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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Will I Rage? NBA2k15 PC Review

This will be my first sports related post for Ragetrip. There are 2 reasons for this. First, there just aren't that many sports games released for PC. Second, I am not very knowledgeable on the subject other than Mixed Martial Arts, and college basketball.

Hunter S. Thompson
“I am more than just a Serious basketball fan. I am a life-long Addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.” - Hunter S. Thompson

Since we are in the middle of March Madness right now, and the NCAA Tournament (Kentucky 36-0 baby!!!!) and since Steam decided to have a nice sale on NBA 2k15 I decided to pick it up. I haven't played the series since 2k13, skipping 14 because it wasn't all that impressive looking. However after playing 2015 for a couple of days I have to say that FINALLY EA! Finally you give us a real NBA 2k game instead of some horribly optimized port with dulled down features and weak online options. Instead they gave us a crisp, well developed game that we can enjoy. While I am not a fan of EA in general I have to say that they came through with this one. Of course, they will still try to make an extra buck off of you but if they didn't, they wouldn't be EA.

There are a few differences in the interface. You don't get your "hot streak" meter anymore. There is a new meter under your feet that can help you with shot timing (although I still just know when my player is at his peak). Besides that, the controlling and functionality is like reuniting with an old friend. At it's basics, the controls are very similar to 2k13 and I'm guessing 2k14 (although I refused to buy that one). There is an obvious graphics upgrade in 2k15 but to be honest it's only a little better than the 2k14 videos I've seen. As most sports games go, the voice work is awful. I am a huge DeMarcus Cousins fan (UofK baby!!!!) however talking to him in 2k15 makes me want to punch things.
DeMarcus Cousins

Another thing that is irritating is the AI in the game. I swear to god half the time it feels like my team is playing against me. Waiting just long enough to shoot so that I don't get the assist, refusing to pass to me when I'm wide open and instead making the dumbest shot possible, and having the worst timing, and spacing humanly or in this case inhumanly possible. I feel like if Stephen Hawking could play a game of NBA 2k15, his fear of AI would be gone.

Single Player Game Modes

As always, MyCareer is the heart of NBA2k15. You create your own player, and run him through a career long storyline. This year, you go undrafted and have to work your way from rags to riches in the league. You use your "pay" from your contracts, games, bonuses and endorsements to buy upgrades for your player. On a side note, you can use your money earned from other modes for MyCareer as well, and vice versa.

This may be my personal favorite mode. You take the role as GM of the team. You control player contracts, staff contracts, the draft, and even down to the price of merch, parking, tickets, etc. at the arena. What I LOVE about this mode is you can set it to have a fantasy draft at the beginning and literally build whatever team you want. Currently, in the spirit of NCAA March Madness and my obsession with Kentucky basketball, I am working on putting together an all UofK team. You can also buy the team outright. I'm not 100% what this does because I have yet to make anywhere near what it costs to do so.

MyLeague is for the extreme control freak. This mode is not for me, and I only briefly dabbled in it. In this, you control every aspect of the league including Salary Caps, Team Roster, Length of the Season, etc. Everything is in YOUR hands.

Online Game Modes

Online Leagues
This is another returning mode where you and your friends can take over your favorite teams and compete online against others. Fun mode if your buddies are into the game as well.

This is NBA2k15's answer to collectible card games. I was very skeptical but this mode is A LOT of fun. You just have to be patient at earning more cards. There is also a marketplace to buy and sell cards for points. More or less you collect the cards, put together a team, and then actually play out games with those players.

This is as close as we get to an online MyCareer mode. I do wish that they'd have a co-op storyline version of MyCareer, but this will do. Pretty much you join a community. Riviet City, Old Town, or Sunset beach. Each one giving a different buff. Here you can compete 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5. You can also "Squad up" with your buddies in 2k15. Also, this year they have a nice rep/rank system. This is more "Street Ball" than what your used to in other modes.

Rec Hall
Rec Hall is interesting. While traveling the various parks you can stop at the Rec Hall for 5v5 4 quarter NBA style games in an indoor, Jordan brand gym. You can also "Squad up" in this one.

Wager VC (currency) in online games. This is for those who know they are good, and want to make some quick VC. Good luck, I haven't messed with this yet.

Modes not included on PC

2K Heroes
The Association

I have not written about these modes since they are not available on PC, and I have not experienced them personally.

~Ragetrip Conclusion~
While this isn't the perfect basketball experience, this game is a huge step forward for the NBA2k franchise on PC. I hope EA has learned there lesson about giving us Sub-par releases compared to their console releases. While the AI is sluggish, and the voice acting makes you want to punch babies. This game is really fun and if your a fan of basketball you can rack up more hours than you'd like to admit without even realizing it. I'd totally suggest getting this game (especially when it's on sale for $19.99!!!!) I hope this helps anyone who is considering picking this one up. Until next time, I'll see ya in game!

Rating: 4/5


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