As with FIFA and Pro Evo, year after year 2k and EA go head to head with their respective NBA games, and, more often than not, EA ends up winning the chart battle. But is this right?
Thing is, comparing 2k7 to Pro Evo is not far off. Unlike Live's flashy, arcade, players skating on ice gameplay, 2k7 concentrates on a more sim approach, which, to be honest, feels a lot more satisfying to play. The players feel realistic and solid when moving, and the controls feel responsive and satisfying. In particular, the shot stick (right analog) is very effective when it comes to scoring baskets.
But don't be fooled, as with Pro Evo, you can't jump straight in. There is a learning curve, and the shot stick does take a little getting used to, but it really is worth it. Once mastered, control is fluid and responsive, and you will amaze yourself with some of the plays you pull off.
The presentation and graphics are top notch too, with a fully licensed NBA roster, All Star teams, and animated crowds. Commentary is a little sparse but player chatter and crowd noise mean it detracts very little from the atmosphere.
Final mention should go to the size of the game. From the various one-off game modes, to the gargantuan Association Mode(think Master League) this game will keep you occupied for months. Tons of options, a crib to decorate, it's all there. Simply put, this is the best b-ball game on PS2, and one of the best sports games I've played. A must have, especially at this price.