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!
Summary: Based on the marketing thus far, you'd be forgiven if you thought NBA 2K11 was just a gushy love letter to Michael Jordan. Well, it definitely is that, but there is a lot more here than just a tribute to his Airness. The A.I. has been greatly improved. The presentation is better.
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.
Excerpt: As the game loads, you’re automatically placed into a game for the ages, the 2010 world champion LA Lakers vs. the all-star Chicago Bulls line up led by Michael Jordan. You can choose to play this game, or just exit to the menu and check out the other new features added to the game.
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.
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.
Conclusion: I was 100% frustrated with NBA 2K11 when I first started playing it. More then in years past it truly makes you play basketball in a much more strategic fashion. Once you start to get the hang of it and play the game with a bit more intelligence the experience becomes extremely rewarding.