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I rented this game from my local store for a night, so I won't be going into too much detail about the game, since I only played it for a few hours. With that being said, here is my initial opinion of the game:
When I first loaded it up, of course Microsoft had an update for it. After a quick download, the game loaded up. It took about 5 minutes for the update to apply, and after that I was good to go. The first screen allowed me to create MyPlayer. This is the character you control, and try to make better through the career and other aspects of the game. After about 15 minutes after putting the disc in, I was finally able to play some basketball.
On the home screen, you have some choices, such as online modes, season, exhibition, and career. I went with the career mode first to see how that worked. The first game you play is on a team with players looking to get into the NBA. The game makes a bunch of comments how scouts are there, and your performance decides your draft position.
After you play the game, it goes through a 20 minute period of complete boredom. After you finish the game, they show your character in the locker room talking with scouts and answering questions. The questions are very long, and you HAVE to listen to the scout ask the question and your character give the answer, there is no skipping. The voice acting is TERRIBLE, and sounds so fake. Also, the dialouge shows up after the characters are done speaking, which makes me mad because I could have just read it faster and saved my time!
After you have a few interviews, the draft begins. Depending on where you get drafted, you have to wait another 5-10 minutes for this. Finally, when you get selected for a team, you can play the game.
The gameplay itself is the only good part of this game. The controls are very fluid and responsive, and the graphics are appealing. The game has different difficulty settings so you can make it easier or harder, depending on how much of a challenge you want.
I briefly played the online blacktop game, and that was a fun feature. You can play using your character in pick-up games with other players. I played a 3 on 3 game to 21 points, and it was simple and fun.
If you play games for achievements, this is a pretty good one. I was able to get 180 gamer points in about5 hours of gameplay. There are a few achievements that give you 15 points for doing hardly anything, such as creating a shoe and creating a music playlist.
Overall, this is an average basketball game. I haven't played a basketball game since NBA2K2, and this has the same feel as the last one. It's a good game with lots of different features and gameplay, and is good if you are a fan of the NBA.