Brand new NBA 2K18 trailers shows how different league is now

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2K Sports finally gave fans what they were craving, releasing the full debut trail for the soon-to-release NBA 2K18 video game. 

The graphics are the best yet, with the a big step being taken in the facial accuracy department. The engine doesn't look vastly different from previous years, but players models and faces clearly look like they've been turned up a notch. 

The trailer, aside from being a dazzling display of how far video games have come, provides an interesting look at what the NBA's going to look like next season. Seeing familiar faces in brand new places, along with some new court designs and Nike jerseys, highlight a very different-looking NBA. 

Here's the trailer, featuring the hip-hop classic "Shook Ones" by Mobb Deep as the driving force behind the visuals:

Seeing Paul George at the free-throw line in a Thunder jersey, a whole lot of D'Angelo Russell representing the Brooklyn Nets and Jimmy Butler in a completely re-designed Minnesota Timberwolves jersey are all a bit jarring to see at first. 

There's a lot to take in during the trailer, and it's clear 2K Sports once again is raising the bar in realism and authenticity. The player animations and emotions seem to be refined as well, creating a more "life-like" experience for gamers. It's also one of the most complete looks at the new Nike uniforms around the league, showing a host of home and away jerseys for teams. 

2K18 looks like it has the makings to be the best NBA game net, with 2K Sports re-imagining franchise mode with a fresh new My GM feature, as well as creating an entirely new motion engine that ends the franchise's reliance on canned animations making the core of the experience. 

The game releases on Sept. 15, with a free to play "The Prelude" mode releasing on Sept. 8. A free look at a game that looks as good as NBA 2K18 does might be all it takes for basketball enthusiasts who are on the fence about giving virtual hoops another run to give in. 

Each year 2K works to raise the bar, and each year that ceiling inches a little higher. 2K18 looks like it might be a contender for one of the best sports games of the year, but the usual suspects like FIFA will undoubtedly also be in the mix. 

If 2K's stunning graphics can be matched in the gameplay department, it's going to be a fun  year of turning on some NBA action on our consoles and PCs.

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