A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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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