NBA 2K16 is the 2015 version of the leading basketball simulation game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K. It serves as the 17th installment in the successful NBA 2K series. The game, like its predecessors, brings a realistic National Basketball Association (NBA) experience to various platforms, most notably consoles and the PC.
NBA 2K16 Premise
In NBA 2K16, players are allowed to participate in games with real or self-created players and teams across various modes like MyCareer, MyTeam, and standard games. The game lets players navigate through NBA regular season games, playoff games, Summer League games, and more. Alongside the NBA, the game also includes EuroLeague teams. While playing the game of basketball is its main attraction, players can also use customization options to shape their players’ appearances, attributes, and skill sets.
The award-winning director, Spike Lee, was hired to give MyCareer a new direction. The mode takes a story-focused approach to more realistically portray the lives of professional basketball players. The developers introduced several improvements and additions, such as full-body scanning and aesthetic upgrades. The game also brought back Locker Codes, which allowed the developer to gift players with content. During the game’s reign, the company released locker codes to unlock some of the aforementioned NBA greats.
The NBA 2K Series is based on the real basketball league by National Basketball Association. Thus, it features real-world names from the rosters of professional basketball teams. These include prominent athletes like the ones on the covers of the game, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and James Harden, and the all-time great Michael Jordan, who appears on the Special Edition cover. The game features hundreds of playable characters in dozens of teams.
Titles of Video Games in the Series
As the most prominent basketball sports game in the business, NBA 2K Series has a long-standing reputation. Thus, 2K has produced NBA games for decades, each year releasing a new version with a few special additions along the way. Here’s the complete list.
- NBA 2K (1999)
- NBA 2K1 (2000)
- NBA 2K2 (2001)
- NBA 2K3 (2002)
- ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4 (2003)
- ESPN NBA 2K5 (2004)
- NBA 2K6 (2005)
- NBA 2K7 (2006)
- NBA 2K8 NBA (2007)
- 2K Online (2008)
- NBA 2K9 (2008)
- NBA 2K10 (2009)
- NBA 2K11 (2010)
- NBA 2K12 (2011)
- NBA 2K13 (2012)
- NBA 2K14 (2013)
- NBA 2K15 (2014)
- NBA 2K16 (2015)
- NBA 2K17 (2016)
- NBA 2KVR Experience (2016)
- NBA Playgrounds (2017)
- NBA 2K18 (2017)
- NBA 2K Online 2 (2018)
- NBA 2K19 (2018)
- NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (2018)
- NBA 2K Mobile (2018)
- NBA 2K20 (2019)
- NBA 2K21 (2020)
- NBA 2K22 (2021)
- NBA 2K23 (2022)
Cheats and Cheat Codes in NBA 2K16
Unfortunately for those that want to fast-forward the progress in NBA 2K16, the developer didn’t implement a traditional cheat code system. So, this means there are no god-mode-like codes that players can insert into the game to achieve superpowers or unlock all the game’s content. However, there is a locker code system that allows some unlockable rewards. Furthermore, we can reveal all the trophies, including the ones that are normally hidden.
Trophies and Gamerscore
NBA 2K16 has a lot of achievements to unlock. Surely, it is a daunting task to collect everything if you don’t know where to start and what to do. We’ve collected here the entire list of achievements from the easiest one to the ultimate Platinum trophies. To sum up, there are a total of 50 achievements, and 17 of them are secret, and all of them are listed below.
Trip-Dub: Record a triple-double with any player in a non-simulated game. (15 points / Bronze)
It’s Raining: Make 15 or more three-pointers with any team in a non-simulated game. (15 points / Bronze)
Buzzer Beater: Make a game-winning shot with no time left on the clock. (15 points / Bronze)
Run ‘N’ Gun: Make a three-pointer off of a fast-break in a non-simulated game. (15 points / Bronze)
Untouchable: Score 37 points in a single quarter with Klay Thompson. (15 points / Bronze)
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect: Make 7 perfect release jump shots in a single game. (15 points / Bronze)
The First Of Many: Earn a Call-Up in Play Now Online. (15 points / Bronze)
1, 2, 3, Swish!: Start your journey to NBA stardom. (15 points / Bronze)
Signing Day: Announce where your college ball will be played at. (15 points / Bronze)
I’m Going Pro, Capeesh?: Declare your intentions to enter the NBA Draft. (15 points / Bronze)
V-G-G, Vic Gotta Go!: Listen to your owner’s opinion on Vic. (15 points / Bronze)
Money, Money: Settle the dissension inside your inner circle. (15 points / Bronze)
Keepin’ It 100: Admit to the uncomfortable truths in your life. (15 points / Bronze)
Bo$$-Key-Yacht$: Learn more about Vic’s true agenda. (15 points / Bronze)
Think Long, Think Wrong: Listen to your owner’s ultimatum regarding Vic. (15 points / Bronze)
Wheels Up: Hold a press conference to announce your free agent destination. (15 points / Bronze)
A Harsh Reality: Listen to the phone call that changes it all. (15 points / Bronze)
My Every Day Player: Become a starter in the NBA in MyCAREER. (15 points / Bronze)
My All-Star: Be named an NBA All-Star in MyCAREER. (15 points / Bronze)
Gym, Tan, Laundry, Gym: Unlock the gold version of the Gym Rat badge in (15 points / Bronze) MyCAREER.
Social Butterfly: Attend 10 social events in MyCAREER. (15 points / Bronze)
As Good As It Gets: Completely upgrade an Attribute Discipline in MyCAREER. (15 points / Bronze)
Run It: Get a win streak of 3 or more in MyPARK. (15 points / Bronze)
What’s My Line?: Get at least 5 PTS, 5 AST, and 5 REB in a MyPARK game. (15 points / Bronze)
Bust A Move: Bust a 3 or more game win streak of an opposing team in a MyPARK game. (15 points / Bronze)
Mount Up: Join a Squad in MyPARK. (15 points / Bronze)
Playing For Keeps: Win a non-simulated game in MyLEAGUE Online. (15 points / Bronze)
Onward and Upward: Relocate an NBA team to a new city in MyGM/MyLEAGUE. (15 points / Bronze)
Cavs Magic: Win the #1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery in MyGM/MyLEAGUE. (15 points / Bronze)
Virtual Clipboard: Coach a game using SimCast Live in MyGM/MyLEAGUE. (15 points / Bronze)
Changes A Comin’: Submit a team relocation application in MyGM. (15 points / Bronze)
Shrewd Operator: Successfully negotiate a 3-Team Trade in MyGM/MyLEAGUE. (15 points / Bronze)
Grass Is Greener: Hire a coach from another team to be your head coach in MyGM/MyLEAGUE. (15 points / Bronze)
Summertimeeeeee: Play a Summer League game in MyGM/MyLEAGUE. (15 points / Bronze)
Just Say No: Purchase a Card Pack in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
Iced Out: Acquire a Diamond Player in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
Diamonds Are Forever: Acquire a Diamond Shoe or Contract Card in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
History Lesson: Unlock Historic Domination in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
We Named The “Dog” Indiana: Discover your first rune in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
Psst…Hey You!: Solve a code in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
Survive: Complete the 10th game of The Gauntlet in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
Extra Effort: Complete an Accolade in MyTEAM. (15 points / Bronze)
I’m Going Places: Achieve the All-Star Rep in MyPARK. (30 points / Silver)
Man Of The People: Get 5,000,000 fans in MyCAREER. (30 points / Silver)
198 Problems and Domination IS one!: Earn 198 Stars in Domination and Historic Domination in MyTEAM. (30 points / Silver)
How Much Ya Got?: Sign a max deal in free agency in MyCAREER. (30 points / Silver)
Freq’n and Vibin’: Give your opinion on the Freq signature shoe. (30 points / Silver)
Perfection: Win all 10 games of ‘Greatest of All-Time’ in Play Now Online. (65 points / Gold)
Fortune Hunter: Acquire all runes in MyTEAM. (65 points / Gold)
Restin’ In Power: Get to know the Vic you never knew. (90 points / Platinum)
Entering the Locker Codes is as easy as in other NBA 2K titles. One has to simply navigate the game menu in NBA 2K16 to Features / Options, browse it down to Locker Codes, and enter the appropriate code. Some of the codes are time-sensitive, platform-specific, and might have other restrictions, so, unfortunately, they are not guaranteed to work.
SHOOT2MUCH500: Adds 500 VC
2KTVPOSTSEASON: Adds 1,000 VC
2KTVMELOGEAR: Unlock gear
AIRCRAFTCARRIER: Unlock gear
RA9M5-EQZCF-2EYQQ-IF5AF-UEP51: Unlock gear
PAYRESPECT: Unlock the ABA ball in blue, red, and white colors.
FZV7P FQ9SU SRNZZ 9AB27 9ZUUT: Unlock Michael Jordan
GSUM3 ESARX GXD3T S3QJQ FIETU: Unlock Shaquille O’Neil
XFQDT TMQ6Z I1TM6-8Q8J5 WNJGQ: Unlock Isaiah Thomas
WR9KL 6NQ9Z CWWGF MVG4C T3L8P: Unlock Paul George
9BUQS QTKDU ASYJU 3W183 QVXBC: Unlock LeBron James
ZG9QQ VYAVK I2ZUD TU2VL ZFYLQ: Unlock Larry Bird
AMIB1 95PFL FD7LB DQXHX S7RBT: Unlock Carmelo Anthony
Q1585 CPEWU HZNWY WK2EW V1E4C: Unlock Karl Malone
NXYJ4 WQCRD C2DQN S36GF TJMZ4: Unlock Stephen Curry
Who has the best rating in NBA 2K16?
Out of the regular players, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has a rating of 94. However, out of all players, the Michael Jordan of ’95-’96 Bulls holds the only rating of 99.
Was Kobe Bryant in NBA 2K16?
Yes, Kobe Bryant is part of the roster in NBA 2K16. In fact, the player has been in all NBA 2K titles up until NBA 2K16, and this was the last season he played for the L.A. Lakers.
Is MyCareer better than in NBA 2K15?
The MyCareer mode, also known as story mode, is considered to be much better in NBA 2K16. This is partly thanks to 2K collaborating with director Spike Lee, who wrote and directed it.