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Release Date:September 20, 2016
NBA 2K17 is a professional basketball simulation game that is developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. The 2K basketball series is one of the longest running sports titles in video game history and NBA 2K17 is the 18th installment in the franchise. Released on September 20, 2016 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC the game is one of the only video games in the industry getting the same kind of attention for both previous and current generation consoles.
As is the case with most sports games, the development and marketing teams pick a cover athlete to be on the box. This year, the regular version of NBA 2K17 is featuring Paul George but there is another version that features Kobe Bryant, who retired at the end of last year. Bryant is featured on the Legend Edition of the game.
The game’s soundtrack has long been a point of pride with the developers of the title, who look to put some of the most popular songs in the world onto each iteration. In NBA 2K17 there are more than 50 new songs on the soundtrack and they are being curated by artists like Grimes, Imagine Dragons, and Noah Shebib.
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NBA 2K17 was officially announced on April 13, 2016. The game was revealed with a new trailer. Aside from the regular edition, a ‘Legend Edition’ of the game was made to be available for players to purchase. The Legend Edition of the title features Kobe Bryant as the cover athlete and comes with several different physical and digital bonuses, such as a poster and Virtual Currency which can be used to purchase different boosts in various modes. The standard edition cover art for the game, featuring Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, was unveiled in June 2016. The developers say George was chosen to be the NBA 2K17 cover athlete because he is known as a rather devoted player of the NBA 2K series.
The development team also gave other players the cover in different countries. This was reportedly done in order to appeal to a broader audience. In Italy, the development team picked the cover athlete to be Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets. In Spain, the cover athlete is Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs. Both of those players were born in those countries and had a career in those countries before moving to the NBA.
One of the biggest changes the development team says it made in NBA 2K17 compared to other versions in the series is the in-game sounds. The team says it wasn’t happy with the way the game sounded, especially in NBA 2K16 version. The the development team went to every NBA team’s stadium and made recording of the crowd and what was happening on the court. Visual Concepts believes they have managed to make the game that much more realistic.
While there isn’t a specific story that unfolds during several of the game modes in NBA 2K17, there is one mode, the MyCareer aspect of the game that does have specific scripted moments. The point of this mode is to make users feel as though they really are going through a career in the NBA. This means more than simply putting up as many big stats as possible.
The MyCareer mode brings episodes where the player has to interact with various people and places that are meant to show what life is like for a rookie when they have just started out in the NBA. This includes making decisions that are geared towards affecting popularity and other aspects of off the court behavior.
There is also a smaller kind of story running through the MyGM mode. When players decide they want to build a dynasty instead of play in one, they take on the role of a general manager. During the seasons as the GM of a player’s favorite team, the player will have some interactions with the owner of the team, as well as players and coaches. There will also be some interactions with the media after games. Answers chosen will affect how a player’s team and career will progress.
NBA 2K17 has a number of different modes that are all played from a third person point of view. MyCareer has players take on the role of a rookie NBA player. The users must then guide the player through a career in the league. The Prelude is a part of MyCareer where users first build the legend of the player they are stepping into the shoes of. In this mode, players play a few college games in order to build up the ratings of the NBA player.
MyGM allows players to take over the front office of any NBA team a user would want. Users can control almost any aspect of the construction of a franchise. This gameplay mode is only available for the current generation consoles. The Association is a scaled down version of MyGM that is only available on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
USA Basketball allows players to take control of the USA Team and play alongside some of the country’s best players and Coach K. Users can also replay the first Dream Team season from back in 1992. PRO-AM is an online mode that allows players to build their own “fantasy draft” team. MyLEAGUE is primarily an online multiplayer game where users can create leagues and have their friends join. They can then go uop against each other in online head-to-head games.
MyTeam is another mode that allows you to use Dynamic Duos, limited-use Free Agent Cards, and a newly revamped 3-on-3 mode with a abrand new player selection process. Blactops allows players to play a kind of street-basketball mode where users can take on other users in 1v1, 3v3, and 5v5 online games.
All of the teams in NBA 2K17 are the teams that are in the real NBA. There are also select European league teams as well as a select number of college basketball teams. This game offers a brand new feature as well that allows users to insert expansion teams. The game allows users to create up to 4 expansion teams in a league.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game