MyPark mode for NBA 2K17 has been an absolute hit with fans of the series. In this mode, players can play pick-up basketball games with and against other gamers’ MyPlayers in a streetball style. A feature of this mode was added called Park After Dark which debuted on Nov. 26, 2016. This feature acts as a hangout spot for players where music is played and special activities, like dunk contests, can be performed. Park After Dark also features guest celebrity DJs to perform on certain dates. Snoop Dogg was the first guest DJ to appear on Park After Dark’s inaugural debut and news has come out that rapper Future is scheduled to guest DJ on Dec. 30, 2016. The first time around fans gave mixed reception as to the success of Park After Dark’s first outing, citing issues with joining games and terrible lag, so hopefully the developers can make for a more pleasant experience.
When Sega introduced audiences to their own basketball simulation game, NBA 2K, in 1999, it instantly became a direct competitor to EA Sports’ long-running franchise NBA Live. By the time the seventh generation of consoles came around (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii), the NBA 2K franchise was seen as the premier basketball simulation and has dominated the genre ever since. Equipping the franchise with innovative gameplay, stunning visuals, and more content than a gamer could want out of a basketball game, NBA 2K has consistently been a critical and commercial success. The latest installment, NBA 2K17, is no different.
NBA 2K17 was released on Sept. 20, 2016. Like the previous installments, NBA 2K17 simulates the NBA experience to the fullest though its gameplay and content it provides. Along with all 32 NBA franchises, the game features the 2016 United States and Australia men’s basketball teams, 21 Euroleague teams, and a host of old school teams including the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers. Players can play with any of these teams to play regular games against an AI controlled team or against another player.
MyGM and MyLeague are two game modes that returned to NBA 2K17 with noticeable improvements. MyGM is modeled as a more realistic approach to running an NBA team, as opposed to MyLeague where players have more freedom to run the league in any way they see fit. One addition to these modes the inclusion of expansion teams. Players can now go through a pretty realistic process of putting together an expansion team for their league.
The immensely popular MyCareer mode is back and, like in NBA 2K16, features a scripted story that players play through that simulates the life of a real NBA player. The journey features Michael B. Jordan as Justice Young, a rookie who is trying to find his place on the team just like the player. “NBA 2K17 is another rock-solid game in the franchise. It features worthwhile updates to the dribbling and shooting mechanics and backs up those improvements off the court in ways that make me care about managing my team. All in all, I know NBA 2K17 will be in my gaming rotation for many months to come,” IGN said in a review of the game.
Stay tuned for more updates on the game.