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Check out Kevin Durant in NBA 2K15… looking good

Aug 14, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

That’s lifelike.

That’s some game play imagery from NBA 2K15, which hits the stores Oct. 7. Every year the realism in this game gets better and better and is just astounding.

Although Andre Iguodala would probably disagree and like you to know he could do a better job staying in front of KD than that.

  1. k3nn3k - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    There is a level of animation that will just never match real video. Every year since NBA Jams came out with big head mode there was a push to make graphics look real. Every EA Sports, or NBA 2K whatever game tries every year…and the best they can do is make the animated movies look real (the intros, the isolated replays, etc) but the actual game play still looks average.

    Even KD’s close up on his face looked weird in this video.

    • hwatt - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      fair points, but if you take a step back and look at it objectively, it looks real enough. There’s more realistic than unrealistic at this point. He’s not saying 99% of people who’ve been playing video games and looking at rendered stuff their whole lives will be easily fooled, he’s just saying the technology we have now is impressive. We’ve come a long way from NES Double Dribble.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Go back and play Lakers vs Celtics and compare. We’ve just been advancing in realism each generation, obviously. The types of imagery we’re seeing in games today I would’ve never imagined was possible when I was playing John Elway’s Quarterback in 1988. Actually, in those days, when I thought about the future of realism in gaming I imagined more use of holograms – that was because, at the time, there were hologram games coming out in arcades and I couldn’t think of any other way to render lifelike images.

      But look at the difference between Ghost and Goblins and The Last of Us. It’s incredible. There is a still a realism gap, of course – the Uncanny Valley is still an issue – but it’s closing fast.

  2. antistratfordian - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Why did they make him look like Kendrick Perkins?

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Yesssss! Last year the PC version was hung out to dry but this year they’re using the PC version for all their promo videos. I’m gonna be ballerific like it’s all terrific.

  4. montrealknowledge - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    He does look like Kendrick Perkins… And gameplay is never as nice looking as the intros. No point in buying a sports game EVERY year.

  5. ecnuob51 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    *can’t

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