Weekend List Final Four: Top Ten Basketball Games #4 NBA 2K series
Why am I writing this?
Because I can. Because I can.
We’re on the Final Four of the greatest basketball videogames of all time. I’m pretty sure not many people care about any of this, but there might be an executive or two, or even a budding young game designer, who can look at the list I’m compiling and take a glimpse on what made a particular game great or bad according to my thoughts. They should really care about this because this is a multimillion dollar business. Money is to be made here and gamers demand satisfaction from improvements. Don’t you want the most bangs out of your buck? No I’m not talking about hookers. There are many reasons why the NBA Live series didn’t crack my top 5. The reasons directly correlate to the NBA 2K series. Let’s roll on the last four (one by one of course) detailing what them so worthy of being here.
The 2K series debuted on the Sega Dreamcast. The first game was already better than any of the Live that Electronic Arts put out from game play, graphics, and sound. Ever since 1999, EA has been the one trying to catch up with 2K.
The Pandora’s Box:
Patches are good to an extent. However, I noticed that there is a disturbing growing trend on dependence for patches to fix the game. I’m pretty damn sure that there’s this mentality of “Okay guys, there’s no time to fix that. Release the patch for it later.” 2K10 received a lot of complaints about the perception of a gimped game. Some have even said that this is a scam.
How is it a scam?
Many long time players claim that 2K releases half of a game. The rest hasn’t been polished, or worse yet, broken. There are too many problems on the online front. Since half of the game needs a lot of work and addressed later on by patches, why pay the full $60? Just pay $30 and call it a day. This is a sensitive issue since this involves money. It’s give and take. Where do you draw the line? Where does it start and end? This should be figured out before the series turn into Madden.
This is not a shot at just 2K. (They still have to figure stuff out because Live is creeping back up).
They only have to worry about this whereas Electronic Arts has more detrimental problems to examine. 2K has direction. EA clearly doesn’t have that. From what I’ve been reading, they do not follow a leader. Perhaps in a game by game basis, they do have a leader. They don’t have a unified leader for 3 straight games. They get too wrapped up into politics within each other. That causes them to not focus on the common thing, which is the game itself.
The NBA 2K series earned to be in my top 4. They have been the kings for the past decade. They genuinely listen to the community. They’re focused. They follow a certain direction as you can tell by the games.
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