I have been into basketball for longer than i can remember and consider myself a fan,player,historian so i know exactly what i want from a game of this type and nba 2k11 delivers pretty highly on all fronts with the graphics, gameplay and enjoyment you get from this game pouring in.
I was always more into the nba live series from which i owned from 97,98,99,00,01,02,03,04,05,06,and 09
but i owned nba 2k7 and 8. I must point out that everything up to 06 was on a ps2 so due to the usual 64bit graphics you had to expect improvement but i found even on the ps2 the 2k series had more of a power feel to it as people like amar'e stoudimire would lauch themselves at the bastket for a power dunk just as you would expect him to after a nice pick and roll play with nash on tv. Nba live only seamed to get this concept 1 time in 2000 i remember shaq being like that on that game and as soon as he was within a few feet of the basket it was dunk/dunk over or and one no question which if you know your stuff was what he was all about.
My friend had a sega dreamcast and 2k1 which as a console was underated with its beautiful graphics but it seamed to of picked up that aggressive take it to the rim style of play which made it such a great game as slashers such as kobe and grant hill before his body gave up were gracefully slipping into the lane in this fabulously fluid bball sim.
2k11 was a great game with many of the above points availible with its slick feel and in my opinion one of the best looking crowds i have everseen. The reason i mention the crowds is they stand cheer you see them walking around up and down stairs looking for their seats and even tho its not important and if you watch them they just walk along their seat row and back it adds to the feel of a live game and arena which after playing fifa games the crowds are more like a wobbling cardboard cutout.
The game itself still benefits from the shot stick which if you can remember what does what puts you at the heart of the game with it all on the line and up to you with a whole host of options to score or pass.
Every player on there has their own stats tendancys and even shooting styles which can take a bit to master especially the free throw routines which may frustrate at first gives it the feel as you know with dwight howard at the line its not looking quite as successfull as it would if he was tearing down an offensive board.
There are many modes to this game the typical all star layouts and now a street style 21, 3 point shootout dunk contest and due to xbox live you could get updated stats and ratings for players during the season which is a nice touch while its on especially if kobes on a tear or when people like kevin love steps up the rebounding game rewarding your player and team choices accordingly.
The micheal jordan section was great replaying the classic games like the finals with the lakers taking on stockton and malone payton and kemp the flu game in the finals which after completing all ten you unlock jordan to play out his carreer as you see fit. My player mode is a long process form training camps to draft maybe D-league you work your way along gaining points from games and arduous training which may or may not be your thing. There is the typical season modes and association where you power along your chosen franchise on the gruelling 82 game regular season or two other varied lengths from twelve minute quarters to three its got it all.
There will be a new 2k game out soon which appears to have more of the legends in it from Mj to doctor j, magic, birt russe' and wilt to name a few and hopefully it will follow the 2k pathway of a great basketball sim.
On a side note i wish nba 2k would use the nba live decade teams as it was great piching off the 60's against the 80's and alike.
Nothing to much to complain about sometimes there are minor niggles with the game but more often than not its down to bad shot or movement move by yours truly and it enrages me where i am into the game so much but as we know it cant always fall your way.
As a basketball player for my University team, the NBA games have always been a way to kick back with the guys and a few beers for a night. I have always loved the multi-player aspect, performing those gravity defying feats that I am just not able to replicate on the real court.
NBA 2K11 is no exception to this, at least once a week you will find a few of the guys round setting up competitions and passing the night playing it. With the Team Jordan and the older Classic teams, there's endless hours of fun to be had.
When the guys leave, I was stuck with the single player. I expected it to be dull, boring AI doing the same thing over and over, easy to manipulate and win games. I was, thankfully, very wrong.
The single player aspect of this game is brilliant and provides hours of entertainment. You can create your own player, fire him into a team and try and raise and nurture him to be the best he can be.
Fan of Michael Jordan? Try the Jordan challenges, which follow Jordan through his career, replicating those moments that truly made the man the master of this sport.
There's always the 1v1, 2v2 street ball style games, not to mention the dunk competitions.
For any true basketball fan, this game is a must. From the first time you perform a successful alley-oop, or a powerhouse dunk; you are completely hooked and it always leaves you wanting more.