That’s right M.J. Michael Jordan B!
OK…seriously how many times are we going to try and fool you with that one?
Michael Jordan is back in the game like EA Sports’ NBA Live 2000 for NBA 2K17. Just like when M.J. was the cover star for 2K12. But this isn’t the greatest Basketball player of all time we’re talking about. But the acclaimed actor with a government like Mike. The Jordan with a B. before his name.
The young star of the Oscar Academy worthy ‘Fruitvale Station’ and the forthcoming Marvel ‘Black Panther’ movie starring ’42’ and ‘Get On Up’ star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, set for release in 2018’s next part is something else entirely. They do say video games gross more than video games nowadays and this isn’t the first time the lead star of the hugely successful ‘Creed’ spin-off from the ‘Rocky’ movie anthology has made the cross from cinemas to consoles as he goes from boxing to basketball, ringside to courtside.
Michael B. Jordan provided his voice for the last ‘Gears Of War’ game, but now the actor is giving more than that. Getting more up close and personal than a first person shooter, Mike B’s whole look is incorporated into the game as you can play with him or as him in the hugely popular MyCareer mode for 2K.
And just how good does his digital character look in this 2017 edition? Just as good as the NBA players themselves…if not better! Because you know some of them…erm. Glitch Alert!
This is the closest Jordan (who counts every NBA alumni from Jordan Clarkson of the Lakers to Michael Jordan’s legendary teammate Charles Oakley as close friends) has got to the NBA since playing alongside the likes of Kevin Hart and Drake for the NBA Celebrity Game during All-Star weekend over the years. But the star of ‘The Wire’ plays another character here in the C.G. form of Justice Young (here’s guessing playing Michael Jordan would be a little too on the nose), following in the digital imprint footsteps of ‘He Got Game’ legendary Spike Lee who directed the MyCareer mode for last years 2K16. This time round Michael’s ‘Creed’ co-writer and teammate Aaron Covington is on script and directing detail. Whilst anything left on the cutting room floor will be swept up by classic comedian Hannibal Burress’ iconic improv who plays a barber here.
Now the man who recently starred in Apple commercials trying to play Kobe Bryant has expressed an interest in one day taking the Kings crown to play Cleveland Cavalier champion LeBron James in a biopic, but maybe like a fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe character this Human Torch hot ‘Fantastic Four’ star could take a throne in another galaxy.
Because when it comes to ‘Space Jam 2’ who better than Michael B. Jordan?
NBA 2K17 Causing Fan ‘Friction’
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May we divert your attention above to the featured image of this article? This has got to be one of our favourite pictures of new Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant.
Oh wait a minute…that’s not a real photo! Free Agent signing K.D. hasn’t even laced them up for the Dubs yet!
That’s an image from the forthcoming NBA 2K17 game. Available on all platforms that can handle graphics as great as this. 2K16 was sweet, but now you don’t even have to squint to see that this looks as real as it gets in the video game world. From the facial frowns to the sweat soak, as soon as 2K works out the seams of the uniforms, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the C.G.I. and the flesh and blood suiting up.
I’m sorry EA Sports, but if it wasn’t already evident, you’re no longer in the game.
Because 2K changed it…and then flipped it again like a reverse off the backboard glass.
Coming to a console near your living room soon, 2K17 just debutted a thrilling trailer as exciting as a blockbuster movie one. And for want of a better franchise it really is a Marvel in a digital day and age where video games are grossing even more than feature films…and even influencing them (see ‘Warcraft’ if you really want to sit through that…we’d prefer to wait for Michael Fassbender’s forthcoming adaptation of ‘Assassins Creed’ in cinemas though).
Sure when it comes to the court of basketball nothing beats the real thing. But then again where else can you watch fresh moves from Kobe Bryant-no hardwood history highlight reel-now number 24 has hung up the purple and gold to the awaiting rafters? In this legend edition with the Laker great on the cover (complete with signature Mamba black controls and trading cards for the old school head, original gamers), you can even rock his gear all the way to the 8 throwback. And match-up with his and everybodies idol, Michael Jordan. G.O.A.T. for greatest of all-time.
Olympic Gold Medalist for Team USA Paul George takes the standard cover like he does all the first names, but there’s nothing regular about this as the trailer can attest like Ron minus the ‘R’. The attention to detail is thread for weave flawless. From the Pacer blimp to the 50 year Indiana anniversary jersey detail, as homaged as last years Hickory. You can even catch a blast of the Boomer the Panther mascot, shotgunning apparel tee’d up into the crowd.
From the MVP to the champ the most impressive looking player may just be Los Angeles Lakers sophomore stud D’Angelo Russell. One moment in the trailer with fire breathed into it by an Imagine Dragons hit off the Las Vegas casino rockers sophomore set ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ is as neon vivid as your most inspired imagination could handle. All the way down to his trademark “ice in my veins” arm-tap celebration. It’s the coldest.
The virtual world has just hit a whole new reality.
This ‘Friction’ trailer is really creating heat.
You can’t fight it!
Kevin Durant Hilarious NBA 2k15 Jimmy Fallon Interview
The reigning 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant made an early season appearance on “The Tonight show starring Jimmy Fallon” to discuss amongst many things the cover feature on highly popular video game NBA 2K15. Durant dropped several hilarious gems during his segment, including admitting that he really plays as LeBron James instead off his MVP self when asked who plays with when him and his family and friends get together and get busy on the controllers.
Jimmy Fallon: Are you good at this game
Kevin Durant: “I’m really good, I have been playing for 15 years I have to pretty good!”
Jimmy Fallon: So you are actually decent on this one.
Kevin Durant: “I’m really good, not decent!”
Jimmy Fallon: “You play as you?
Kevin Durant: No that’s kinda arrogant?
Jimmy Fallon: No, you have to play as you. Who do you play as?
Kevin Durant: Ah, anybody!
Jimmy Fallon: Just tell me?
Kevin Durant: Alright Lebron!
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