The latest incarnation
of NBA 2K7 has bounced its way onto the PlayStation 2 that adds a few
twists and turns to the series. For those that are unfamiliar with the
series, NBA 2K7 follows the American *National Basketball Association*
where players must engage in a variety of different aspects of
basketball, all from the comfort of their own lounge chair.
Whether you're wishing to delve into a
franchise, play traditional NBA basketball or follow the new 24/7 game
mode by creating your own player in an attempt to get him into the big
leagues, NBA 2K7 has definitely got something for all lovers of
basketball. Unfortunately this all comes at a price and with the new
gameplay modes and graphics, the developers may have forgotten to add
what's really important in a basketball game...strong gameplay.
Unlike the previous version of NBA (2K6), the developers have redesigned
the gameplay, focusing less on the slow-based sim aspects of basketball
and changing the gameplay into something more entertaining and realistic
at the same time.
The gameplay of the title is considerably quite faster that allows you
to perform a plethora of manoeuvres from spinning around defenders to
shooting your way to victory. That said, the control system on the PS2
is quite adept with more experienced gamers picking up the control
system in a matter of minutes and those a little wet behind the ears, a
few hours to truly master the control system and gaming environment.
One downside to NBA 2K7 is the artificial intelligence of the title that
is really a hit and miss affair, especially for your team members. This
does become frustrating, especially on a game that relies so heavily on
teamwork. Needless to say, this is not an issue when you're playing
against another human player but it does make the game a tad difficult
even at the best of times. The game is still quite playable; it just
makes the player feel like they are doing all the work.
Graphically, NBA 2K7 is a visual treat on
the PlayStation 2 that features highly detailed gaming environments and
player animations with a wide gamut of new and realistic basketball
manoeuvres. The developers have also added some great camera angles on
the action replay that almost makes you think you are watching it on
The player physics is simply amazing and NBA 2K7 is definitely one of
the most realistic basketball games, graphically on the market at the
moment. I was also quite impressed that all the players have their own
unique style of play when shooting or moving around the court,
unfortunately this does not go hand-in-hand with their basketball
NBA 2K7 also features all the sounds and shouts from a real basketball
match with extremely realistic commentary and a great soundtrack that
helps get you in the sporting mood.
In conclusion, NBA 2K7 is an entertaining basketball game, however for
those wishing for a more realistic basketball simulation, these players
may wish to look elsewhere, however for those basic and intermediate
gamers, the title is definitely worth a look and a great initiation into
the basketball world on the PlayStation 2.