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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: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 16 out of 35
  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
    It's simply the best sports game of all time, must buy if you're into the sports gaming genre, won't disappoint.

    Everything has improved
    It's simply the best sports game of all time, must buy if you're into the sports gaming genre, won't disappoint.

    Everything has improved from rebounding to the net physics. Game-play is crazy realistic and forces you to play SIMULATION BASKETBALL.
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  4. Oct 16, 2014
    6
    I'm giving this game a 6 because it is a mixture of awesome and terrible things. First, playing basketball with this game should be rated 10.I'm giving this game a 6 because it is a mixture of awesome and terrible things. First, playing basketball with this game should be rated 10. The problem is... the game is full of bugs and glitches, not only in online modes. I started a new MyLeague franchise and wasn't able to perform any trade. The game crashed many times in various modes. Disconnection from online modes is painful. Such a shame considering how this game has all the potential to be rated 10. Hopefully patches are going to fix most of these issues! Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    3
    Worst 2k game for a long time. Firstly, as everyone is aware the servers on this game year in year out are atrocious and virtually make theWorst 2k game for a long time. Firstly, as everyone is aware the servers on this game year in year out are atrocious and virtually make the game unplayable at points as everything relies on being able to connect to the 2k servers. I've lost VC several times over the years because of these server issues and the my career, my gm, and other online aspects are completely ruined by shoddy servers. The gameplay itself is a drastic step back from last years promising debut on the new consoles. Defence in this years game is an utter joke as players move around like they're on ice or have no coordination at all. Even if you manage to stay in front of your man long enough, the shot clock cheese issue is as prevalent as ever. I cannot count the amount of times the AI has held the ball well beyond the 3pt line until there's under 2secs on the shot clock and they hoist up a prayer that goes in at an insane rate. But, the absolute worst part of the defensive side of the ball this year around is the success the AI has in making contact shots, in particualr mid range contact shots. Every guard and small forward with a high shot tendency will just hoist up mid range pull up after mid range pull up and they will drop at ridiculous percentage. No matter how much defensive pressure you put on those pull ups and how low you set their sliders at they still make these impossible shots. This brings me to my next point, the sliders seem to have no impact on the game at all from what I have gathered so far. As I said I lowered the cpu mid range tendency and mid range success all the way down to 15 on the PRO difficulty and they still refuse to miss these shots. On 2k14 I played on the All-star difficulty with simulation slider settings and didn't have much difficulty at all. On 2k15 I wouldn't dare play on All-star because I can just imagine how frustrated I will get. On the offensive end there are many issues I have found compared to last year as well. The new shot meter, while great in theory, takes alot of fun out of jump shooting at times as it's very difficult to get the perfect timing down. The new botched dunk system is quite dumb in my opinion as i puts guys with high dunk tendencies at disadvantages as they go for dunks when it clearly isn't on or when the defender decides to be a brick wall and prevent it. I believe the old system of just forcing a layup makes a lot more sense and is less frustrating that way as you still get a decent shot attempt instead of a turnover. As for driving inside I have noticed I rarely if ever get any foul calls even with the simulation settings on AI shooting foul tendency set at 85 and above. I have tried every way possible to draw fouls...quick breaks in transition, using a screen to get an open lane and drive at a late arriving defender, using pump and head fakes to get defenders out of the air. None of these approaches seem to work as I'm averaging about 6 foul shots per game with 12min quarters. A minor problem I encountered in 2k14 still exists this year in illegal screens. I enjoy running the pick and roll but the amount of moving screens can really kill the fun and most of them are when I have waited for the screener to get his feet set and then drive around him. Lastly, the my career mode has definitely seen improvements with better menu's and being able to sim any game you want (except playoff games). However teammate AI is still quite terrible as they lack any logic on both sides of the ball. They don't take wide open shots or when they do shoot they tend to make the shot much harder than it needs to be. They consistently brick easy looks as well whereas the opposition AI will kill you no matter how much defence you play on them. Players such as Jeremy Lamb and Rudy Gay (these 2 more than others I've noticed) become unstoppable attacking forces in the my career mode. Players like those 2 with very high shooing tendencies and decent jump shot attributes can't be stopped or even contained, especially by your teammates. Unless some of these issues are patched I can't say this game is anything better than mediocre. The presentation as it always has been in the 2k series is stellar, whether that be the commentary, new pre game show, halftime and full time interviews, the terrific visuals. But when it comes down to what we are buying this game for, the GAMEPLAY, it has taken a large step back in the progress made from last years version. 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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