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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Basketball Game Ever, October 5, 2010
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This review is from: NBA 2K11 - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I am currently playing the game and have only taken a break from it for dinner today. One thing that I noticed is that the player movement is much more fluid compared to 2k10. Jumpers, especially, look really good (compare Kobe from 2k10 to this version and there is a glaring difference). Iso-motion controls are better this time, especially for the different shot types. The post-moves have definitely improved in this game as well. Another thing I liked is that defenders get posterized more often now by superstars. Before, a defender could be late to react to a dunk, and the AI would just hack you in mid-air (pretty unrealistic). That used to be really annoying, and I'm glad they fixed that. Oh, and for you Lebron fans, don't worry...he doesn't look like a gremlin anymore.

I'm sure some of you have seen the horrendous nba elite 11 demo video on youtube...if not, here it is: [...]

Now, if you thought Bynum was Jesus in nba elite 11, just wait until you see Jordan in nba 2k11. I mean seriously...the guy is an absolute monster in this game. He's basically unstoppable from anywhere on the court (except for the mid-80s and the 98 Jordan who aren't great from deep). Other than those two versions, you can put the game on any difficulty you want, and it still seems like Jordan can score at will, regardless of the defense. Personally, I think it's a bit unrealistic that Jordan has a higher rating from 3pt land than Kobe, but I guess their career averages aren't too far apart. Also, he has a 99 steal rating. I know Jordan got the DPOY and averaged high steal numbers throughout his career, but 99? really? Also, MJ will often posterize 2-3 defenders in a single dunk (sometimes while clearly looking down on the rim), and he does the ft-line dunk occasionally in actual games (unlike in real life where he only did that in the dunk contests). The Jordan challenge, however, is definitely a lot of fun, and it is somewhat challenging to finish with assists/rebounds and huge scoring nights. I haven't tried the Creating a Legend mode yet, but I'm sure that wont disappoint either.

One annoying part is that they've made the Heat lineup a little unrealistic. I sincerely doubt that Wade is going to play PG with Mike Miller at SG. Most likely, we will see Miller coming off the bench for Lebron during the regular season with Wade at SG, but I'm sure you can fix this in the roster settings. Another annoyance is the spin dunks. They're very slow in terms of game speed, but they're usually successful, which doesn't really make sense. You'd think the defenders would do much better against this with all the time it takes the offensive player to do a spin move near the basket.

Other than these minor annoyances, nba 2k11 is by far the best basketball game I've ever played (and I've played a lot), and, like IGN mentions, it may be the best sports game ever made. Graphics, gameplay, and the addition of Jordan make this release a must buy. 10/10.
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Initial post: Oct 7, 2010 7:12:34 AM PDT
Very good review. The one issue I always have with basketball games is the lack of skill involved in jump shots. I wish a game would truly make it take skill to hit a jump shot. For instanc ein the EA games even if you just push the shoot button and not release it the ball will go in sometimes, totally giving the impression no skill is involved. Does this game require skill to make a jumpshot? If so, then how?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 8:07:49 PM PDT
Reggie says:
Yea it does, you have to time the release of the shot button (or shot stick, which I prefer) with the player's release. As you put the game on higher difficulties, you'll miss even open shots with some of the better players if you don't time the shot release correctly.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 12:12:19 PM PDT
J. Fajardo says:
Actually, there has been some discussion down here that Mike Miller could start next to Wade since there isn't a need for a traditional point guard. Both LeBron and Wade are expected to be the primary ball-handlers with the PG waiting around the 3-point line for open shots in a John Paxson/Steve Kerr kind of role. If they need a good ballhandler PG, they'll put in Arroyo. If they need a shooter, it'll be Chalmers. They might keep a third guy (Beverly?) for defense. My guess is they'll still start one of those two but don't discount Miller starting. It's for real.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 3:30:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2010 3:31:06 AM PDT
Nice review.

Regarding Bryant vs. Jordan 3-pt shooting, you are correct that their career stats are very close. In fact, it's about the only stat in which Bryant is equal to or better than MJ. (I've witnessed the careers of both and while Kobe is undoubtedly a great player and a lock for the Hall of Fame, in my opinion he should not be even mentioned as Jordan's equal)

What impresses me most about this latest NBA 2K version is the gameplay. It's significantly more realistic than in previous years. Each team is truly unique and reflects the abilities of its personnel and the flow of the game accurately mirrors an actual NBA contest. They did a great job with this one for sure.

That said, I would argue that the best sports simulation overall remains MLB 10 The Show.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 3:00:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2011 8:22:59 PM PDT
Trendsetta says:
Dude, check the stats. Jordan won 3 steals titles in his career, and if it hadn't been for Alvin Robertson, MJ would have won 6 STRAIGHT! Money is second in steals all-time. Only Stockton has more, and Michael had a higher per game average than Johnny Ballgame. In fact, in all of NBA history (of the guys with enough games played to qualify) Robertson is the only guy that EVER averaged more ganks per contest than Jordan. So, yeah, His Airness the King absolutely should be a 99 in steals.

As for the 3pt. shooting, both Michael and Kobe were/are mediocre. The reason they probably gave Michael a higher rating than Kobe is due to the fact that Michael KNEW he was an average long-range shooter, and therefore didn't attempt very many from downtown. Kobe, like most of his arrogant generation (I'm looking at you, Iverson), isn't near as good of a 3-pt. marksman as he THINKS he is. What other explanation could there be for a guy that shoots a pedestrian 34% on three's (the league average is 36%), yet still jacks up 3.7 per game? MJ, on the other hand, only attempted 1.7 a game. Part of being a great player is knowing what one's weakness is, and staying away from it. Lebron and Kobe haven't figured this out yet, which is one of the many reasons why, as Kent Stallard alluded to in his comment above, Bryant isn't even in the same stratosphere as Jordan; and never will be.
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