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POSTED 10/10/14


NBA 2K15

2K



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, maaaaaaaaaaan.

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 away.

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.

But that’s just the (MMMmmm...) sprinkles atop scrummy ice cream.

As 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 draft.

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...

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