention to detail is incredible. All the players (even the bench and rookies) and coaches are perfectly done. No more slacking on the guys nobody knows. They even touched up the old school teams. This is by far the best basketball experience in console history. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    9
    As a huge fan of the MyCareer mode, it was a refreshing change of pace with this game and the story that unfolds. The online experience isAs a huge fan of the MyCareer mode, it was a refreshing change of pace with this game and the story that unfolds. The online experience is fantastic and overall the game-play is tremendous. The graphics are simply unbelievable. The only recurring issue I have with these 2K games is simple and probably just my own problem that I need to get over, but it's how the players on my team run the floor. I constantly find myself screaming at the screen, (yes, I'm one of those guys), yelling at players to run to the hoop on the fast-break rather than out to the perimeter when I pass them the ball on a 3-on-1 break. That drives me crazy. All-in-all, that's not a significant flaw at all in the grand scheme of things. Another thing is that a crossover move will get derailed by an opponents legs or feet and more often than not it will not be called a kicked ball as it should. That can be overcome by simply being careful with the ball! The players themselves are well matched with their abilities in real-life so there are no surprises there. If you watch the NBA at all, you know exactly what you're getting from a particular player on this game. The 2K franchice keeps getting better and better each year. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2014
    9
    Pros:

    -The graphics are simply amazing. My brother walked into the living room while I was playing and thought it was a real NBA pre-season
    Pros:

    -The graphics are simply amazing. My brother walked into the living room while I was playing and thought it was a real NBA pre-season game. The textures are high definition and the animations are fluid and realistic.

    -It's a very good simulation on the harder difficulty settings. Trying to force plays against the AI inevitably ends up working out just like it would in a real NBA game.

    -You can skip through MyCareer cut scenes after the first play through. I only played the PC version last year (which had a stripped down version of MyCareer mode), but it was definitely aggravating having to sit through stupid interviews after every game.

    Cons

    -The server connectivity sucks. In the first place, why the hell do I have to be connected to the network just to upgrade my player in MyCareer? And on top of that, I can't even spend my VC 60% of the time because it can't connect. Talk about annoying. I'm sure the connectivity issues will be hammered out in time, but it shouldn't even be necessary in the first place.

    -The lack of customization options in MyCareer is disappointing. No way to edit my starting stats? Seriously? Maybe I'm just missing something, but that's pretty annoying. Also, as usual, your player starts out rated way too low. It's virtually impossible to do anything at the higher difficulties when your guy can barely make a layup. A guy this bad wouldn't make the high school JV team, much less an NBA squad. I feel like the developers do this on purpose to try to make you buy VC. Lame.

    Overall, I have to say that this is easily the best game of the NBA 2K series so far. I only played the PC version last year, so I don't know how much this is improved over last year's console versions, but it's definitely a worthwhile upgrade from the PC.
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  4. Oct 9, 2014
    5
    2K should really be ashamed of themselves for, ONCE AGAIN, releasing a game without having the servers to back it up. This game has so much2K should really be ashamed of themselves for, ONCE AGAIN, releasing a game without having the servers to back it up. This game has so much potential. Are we asking too much to be able to play an online game with our friends during the first week of release anymore? Is that the norm now? Prebook it, get excited, build your guy up for a few games then decide to take your skills to MY PARK only to waste your time getting locked out, having your game freeze, not being able to find friends, not being able to get in games, not seeing any games going on… It truly is shameful and sad that they were not prepared for this release. Expand
  5. Oct 7, 2014
    3
    It's a great game... But the servers are HORRIBLE!! They worked for a few hours. Now I can't play any game mode except for a dang quick game.It's a great game... But the servers are HORRIBLE!! They worked for a few hours. Now I can't play any game mode except for a dang quick game. I can't upgrade my player on my career, can't go to the park. Can't play myteam. Cause the servers don't work. 2k always has this problem when the game comes out. They need to fix it ASAP. Expand
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    1
    Sadly it's impossible to play basically any game mode due to the servers. Cannot even upgrade my player because you need the servers for that.Sadly it's impossible to play basically any game mode due to the servers. Cannot even upgrade my player because you need the servers for that. Basically this is the exact same game from last year with a roster update and by the same I also mean the exact same servers. Impossible to play anything online. The "face-scan" concept is cool, if it worked. Most people report coming out looking like mutants or aliens. It's still a good game, but 2k needs to stop being rewarded when you cannot even play the game half of the time. Expand
  7. JMR
    Oct 11, 2014
    0
    The makers of this game really failed this time, i cannot even enjoy the game if your team gets up by 15-20 points your my player goes intoThe makers of this game really failed this time, i cannot even enjoy the game if your team gets up by 15-20 points your my player goes into what i call "Mentally Disabled Syndrome". What this does is makes every single shot attempt even if it's 99% perfect and your wide open you get a grade of D+ max or F, also all layups and dunks are fails. I am about to make a video of this where you'll attempt a layup and your guy starts to fail so bad even with a on fire rythem where his layups litterally dont even lift an inch off of your hand while the shots not even contested, if anyone shot like this in the NBA they would be kicked out immedietly. This built in system to make it so players cannot excel and receive a FG% of about 65% with any more than 40 points makes it so i can only really play the game for the first quarter and a half of the game and than because i have 36 minutes on the field i have to sit through the rest of the game picking up turn overs, missed shots, and overall frustration and anger not to mention wasting 20+ minutes of my time per game. Until they fix this awful handicap for the AI i'm giving this game an ABYSMAL -10 **** garbage game, work on improving the AI and not punishing us and wasting our time, or just let us play the game how it should be played consistently without breaking the damn game. Expand

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