Summary: With EA Sports thankfully canceling NBA Elite , 2K Sports has a monopoly on this year’s basketball sims. This is actually a good thing because NBA 2K11 is quite honestly the best single player basketball simulation to date. 2K still needs to put a lot of work into their matchmaking server stability as well as the game balance in modes that feature created players.
Excerpt: By Brad Russell This franchise has been the model of sports games, and nothing changes this year with #23 making his grand return to the virtual hardwood. You get the updated features you would expect: current rosters, improved graphics, less hiccups, sleeker presentation, supposedly refined controls, and a few other minor additions that help suck you into the NBA experience.
Excerpt: If you’re anything like me, you can remember the good old days of basketball video games. I’m from the Windy City, so the Bulls were my team of choice. I’d fire up a game, and be greeted to the starting lineups: Luc Longley, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, and – drum roll… Player 45! Michael Jordan does not have a track record of video game participation.
Excerpt: NBA 2K11 is, without question, the best basketball video game to date. 2K has taken its proven system and improved it in almost every area. It’s not without its flaws, but few games are. Add MJ to the mix, and you’ve got a fantastic experience all-around. If you’re anything like me, you can remember the good old days of basketball video games. I’m from the Windy City, so the Bulls were my team of choice.
Conclusion: Instead of being a case of diminishing returns, NBA 2K11 sees the franchise in peak condition. The inclusion of the sport's greatest player is much more than just a stunt for the cover and resurrects a time in basketball that we remember fondly. Nostalgia aside, NBA 2K11 is much like Air Jordan himself – the all-time greatest.
Conclusion: I give this one 5 stars and a "must buy" status if you are a basketball fan. Even if you aren't, it is worth a look simply to enjoy some of the most sparkling sports gameplay of recent times ... and for the faithful reproductions of MJ, the Bulls and some vintage NBA players and teams. Well done 2K Sports.
Conclusion: NBA 2K11, to me, seems like the real deal when it comes to basketball games. The competition this year is only NBA Jam on the Wii (as of now) and that game is nothing like the real game. Fans of the 2K series will really enjoy how the game starts and everything it has to offer. The Jordan Challenges are a nice touch and add some real nice realism to this already well polished game. My only real problem has to be the difficulty curve.
Excerpt: I'm not what you would call a fan of American sports. There's just something that doesn't gel inside my brain when I try to watch NFL, NBA or MLB, yet when I play NBA 2K11 the quality of the game still manages to shine through. The last NBA game I truly enjoyed was NBA Jam back on the Mega Drive, so the fact that I'd happily play 2K's latest effort in my spare time should tell you all need to know. Just don't expect a game with big heads and crazy leaping dunks.