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NBA 2K17 review: Must-play experience for basketball fans

It's all about teamwork as gamers join an NBA team and pair up with a hotshot rookie named Justice Young (voiced by actor Michael B. Jordan) to become the next dream team in NBA 2K17. (Credit: 2K Sports)

PLOT Doubling double duty on the basketball court.

RATED E for Everyone

DETAILS PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; $59.99

BOTTOM LINE Hoop-di-do!

Elite NBA players enjoy the 24/7 spotlight of national television and lucrative endorsement deals, but underneath this veneer of the charmed life are thousands of hours spent in gyms perfecting shooting strokes, honing dribbling moves and sculpting physiques to withstand the rigors of an 82-game season. In NBA 2K17, playing the popular MyCareer mode takes you past the glitz and the glamour to focus on the practical side of being a professional athlete.

MyCareer returns with a new narrative penned by “Creed” screenwriter Aaron Covington. Regardless of which organization drafts you, your team’s rookie class includes an overlooked gem named Justice Young, played by Michael B. Jordan. Together, you strive to become the next great NBA tandem, following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Your chemistry develops through cutscenes and hours of practice at the gym, and if you play off each other enough during a game, you unlock the ability to take control of the tandem. Managing two players at the same time almost feels too empowering; lethal give-and-gos are unleashed at the push of a button, and Young rarely misses an open look.

Performing well in MyCareer is paramount to improving the skills of your player. You need to put many hours into the practice mode to round out your player. Earning currency via games played and endorsement deals is still the way to upgrade your primary skills, but certain critical skills like stamina and free-throw shooting can only be improved by grinding at the gym.

In the world of sports simulations, no other game feels like it’s even on the same level as NBA 2K17. With unrivaled gameplay, presentation, and game modes, 2K Sports’ latest hoops game is a must-play for all sports fans.


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