Another excellent soundtrack, even if subjectively I think some of the tunes suck. NBA 2K16's commentary also remains exemplary and the atmosphere is authentic.
Superb player likenesses rub shoulders with authentic arenas and pitch-perfect broadcast-style presentation. Some of the cut-scenes in MyCareer are a bit shonky though.
Far smoother and more responsive on-court, NBA 2K16 really feels like basketball this year, although it's not without its issues. AI can often be quite poor, leading to some truly frustrating moments, while certain players - *cough* Steph Curry – never seem to miss a shot or mess up a play. Ever.
A wealth of modes and features will keep you more than happy until NBA 2K17, while the improvements to the game's suite of online bits and bobs make for a less infuriating ordeal. It's not all perfect, but it's getting better.
A less time-consuming achievement list than last year that covers all of the ground it needs to without demanding too much grinding. There's a nice chunk of Gamerscore for completing Livin' Da Dream too, which is good, I guess.