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'NBA 2K15': Buggy, but still better


October 14, 2014

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    With the 16th installment of the NBA 2K franchise, developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Sports have delivered yet another stunning basketball simulation game in NBA 2K15. The game features Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder as this year’s cover athlete and includes a soundtrack curated by Pharrel Williams. Once again, the game is sure to please basketball fans and gamers alike.
    Most notable in this year’s iteration are the vast improvements to both player spacing and the overall presentation of the game. Where players used to get unrealistically stuck in past versions of 2K, the players now receive more realistic spacing and animations in game. The improved physics and movement system are very welcomed changes that took too long to update.
    The presentation is also much cleaner, with press conferences and player discussions appearing more natural. There is even a new pre-game segment featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson to add some entertaining commentary during load times. Another added bonus is the weekly live-action show called "NBA 2KTV," which has interviews, behind-the-scenes videos, tips from Visual Concepts and in-game currency giveaways.
    The new MyCareer mode is by far my favorite upgraded game mode thus far. Instead of being a star college draft pick, this year the player assumes the role of an undrafted player who has to earn his spot on a team and in the NBA. Player attributes have also been revamped and more streamlined so that there is less work in upgrading and improving your player.
    Of course, everything hasn't gone over without a hitch. Again this year, the bombardment on the 2K servers ruined all the online game modes and rendered them unplayable on the release date. However when they do work, players can create and join crews with their friends and even play full NBA games in the Jordan Rec Center. The worst problem with the game this year was the popular and welcomed face scan that was added to digitally map your face onto the MyPlayer using the PlayStation camera or Xbox Kinect. Unfortunately, the scan feature hasn't worked to perfection and has created some monster-like players that have been shared and laughed at on social networks.
    NBA 2K15 has done a massive overhaul that has produced a beautiful game with smooth controls and improved gameplay. Spacing finally feels much better without the awkward animations where players would get stuck. Although the presentation and gameplay is superb, there are some server problems and a humorous face-scan glitch. NBA 2K15 is still strong despite the server problems and hopefully they fix it to make this one of the best game releases this year.


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