Jordan has always been an iconic image within basketball. His influence in footwear 25 years ago has crossed over to skateboarding with the Nike SB Dunk. Jordan extends his return in the latest installment of the NBA2K franchise and N-SB has a chance to take it for a review.
Having not played a console basketball game since NBA Live 96 on the Sega Genesis, I can say that this game is definitely something that has replay value. With the addition of Michael Jordan and the various game modes, it will keep you busy at least until the next iteration of the series. If you’re a hardcore basketball fan and have a next-gen console then it will add a nice addition to your collection. If you’re up in the air and arcade basketball is your style, rent it first.
NBA 2K11 returns in store shelves with a 3D version on November 16th and an available upgrade option sometime in January. The game starts out and with the option to play the finals agains the Lakers with Magic and Jordan going head to head. It does a great job in immersing you into the game and controlling your favorite teams and players. The Jordan Challenge is a centerpiece of the game, putting you in control of the 10 most iconic games from Jordan’s career. The incentive for completing this mode is “Creating a Legend,” which allows you to take Michael Jordan through the game’s career mode.
The absence of sports games in my gaming routine I found a lot has changed and learning the controls could have been introduced better. There were a few softlocks in the beginning playing the finals only to my 3rd attempt learning how to bypass the Lakers v. Bulls match up. The addition of the move controller has not been very well thought out, definitely an after thought of the game. The same way you use a club in a Golf game isn’t the same way you use a basketball in NBA 2K11.
Yes, not being the biggest fan of sports video games it is undoubtably a compliment to any collection. With the addition of 3D releasing shortly it stands on its own.