We don't quite know what it is about basketball, but it holds a certain appeal in professional sports that's very difficult to emulate. The athleticism, theatre, and the draw of their homegrown personalities often hook in professional athletes from around the world in addition to their ravenous fans. This has launched the NBA 2K series into one of the most successful and longstanding basketball franchises in video gaming history and its popularity far exceeds the former king of the castle, NBA Jam.
The best thing about the basketball experience is its accessibility to all players. Whether they're completely new to the sport or follow the action on a regular basis, basketball in its purest form is a simple game: bounce the ball from one end of the court to the other and throw it through a netted hoop to score points. It's perhaps this ease that has made the game such a popular professional sport, but its also the cinematic experience involved when played at a professional level that has ensured it is a mainstay in the realm. From spinning slam dunks through to long-distance three point shots, NBA 2K19 replicates the professional basketball experience flawlessly.
The gameplay experience itself is smooth and easy to control, which is something that such a fast-paced game like basketball sometimes has a problem programming. It also ensures there's next to no learning curve when coming to terms with the basics of the game. For improving on the court and learning the dazzling theatrics though, then players will need to be prepared to spend some time learning the intricacies of using the right stick in such a way that creates the stunning visuals the NBA 2K19 game is well-known for around the world.
Like other professional sports games, skill and technique amounts for quite a bit of the gameplay experience and players can become proficient in NBA 2K19 with a bit of practice. However, the added edge comes from microtransactions and this has received mixed criticism throughout the decade. Fortunately, NBA 2K19 has greatly reduced its dependency on microtransactions and it's now perfectly realistic to expect to enter an online match with another player without the risk of being beaten simply because an opponent decided to invest quite a bit of money into the game to buy the best assets, players, and abilities. The microtransactions in the game often serve to enhance the gameplay rather than form a necessity of the game altogether, which is unfortunately how many games have decided to operate in recent years.
Developer 2K Games has always been known for its great graphics and audio. NBA 2K19 doesn't break the mould here. With a stunning visual experience that makes full use of 1080p technologies where available, players are sure to find themselves completely immersed in what's happening on their screens.
For fans of the sport, NBA 2K19 should be a staple in a video game player's library. It has all the necessities to be a true winner on the virtual court and its exceptionally large community of players are sure to challenge one another for months to come.