If you are an avid gamer, an NBA fan, or just a sneaker head, you probably have heard about NBA 2K. For the past several years, 2K Sports have been the leader for NBA simulation. It all started back when Allen Iverson was in the league in 2000 with their first NBA 2K title. It wasn’t as successful as it is now due to EA Sports NBA Live was the popular title back then. Yet 2K sports offered a different gameplay experience than its competitor from EA Sports NBA Live. EA Sports has been in the gutter since NBA 2K11 as it hasn’t released a solid game to even compete with 2K’s award winning game.
Recently, Kevin Durant released an exclusive 15-second trailer showing KD dominate Andre Iguodala with a jam. The moment I saw the trailer I instantly noticed the sneakers, amazing graphics, and of course the motion-capture like movement delivered by 2K. The leg sleeves also looks more fluid as well as the jersey, yet it still seems to be “floating” on the player instead of it actually being worn. If you look closely, you can see Kevin Durant’s sweat flowing down his cheeks and shoulders. Birdman’s beard is lifelike and hand gestures are smooth and crisp. 2K even added sweat to the player models as seen on the screenshot above.
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed last years NBA 2K14 on PS3 and PS4. It had great gameplay, modes, graphics, but it wasn’t perfect. There were animations in which you couldn’t get out of when you were being dunked on. Couldn’t even go for a block because you were stuck being posterized. Another animation for going out of bounds with the ball. These issues are small, but when you are playing competitively online or with a friend, it can change the momentum instantly. Hopefully 2K Sports addresses this issue for NBA 2K15 and improves its already smooth gameplay.
Also we have a look at some gameplay via IGN Gamescon 2014. It is a matchup between San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Right away I noticed how much more fluid the players moved up and down the court. The Tony Parker’s speed was not too sluggish and the passing in general looked great. The player in the footage isn’t that great as he kept passing the ball and even shot at half court. Check out the leaked footage below. Graphically, the crowd and court looks a lot better than last years. The court size seems to be more scaled to the players as it looks larger.
NBA 2K15 is set to release on October 7th, 2014 for $59.99 on next-gen consoles Playstation 4 and XBOX One as well as PC. It will also release for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
video via IGN.