I got my mits on 2K’s latest B-Ball spectacular, NBA 2K19. I am about 10 hours in, playing tutorials, career, and a few exhibition matches, and I must say that so far, this year’s title is brilliant.
There have been some major upgrades from NBA 2K18, especially to the facial customisation and AI systems. The physics engine for the ball and players has also been greatly enhanced, feeling far more realistic than before. MyPARK, despite not a new feature, felt better for me, with an enhanced sense of intimacy rather than just less players. There are also more courts and themes, and forces you to utilise a little more skill than before.
The score, which Travis Scott has been praised for, is excellent. I will be the first to say that trap and new age hip-hop is not regularly on my playlist, but within the game, it is natural, it fits in beautifully, and Travis has selected tracks that bolster the atmosphere and feel of basketball.
The career, so far, has been stellar. While it doesn’t re-invent the wheel when it comes to what the storyline is about (raising a character from the bottom to the NBA), it does perfect the most critical aspect of any professional athlete: the passion. I will discuss this further in my full review, but what I will say is that NBA 2K19, at least for me, is the best sports-based game career I have played.
...it does perfect the most critical aspect of any professional athlete: the passion.
Learning how to dribble effectively, and strategically defend against someone like LeBron James, is a challenge and it's fantastic.
Loves games with deep character development and a rich storyline. Also, shooty-shooties. Loathes microtransactions. Likes to use sarcasm and metaphors.
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