Full disclosure here, I was very skeptical when I heard some big game companies (like 2K) here were going to be bringing their flagship games to mobile devices. Still, as a huge fan of the NBA 2K series, I was very interested to see how this would play out and I feel that NBA 2K17 came out much better than many of us thought it would.
I do not know what it was, but I got really hooked on My Career in NBA 2K17 on Android. It works the same way as its consoles big brother. You create your My Player and you can get really in depth with this if you want. You then play a few college games (only four) and then you get drafted into the NBA. The mobile version of NBA 2K17 does away with much of the story that the console versions have, but I actually think this works in the game's favor. You can just get down to the business of being a great baller. I say this, but it does give you some choices to make which can alter your NBA destiny.
The Full Experience
While it clearly cannot match what the PS4, Xbox One, and PC offers. The Android version of NBA 2K17 does offer a full NBA 2K experience. 2K17 had the “Blacktop” this basically serves as your hub where you can pick what you want to do. This ranges from taking on another human player to taking on a full NBA Season. If you are like me and have always enjoyed taking the reins of an NBA franchise and trying to lead them to glory, this mode is going to take over your life. Having this in the palm of your hand and being able to play it when you have a spare 10 minutes here and there or when you are on lunch from work makes it very addictive. In all, I was very impressed with the number of game modes that NBA 2K17 offered.
Of course, all of the flash means nothing if the game does not control well. Too many mobile games that have tried to emulate their console big brothers fall at the control hurdle. To be fair though, NBA 2K17 does fair quite well. You play the game with a virtual joystick on one side of the screen and a series of buttons on the other. I feel that they give you complete control over the action, but they have simplified it a little so that the screen is not too cluttered with buttons. There is certainly some work by you required to get the hang of the controls. The NBA 2K series is not an arcade style game so it does have a learning curve. The controls I felt worked ok, the control stick though seemed to have trouble on occasion picking up exactly what I wanted it to do and this was frustrating and I do not think it was because of my giant sausage style fingers! I did notice that you can use a controller with this game if you wish, but that kind of takes away the on the go point of this version of NBA 2K17.
NBA 2K17 on Android is a solid NBA experience. Some may think why play this version over one of the newer ones. I though feel that the 2K17 version has all the game modes you would want, decent controls, great graphics and it is not as bogged down with Microtransactions as the newer games in the series have become. It is still easy to download and if you want an in-depth basketball sim on the go it is well worth checking out.
- The presentation is very high quality
- My Career is super addictive
- Taking control of an NBA franchise is a lot of fun
- Blacktop is a very interesting idea
- Feels like a full console experience
- Controls can sometimes be a little floaty
- Outdated rosters by this point