September is the month of launches for excellence, particularly in large video games sporting. As every year, one of the most anticipated is the NBA, the flagship of the basketball games. Visual Concepts has a difficult task, edition after edition, to improve a product practically perfect. Available from the 15th, let’s see if this time it has become to overcome.
the first thing that attracts attention is the inclusion of a game mode called The Neighborhood, an ecosystem, populated by players where we can interact with other users, play games, an exercise in the gym to get to improve the character or get a tattoo. It is an alternative that, without a doubt, we will stick to the tv for hours, between party and party.
the rest of The offerings that serve as the game we know already from previous installments: the story mode, MiGM, or the possibility of playing friendly matches. As a negative point, we emphasize the elimination of the teams from the Euroleague, which brings the project to our continent.
once on the court, we see a graphic quality spectacular, as usual in this saga. The faces, the flags, the jerseys, or even pets are perfectly recreated. The reflections on the floor or the lighting create an atmosphere baloncestística hard to beat by its competitors.
The hyper-realism is served
When the ball flies we realize that this time we are closer than ever to reality. No two players the same, whether by weight, height, ball control or shot capacity. We know perfectly our template to be able to act in one way or another in the function of the mishaps that occur during the match and so better plan our strategy.
as for the gameplay, the system has been changed from the shot, to make it more accessible, although it is still of vital importance to know the timing of each player to release the button at the height of the suspension. Visual Concepts has given special attention to improving artificial intelligence. Now we will see a lot more variety of moves of the team controlled by the CPU or our partners, that will move way more logical. One aspect that we liked is the difference of behavior of each computer, which causes it to not play two games the same.
The animations are still outstanding and, combined with an advanced system of collisions between players and ball physics completely realistic, achieve to create a gaming experience extremely fluid.
To the sound level, we continue with the commentary in Spanish, as it takes place in the last installments of the saga, thing that is appreciated. The sounds of the pavilion are perfectly recreated, as the atmosphere of the audience, which reacts reliably to what happens in the field: sounds of horn honking, shouts of players, the screeching of shoe… all pampered to the smallest detail to enjoy an audio-visual show.
NBA 2K18 continues to be the king of the sports simulators available. And far from tanking, Visual Concepts continues to improve the game year after year to the delight of their fans.