NBA 2K15

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Stellar pro hoops franchise slam-dunks with added modes.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Modes such as MyPlayer emphasize the value of working hard and practicing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nothing highlights why NBA players and prospects should be looked to as role models.

Ease of Play

Easy for veterans. Steep learning curve for newcomers, as controls can be complex. Has practice modes and some tutorials.

Language

"Damn" in some songs.

Consumerism

Sprite, Adidas, Nike in on-court ads and broadcast features and on player outfits.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NBA 2K15 is a straightforward game of professional basketball. Players can choose one of the NBA's 30 teams and either guide them through exhibition games or to a championship in franchise mode. Players also can choose to create their own superstar player and lead him to victory. Controls may seem a bit tricky for new players, but practice modes and tutorials will help newcomers; veterans will feel right at home. The soundtrack features popular radio tracks, with the strongest language being "damn." Lots of sponsored segments include Sprite replays, and athletes wear Nike and Adidas gear. Multiplayer mode is unmoderated, so gamers may be subjected to inappropriate content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byoverprotectivemom21 December 1, 2014

Violent

it is horrific as b-ball players slam their bodies into other players to get the ball into the hoop. This horrific event is then in television and players then... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 12, 14, and 17 year old Written byESRB April 28, 2015

Nba 2k15 Game Review

Its a fun Game. It's Rates E so It's for kids. Nothing else to really Say.
Kid, 10 years old December 23, 2014

Gamers and Sports Fans

Play as your favorite players and dunk, pass, and juke. MyCareer is even more fun on the upgrade from 2k15 and definitely for kids 8+.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRealSources13 November 7, 2015

Wack game on old gen PS3 and Xbox360

THIS GAME SUCKS ON ALL OLD GENS UPGRAD3 TO CURRENT GEN PS4 OR XBOX ONE. NBA 2K15 AND 2K16 ON PS3 AND XBOX 360 ARE JUST 2K10 WITH UPDATED ROSTERS. DONT BOTHER GE... Continue reading

What's it about?

NBA 2K15 marks the return of the popular pro basketball simulation. Players can control one of 30 teams and guide them through a series of exhibitions, both offline and online. For a greater challenge, players can enter MyGM mode, where they serve as a general manager for a team, signing player contracts, making trades, or implementing strategies to guide their team to a championship. The game also offers a more individual experience through MyPlayer, where players create their own potential superstar, sign him to a team, and then have him work his way up to the starting roster. That player also can participate in MyPark, a special mode that focuses on streetball.

Is it any good?

NBA 2K15 continues to cement the pro hoops franchise as one of the best in the sports genre. The level of detail is incredible; players look nearly identical to their real-world counterparts, and they move fluidly on the court. Add the authentic broadcast, and it feels like a game you might see on TV.

What makes this edition special is more robust MyGM and MyPlayer modes in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. MyGM offers an incredible level of depth to the experience of managing a team, from restructuring contracts to fielding calls about trades from opposing general managers. It really gives you a sense of the front office. MyPlayer has players earn a 10-day contract, then fight for a starting role on a team. The rush of ensuring your player lands on a squad is tense but exhilarating. With all these features, NBA 2K15 is a slam dunk.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how NBA 2K15 compares to real-world basketball. How well does it mirror the sport? Are there some elements you won't find on a real court?

  • Discuss consumerism in sports games. NBA 2K15 shows a lot of corporate logos in an attempt to recreate broadcast NBA games. Does the inclusion of these logos add to its realism, or are they only being used to push products on players?

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