G had been wanting this game as a Christmas present ever since he first found out that Michael Jordan was going to be in the game. That alone was enough reason for me to make sure that would be his gift. I wasn't a fan of the 2K games at all, but them putting MJ in the game made it appeal to my son which also meant he would get a chance to watch him play virtually. That was yet another way for him to witness the same legend my generation enjoyed.
It had been a while since I had personally played a basketball game on the PS3. The last one I had was back when NBA2K9 came out. That was a stretch for me because I had always been an NBA Live supporter. But their game that year was very sluggish and a rather huge disappointment. So I went the 2K route instead. Only to find out that I didn't like the controls as much. It was entirely too difficult to make shots which took all the fun out of the game for me. G didn't seem to mind it though. He played that joint on a regular basis so I guess it wasn't all bad.
I decided to pick up the stick and give this one a shot. Afterall, it had Jordan in it so there was no way I could pass up playing. I don't know if it had been a while or what but the controls seemed to be a lot more fluent than their last games. I was able to get back into the groove almost immediately. There was some slight rust but I had that shaken off after just a couple of games. So much so that G and I switched the quarters to 10-minutes as opposed to the 5-minutes they have set at the default.
All of the basketball games have been evolving to the point where the players look more and more like the real thing. Where they always get it right is during the still shots. It's during the action where some of them have lacked. They will most likely give the all-stars all of their moves but not all of the players. 2K11 made sure that EVERY player looks authentic during ALL the action of the game. It's easily the most authentic looking basketball game I've seen to date.
The Jordan factor is easily the high point of the game. They've got MJ in there at every significant part of his career. All of the classic Bull teams of yesteryear are on there. Including his rookie year when he stil had hair. They also made sure that his moves are indicative of that particular Jordan era. The older MJ still has the fluidity that you remember in later years without the same lift he had earlier in his career. But when you play with and/or against the younger MJ he has some of the NASTIEST dunks in that game.
Something nearly equally as good as the Jordan component of the game is the squads from back in the day that they put on there. They made sure to include all of those teams that were Jordan's biggest rivals. Ewing and Starks' Knicks. 'Nique with the Hawks (and a younger Doc Rivers). Bird and the Celtics. Magic and the Lakers. It's too bad that Barkley and the Suns are missing though thanks to him not wanting sign off on it. Or that they don't have the benches from those classic teams. Still, it's so great to have even the classic starters from that era so I can teach G about the greats of the past while virtually showing him how they played.
It's been a while since I've played 2K11. And by a while I mean a few weeks or so. I've just been too busy with work, studying for those licensning exams and getting the XL-Images gig going (which I should probably still do a separate post about) that I haven't been on lately. But the last time I did play I made sure to have one of the players break Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game performance. Ray Allen was able to do it with just 10-minute quarters. Just thinking about that and how fun that game is has me wanting to bust it out again. That means the 2K folks did their job with this latest joint.