NBA 2K19 review – basketball fame and fortune comes at a price

PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch; Visual Concepts/2K Sports NBA 2K19 is a masterclass in simulating the mechanics and culture of basketball, but it loves to needle you for money Basketball has a hard time garnering attention from UK sports fans, but while football games still struggle to nail the subtleties of their chosen subject when it comes to jostling, improvised finishing or increasingly prevalent shithousery , NBA 2K plays such a realistic game of basketball that, frankly, it’s a bit eerie to watch. The sheer quality of its simulation is obvious in every player-specific jump shot animation, every stutter-step, every gum shield hanging from a player’s mouth as they line up a free throw. All of it culminates in a virtualised sport that feels … human. Whatever you’re doing on the court, the nine AI players around you are generally doing an admirable job of behaving like reactive professional athletes. Anyone hoping to compete online is in for either a long slog or £40 in extra investment Continue reading...

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