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Despite a few minor irritations, such as the odd bug in a MyCareer training session or a slight oddity in the animations, NBA 2K17 is basketball at its absolute finest in gaming terms. While it's obviously difficult to rank it alongside games of yesteryear, like the more arcade-centric NBA Jam on the SNES, when it comes to simulating the game on modern hardware, this is the purest, most authentic experience out there, bar none.
While I'm not a fan of the changes towards the timing of layups, NBA 2K17 continues to improve on what many have deemed near-perfection with NBA 2K16. There isn't a single thing not to like about this game, and that's the way NBA 2K likes to do it. K.I.S.S: Keep it Simple, Stupid.
NBA 2K17 is undoubtedly the best basketball simulation video game. Despite it doesn’t have any powerful rival, it gets better every year. 2K17 also have a very good story mode which is necessary for good sports games but it doesn’t even disappoint solo players. It’s graphic is exceptional and very realistic, player faces, gyms, ball physics and other visual aspects are implemented very well. Its annoying problem is very limited offline experience, it doesn’t even let you buy animations in offline mode while 2K16 allow you to do that even in offline mode. Anyway, every basketball fan must have this game.
Review in Persian | Read full review
NBA 2K17 ist nicht nur jedem Basketball-Fan wärmstens ans Herz zu legen. Auch allen sonstigen Sportspiel-Veteranen sei zumindest der Download der offiziellen Demo namens "Der Auftakt", die einen Einblick in die ersten Stunden der Karriere gewährt, empfohlen. Wohl nach wie vor kein anderes Sportspiel kann mit einer ähnlich detailtreuen und umfangreichen virtuellen Abbildung seines Vorbildes aufwarten. Der Status der Online-Welt sowie weitere kleinere Ungereimtheiten trüben zwar das Gesamtbild etwas, dennoch wird der Genreprimus für Monate vor den Bildschirm fesseln können und ist als Steigerung gegenüber NBA 2k16 anzusehen. Die Neuerungen wie der Wurfbalken bei Korblegern verfeinern das Spielgeschehen zunehmend und wurden sinnvoll implementiert. Sollte das Problem mit den Archetypen im Karrieremodus noch dieses oder zumindest nächstes Jahr bei einer gleichbleibend soliden Story ausgebessert werden, kann man von einem nahezu perfekten Sportspiel reden.
Review in German | Read full review
Without a doubt NBA 2K17 is the best basketball game on the market so far. There are a handful of flaws, but when weighed against everything that Visual Concepts got right, they are pretty insignificant. I have always felt that basketball is probably one of the most challenging (if not the most challenging) sport to represent in a video game, but as a lifelong fan of the NBA this is as close as the medium has taken me to enjoying the sport.
Visual Concepts continues to set the benchmark for sports titles with NBA 2K17. My very few gripes with the game are small compared to hefty amount of content that is on offer, and for all the different things this game does right. It’s hard to pass up NBA 2K17 if you’re looking for an amazing video game; it’s even harder if you’re a basketball fan.
Fans will be able to tell that NBA 2K17 has some issues that’ll annoy longtime fans of the series, but that doesn’t in any way deter it from being an awesome game of basketball.
This game has set me on the path to becoming a basketball fan.
NBA2k17 has its audience and everyone who loves this type of games will surely enjoy this year’s edition. Game by itself has no major flaws, and someone who’s never played an NBA game would be blown away by the amount of content on offer. If you like to be at the top of all that’s going on in the world’s best league, then this title will fulfill all your needs.
While there's still a bit of a steep learning curve for newcomers, NBA 2K17 offers up everything an NBA fan could ever want in a single package.