NBA 2K7 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 7.0
Distributor: Take2
Classification:
G
Review Date:
January 2007
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

7.0


NBA 2K7

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 television.

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 techniques.

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.






 
 



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