First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.
My first impression of NBA 2K16 was that the graphics looked very good. At the same time I felt the game’s pace was little slow (player’s movements, etc.). But I guess if you want it 100% realistic, that’s what you get. I would prefer it going faster and with more flow.
Shooting the ball wasn’t very fun at all. You load up a power meter, aiming for the middle to get the best shot, and again the flow of the game seems all together slow and boring. As for dunking, they should have included more possibilities to make your shot (multiple choices) rather than using the main shooting button for dunking. It’s like you feel locked in the game in the things you do…dunking, shooting, defense, it should feel more free and be more fun to control. I was fairly satisfied with the passing and dribbling. It felt better and the flow of the game was faster, too. The shooting mechanism, along with dunking and defense should have been made differently so it doesn’t feel so slow and still. It makes it really boring and no fun to play. There are other game options where you can play 1-on-1 or up to 5-on-5. It works like a practice mode where you can train your skills. The game gets a little more fun when you get the hang of everything (which is a lot if you want master all of it), but it’s not worth the effort as it’s not fun enough, even when you know it all. So don’t waste your time. You can train your dribbles, passing, defense, shooting…basically everything in the game. The career mode feels long and drawn out. It tries to give it the game a deep story, but it ultimately fails.
Let us not forget the online mode. Here you can play matches against other people around the world. You start at the lowest ranked league and you can work your way up to the best (typical of sports games such as FIFA every year!). Overall this title offers nothing new, but it could be fun if you’re not tired of it yet; but probably not because of the gameplay. It really ruins a lot that the play of NBA 2K16 is no fun because that’s the most important element to have in place. But it’s not there…and it fails. I would recommend spending your money elsewhere.