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  • Summary: NBA 2K17 promises to take the game to new heights and continue to blur the lines between video game and reality.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 4, 2016
    100
    The action on the court is fast, fluid and accessible, but with enough depth and detail to keep you hooked for the long haul.
  2. Sep 26, 2016
    97
    The best sports sim around got even better, with an improved gameplay and stunning graphics.
  3. Sep 27, 2016
    95
    NBA 2K17 is an all-around win. There is simply no equal to the depth and overall quality of this title, cementing the series as perhaps the best of all sports. Those who enjoy drama will find MyPlayer to their liking. Armchair point guards will enjoy MyLeague and MyGM. Casual ballers can hop in and play some of the most finely-tuned basketball ever. There’s more content here than most basketball fans will ever experience, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try. Any fan needs NBA 2K17 in their library.
  4. Sep 20, 2016
    90
    The realism and tweaks to gameplay and options makes this year’s entry great, giving basketball fans an immersive and varied experience.
  5. Sep 29, 2016
    90
    A ludicrously polished and tight game of basketball, NBA 2K17 is representative of a series that's at the top of its game. There are a few flaws, as ever, but they pale into insignificance against the consistent excellence that shines through in almost every nook and cranny of NBA 2K17. This is a shoo-in for All-Star status.
  6. Sep 23, 2016
    90
    If nothing else, then, the game manages to impress with the sheer level of detail it provides. You could spend months trying to work through the career mode, not even touching MyGM or MyTeam, and feel as though you got your money's worth. That, combined with the graphical upgrades and new animations, plus the fact that 2K has managed to retain the overall feel of the game, makes the 2K17 experience a very impressive one. It's not without its flaws, but the lasting impression you'll get is one of sheer admiration for the amount of work that must go into creating such a varied game.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 1, 2016
    70
    Simulates all the slam dunks and shoe contracts, but it could use a little polish. [Dec 2016, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 38
  2. Negative: 14 out of 38
  1. Sep 16, 2016
    10
    Hey OTownMarine, i know right. kingofgames is troller guy or hater against 2ksports but maybe he love NBA live more than NBA 2k.. i agreeHey OTownMarine, i know right. kingofgames is troller guy or hater against 2ksports but maybe he love NBA live more than NBA 2k.. i agree with you about this game is amazing. commentary is fantastic.. gameplay is great.. animation is so real. i hope 2ksports do better for NBA 2k18 next year Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2017
    10
    Pros
    Lots of things to do
    Online Accurate Smooth Fun Cons Servers Mean people Bugs NBA 2K17 is a game that follows NBA basketball
    Pros
    Lots of things to do
    Online
    Accurate
    Smooth
    Fun
    Cons
    Servers
    Mean people
    Bugs

    NBA 2K17 is a game that follows NBA basketball and has many different game modes to keep you hooked for a long time. Made by 2K Studios and rated E. There are many different game modes such as MyCareer, MyPark, MyTeam, Play Now, which has many different modes in that. This game if u want it new is $60 but pre-ordered is about $55. The game can be played on Play Station 3 and 4, and Xbox 360 and Xbox 1.
    The main modes I do is MyCareer and MyPark, there are many things I do, first I made a player, there are many characters that you can do, you choose a position, I chose point guard and then there are different archetypes you can choose from with a point guard, like sharpshooter, shot creator, slasher, and a playmaker, I chose playmaker because that suited me best, each archetype has certain badges that you can upgrade to make your player better in certain ways, one of the main reasons I chose playmaker because they can upgrade their ankle breaker badge which I love doing. My player is a 92 overall which is really good considering many people are 88 and 89 overalls. It takes a very long time to get your player good and to get all of his badges upgraded, It took me 3 months to get my player to his current overall. As fun as MyCareer is, it’s a major grind to get your player good.
    The other mode I do is MyPark which is where there are a ton of courts you can play 2v2, 3v3 or 4v4, this is an online mode only and can lag and this is where the bad servers can make the game frustrating. But when the servers are good, I could be on MyPark for hours.
    All in all this game is a very fun game that could keep you on for hours a day. My favorite modes are MyCareer and MyPark, but other modes may be the best according to other people such as MyTeam, MyGm, MyLeague, or Play Now. Try them all and see which one is best for you. I’d recommend this game to anyone who likes basketball or sports in general.
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  3. Feb 13, 2017
    9
    NBA 2K17

    Pros - Multiplayer - Online - Customizable character - Multiple game modes (MyCareer, MyPark, MyTeam, Blacktop, Play Now) -
    NBA 2K17

    Pros
    - Multiplayer
    - Online
    - Customizable character
    - Multiple game modes (MyCareer, MyPark, MyTeam, Blacktop, Play Now)
    - Amazing Graphics
    - Gameplay is improved

    Cons
    - Few bugs and glitches

    Visual Concepts has done a great job in developing NBA 2K17. Even though it might be a little pricey at $60, it will keep you entertained for days. 2K is a fast-paced, fluid game. Even though everything happens so quickly, this game has so much depth and detail (such as multiple game modes) that you will not want to stop playing after you start. The buttons are also very simple and easy to learn, so it won’t take long before you start to feel comfortable with the controls. NBA 2K17 has multiple options for single player as well as online multiplayer.

    NBA is a great game to play by yourself or online with your friends. This game has multiple single player game modes such as MyCareer, MyTeam, and Blacktop along with online modes such as MyPark. MyCareer is the main focus in NBA 2K17. In MyCareer, you start out as a college basketball star that leads the team. You get to pick from a limited selection of colleges to attend. From there you get to play through your freshman season, as their is talk about entering the NBA draft. Once you finish your freshman season, you enter the NBA draft and get selected by a team. From then on, the whole point is to upgrade your player's attributes and become the best in the league as you go through different seasons and sometimes get traded to different teams.

    2K17 does an amazing job on the graphics and mechanics of the game. The graphics look like it is real TV. As far as the mechanics go, the controls are pretty basic and easy to learn. The game runs really smoothly, seeing as how it has so much detail.

    I believe this game is appropriate for all ages. It is an amazing game with tons of detail involved. How the game runs and operates with that much detail is really impressive. Once you start playing the game, you get hooked. You can’t stop once you start. This is probably one of the best sports games of the year. Overall, I think that NBA 2K17 is the best sports game of 2016.
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  4. Feb 13, 2017
    7
    Pros
    Good graphics
    Runs smoothly offline Lots of game modes Longer mycareer story Cons Servers are bad online Myparks are the same
    Pros
    Good graphics
    Runs smoothly offline
    Lots of game modes
    Longer mycareer story

    Cons
    Servers are bad online
    Myparks are the same

    NBA2k17 is a good game I’d say, however it hasn’t made much improvement in my opinion compared to last year. This year in mycareer (their most popular game mode) they have an archetype system. You can pick your position and then pick your archetype. You can be a great shooter, a great defender, a great ball handler, or a great inside scorer. It makes sense to have these archetypes, but you cannot do anything else except what archetype you pick. So if you pick a shooting archetype you cannot dribble that well, or you can’t finish inside. You can ONLY shoot. Except the Mycareer story is better and longer than last year. This year you go to college then go to the NBA and get drafted. You have a bestfriend on and off the court and you guys are a duo that calls themselves Orange Juice, I don’t understand it, but it is a good feature.

    Another negative is the they never fixed their servers. You cannot play more than 10 games till you lag out of any online game mode that they have. A popular one is Mypark. You always lag and it just ruins the game. They never did anything to the Mypark atmosphere either. The parks look the same as they did last year in NBA 2k16. Hopefully that will change in NBA 2k18

    The game does have great graphics and is very accurate with the players look. They have the tattoos pretty much. They also do a great job with how the players move. The game is smooth is very fun if you are on an offline mode. They have players and their pregame rituals which is a great feature.

    Overall I love this game when the servers aren’t terrible. I play Myleague and Mycareer the most and I think they did a pretty good job on the game modes. I would give this game a 4/5 stars just because the servers are usually horrendous
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  5. Oct 10, 2016
    5
    I've bought every 2k since 2k11 and every year I felt like there has been an improvement to the game. 2k17 is pretty much 2k16 with an updatedI've bought every 2k since 2k11 and every year I felt like there has been an improvement to the game. 2k17 is pretty much 2k16 with an updated roster and a different menu layout. The same garbage that happened in 2k16 is still happening in 2k17. For example, when your on offense, you lose the ball all the time when the ball hits the cpu's player. But there will be countless times where I'm on defense and I go to steal the ball my players hands/body goes right through the ball. It's enraging when your playing a myteam challenge and you can't do anything when the opposing team is waisting time, you will not be able to steal, only foul. The shooting has improved a little from 2k16 but you will continue to miss wide open shots with almost perfect accuracy on the shot meter. I understand that making every wide open shot would be unrealistic but it is ridiculous to go 9 for 13 for field goals in 1 quarter to go on to get 1 for 12 for field goals in the next quarter. I'm a pretty experienced 2k player and it drives me insane when I play someone that has never played the game for before and they are able to keep up because of the game helping them out. I wish 2k would go back and make it so that you actually had to be good to score and be successful, and if you didn't know how to play, you should just get destroyed until you start getting the game and able to keep up with the better players. It's sad to say but I put a lot of my life in to 2k because I honestly that it was the best game ever. Now I have a hard time playing it because it makes me so angry. All I'm saying is that 2k has to cut out making the crazy, stupid shots that would never make it and focus on the basics. I feel that anyone that's actually played basketball feels the same way. 2k promised it to be the most realistic game yet, I'm calling BS. Go to my Xbox videos page, my name is Demonic Sploosh, I have a video of me missing a wide open lay up with Seth Curry. I mean playing the game for 20 disputes the most realistic label 2k has placed. If your not super into 2k you will like it. If your like me and you've played the game in real life and virtually for as long as me, you will be disappointed. Expand
  6. Sep 18, 2016
    3
    Im not trolling id just rather be honest about the game, i loved every 2k and this one took dribbling completely out of the game, its awful.Im not trolling id just rather be honest about the game, i loved every 2k and this one took dribbling completely out of the game, its awful. the graphics are good but the game itself, gameplay wise is poor. its obvious. Expand
  7. Aug 14, 2017
    0
    This game is absolutely terrible. There is no such thing as skill this year. Animations control the game. Whether you have a good performanceThis game is absolutely terrible. There is no such thing as skill this year. Animations control the game. Whether you have a good performance or not is determined by what animation you get. I made a slasher as I always do and I am disappointed that I have difficulty making open dunks. Some of the bad animations in this game include air ball dunks (seriously, when have you ever seen an NBA Player air ball a dunk?), getting dragged into screens and falling over, eurostep out of bounds, getting dragged into a stripping animation when you have an open dunk or layup, passing to the wrong person when a teammate is wide open, cocking the ball back on dunks against your will and consistently getting blocked just to name a few. 6'2" playmakers should not be able to block 7'3" glass cleaners, it just doesn't make sense. Since 2k pretty much has had a monopoly on video game basketball for the past 10 years they have stopped putting in effort since they know we will buy the game and vc every year. Hopefully the rising of nba live has made them put in extra effort this year to be better. It is ridiculous how long the grind takes for your MyPlayer. It takes 150,000 VC to get your player to an 87 overall even though they are pretty much role players. 150,000 VC is $40 by the way. I bought 75,000 VC and it still took me a month of playing 3 hours a day to get my player to an 87 overall with all hall of fame badges, and he still misses open dunks and layups. The archetype system is terrible. Why should we have to spend a month of our time just so we can get a player who can only shoot 3's or only rebound etc. Stick skills don't matter. The only players who consistently win are those who find flaws in the game and continue to exploit them. The same parks just show no effort by the development team. The servers are constantly laggy, and the only way that you can win a lot is if the animations go your way. I feel like giving this game a 0 rating is much too high, and I would give it a negative rating if I could. Hopefully the series gets better and the team stops slacking off because it is seriously starting to get frustrating. Expand

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