“As great as MyPark and Pro-Am are in theory, both modes’ leaderboards are too full of players that appear to have paid their way upward. Regardless of where MyCareer gameplay happens, the slog of leveling eases with NBA 2K17’s Virtual Currency, which can be bought in amounts that range from $2 to $100. While gameplay skill factors in, high player ratings carry obvious and substantial impact, with less urgency to improve for higher VC payouts. Never mind how this comes at odds with the hard work and success theme of Aaron Covington’s story.”
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“What does appear is something inherently phony and dishonest, punctured by racial caricatures. The white team owner performs an embarrassing mimic of street culture as he discusses Bloomberg and stock markets – an inexcusably broadly drawn, oblivious 1% villain who demands Freq break from his projects-locked brotherhood with childhood friend Vic. Lee isn’t drawing on racial experience; he’s drawing atrocious, even spiteful racial bias based on America’s fair discontent with income inequality. Lee’s contrast of life in the projects to a multi-million dollar office space thus feels counterfeit.
Livin’ da Dream’s story leans on poverty while NBA 2K16’s overlapping exterior begs for microtransaction dollars to make Freq a better player. The dichotomy is gross, more so than it has been in NBA 2K’s prior years. As Livin’ da Dream lambastes the narcissism abundant in wealth, it’s espousing financially beneficial features.”
“This is an elegant title, a grandiose time sink no matter play preferences, and a consistent showcase for technological progression. Differences from NBA 2K14 editions on last-gen consoles are obvious; this leap is substantial. In fact, 2K has done such a marvelous job at capturing the NBA in its present course, 2K14 could act as a quick access time capsule for the sport were it not for server cut offs. Those intangibles, such as precision free throw routines, pre-game rituals, reactions, and play styles create interactivity in whole mimicry of contemporary league customs. It is a marvel in motion and mere steps away from total replication of broadcasted on-court action.”
Read my full NBA 2K14 review at Blogcritics