The lowdown: Soar to the rim like Kobe in the best basketball sim on the market.
Shelf-life: Yo, homey, ready to kick it to the kerb so you can see how this B-boy owns the lane? OK, so my trash-talking is nearly as embarrassing as my real-life attempts to play basketball. Who cares? I have NBA 2K7.
All the elements are here -- superb presentation that mimics a TV broadcast, players who look, move and perform like their real-life counterparts, a variety of modes and a challenging, yet fair, learning curve.