LIVING THE DREAM If you have life-sized posters of basketball legends plastered across the four walls of your room – and also happen to be an avid video gamer – chances are you’re going to go head over heels over what 2K Sports has in store in its seventh title, Before we begin, we should probably inform you that an external controller (an Xbox 360 controller works perfectly fine) is required for you to play on your PC, as the game literally has no option for you to select your keyboard as the primary input device.
There are two principal gameplay modes in the MyCareer mode, which allows you to create your own character from scratch and integrate him into the game’s single-player campaign; and the Play Now mode (read: free play mode), where you’ll be given free rein to play as one of the game’s many celebrated NBA basketball teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former of the two modes features a storyline directed by American film producer, Spike Lee, called ‘Livin’ Da Dream’, which tells the story of your character’s humble beginnings and the ups-anddowns he has to go through in order to make his way into the big league – which is quite a fair bit cliché, we believe. UNFORGIVING LEARNING CURVE As you’d expect from a flagship basketball franchise, the graphics and the AI of NBA 2K16 is top notch. Players share the same distinguishing features as their real-life counterparts, from their physique and wingspan, right down to the nitty-gritty details like their facial structure and facial features. They most certainly play like them as well, which is why if this is your first foray into the series, don’t be surprised to find yourself being whipped all over the court by your AI opponents – even if you decided to face off against comparatively amateur college basketball teams.
Sure, you could try to learn a thing or two about the game’s elaborate controls by watching the short tutorial videos that are buried deep within the game’s menu system – which are narrated by basketball icons Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden no less – but they are extremely basic at best, which means you’ll probably be spending most of your time out on the court frantically mashing random buttons on your controller.
All eyes are on you.