2K launched their first VR Basketball game today. Well, looks like everyone’s rushing to get a piece of the VR-hype pie. Indeed, like many of the other $15 VR experiences out there – you get a short, mostly finished game that will keep you entertained for a couple of hours.
With NBA2KVR you’ll be transported to the Indiana Packers’ stadium (the Bankers Life Fieldhouse) where NBA cover athlete and 2K16 star, Paul George, will be waiting to take you through four mini-games. The four mini games are:
-(the) Three-Point Shootout
-a speed and accuracy Skills Challenge
-the Buzzer Beater countdown
The game has been released on the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and Playstation VR for $14.99. They’re planning on launching it on the Oculus Rift as well (date not yet confirmed). “Our team consistently looks for new ways to deliver unique, fun experiences for the gamer,” Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts at 2K said. “NBA 2KVR will give fans even more access to our franchise and test new skills across entertaining VR challenges.”
And while 2K managed to get a lot of buzz going around the concept of ‘the first basketball VR game ever’, people are already disappointed. Comments are mostly negative and some compare it to a Wii offering, but really it’s not even that, as you can’t actually throw the ball yourself. Once in the game, you just push a button on the Vive/Playstation controller to make the ball go whooosh. I guess this method does negate some possible injury issues, though.
2K Partnered with Gatorade to bring you NBA Basketball VR
2K partnered with Gatorade to create NBA2KVR, and this game is virtually a Gatorade ad – with Gatorade fuel boosts that you can earn while playing the game. These boosts aide in your shooting acumen, speed and recovery to help you get a better score on the leaderboards.
So if you’re a die-hard 2K or basketball fan then feel free to give the $14.99 title a try. But if you’re just looking for a fun game, then rather have a look at our list of the top PSVR games so far. Or if you’re working on a budget, take a look at these great games for under $50 (across all devices).