NBA 2K18

Just when you think the stan­dard of all Basketball video games Couldn't get any BET­TER, nba 2k18 keeps El­e­vat­ing the gam­ing EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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Con­tin­ues its MVP win­ning streak

The NBA 2K video game se­ries is one shin­ing ex­am­ple of the eter­nal truth of the salawikain, “Huli man daw at ma­g­a­l­ing, nai­ha­habol din.”

In fact, com­ing in five years later than its main com­peti­tor back in 1999, NBA 2K quickly oblit­er­ated the com­pe­ti­tion from mem­ory, tran­scend­ing the realm of video games and in­fil­trat­ing the sport it sim­u­lates. It’s an an­nual thing in sports me­dia when NBA play­ers re­act to their 2K rat­ings, which speaks vol­umes on the video game’s in­flu­ence and pop­u­lar­ity.

But it’s in­flu­en­tial for a rea­son, some­thing that has kept gamers an­tic­i­pat­ing each and ev­ery re­lease for the last 18 years.

Nor­mally, such a long pe­riod of dom­i­nance is bound to hit a plateau. But with the 19th ver­sion in the NBA 2K18, it’s show­ing no signs of slow­ing down.

“In my opin­ion, NBA 2K18 is the great­est ver­sion of its sto­ried fran­chise,” says Richard Bro­jan, owner and CEO of Play­book Es­ports and Play­book Video Game Lounge and Book­shop. “The NBA 2K se­ries has al­ways prided it­self in de­liv­er­ing the best basketball sim­u­la­tion game to its fans and this year it con­tin­ues to do so.”

Bro­jan, who has hosted nu­mer­ous 2K tour­na­ments in Play­book’s two branches in Makati and Paranaque, says the game­play and the player like­ness have al­ways made the se­ries the stan­dard of NBA video games. But this year’s ver­sion stands out with its sharper at­ten­tion to de­tails on the play­ers and the other as­pects of liv­ing the NBA player’s life.

“Aside from the im­proved player like­ness, what re­ally set it apart for me is the ac­cu­racy of player an­i­ma­tions. NBA su­per­stars’ ingame ten­den­cies and basketball form were cap­tured very well this year,” Bro­jan says. “They have also added a new so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence to Myca­reer, Run The Neigh­bor­hood. Now you can go to Foot Locker to buy new kicks or get a new hair­cut at a nearby bar­ber­shop."

But 2K18, de­spite its progress, is far from per­fect. Bro­jan points out that the same server is­sues ham­per­ing on­line game­play with other gamers around the world re­mains the fran­chise’s Achilles heel. Mi­cro­trans­ac­tions in the Myca­reer mode has also been a com­mon com­plaint for this ver­sion, dis­tract­ing gamers from fo­cus­ing on the real game with con­stant pur­chases.

Still, even with its flaws, the game still de­liv­ers the best NBA sim­u­la­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, bar none. And for max­i­mum fun with 2K18, Bro­jan en­cour­ages play­ing all the game modes—myca­reer, Myteam, MYGM/ Myleague—to see what you en­joy the most.

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