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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 18, 2015
    95
    NBA 2K16 is the further perfecting of an already complete and extremely finished game; still the best basketball game around and one of the very best sports game overall.
  2. Sep 30, 2015
    93
    NBA 2K16 is the best basketball game you can get nowadays. With a story by Spike Lee, titled Livin' Da Dream, it is a great sports game. Unfortunately the story isn't as good as promised, but the gameplay is marvelous again.
  3. Oct 5, 2015
    91
    Overall, I really think NBA 2K16 is worth picking up this year. There’s so much to do, and the gameplay is really top-notch. It’s not perfect necessarily, but it’s remarkably close.
  4. Sep 28, 2015
    85
    Not exactly a massive Air Jordan-style leap over NBA 2K15, this year's game is nonetheless a substantial enough evolution to warrant a closer look.
  5. Oct 13, 2015
    85
    NBA 2K is back and it's bigger, stronger and better this year. Classic teams are still in the game and some teams for the Euroleague as well. MyCareer is a fun mode, but unfortunately, the Spike Lee story is a bit disappointing. Other modes like MyGM and MyTeam are back as well. Controls and gameplay are better than ever. If you love basketball, this is the game for you.
  6. Nov 15, 2015
    80
    NBA 2K16 is masterful at providing a re-creation of what we expect to see from a TV broadcast. [Issue#167, p.84]
  7. 78
    NBA 2K16 tugs heavily on the Spike Lee promotion to sell its improved story mode. Beyond that, the upgrades are more on the technical side. There's still a ton of content to keep any fan of the franchise busy until next year's offering.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 43
  2. Negative: 20 out of 43
  1. Sep 25, 2015
    10
    Great game must better then NBA Live 16. EA please stop trying to make a basketball Sim because you lose ever year. 2k16 will always be kingGreat game must better then NBA Live 16. EA please stop trying to make a basketball Sim because you lose ever year. 2k16 will always be king of Basketball Sims. Love the myplayer and Spike Lee Joints, online is solid I could go on just go out and buy trust me. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2015
    10
    This is obviously not everyones taste. I wasn't blown away with the myplayer movie. That's not what myplayer is for. Yes the storyline isThis is obviously not everyones taste. I wasn't blown away with the myplayer movie. That's not what myplayer is for. Yes the storyline is important but it has to be empty and generalized. But this was an annoying dream of freaking Spike Lee and he's making us play it. I hated the fact that all the colleges you can pick are colleges that were good in the early 80s. High Schools are all brooklyn high schools. It is extremely stupid. Please don't bring Spike Lee back. He took this situation to make his dream and screwed everyone who isn't from New York. I hope there is going to be a DLC but regardless I loved the gameplay and if you just ignore certain things about the storyline myplayer is still great and innovative. Other than that 2k16 once again hit to me. I loved it. And once again I play it like a fiend. Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2015
    9
    Game is Awesome AI is completely redesigned so your tactics from 2K15 won't work.My career is good but it isn't that much interactive butGame is Awesome AI is completely redesigned so your tactics from 2K15 won't work.My career is good but it isn't that much interactive but after that movie it starts the REAL career you can choose sponsors and what do you want to say on press conference and what do you want to do on off days.Pro Am mode is crappy when you play random but with friends Its real joy.All other modes are good so overall its 9 Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2015
    5
    Spike Lee forced me to have a biological black twin. Check and mate. Why is there even a face scanner? Every year, you're forced to role playSpike Lee forced me to have a biological black twin. Check and mate. Why is there even a face scanner? Every year, you're forced to role play as Vanilla Ice or Michael Rappaport. This year I have to role-play as a dude with Vitiligo or Albino disease.
    Not being able to spend vc on specific attributes is a form of freemium. They force you to grind for a very long time if you want to perfect a certain attribute, seducing you to spend extra money. But even then, I can't create the specialty player with the advantages/disadvantages I want him to have. And what sense does it make to force me to build a big man's moving 3pt if I want to improve his FT?
    So I didn't have any high hopes for the white characters being non-douchebags. But why did the corny ass story go light on the He Got Game and heavy on the UPN+Lifetime+After School Special? Let's get Oliver Stone on the case next time, kthanx.
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  5. Sep 26, 2015
    3
    2K Sports is pretty much ripping it's customer off again, but this year it's worse than ever...

    My review is pretty much just about the
    2K Sports is pretty much ripping it's customer off again, but this year it's worse than ever...

    My review is pretty much just about the MyCareer mode. While this years story mode is pretty much nice, it has a lot of flaws and feels cheesy. There was so much potential in it, but Spike Lee dropped the ball on it with implementing WAY too much drama in it. Every cutscene is pretty much the same: characters fighting and then getting friends again... Then the whole story is over after your first season. Then that's it with cutscenes. You'll never see those characters again, at least I didn't.

    But that's not my problem with the game. It's that 2K forces you to buy VC if you want to be successful in MyCareer mode. Not just succesful, you even need a lot of VC to even have fun in this game mode.

    While being the superstar in HS and college, with feeling like you're playing MJ, you quickly realize in your very first NBA game, that you'r just a 55 overall (65 if you've spent your 10,000 preorder VC) that had it's stats boosted in the HS/College games.

    So I'm a SG inside scorer and couldn't hit ANY shot that wasn't right in front of the basket. But then I hardly can get near the basket at all because I'm way too slow to get ANY opposing player. I drop the ball at the slightest contact and bounce off every guy like I'm made of rubber. And then my agent is telling me I'm the guy that shoulders this team and is the upcoming superstar? Doesn't feel like that at all. Well at least as I'm not spending another 20 bucks on VC so my player gets to proper NBA rookie ratings to start enjoying the game.

    This is not how you design a major game mode 2K. I know it shouldn't be easy and I do want a challenge, but this is a punch in the face of every paying customer. As it's just that hard to rip off some extra bucks to enjoy a game that we've already paid 60 bucks for.

    So don't buy if you wanted to play the MyCareer mode.
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  6. Sep 29, 2015
    2
    This game doesn't deliver for me. It feels exactly like 15, and they even made the controls worse. There are tons of glitches that we don'tThis game doesn't deliver for me. It feels exactly like 15, and they even made the controls worse. There are tons of glitches that we don't even know will be patched including Demigod glitches. MyCareer just seemed like a low-rate movie to me. You don't make a lot of decisions, it's just a bunch of stupid cut-scenes to make it look like a new experience. The story is literally set to the life of a black player. You have a black biological twin sister with BOTH BLACK PARENTS, meaning if you use a white player, (you'll have a black twin sister). You grow up in the projects, which is common for certain African Americans. You can add your voice to the game, but it just sounds awkward to me. It just seems like 2K is led to believe that they don't have any white fans. The face-scans are completely horrible. It's obvious that Chris Smoove lied about his face-scan saying that it was good. You could OBVIOUSLY see that it looked nothing like him. Live has better face-scans and you do it from your phone! The High School and College stuff only lasts for 4 games, so I don't even call that an addition. The only reason why I'm giving this a 2 is because even though it is a refurbished game, it is still a solid simulation basketball game, but it just gets boring after while. And I've experienced my fair share of glitches, and I think it's time that I take this back to the store. Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2015
    0
    Wow. Instead it's not perferct... lots of bugs... and some little things missing... it's like as developpers are part time employees... ThisWow. Instead it's not perferct... lots of bugs... and some little things missing... it's like as developpers are part time employees... This could be a masterpiece... but fall short.... Good improvement from last year... They listen to the fans on the blogs... But i can't understand some name on the roster... it's like they are there for a simple reason : boost the roster over the hundred mark... Fit finley, Col Mustafa...??? Expand

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