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