Last year we pit NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 against each other in a head to head battle for virtual basketball supremacy. The reader’s spoke and we listened, so we are back with another iteration of the head to head review between this years basketball icons, NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, but is one a clear-cut slam-dunk winner, or is it a buzzer beater to the finish? Lets find out
NBA 2K16 vs. NBA Live 16…. GO!
Measurable #1 – Graphics:
NBA 2K16: This year, NBA 2K16 didn’t change a ton when it comes to the graphical side of things, but the game shines with beauty. Just as the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. NBA 2K16 in the graphical category is anything but broken. However, there is still some flaws in the presentation side of things. While the new studio segment before the game is a nice touch, it is very underwhelming from what shows up on the court. While the game should look its best in motion, it is a bit of a disjointed effort when it comes to the graphical inconsistencies. The commentary portion we will get to it a bit later. That’s just a minor complaint and the game has it all put together where it matters most. Each of the players shimmer with detail and the accurate portrayals of each star and even the sixth men are second to none. The arenas are detailed and the crowds have great diversity among each of the attendees. The only other complaint is where are the correct coaches? Who are these impostors?
Final Grade: A-
NBA Live 16: NBA Live has had two years to get its bearings beneath it, however there are plenty of issues still that the game has. It looks better than a year ago, but the training wheels have to come off at some point and this is the year that we must do so. The game does get better from last year’s offering and it didn’t look horrible to begin with. But when pit against the reigning champion, NBA 2K, it is easy to see this is an area that the game still has a lot of ground to make up. The game is lacking but player models at least look like their real-life counterparts. The moves are fluid and the animations are solid across the board. It just doesn’t have the same realism. When compared to the the previous version of the game, it does show improvements in all the important areas in terms of the players looking less plastic-like, the sweat showing up on their skin, and the jerseys showing some movement and fluidity. It just isn’t as good as it needs to be.
Final Grade: C