The gold tan­dard

NBA 2K17

GAX (Malaysia) - - GAX / REVIEW - by Peter Chu

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.

Sat­is­fy­ingly re­ward­ing

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!

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