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NBA 2K18 Wins Best Presentation For 2017

One of the things I’ve always stressed in sports video games is the importance of a respective game being true to its sport from how the game plays to the presentation in the game. We’ve seen what I consider a large improvement in game presentation and presentation packages over the last three to four cycles of games, but no game has really tried and consistently improved their presentation package quite like NBA 2K has.

Once again, NBA 2K18 has delivered. Everything from the pre, halftime and postgame shows with Shaq, Kenny and Ernie to courtside interviews with David Aldridge fits in here. Yes, we’ve seen this from NBA 2K in previous versions, but the improvement that the team has put in graphically and with the scripting is noticeable. In games where the home team goes on a run or might need a defensive stop and the momentum is high (think playoffs or key games), the screen shakes feverishly. This subtle but awesome touch shows the level of detail that the development team over at 2K really put into the game this year. There are different pregame introductions ranging from the game clip and soundtrack montages that we saw last year to lineup introductions and the singing of the national anthem. Of course audio detail has improved this year as well.

In the various modes of the game, the presentation adds little touches; MyCareer, in tandem with the story, has scenarios where you can get interviewed by the aforementioned David Aldridge if you have a good first half in a game. Playing well and having a standout game will earn you a postgame interview with either Shaq or Kenny. The pregame shootaround, where you’re a participant along with your teammates, is new to the game and is a neat addition.

All in all, NBA 2K18 has deservedly won Best Presentation for 2017. It’ll be interesting to see what 2K and all the other AAA sports titles bring us in 2018 in terms of presentation.

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  1. I like the presentation the team at VC has been able to do the past couple of years no other sports game comes close but they could always improve especially the presentation during the all star game/Rising stars game which have been just treated like regular games and during the NBA finals which has been kinda disappointing.
    2K18 doesn't have a post-game show but it deserved to win. Presentation all around is excellent, but there are some small things I'd appreciate.
    Adding a weekly recap/wrap up show to MyLeague/MyGm for example, I know that's probably not a priority because most people tend to skip cutscenes but dozens of us would love it. I always thought it would be cool to have fake blog posts written by David Aldridge or Bleacher Report like sites that break down the latest power rankings, injuries, rumors, hot streaks and building hype for upcoming drafts. Stuff like that is a great way to immerse yourself even further in the unique experience of playing through MyLeague.
    2K18 is really immersive. It sucks you into the feel and vibe of an NBA arena. There are parachute drops (I had no idea this was even a thing until I played the game), shirt cannons and dunk teams. They nail the "little things," so to speak. The actual presentation could use a facelift.
    I'd like to see more network like stat banners without the players posing and stuff. Its cool looking in The Park and Pro Am but in actual NBA games its gamey. Just the name and stats look cleaner like it was in 2K14.
    I don't know what it is with 2K and free throws but can we just get a simple stat banner with a players current and career percentages. I shouldn't have to look up How good or bad a player is while they're at the line.
    The halftime show is fine now but it needs to either add coverage for other games (in real life for NBA Today, franchise for franchise games) or have another package, again like 2K14, that covers other happenings around the league. There was one where they would shrink the gameplay screen (during a free throw) and Damon Bruce would update you on other things. That's cool, we need more of that.
    Let the big game with Shaq and company own that night, but have another more generic package that's more informative. While I'm on it, add back "Kenny Stamp of Approval" from 2K7 to liven it up some.
    I can't be the only one who would rather see the teams logos shown on the studio desk screens instead of 2K everywhere. There are 4 screens all with 2K. You can advertise 2K and whatever else on the other 2 screens.
    Those are small things, but they'd be huge for network like presentation.
    Detroit Red
    2K18 doesn't have a post-game show but it deserved to win. Presentation all around is excellent, but there are some small things I'd appreciate.
    Adding a weekly recap/wrap up show to MyLeague/MyGm for example, I know that's probably not a priority because most people tend to skip cutscenes but dozens of us would love it. I always thought it would be cool to have fake blog posts written by David Aldridge or Bleacher Report like sites that break down the latest power rankings, injuries, rumors, hot streaks and building hype for upcoming drafts. Stuff like that is a great way to immerse yourself even further in the unique experience of playing through MyLeague.

    In one of the older 2k football games (2k5?), they had a weekly wrap up with Chris Berman running down scores,stats,standings,etc. ; I think this would be a welcome edition to My League or even My Career. IMO it would definitely make the experience more immersive.
    One of the older NBA 2K games (I want to say 2K10) used to sometimes show a ticker at the bottom of the screen with stats and fake MLB/NHL scores, I thought that was a cool little feature that added to the TV presentation feel.
    I agree. NBA 2k18 has the best presentation of all the sports games imo. It gets better by the year! Can't wait to see what's in store for NBA 2K19.
    WWE 2k commentary is the worst by a mile. MLB the shows isn’t great and PES 18 is also fairly terrible. 
    Fifa 18 is a close 2nd to nba 2k , if you play mostly for the BPL especially.  I love the half time and post game replay segments . They really manage to capture the action and play out in a meaningful way.
    NBA 2k was clearly the best though.
    Steve_OS

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    I hate to knock 18, but I would argue nba 2k11, 12 and 13 had stronger commentary, better sountracks, better highlight features and presentation than 18 ever will. For commentary , You would hear countless side stories to current and the legends through out the games and they seemed to not repeat often . Nice interesting Tidbits of their history and as 2k went on this slowly went away . Not to mention the authentic stadium sounds and retro themes for the classics . I'm by no means saying NBA 2K 18 is a slouch, but I am making the claim it's still used to be a lot better. Another proof you don't need to have a more powerful system to make a better atmosphere
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    I agree with most that 2k18 is probably the top. But I think Madden needs some mention, this past year they included talking about scores from around the league, and what's happening in that game, THAT'S HUGE for franchise players like myself, you become immerse into your own franchise. I can't stress how important that is. And unfortunately NBA2K took that part of the presentation out of the in-game show for some reason.
    MrWrestling3
    In one of the older 2k football games (2k5?), they had a weekly wrap up with Chris Berman running down scores,stats,standings,etc. ; I think this would be a welcome edition to My League or even My Career. IMO it would definitely make the experience more immersive.
    One of the older NBA 2K games (I want to say 2K10) used to sometimes show a ticker at the bottom of the screen with stats and fake MLB/NHL scores, I thought that was a cool little feature that added to the TV presentation feel.

    2k13's halftime had a scoreboard recap of all the games going on that way and the ones that still had to be played. It was so cool and sometimes I'd just chill and watch it, something I rarely do with cutscenes.
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    I loved 2k18, but the constant patches kept affecting my gameplay Sliders, which was very frustrating. When I adjust my sliders to get the gameplay perfect, they would release a patch that would mess up the gameplay.
    GisherJohn24
    I hate to knock 18, but I would argue nba 2k11, 12 and 13 had stronger commentary, better sountracks, better highlight features and presentation than 18 ever will. For commentary , You would hear countless side stories to current and the legends through out the games and they seemed to not repeat often . Nice interesting Tidbits of their history and as 2k went on this slowly went away . Not to mention the authentic stadium sounds and retro themes for the classics . I'm by no means saying NBA 2K 18 is a slouch, but I am making the claim it's still used to be a lot better. Another proof you don't need to have a more powerful system to make a better atmosphere
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    I'm sorry man, but that's crazy. And it seems like you just want to bash the game for the hell of it. I remember a convo with you at launch where you said Live 18s commentary was better. This was when Live 18 hadn't even updated its commentary they were using 17s.
    The commentary hasn't changed since Kerr was brought onboard. There are just more people now. If anything, they ramble on a bit much (especially Webber) about stuff not pertaining to the actual game.
    Last gen couldn't touch this gen as far as atmosphere and they're adding more stuff each year. Last gen didn't have choreographed routines; sit down interviews; parachute drops; crowd members holding head cutouts and actually catching shirts thrown to them; actual recorded rim and dribble sounds for the different arenas. Its not huge but it adds up to an impressive package. Most of the stuff they have done probably wasn't even possible last gen.
    I personally like 2K14 this gens overall package the best because of how TV like it was. Crowd sounds still need work, and things can always be improved but I recognize that 2K18 is the best from an overall presenation aspect and it's not even close.
    Junior Moe
    I'm sorry man, but that's crazy. And it seems like you just want to bash the game for the hell of it. I remember a convo with you at launch where you said Live 18s commentary was better. This was when Live 18 hadn't even updated its commentary they were using 17s.
    The commentary hasn't changed since Kerr was brought onboard. There are just more people now. If anything, they ramble on a bit much (especially Webber) about stuff not pertaining to the actual game.
    Last gen couldn't touch this gen as far as atmosphere and they're adding more stuff each year. Last gen didn't have choreographed routines; sit down interviews; parachute drops; crowd members holding head cutouts and actually catching shirts thrown to them; actual recorded rim and dribble sounds for the different arenas. Its not huge but it adds up to an impressive package. Most of the stuff they have done probably wasn't even possible last gen.
    I personally like 2K14 this gens overall package the best because of how TV like it was. Crowd sounds still need work, and things can always be improved but I recognize that 2K18 is the best from an overall presenation aspect and it's not even close.

    No my friend, I'm sorry if you think I was coming off hostile or anything. I Just believe there are aspects of previous gen that were better. Like I did say, there's some nice things 18 does. The interviews are cool, but I did eventually find myself skipping them, but that's just me. My main complaint was merely the commentary mostly, I just thought they did a little bit nicer of a job on the old games telling those little mini stories about a player in the game. I do agree with you with guys like Webber, he just rambles on with his garble during a big play or dunk like it never happened. I thought 2k11, 12 and 13 approached that issue a little bit better when something happened on the court and then it flawlessly went back into the story telling stuff. IF you break out 2k11-13 today you'll get what I'm saying.
    I thought the older games had more authentic venue sounds and if you break out the "jordan challenge" you'll see what i mean by that when the Bulls were going to differen't opponents stadiums. . And they went out of their way especially for the legends old courts. That was my main gripe. They kind of just forgot about that and I don't have that "retro" atmosphere that we had in the past. I thought the player of the game high light reel after a game was more well done in years past. It flowed better, the music meshed with it and I feel it had more spirit. Again, 18 is no slouch for presentation. But I wish they would work on atmosphere again and really show improvements for 19. I would love to have Stadium specific PA announcers. I'm tired of hearing the same guy.
    And I need to retract what I said about NBA Live. Although I thought it was good in the beginning, as you keep playing, the repitition is completely obvious. It's bad. And they haven't updated it all. So I do take that back 100%. 2k still has the best commentary in the world on any sports game.
    mb625
    2k13's halftime had a scoreboard recap of all the games going on that way and the ones that still had to be played. It was so cool and sometimes I'd just chill and watch it, something I rarely do with cutscenes.
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    I remember that too; personally I think the game would benefit from more concentration those little touches that get you engaged with what's going on around you in the NBA and less concentration on comic relief characters trying (and failing) to engage in some sort of Seinfeld-esque dialogue exchange.
    Meanwhile after moving and rebranding the Pelicans in 2K18 the oh so impressive t-shirt cannons and parachutes are still in Pelican colors.... as well as wierdly overlapping crowd and bench elements during timeouts. 
    geisterhome
    agree with NBA2k being the best, which is 2nd? And which of the AAA titles has the worst presentation?

    NBA Live would be 2nd for me overall. The ESPN presentation is really well done. The commentary is just awful, though. It's strange because I'd rate Maddens commentary (commentary alone) a hair above 2Ks. Maybe it's because they update it regularly so it feels fresh, but I like the delivery and back and forth between Brandon and Charles. Maddens overall presenation feels like something tailor made for MUT. It doesn't resemble an actual TV broadcast. So I'd put Madden last. I don't see why they don't utilize the ESPN liscence like they do with Live. They have the commentary and actual gameplay to make something special.

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