Boomshakalaka! Yes! Razzle dazzle from downtown, he’s on fire!
Five classic NBA Jam
phrases that you’re unlikely to hear in basketball simulation
NBA 2K15. Why? That word ‘simulation’. It means it,
Those with no basketball knowledge beyond
ball-in-basket-equals-good who perhaps dabbled in arcade shenanigans
like NBA Jam and fancy
themselves hard enough to face 2K’s latest annual ode to all things
big bouncy orange ball need to stop, think, then run away making
that “OIOIOIOI!’ plea that dogs do in cartoons when they, erm, run
You see, NBA 2K15’s as near as dammit the real
deal. Choose an exhibition match and you’ll get a full-on
presentation akin to TV broadcasting – complete with slick cutaways
to aggrieved coach-type people to cheesy interviews, with
mega-sponsorship and cheerleading along the way. Commentaries
actually react to what’s happening, and don’t repeat every two
seconds, repeat every two seconds. Save for some shithouse
lip-synching in post-match interviews, it’s ace.
just the (MMMmmm...) sprinkles atop scrummy ice cream.
well as, of course considering its name, boasting all the NBA teams,
NBA 2K15 also contains a full career mode. Make your
ball-chucker to your specifications – even scan your own physiognomy
in (and get ready for disfigurement disappointment). This plays much
like a reality show, but has purpose as you battle to find a team
that likes you, that really likes you, after going the fail in the
If you don’t fancy yourself a player – or ‘playah’
should you prefer - then you can opt for team management.
That’s just scratching the surface of this deep and comprehensive
assault on the basketballing senses.
Those who live for the
game with fervent stats and customisation fetishes will be in
nirvana. But casuals not basketballingly-immersed will be
slam-dunked by the astonishing array of nuanced controls, scoring a
degree from flunkin’ on U...