When you say it like this it already sounds like an unanimous win for NBA, but if people just give me a moment you’ll learn that this entry isn’t an argument but more a “prove me wrong”. I’m currently playing NBA 2K18 after a life of “towing the line” when it comes to the sport and generally seeing the loves and hates I have in my life. To actually see things a lot more differently as friends, family, people, everything is a bit “up in the air” and so I find myself relearning things as well as trying new things and this means actually buying NBA 2K18 in the most “that’s not Alex” move. The sugar on top and in a way of “you can take the lad out of the haggle but you can’t take the haggle out of the lad” as I walked into Game and for nigh on three months was asking for a price check, it started at £50, then as it worked it’s way down as it was then £45, £42, £40. Now it’s £35 but in my masterstroke (£33 on Amazon) I haggled for a pre-owned copy for £22.50 and this was only last month so I’m chuffed with myself.
Since owning NBA 2K18 it’s presentation is the best translation from TV to video game I have EVER WITNESSED! Take this statement to the bank and “fight me” if you disagree, I say “fight me” but I’m a lover not a fighter so I simply ask for you to inform me in a diplomatic fashion a better video game. To think the game has an in-game talk show’eque feature called NBA 2KTV and it’s so perfect you’d think it was a real thing on TV, at a push Netflix or Amazon Prime. I have no words as it features real people (I see you Rachel Demita talking about a video game world as if it’s real and that simply helps “blur the lines” as yes I’m in my thirties and I still game but technically better a video game than murder or hooliganism #SadButTrue.
The most popular criticism I hear about WWE 2K is “if the developers are 2K, why are the presentations so different”. Clearly point one NBA and nil points for WWE. But this is a true statement, but technically when have you ever watched WWE and thought it was real? What WWE is is the same level of escapism as Star Wars, or Twilight, or Power Rangers but it’s clearly “predetermined” so the stigma is beyond a joke but then you get a couple individuals that may be “sports entertainers” but look how they then transfer to “real sports”. The key example is Brock Lesnar, that man may be the distaste of the “WWE Universe” for his schedule but he freakin’ earned it as we’re meant to “suspend our disbelief” when watching WWE but then if an individual doesn’t turn up on a regular basis we scream bloody murder?
Either way look at how Brock Lesnar transferred his skill into UFC and won, then CM Punk tried the same thing but lost. But because we are WWE fans we’re meant to back and support CM Punk more so though he lost in 2 minutes and 30 seconds or something silly like that. Brock Lesnar went on to become a Heavyweight Champion without a “predetermined” or “scripted” match in sight. And not just UFC and mixed martial arts but look at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, in particular Joe Hendry (Local Hero?). From Scotland he performs (literally edited that from “wrestles”) in Defiant Wrestling and commentated for the now defunct 5* wrestling. Unfortunate for that promotion as the idea was a noble one but the execution was “all over the shop” and so if there was any positives from the promotion was how WWE saw Zack Gibson and just how amazing an individual he is and if the stigma with sports entertainment is real then Zack Gibson is “Oscar-award worthy”.
I see WWE and sports entertainment as another escapism such as films, sports, anything along those lines as it’s all <insert a vice here>. The madness of life and our day to day’s, it’s a portal to another world sometimes and so it means to watch it and yes The Undertaker isn’t really undead but he is a fictional character that has lasted nigh-on 20 years and so I can’t hate the guy or the idea as his tenure has garnished appreciation. If this is the case I’m watching Joe Hendry or Brock Lesnar and they are merely two individuals that have somewhat transcended the “sports entertainment bubble” and warrant even the most sceptical individual’s adoration.
For that I have no idea how when playing both games people actually use that argument “how are 2K the same company?” as even the basis of the the two mediums are completely different. You can’t tell me after watching an NBA game that it’s scripted as I went to a mate’s to watch the 2014 NBA Finals (I learned the trophy is called the Larry O’Brien Trophy… The more you know). In agreeing with my friend to stay up and watch it with him as he’s a big basketball fan and though I’m not, he’s a good guy and so it just means that I appreciate the experience as to sit with somebody that liked it enough to answer those pesky questions I surely asked.
Now to my point, if with only watching Ultimate Deletion the Raw commentator Michael Cole actually began the segment apologising for what viewers were about to watch. The same apology that seems beyond silly now as there were members of “The WWE Universe” that weren’t happy how in the “1 hr cut version” for Hulu subscribers they actually cut that segment. You can’t apologise for a segment that so many people voiced their unhappiness for it’s cutting Michael. That man sometimes.
All of this is simply my own way of stating how the WWE is most definitely its own being and its own world sometimes as though “it’s fake”, that argument is as old as The British Monarchy and I just don’t see how Star Wars, Star Trek, Twilight or any film or television programme is any more real? This means that I’m watching it and it’s most definitely that “suspend your disbelief” and for that, it’s most definitely “real to me dammit“.
So when I hear “the presentation of NBA 2K is better and is notably more polished than WWE 2K” I question fans of NBA, WWE, as well as video games as in what world are the two ever drawn in the same breath except for “they have the same developer in 2K”. This means in my short experience of NBA 2K18, it may just even beat FIFA when it comes to sports games, unfortunately football/soccer is the nations sport so yeah. But in presentation and in execution there is not another video game based on sports (or sports entertainment) that comes close.
Awaiting those suggestions by the way faithful readers.