5 Simply The Best Basketball Game Ever!BurmasFinest | 30/04/2007 | See all BurmasFinest's reviews (43)Top 100 Reviewer Top 100 Music Reviewer Top 10 Electronics Reviewer I am a huge fan of Basketball and Basketball games. I've been playing them ever since the days of Lakers vs. Celtics on the Sega Megadrive or TV Sports Basketball on the Commodore Amiga. Over the years there have been some good and some not so good ones but there have been very few that were great. The first in EA Sports' NBA Live series for the original PlayStation was truly great but since then, I've found the EA sports series pretty hit or miss.Once I got my XBox 360, the first demo I downloaded from XBox Live was NBA 2K7 and my jaw was on the floor for the whole of the first game I played, then the second, and the third.... you get the idea. The first and most obvious things to mention are the graphics and the animations. I have never in my life seen characters move more fluidly and like people than in NBA 2K7. The graphics are simply outstanding! The players' uniforms move and billow as the players move in different directions; the players sweat as they spend longer out on the floor; and most of the players have their own signature animations for shooting so they do more than merely resemble their real-life counterparts - they actually move like them!But the graphics are just the start of this basketball feast. The presentation style - including things like commentary and camera angles - is simply the finest I've ever seen. The only criticism I would level is that the menu screens and various other screens that make an appearance during the game hark back to the Megadrive days in terms of their visual styling. Maybe it's retro-chic but I don't care for it personally. Anyway, that's pretty much the only niggle I have with this game - and that's being really picky.The gameplay itself is stunning and tremendous fun and should prove a reasonable challenge for most players before they migrate to online play. There are all the usual game modes such as a Franchise mode (called The Association), Season Mode, and the like along with a 2K Sports original called 24/7 which is an interesting change of pace and is about creating a custom player and taking him through various street-ball challenges. I personally didn't really care for it but it's a real bonus to have along side the unsurpassed core gameplay.You can still download the demo and try before you buy but I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. I bought this months ago and still can't stop playing it. Roll on NBA 2K8 - I'll be waiting for it!