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NBA 2K16 for iOS has improved 3D models for all players

When 2K first started their sports section and targeted the Basketball market you got the feeling they had something up their sleeves, the 2013 was OK but when NBA 2K14 came out last year on the Xbox One we got one of the best NBA games you were likely to play. It wasn’t perfect, which at least have 2K the chance to improve on them for the latest release. Was the 46gb download going to impress me more than last year? Only time would tell… 2K Sports bounces back with their NBA series with NBA 2K16, which competes annually against other sporting heavyweights like FIFA and NHL in the video game market. Like those games, NBA increases its popularity by making subtle and key changes to graphics and game-play which has continued to evolve the series for years now.
 
NBA 2K16 for iOS has improved 3D models for all of the players, but the game really shines in motion. It’s the first mobile basketball game that can even be considered playable as a basketball simulation on the go. Previous efforts have been embarrassing, and it makes NBA 2K16 look that much better in comparison. For the first time on iOS, you can actually dribble the ball where you want, pass to specific points, take properly timed shots, guard opponents, generate steals, and simply feel in control of both sides of the court. There’s an actual flow to the game like a real basketball game with the way the players move around the court. The setting is reminiscent of the quality on PS3, though some modeling still is at PS2 era, but either way it’s quite a jump for iOS.

 
NBA has come far throughout the years and 2K16 shows it with its premium rate presentation and silky smooth game-play and its next gen graphics, but can it stand proud against the mighty FIFA or even knock it off the top spot as the best sports game in existence today? Or does it bounce off the rim? NBA 2K16 is a ridiculously big game. Not just in terms of the amount that's stuffed into this annual rejigging of the franchise, either. It's 3GB. So if you like saving space on your iPhone or iPad, it's probably going to cause you some headaches. Luckily it's got the chops to make up for its slightly bonkers girth problem. This is one of the slickest basketball experiences we've seen on the App Store.
 
It's gorgeous to look at, controls brilliantly even using the on-screen buttons, and there's a huge wealth of game modes, from single matches to a full career mode. Despite the fact that basketball has never been my primary sport of enjoyment, NBA 2K16 has easily become one of my favorite releases of the 2014 fiscal year, and is currently sitting much higher on my personal GOTY list than I'd ever have expected from a basketball simulation in 2014. And, if you ask me, its current placement is as much a result of the things that NBA 2K16 does right as it is the result of big games like Destiny and Assassin's Creed Unity proving to be gigantic disappointments.
 
I went and started a MyFranchise session. Instantly trading and dealing until my starting line-up looked like a USA dream team (LeBron, Kobe, Rose, Griffin, Noah, Carmello, etc). I blitzed through a shortened season - the ability to only play 18 games per season rather than 82 is outstanding - and then return to my player who is now sitting on a pile of gold coins. And you will need a LOT of coins, because 2K16 is harsh and won’t give you anything for free. Literally, there are no free clothing options, no free tattoos or other customization options. All of the things you’ve grown used to in other sports games (even down to elbow braces and socks) have to be paid for. Some of them are for online gear, which makes a bit of sense, but seems incredibly mean when you want your rookie to look his best.
 
It's a shame because online modes like the intriguing MyPark (where players can form crews and challenge others on street courts) are less appealing as a result. It has improved since our first outing, although there are still issues with waiting times. Hopefully this is something that can be completely eradicated, although fortunately there's more than enough to be getting on with in single-player. NBA 2K16 builds on the foundations laid down by its predecessors, providing an all-star basketball experience marred only by online issues.