Xbox 360 (also on PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2)
Ever since I was a little baby, I always be dribblin’. In fact, I
was the baddest dribbler in the whole neighbourhood... RING! RING!
Oh fuck, it’s Cheech and Chong’s lawyers. No Basketball Jones for
Which is OK, ‘cos it’s crap anyway – not the song, rather that we
have any natural affinity or ability with basketball. White chicks
can’t jump, or something. This, however, doesn’t mean we don’t dig
on sports videogames, and the somewhat annoying to type NBA 2K11
is the best basketball game we’ve ever played – even if nobody
Why’s it so good? It’s the entire presentation. This puppy looks
like a professional TV show – product placement and all - and sounds
like one too. Sure, the commentators can annoy, but at least what
they yabber makes sense in the context of the game (see what we did
there?). Mind you, when we were being hammered 10-zip and finally
scored they just blanked us and kept waffling about some random crap
– so yeah, realistic commentary.
Otherwise, NBA 2K11 has more options than a base model BMW.
You can keep it simple and gradually get the feel, amping the hard
until you’ll be lucky to ever touch the ball. All the official NBA
teams are present, and players’ likenesses are great – we especially
liked the replays where our in-game glories were turned into
realistic, TV-styled Kobe movements. Respect for including ace
Aussies Children Collide and Art vs Science on the soundtrack, too.
The big bonus is the canonisation of Michael Jordan. A special
selection of ‘Jordan Challenges’ offers the closest opportunity to
be him you’ll ever get short of some weird shit cloning.
Anyway, we gotta go get us some Sprite. Nah, Gatorade… and damn, we
don’t even like the stuff!