Game review: NBA 2K17

By Cameron McMillan

A screenshot from the anticipated basketball video game NBA 2K17.
A screenshot from the anticipated basketball video game NBA 2K17.

There's no point in being a great NBA player if you don't have great shoes. Well, that's what I kept telling myself after I spent way too long picking the right footwear for the latest big name in the NBA, instead of working on defensive skills or three-point shooting.

It's the attention to detail, and loads of options such as the 300 shoes on offer, that make NBA 2K17 a leader in the sports gaming genre.

2K17's MyCareer is the standout feature where it's RPG meets NBA. You start the career of a young player, who is tipped as the next best thing, and your job is to make sure he lives up to the hype. Not only do you have to star on the court, where the gameplay has upped the level once again, but you need to meet requirements off the court to attract fans, such as choosing a shoe deal.

The cut scenes, which feature Friday Night Lights and Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, who is vital to your success, are mostly great but the inability to skip scenes means it can become tiresome.

In MyGM you control every aspect of your franchise, from managing player personnel, to staff, to the team's finances, while in MyLeague you can play an 80-year experience, yes 80 years!, where you will have complete customisation of how the league plays out.

Other features, such as street ball, play-offs mode and online play are nice to have if you don't have the spare 20-plus hours to play out a career or take a team through a possible 110-game season. A must for all NBA fans.

NBA 2K17

Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Rating: G

- NZ Herald

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