The 2015-2016 season was a treat for NBA fans. In the final weeks alone, we marveled at the Warriors breaking the all-time regular season win record, held our breath through countless playoff nail-biters, and lost our minds when LeBron “King” James reminded us why he got his particular nickname. I’ve been watching the NBA for several decades and can’t remember a more thrilling (and, as a Bay Area guy, saddening) end to a season.
But it wasn’t an especially good year for the best basketball video game series on the planet. While NBA 2K16 My Career review still ranked head and shoulders above the competition, the franchise had a rare misfire thanks to a dud of a Career mode and some uncharacteristic technical woes. What would it do in the offseason to improve?
What any superstar would do, naturally: practice, practice, practice. And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing in the gorgeous, grinding “NBA 2K17.” Righting several mistakes from last year’s game, this is a stunning, robust basketball sim that smooths out rough spots, is replete with modes, and delivers a painstakingly authentic experience from start to finish.