Before even playing any other games this year I made sure to reserve my copy of NBA2K15. I have to say I am exteremly happy to have done so because this game is crack and will likely be one of the best games in stores til this to date. Overall I have to say Visual Concepts game designers and developers went H.A.M. on this project and it shows.
To get started I’d like to say the user-experience of the game is on point and definitely contemporary which is a nice touch considering most game companies neglect this *cough* *cough* Madden ’15. After enjoying the interface you can take note of one of the best decisions I’ve ever think a gaming company has ever made which was hire a musician to actually put together and curate a dope playlist for the game soundtrack. Not to mention that the real-time game scores and dates circulate throughout the game as well.
With much respect they went all out and sought out the best influencer of our time Mr. Happy himself Pharrell Williams who immediately smash the playlist with several classics including Doo-Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill, Planet Rock by Africka Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, Mama Used To Say by Junior, Grindin’ by the Clipse, Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode and many more dope tracks. Knowing that he designed the music menu around making sure the fella’s ladies enjoy the soundtrack while watching us play endless amounts of games is just outstanding.
As for the game itself the graphics are amazing as you can see how they elevated every detail of the game including seeing the actual sweat bead up and roll down the faces of the players, the crowd is also more alive than ever and react to real-time gaming situations properly, and it even features some of the hottest mascots in the NBA. One of my personal favorite attributes of the game is definitely the tribute to the all-time great teams including every legendary Bulls team, the 76ers featuring The Answer, Allen Iverson, the Lakers with the G.O.A.T. Magic Johnson and even the overseas basketball teams.
You also have to give the design team credit on thinking outside of the box and trying to implement the facial recognition feature, that’ll scan your face onto your created character. Although, this feature is still buggy and not well flushed out it was admirable to see them even try to tackle this. Most of the time it just spits out an alien like version of yourself with four eyes, five ears, and three noses. If you’re lucky and you happen to get it right it does turn out to look really cool. But hey you can’t win them all right. Aside, from some of the glitches that occur with that this game is pretty solid and will definitely be a collectors item.
So when you get a chance definitely pick up NBA2K15 if you haven’t already and if your in dire need to find a game your husband, boyfriend, or little brother might love definitely pick this up for them for Christmas. They’ll be the happiest dude in town, for real.
Stereo Approved! Pick that shit up homie!10
Gameplay score 10
Realism score 9
Music & SFX score 10