NBA 2K11—a Realistic Experience: A Sports Video Game Review

2K Sports got it right with a recent addition to its sports package. NBA 2K11 from 2K Sports offers sports video game fans a game experience that comes very close to watching a live NBA broadcast. The game is available for Wii, X-Box 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and PC.

Because it is no longer the most recent version of the NBA 2K series, fans can purchase it at discounted prices.

Graphics and game play

The graphics are terrific. Camera angles simulate those of actual game coverage from sideline cameras to baseline shots and overhead angles on free throws. We can see realistic close-ups that show the players' delight of a slam dunk and buzzer-beating 3-point shot, teammates cheering from the bench, and coaches arguing the calls. Users can watch any play on instant replay and control how fast they choose to view it, zoom in or out, and freeze the camera shot. The Slam Cam automatically replays and highlights the best slam dunks as they occur. Users can also view end-of-game highlights. Team rosters are accurate as of the end of the 2009-2010 season.

Wi-Fi capable

NBA 2K11 allows players to play alone against the computer, compete in two-player action, or find opponents from anywhere in the world through Wi-Fi connection. All of the same game features still apply in Wi-Fi mode. The game saves progress and final results and reports them to 2K Sports.

Realistic announcers

Announcers Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg give full play-by-play, real-time commentary, and in-game recaps. Users will hear praise for good performance and criticism for poor play. They will even go to sideline announcer Doris Burke for injury updates, coaches' thoughts, and other comments that make playing the game very similar to watching a live NBA broadcast. The announcers keep track of each player's points and other highlights from earlier in the game. They refer to other teams in the league just as a live announcer would. When calling a game between the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers, the announcers chronicled the storied history between the two teams' rivalry and NBA championship matchups.

Choice of exhibition, full-season, or Jordan Challenge play

Gamers can play either single exhibition games or full seasons. Practice mode allows users to play a learn the controls and sharpen their skills. Season mode allows users to set their own schedules for 29, 58, or 82 games and fight for a division title and high playoff seeding. Score updates from around the league occur in the halftime report. The playoffs follow, and then the NBA Finals. Season mode also shows updated league leaders in several categories.

NBA legend Michael Jordan lends himself to the Jordan Challenge mode. Users can play in 10 of Jordan's most infamous games and moments. Users can also match current teams, such as LeBron James' Miami Heat, with the championship Chicago Bulls teams from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Street ball and pick-up games

Gamers can select stars of the past and the present and play in pick-up games of 1-on-1, 2-on-2, and on up to 5-on-5 in street-ball fashion. Play 21 or have slam dunk competitions as some of the best ever. Street rules apply on the concrete court of a neighborhood schoolyard.

Realistic experience

Basketball fans and sports video game fans will enjoy hours of fun with NBA 2K11. It is one of the most realistic video games to come along in the past few years.


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Raymond grew up in the days of Atari and saw the progression of home video game consoles. He has played sports games on most consoles and personal computers as they became available. He now owns multiple game systems and enjoys most professional sports games.

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Updated Monday, Feb 27, 2012