360 Demo Thursdays (NBA 2K7)

Here’s a new thing I’m gonna try. Each week I’ll try out a new demo from Xbox Live and give my impressions. This week’s demo is NBA 2K7 by 2K Sports. The demo is a 4-minute quarter of Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. No frills, just the game.

It’s been a while since I played a basketball game, but I still love sports games and the basketball season will be ramping up soon, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The game looks good, even if the close ups don’t. Jason Williams, for example, looks like a zombie. For a game as simple as basketball, the controls are pretty confusing. Of course, I didn’t pay attention to what buttons do, so naturally the first time I got the ball, I heaved a half-court shot instead of passing the ball. Once I figured the basic controls, the game is quite enjoyable. The players are easily controlled and actually behave how they real counterparts do (i.e. Antoine Walker doesn’t play D, hangs around the three-point line). I played about five games. I didn’t see any glaring flaws right away. Nothing that would be a game stopper.

I don’t see myself playing a lot of basketball, so I doubt I’ll even rent NBA 2K7, but if you enjoy the basketball game, NBA will definitely fit the bill.

IGN gives it an 8.3
Operation Sports calls it “the greatest basketball game [they’ve] ever played

(On a side note, the batteries just died in my 360 controller. That’s almost a full month of regular playing on alkaline batteries. Not too shabby)

Comments

  1. Ah. Get the $20 charger kit. It pays off for itself after 3 charges. Plus, you can just leave it plugged in overnight.

    Speaking of basketball.

  2. ag – I’ll probably pick up one of the charger kits, but for now alkalines are doing pretty well. Maybe when I get a second controller.

    And thanks for the laugh, that NBA Live review was awesome.

  3. …Williams, for example, looks like a zombie.

    You still have Dead Rising on your brain?

  4. Bobster – Hahaha, I didn’t even notice that “slip.” Yeah, I’m sure Dead Rising definitely influenced that comparison. Unfortunately, I no longer have Dead Rising on the brain as much as I did earlier.

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