Two things that I really enjoy are video games and sports (in case you haven’t noticed). So when you put those two things together you get NBA 2K16. Naturally, I gravitated to this game after watching several of my favorite basketball players on television. With the NBA 2K games, I could relive my favorite matchups and play with my favorite players. My friends and I would spend a countless number of hours creating our own super teams and facing off against each other. Along the way, there would be a lot of screaming and arguing why other players should have missed or made a particular shot.
There are several other game modes within NBA 2K16 such as Play Now, My Career, My Park, My GM, My Team and My League. If you just want to pick up a controller and play a regular game against a computer or friend, you just go to the play now mode. In My Career, you create a player and choose a height and position that you want to be. After you have created your player, you begin your journey to the NBA by playing in high school, moving onto college and finally getting drafted to an NBA team. Once you’re on a team, you play out an NBA career until you retire. My Park is a game mode where you use your created player and play games with and against other players and their characters. In My GM, you are in control of an NBA team and you draft, sign and trade players and control your team, a position that you normally don’t get to see in real life. My Team put a different spin on the game because you build your team by collecting player cards and you get new cards by opening packs and bidding on other player cards. The last game mode is My League in which you and your friends choose teams that you would want to be. Once teams are chosen, you draft your team from a pool of every NBA player.
All in all, NBA 2K16 is a pretty fun game to play alone or with friends, but I believe that there are still improvements that can be made. For example, I think that the servers for the NBA games need some serious improvement because, almost every time I play online, I experienced a lot of lag while playing a game. In addition, I feel that they should make more historic teams available to play with because I would love to play as Drazen Petrovic when he was on the New Jersey Nets, and I’m sure other people would want to play with a historic team player as well. Lastly, it would be cool if you could upload your own songs to play on the main menu and load screens because it gets a little annoying listening to the same 20 songs, especially with the amount my friends and I play. In the end, while I hope they make these and other improvements, I still love playing the NBA 2K games because it fuses two of my favorite interests into one great game.