Review: NBA 2K11

Review: NBA 2K11

Putting a round ball through a metal hoop never felt so right.

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ok question does anyone here give a fuck that this is the single sports game that breaks the stereotypes of same game you bought last year with new roster? i think this should be adressed by someone. pereferabaly extra credits

The game is fucking AMAZING. Completely different from 2k10 and much more realistic. 2nd place for me in terms of GOTY. Behind GOW3.

the lapalminator:
ok question does anyone here give a fuck that this is the single sports game that breaks the stereotypes of same game you bought last year with new roster? i think this should be adressed by someone. pereferabaly extra credits

In my experience, people cared a lot, although I live in Chicago so my experience is extremely biased.

Looks like I might have to buy a basketball game. I liked the demo a lot, once I figured it out.

Sports games seem to assume that I already know everything. I need more than a fucking control map.

You really have to be a fan of these games to even glance at them.

All I care about is My Player mode. In 2k10 it was extremely fun, but also terribly buggy. If those bugs are gone, then I think NBA 2k11 will battle hard with Civ 5 and my real life for my time during the evenings :)

Considering NBA Elite 2011 is down and presumably out due to whacking great big bugs, I hereby declare this the Best Basketball Game of the 2010-2011 season.

Ugh. I am a basketball fan and I hated this game. I'm not really gonna get into it unless someone wants me to, but the bottom line is while this game looks good, sounds good, etc. it doesn't play good and that's what matters.

The one problem that really bothers me that nearly every reviewer overlooks is this: The historic teams don't have accurate rosters past their starting five. Actually, the bench players between many historic teams are completely interchangeable---names and all! No Bill Walton on the Celtics, no Vinnie Johnson on the Pistons, etc. How tough could it be to complete the accurate rosters?

This game is an absolute basketball-gasm. I mean, NBA 2K10 was astounding but this just bends it over the desk and makes it think of England in every respect.

There's just SO DARN MUCH to do. There's My Player, custom teams, association, Jordan Challenge, My Jordan and NBA Blacktop which could all suck many hours before you even think of online. And seriously, Longley vs Bogut. Enough said.

I have to agree with you in every sim basketball game trying to use playbook plays never work right and the game doesn't give you and mode to actually practice those plays to see how they actually work in the game.

Although I live in Australia I loved playing all these basketball video games starting from NBA live 2000. I'll be sure to get this one.

Zerbye:
The one problem that really bothers me that nearly every reviewer overlooks is this: The historic teams don't have accurate rosters past their starting five. Actually, the bench players between many historic teams are completely interchangeable---names and all! No Bill Walton on the Celtics, no Vinnie Johnson on the Pistons, etc. How tough could it be to complete the accurate rosters?

You know I actually noticed this but it wasn't a deal-breaker for me. I wonder if it had to do with contracts or something and 2K just figured it should concentrate on getting the starting five right.

ForgottenPr0digy:
I have to agree with you in every sim basketball game trying to use playbook plays never work right and the game doesn't give you and mode to actually practice those plays to see how they actually work in the game.

Yes, it does: Game Mode > Practice > Plays.

What the review failed to mention imho is that there are three gameplay slider presets if you will, called Simulation, Arcade and Casual. Personally, I've only played Simulation so far, but i imagine that the other two presets would make the game more accessible.

To sum up my own impressions so far: 2K really screwed themselves over - how the hell are they supposed to top a great basketball game featuring the career of His Airness himself?

ianrocks6495:
Ugh. I am a basketball fan and I hated this game. I'm not really gonna get into it unless someone wants me to, but the bottom line is while this game looks good, sounds good, etc. it doesn't play good and that's what matters.

Or maybe you're not good at it? Ever think about that?

I have no problem dominating the court as my own created player.

So I'd say it plays better than all other sports games I've played, and I've played a lot.

stupid question time does any one know the name of the song at the end of the review?

game is not wo it's bugs tho, on all systems there are bugs with myplayer, and jordan challenges when the game hangs up after quarters, ai players failing to foul out. game still has the bug from the last 2 years where players heads vanish on replays.

pc has the added head scratching bugs of somehow 2k managed to forget to add the shadows for the pc version, and floor reflections on courts get switched off when you set the game settings to high stadium vs low setting where you see them.....modders are already fixing these issues on pc.

2k has also announced a patch due out next week to address some issues.

But despite all that this is a great basketball and the best out there period. The controls take getting used to, and protip gamemodes/practice/freestyle, go there practice, it has little pop up text for each move you can do and what buttons to push. and as the above guy said you can practice plays also even in association and general.

BUt once you do start to get the hang of things the game really begins to come alive. Yes compared to years past you are not going to be going to the hoop and dunking at will, tho if you put the game on rookie and casual you will get there quite often. But otherwise you are going to have to work for your drives, defenders rotate you will get blocked off from the bucket defenses in general are much more effective running pick and rolls and plays is much more vital, especailly at superstar and above difficulties in this game than in any other nba game i have played.

And of course it has his airness and while some of the no names on the classic teams are generics the main people are represented fairly well, some of the skin jobs tho could have been better, but you will not mistake who bird or magic or jordan or pippen are.

If you like bball games and are on the fence get this game period.

the lapalminator:
ok question does anyone here give a fuck that this is the single sports game that breaks the stereotypes of same game you bought last year with new roster? i think this should be addressed by someone. preferably extra credits

Hell yeah! This is the best sports game ever made. It doesn't get any better than this. I bought it on the first day and I'm loving everything about it. Gameplay, features, graphics, soundtrack. It's all perfect.

blurredplacebo:
stupid question time does any one know the name of the song at the end of the review?

ya same thing, looking for it.

I cannot say I am not excited for the game (now I know what to get for a buddy of mine on his birthday), but are we going to get a review for NBA Jam as well? I really want a verdict for it.

Recreating sounds less like a mission and more like a whiny excuse to show an old star in a way that would matter right now... I'm not into NBA ever since 2000...

I've been a lifelong NBA 2K fan. 2K7 was great, but then they were in a slump for a while. This is the best yet, best sports game ever possibly.

This game is great. It comes in my top 5 sports game list and damn, I haved played lots of sports games.

Yossarian1507:
All I care about is My Player mode. In 2k10 it was extremely fun, but also terribly buggy. If those bugs are gone, then I think NBA 2k11 will battle hard with Civ 5 and my real life for my time during the evenings :)

I have only played half a season so far but let me say this: It's better than the one in 2k10. Quite a lot better. You actually have to play as your position (in 2k10 I played as a 7-5 center that played like a guard and scored like 60 ppg), the positions are more refined and speed stats are capped for big guys (so you can't have 99 quickness as a center, which is good). You get lot's of interviews and it actually feels like someone giving a shit if you break records or put up good games. You also get endorsed by Jordan and get your own shows and billboards etc. It's pretty much like the mode in 10 with more polish and more longetivity. Mini games are more refined and fair too.

Anyway, get the game. The most significant thing that the review didn't pick up on are the controls. I don't know why, but simply moving around is so much more accurate now. The dribble moves and controls are simply awesome. You can't go back after this one.

blurredplacebo:
stupid question time does any one know the name of the song at the end of the review?

Chunuck:

blurredplacebo:
stupid question time does any one know the name of the song at the end of the review?

ya same thing, looking for it.

If you haven't found it yet it's:

ForgottenPr0digy:
I have to agree with you in every sim basketball game trying to use playbook plays never work right and the game doesn't give you and mode to actually practice those plays to see how they actually work in the game.

This game has a mode for that under practice.

 

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