Visual Concepts and 2K have told fans plenty about NBA 2K16‘s new Pro-Am mode, its Spike Lee-directed career mode and we’ve also gotten plenty of details about the all new Team Relocation feature too, but what fans are sorely missing is a proper gameplay. Gameplay with no fancy lettering spliced in between, just unadulterated on-court action.
The two teams behind the game have made good on that though, having released a brand new NBA 2K16 gameplay trailer that not only shows off the game but it manages to shade (albeit subtly) their rival series, EA’s NBA Live. Watch the full thing after the break.
NBA 2K16 Gameplay Trailer
As expected, NBA 2K16 looks phenomenal. The series was always known for its pretty spiffy graphics, but the current-gen versions of the game really show that off. From muscles and players’ unique tattoos to beads of sweat and even the blemishes on a player’s face, it’s all there in brilliant, HD glory. Pair this with each impressive dunk, layup and three-pointer and you’ve got years of fantastic replay-worthy gameplay content right there.
NBA 2K16 even has a few smaller features, that add to its ‘authenticity’. The trailer shows LeBron James and Steph Curry adjust their mouthguards (although it looks a little odd in the trailer), and in another scene we see Golden State forward Draymond Green photo-bombing an interview between Curry and reporter Doris Burke in hilarious fashion. Also, the trailer appears to tease college basketball, which has been a rumoured feature since July.
Furthermore, some eagle-eyed NBA 2K fans have pointed out that the trailer also shows Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook getting dunked on and having a shot blocked, respectively. Lillard was NBA Live 15‘s cover star, while Westbrook will feature on the box of NBA Live 16. A bit of rivalry is good fun, but let’s hope that it pushes both basketball series to keep getting better.
NBA 2K16 will be released on September 29, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.