NBA 2K7 PlayStation 3
Published by: 2K Sports
Developed by: Visual Concepts
Release Date: Out Now
With the NBA 2K series being one of the better basketball games out there at the moment it's great to see the series arrive on the PlayStation 3 so soon. NBA 2K7 is filled to the brim with a variety of game modes. You can opt to jump into a Quick Game or play the 24/7 mode, The Association mode, Season mode, Street mode, Tournament mode, Practice mode, Situation mode and of course you can play online with support for league and tournament play. This year the 24/7 mode has been altered somewhat with enhanced character creation tools. It's also more forgiving and arcade-like with moves that are unique to the mode. The Association mode has also been improved and now allows 3 team trading, progressive fatigue and season award races amongst other things. On the whole NBA 2K7 plays a great game of basketball although one or two issues prevent the game from being as good as it could be.
In terms of the features and the modes on offer, the PlayStation 3 version of NBA 2K7 is practically identical to the Xbox 360. That means of course that you're getting a well-rounded basketball title with a great collection of offline and multiplayer options that should please fans of the sport. One of the few problems we had with the 360 version was that shooting with the right analogue stick just didn't feel right and sadly the same can be said of the PlayStation 3 version. The game does make a minor use of the motion-sensing Sixaxis controller in that you can take free-throws mimicking the throwing action. In truth this inclusion isn't anything worthwhile but at least it provides another control option.
Whilst the PlayStation 3 version of NBA 2K7 is a great basketball game, and it looks very nice, it does suffer from some frame rate issues. In fact at times the frame rate seems very low and this does take the gloss off what is otherwise a very good game. It's especially disappointing when you consider the 360 had no such problems. The player models are practically identical to what they were in the 360 version which means they look very impressive. As with the 360 version though, you'll notice the character models for the coaches and the crowd look like they came from the PlayStation 2 version and look really odd when compared with the excellent player models. The load times can be a little on the long side although, in fairness, this won't cause any problems.
NBA 2K7 for the PlayStation 3 is just the same as NBA 2K7 on the Xbox 360 when it comes to its suitability for deaf gamers. The game has the usual problems for deaf gamers that sports titles present. The commentary and all of the co-commentary and courtside feedback is not subtitled. As with other titles, this is disappointing if not surprising. The cutscenes in the 24/7 mode are not subtitled either so you’ll miss out on the rather poor story. Whilst that’s not necessarily a bad thing (due to the fact it’s not very interesting), it’s rather unfair. Other than that though there aren’t any other real problems. The 24/7 mode does show text objectives and tutorial messages. The other modes display all of their important messages in text too, meaning you’ll have no problem enjoying the game even if you don’t get to appreciate its full ambience.
Although it's currently the only game for basketball fans who only own a PlayStation 3, NBA 2K7 is a very good game that most fans of the sport will enjoy. The frame rate problems are unfortunate however and give the impression that the game isn't making the most of the hardware resources at its disposal. Performance issues aside though, the game is a very good basketball game that should manage to please anyone who has an interest in the sport, whether you're looking to play online or offline.
NBA 2K7 is a very good game but frame rate problems do mar the PlayStation 3 version. If you can get past the frame rate issue, you'll really enjoy what's on offer here.