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#YourTimeHasCome

The release date for NBA 2K15 is now just a couple of months away (October 10th). I haven’t really given the 2014/15 season NBA 2K game much coverage yet, so here’s the official NBA 2K15 cover, and a still from the official 2K15 launch video.

NBA 2K15

NBA 2K 15 Official Cover

As we can see; Kevin Durant is the cover star, the number of Euroleague teams has been increased to 25 (up from 14 – see screenshot below for a full list) with the in-game music now chosen by Pharrell Williams.

NBA 2K Video

Your Time Has Come

This screenshot provides us with a bit more information, as well as the game release date it features the hashtag (#YourTimeHasCome), as well as information on the “Kevin Durant MVP” pre-order bonus pack (not available on Playstation Store, we’re told), comprising of 5K VC, “My TEAM” (or “MyTEAM”, depending on which paragraph you believe) card packs and some exclusive MyPlayer leg sleeves (!?!).

The choice of an international My TEAM player certainly seems to reflect the global appeal of NBA (2K), with prominent international NBA players chosen to represent their respective countries. Perhaps this is an indication that 2K have incorporated some international features into the game? A My Team international multiplayer mode? The chance to represent your country while player My Player perhaps? (or maybe I’m reading too much into a marketing ploy).

NBA 2K15 Euroleague

NBA 2K15 Euroleague team list

I’ll post more news as I get it, in the meantime I’ll be posting a retrospective look at NBA 2K14 (both versions; current and next gen), as well as some hopes for the 10th October release in the coming days.

2K15 Eureleauge/Release Date

NBA 2K15 – 25 Eureleague teams.

NBA Live 14 – Next Gen Gameplay trailer.

I’m not going to be blogging about NBA Live, but given I’ve just posted a video of NBA2K14 on (next-?)next-gen hardware I thought this video would make an interesting comparison, as it has also just been released.

You might probably expect a “fanboi” bias on the “NBA2k Blog”, but even trying to put my neutral hat on for a second, this trailer makes the next-gen version NBA Live look worse than the current-gen NBA2K14! The graphics certainly look current gen (I’m tempted to say “last gen”! It almost looks like a PS2 title!).

The section were Derrick Rose scores looks terrible, it doesn’t look like real basketball (either televised or playing/watching the game in real life) the play runs too quickly, the movement is jerky and the players don’t look fluid whilst in motion. It just doesn’t look realistic, and who the hell did they find to do the graphics for Steve Nash? Seriously, just pause it between 16 and 20 seconds and tell me who you think that looks like (answers on a postcard, or a comment, because it sure as shit doesn’t resemble Nash, in the slightest!). The majority of the comments under the video on youtube are very critical.

Despite what you may think I’m taking no pleasure in this looking bad. Believe it or not I actually do WANT this game to be good (and I may even review the real thing), for the purely selfish reason that I think it will help improve future NBA2K titles (and as you may have guessed, I am an NBA2K addict!). I think it is healthy when there is competition and while NBA2K took a massive step in 2011, the improvements since then have been somewhat subtle and gradual in nature (with each successive title building on the previous one).

If NBA Live turns out to be a good game and it is successful it will hopefully push 2K games into adding extra features and also encourage them to improve existing features more than they may do if NBA Live is a bust. Another great leap forward might catch everyone by surprise like NBA2K11 did (which IGN called “the best sports game of this generation” and G4tv stating “not only the best basketball game I’ve ever played, it’s one of the best sports games I’ve ever played, and a serious contender for Game of the Year”).

So should we (self proclaimed NBA2K fans) care about NBA Live? Yes, because it might help keep 2K sports on their toes!