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POSTED 18/10/10


NBA 2K11

2K Sports
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 you!

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 says “boomshakalaka”.

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!

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