As an add-on to virtual terrain, I have the simplest tastes in the world, I’m content with the best. And the cream of the cream, the floating island three stars, I find it in the formula of the NBA 2K series , which delights the fans of the orange ball as curious in search of a sporty rich and addictive simulation . Still, the bling-bling orientation taken by the franchise since several episodes seems to annoy some demanding fans from the first hour. Will they revive their resentment of spoiled children with this 2017 vintage?
The hardest thing when you gravitate above the basket is to stay there. So ask the Golden State Warriors about it, they had all the paraphernalia to retain their NBA championship, but were dislodged by the LeBron James Cavaliers in money-time. Punished in her pride and determined to climb back to her throne, the Californian franchise was not prayed by enlisting one of the best players in the league in the person of Kevin Durant. A contested decision for the balance of the championship but not questionable when the ambition overflows of the ill brains of some leaders. You have therefore anticipated the parallel existing with the series of NBA 2K which, each year, Hesitates not to question itself by introducing new mechanics to increase its striking power. So, writing on an exhaustive title such that the reference of sports simulations is an exercise as tedious and long as a regular season of the unfortunate Sixers. Better to watch the hightlights. So let’s concentrate on the essentials and the novelties of this opus through a major five.
The “MVP” of this episode: the gameplay
We do not change a team that wins, we just tweak the workforce and shake the training methods to give its team the urge to always hit harder on the competition. Even when she does not exist or has taken a sabbatical to make the point facing the sea, far from the galleys (RIP NBA Live ). The lucky ones and / or reckless ones who have made the hand on the previous episode (s) will quickly regain their sensations while the rookies will have the opportunity to absorb the particular feeling of this elitist series thanks to the 2KU tutorial led by Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski himself. Just that. Automations are not so easy to create when a manager of his caliber has put so many schemas in place, and it will take some time to create, Adaptation to enter the dance and to become familiar with the mechanics of the game, always as deep as requiring a precision of goldsmith. But once these moves are integrated, they remain easy to use.
Yet Rob Jones took advantage of the offseason to try new things like this shooter gauge, more intuitive (it must be completely filled and its size varies according to your distance), coupled with a steering system (optional parameter ). The stated objective of the developers is to involve the player from the beginning to the end of his action and not to rely on the hundreds of animations (700 new ones) crossing the fingers to make fly. Thus, your choice of shots will depend on your timing and your position for an enjoyable reward in case of a “switch”. The dribbles have also been deepened in order to highlight the best tightrope walkers in this exercise. Like a lambda fighting game, To combine fluidly and naturally the customized movements via a system of combos. Seeing our darling Stephen Curry realize his “special” by passing the swell between the legs and then in the back has something pretty jubilant. Thanks for the inertia.
This obsession with wanting to make us active is not limited only to the offensive phases. For example, the interception system takes many more factors into account (type of movement, exposure of the ball, attribute of the player in question) to get closer, level credibility, to the jousts of the NBA. It will require flair, good play reading and excellent reactivity to chip balloons. The counters have also undergone a light lifting but are still too easy in their execution. Certainly because the difference between the less athletic blockers and the specialists of the genre always wants to be minimal. This is the only downside that can be brought to this almost perfect score that will require abnegation to know it on the fingertips. It would take an entire Larousse encyclopedia to list the gameplay points on which this team of sweet mad bent over. Small treasures of discovery that will appreciate on the length.
The “Dunk in your face” of this episode: the unique atmosphere
A big visual slap. You can get used to it, have your face still reddened by the slap last fall, we like to stretch the other cheek to appreciate to its true value the colossal work realized by the developers to give life to the encounters. An exaggerated sense of detail, drawn from the Visual Concepts XXL experience , which fully exploits the potential of machines to make the experience even more realistic and immersive. The graphics have been refined, and this is felt especially in the level of colors, brighter, and faces, always better modeled. As for animation, it is as fluid as the hyper-licked Spurs game, and dynamic as the overheated room of the Staples Center of the time “Magic Johnson.”
Again, 2K has set the bar very high, even if one wonders sometimes if his teams are not going to leave their health by scanning retail near the players shoes, including retro models. The sneakers addicts will be to the angels but it should not that this fetish of the sape encroaches on the morphology of the templates, sometimes random. Fortunately, we are quickly caught by the jersey as the sound atmosphere remains neat. The sound of the balls, the fans’ screams, the acoustics of the room and even the sound of the buzzer were recorded in the 29 NBA residences to create a unique fragrance and atmosphere. The NBA 2K17 cheats even pushed the cork by setting a different commentator according to the location of the match, with shock players.
The “Buzzer Shoot” of this episode: the game in the racket
It is the small cherry on the cake, the last ingredient that was not necessarily expected and that sublimates the experience. It concerns the game around the racket and especially the conquest of the rebound, regularly criticized by the aficionados of Denis Rodman. Previously, athletic monsters did not have to force their nature to seize the ball properly. The team of 2K decided to give them a hard time by making these battles more authentic, more bitter. It will therefore be necessary to review its fundamentals and work on the screen delay and / or reading the trajectories to assert itself in this key sector. The slightest rebound will now resonate like a small victory, and if it is impossible to secure its hold
What to spice up the clashes under the basket and remain stuck in front of the movements of the players in this area of terrain. The movements at the station have been improved with, for example, the addition of the rolled arm feint while the interior (strong wingers and pivots) interior marking now breathes intelligence and realism. This coherence of the AI applies to the four corners of the floor, from the transition game to the defensive schemes, which reduces the confused situations and the random actions. The adaptive coaching system actually measures what works and uses the statistics to format its attack plan. Aspiring managers will be delighted to learn that team strategies have been deepened to make each decision valuable. During downtimes, Your assistant will not hesitate to give voice to stir your troops and give them instructions. In other words, you are going to see his face more than your spouse in the weeks to come.
The “Air-Ball” of this episode: the digitization of the faces
This year, 2K Games has put the package in creative tools. For better and for worse. At the radius of the faults, the facescan via your smartphone on the application MyNBA2K17 is not super to the point. Even with the care of a surgeon, your avatar will have a better chance of physically appearing in a “Enter the Accused” than in the next Space Jam with LeBron James. A functionality to review, just like the interface of menus, always as little readable and aesthetic. This is a bit of the trend of the moment in sports games, and a little bit of polish would be welcome to clean up all this and make the navigation as pleasant as “in game” moments. Especially since the loading times do not attenuate our frustration.
This lack of finishing was also reflected in some embarrassing situations on the floor. Not ostentatiously but the accumulation of small bugs, such as the sudden disappearance of the public or the self-croc in the improbable leg of a teammate, makes task in the middle of such a show. One imagines that this will be corrected quickly via patches, the studio having become accustomed to listen to the returns of his community. This reactivity has already manifested itself when fans have rallied the unlikely facies of certain players (Fournier or Gobert for our Frenchies, for example).
The “Choice of the Draft” of this episode: the mode “MyCareer”
I admit I was a little excited about the adventure signed Spike Lee of the previous episode. With a little distance, my admiration for the director of the cult “Do The Right Thing” undoubtedly prevailed over the quality of this staged, awkward, filled with clichés and directs as far as possible. Mea culpa then. It is difficult to satisfy everyone, not to suffer a story built up from scratch and to which some will not necessarily identify. For my apple, the mayonnaise had taken, for others it quickly fell back … They like me have therefore learned the lessons of their mistakes to propose a mode “My Career” much more accomplished, approaching an RPG In the old, where the life of our character is less scripted by a writer of series B. At the moment of taking possession of his avatar, we now have the possibility to choose his profile (scorer, defender, slasher …) depending on his position. Our season or rather that of “The President” – a nickname still very moldy – begins with the choice of our university and the official presentation to the fans. It will of course have to give the maximum to put public and specialists in the pocket, to climb, climb the ranks to become a potential starter and multiply juicy contracts. Nothing new in the West … or in the East according to the conference chosen, one remains in known terrain. – a nickname still very moldy – begins with the choice of our university and the official presentation to the fans. It will of course be necessary to give the maximum to put public and specialists in the pocket, to climb, to climb the ladders to become a star in potential and to multiply the contracts juicy. Nothing new in the West … or in the East according to the conference chosen, one remains in known terrain. – a nickname still very moldy – starts with the choice of our university and the official presentation to the fans. It will of course be necessary to give the maximum to put public and specialists in the pocket, to climb, to climb the ladders to become a star in potential and to multiply the juicy contracts. Nothing new in the West … or in the East according to the conference chosen, one remains in known terrain.
The real innovation of this NBA 2K17 is in the interactivity with the other participants of this “formidable human adventure”, as we like to say in the reality TV of NRJ 12. Your HQ becomes a real place of life in which It is not uncommon to share an improvised part with one of your visiting teammates, or to exchange some trivialities with your barber or your girlfriend. It’s not Woody Allen in the text but Rob Jones has at least engaged a cast of professional actors (Michael B. Jordan) to play these funny and secondary scenes. Especially, a budding friendship with “Justice Young”, drafted in the second round in your team, can lead to an explosive duo like Kobe / Shaq or Stockton / Malone and unlock a new way of playing, Oddly titled “Orange Juice”. You can then take control of both protagonists and gain a certain advantage over your opponents by planning disarming actions. It is up to you to take care of your complicity on and off the field to maintain this beautiful osmosis with your “sidekick”, while not neglecting the work in room, since any session of rab ‘will lead a faster progression and skills to unblock. We play as we train, right?
All like its predecessors, NBA 2K17 is full of game modes, takers and reworked for the occasion. MyGym, which allows to recreate its universe NBA, offers the opportunity to the players to start the season at the beginning of the offseason and not automatically a few days before the beginning of the exercise. The budding managers will be in the mood because they will decide the strategy to follow for the Draft, a large lottery organized to reinforce your armada. It’s up to you to be as intelligent and manipulative as possible to acquire the nugget that will fill your gaps in a game area. Other innovations that enrich the experience include pell-mell the possibility of extending the league to 36 Teams, dynamic rivalries between teams, The possibility of managing the rotations with a precise chronology, the natural wear and tear of the players, and several subtleties concerning the CBA regulation. This will make you completely gaga and definitely defile your social life.
And if you still have doubts about Rob Jones’ crew regeneration resources, know that they are already working on small things to improve for the next mount. A work base certainly reduced by the remarkable quality of this NBA 2K17. Stability, confidence, evolution, NBA 2K17 is an invitation in another life.