NBA 2K15: Breaking Down Reviews of Hit Video Game from Experts Across the Web

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2014

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Gamers and NBA fans alike will finally be able to get their hands on NBA 2K15 on the heels of Tuesday's release, but several video game experts have already had the opportunity to test out the highly anticipated title.

The NBA 2K series has consistently been among the best in the sports game genre over the past several years, and most seem to agree that NBA 2K15 doesn't stray from that tradition of excellence. This is the series' second next-generation effort on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and the developers went to great lengths to improve upon last year's experience.

With NBA 2K15 officially on the market, here is a closer look at reviews from some of the top experts on the web.

Nick Schwartz (USA Today)

Nick Schwartz of USA Today is among the many who are impressed with 2K Sports' latest NBA video game. He scored it an excellent nine out of 10 and heaped the game with praise due to the massive strides that were made in a number of different areas.

Among Schwartz's favorite aspects is the in-depth commentary provided by Kevin Harlan, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr. The latter remains at the announcer's table despite being the Golden State Warriors head coach in reality, but Schwartz still calls it "the best commentary of any sports video game, hands down."

Schwartz also made mention of the pregame show featuring Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal. As seen in this video, courtesy of NBA 2K15 on Twitter, it adds a new and realistic dynamic to the game:

In addition to that, Schwartz was complimentary of the revised MyCareer, MyTeam, MyGM and MyLeague modes.

While NBA 2K15 refrains from making sweeping gameplay changes, Schwartz points out that the addition of a shot meter will force gamers to adjust to some degree. As a whole, though, NBA 2K veterans will be greeted with a familiar presentation that also managed to improve in several key areas.

Zach Harper (CBS Sports)

Another positive review comes courtesy of CBSSports.com's Zach Harper. Perhaps the biggest selling point for NBA 2K15 is its MyCareer mode due to the particular emphasis that has been placed on it. With that in mind, much of Harper's review focuses on the precise experience MyCareer provides gamers with.

The technological advancements made in video games over the years have been remarkable, and NBA 2K15's use of facial scanning on PS4 and eventually Xbox One to create a player for MyCareer mode is revolutionary to say the least.

As seen in this tutorial, courtesy of NBA 2K15 on Twitter, the game can create a shockingly accurate visual representation if the proper steps are followed:

Harper is also a fan of the progression gamers must go through during MyCareer mode, and he enjoys the attention to detail as well in terms of the conversations and interactions MyCareer players can have.

All things considered, Harper believes NBA 2K15 is another example of the series' positive evolution.

Overall, NBA 2K15 is another win for 2K Sports and you can really see where the future of NBA gaming is headed. They have things to fix but it's a fluid process that will get better each year because the customers demand it. They've set the bar for the industry, which means they are their own competition. To get fans to buy a new $60 game each season means it has to be more than a roster update.

Based on all the changes 2K managed to make over the last year, it is safe to say there is much more to NBA 2K15 than a roster update.

Brian Mazique (Bleacher Report)

Bleacher Report gaming expert Brian Mazique echos many of the same sentiments as Schwartz and Harper regarding MyCareer and various other aspects of the game, but he also delves deeper into the subtle nuances that make NBA 2K15 great.

Among the features touched on by Mazique is the new freelance offense, which allows gamers to run realistic offensive sets without having to call the plays themselves. In this video, courtesy of NBA 2K15 on Twitter, the freelance offense implementation is explained:

That is just the tip of the iceberg from Mazique's perspective, as he doesn't hesitate to dish out praise for almost every advancement made in NBA 2K15. He even goes so far as to place it among his favorite games despite the fact that it was just released.

"NBA 2K15 offers the deepest and complete virtual hoops experience ever. ... Rarely does a game with so much hype deliver the way NBA 2K15 does," Mazique wrote. "It's truly a crowning achievement and one of the best video games I've ever played. This is an absolute must-have."

With an overall score of 9.3 out of 10, Mazique is as high on NBA 2K15 as anyone. Regardless of which reviews gamers read, however, it is blatantly obvious NBA 2K15 hits all the right notes.

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