As a die-hard and stubborn football fan, I know nothing about basketball except that you have to bounce the round thing on the floor at regular intervals. But I do know quite a bit about Android gaming, like the fact that a $7.99 game that includes up to twenty bucks in in-app currency purchases will be dismissed out of hand by both frugal free-to-play gamers and traditionalists who prefer to pay once for the full experience. So prolific publisher 2K Games is getting the worst of both worlds with the pricing structure of NBA 2K16.

The latest yearly roster update of the NBA game that doesn't come from EA includes a full version of the MyCareer mode from the console games, which was apparently lacking in previous releases. It also has "improved graphics and game performance," teams from the Euroleague basketball system, and "new controls" (which don't include external controllers, naturally). Compatibility is quite odd, at least for the initial version of the app: out of a myriad of phones and tablets, only my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 show as compatible, with newer and more powerful devices like the SHIELD Tablet and Nexus 6 unavailable. This sort of thing is unfortunately common when big-name console publishers release Android games.

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NBA 2K16 is a whopping 1.9GB download, and this full game is not to be confused with MyNBA2K16, which is a companion-slash-card collecting app. (It's weird. 2D playing cards play basketball on a 3D court.) Hopefully 2K can get those compatibility issues ironed out quickly.

The app was not found in the store. :-(