Visual Concepts (a part of 2K Sports) entices console gamers and sports fans back to the virtual NBA arenas with a selection of new and refined control features. Foremost, the game's new "Shot Stick" mechanic lets players to steer their shots with the right analog stick, allowing them to throw off defenders with timing and finesse.
"Dual Player Control" promotes teamwork on the floor, as the D-pad can be used to set up quick outlet passes, give-and-gos, and even alley-oops. The "Strip and Rip" system is designed to allow skilled defenders a better chance at picking off a pass, if they can anticipate its direction.
Along with all of the real-life stars of the NBA, gamers can create their own pro baler character, and see to his training and development through the game's new "24/7" feature. Gamers can follow their custom players on and off the court, to manage all sorts of individual activities, from personal training to big-money endorsement deals.
Once again, 2K Sports' "V.I.P." system allows for competition against A.I. profiles modeled after the playing styles real-life gamers. The game's "Association" franchise mode puts players at the top of their favorite organization, with the power to hire coaches and scouts, follow prospective draft picks, and receive feedback from players, coaches, and fans.