The gold tandard
Same, but different
The NBA 2K franchise is certainly one that needs no prior introduction, considering that NBA 2K17 serves as the 18th installment of the longrunning basketball franchise. As with its predecessor, NBA 2K16,
NBA 2K17 is best played on the PC using an Xbox wireless controller, because it’s near impossible to do so using a keyboard.
For better or for worse, the singleplayer storyline of NBA 2K17 is strangely reminiscent to that of NBA 2K16, in the sense that it involves you progressing your character – who is
referred to by his nickname, Prez – from being a basketball superstar in college, to ultimately becoming a legend in the NBA.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re new to the NBA 2K franchise, due to the fact that the game’s controls are unforgiving and hard to master. Sure, you could take the easy way out by changing the overall difficulty of the game to ‘Rookie’ so that you won’t end up being humiliated by your AI opponents, but where’s the fun in that? Fortunately for you, NBA
2K17 does come with a very detailed training mode called 2KU to teach you about the basic and more complex controls of the game. But because everything is dished out to you in one fell swoop instead of progressively in stages, trying to come to terms with everything that has been taught in a single sitting would be a challenge in itself.
But look on the bright side, if you do manage to overcome the imposingly steep learning curve of NBA
2K17, successfully pulling o a three-pointer or a complicated maneuver would de nitely be that much more rewarding.
In fact, with sufficient practice, it would only be a matter of time before it comes natural to you. And when you’re not so preoccupied with trying to perfect your basketball techniques, you will be able to take a step back and appreciate how wonderfully realistic the graphics of NBA 2K17 truly is – on the PC version, at least. Character models are as detailed as they could possibly get, so much so that you can actually see the sweat streaming down the head and shoulders of Kobe Byrant glisten against the bright stadium lights. And yes, the likeness of the basketball superstars in NBA 2K17 are actually almost identical to their real-life counterparts.
Persevere through the hardship of mastering the intricate controls of NBA 2K17 , and you will e rewarded with a comprehensive basketkeball game that really is second to none.
Boom! Slam dunk!