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  • Summary: It's the #1 selling and rated NBA series that everyone is playing - from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features - gameplay, AI,It's the #1 selling and rated NBA series that everyone is playing - from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features - gameplay, AI, presentation, visuals, audio, online and more - to deliver what's expected to be the best basketball video game experience EVER. Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
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  1. Oct 20, 2010
    100
    If you haven't yet understood that NBA 2K11 is THE most impressive team sport game of the moment, there's nothing more I can do for you. It's more comprehensive than ever; more refined in terms of atmosphere, animations, possibilities; to sum it up, we had never seen that before. The added bonus of Michael Jordan being included in the game is the cherry on the cake. You need this basket simulator.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    95
    Whilst the level of realism on show in NBA 2K11 may make the game sound a little daunting, what you have to remember is that this is in every way a basketball simulation for fans of the sport rather than a sports title for the casual sports game player.
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    93
    The best basketball game ever.
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    2K Sports keeps surpassing itself, and NBA 2K11 could be the best and most complete basketball simulator ever.
  5. Oct 24, 2010
    90
    NBA 2K11 is a top contender for best sports game of 2011. There have been major improvements over last years edition. The game is hard to master, realistic and complex.
  6. Jan 12, 2011
    87
    Everything that Michael Jordan touches, turns into gold. NBA 2K11 is the best game of its kind because of all the improvements that Visual Concepts has added.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    NBA 2K11 improves everything from the past chapters of the series and it's actually the best and most realistic basket videogame of all time. It's a shame that it still doesn't offer a decent an online experience, but if you love Michael Jordan, this is a love letter for you.

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    10
    NBA 2K11 is the greatest game I've ever played...and I'm a GAMER.

    This game is absolutely incredible. The Michael Jordan intro after the
    NBA 2K11 is the greatest game I've ever played...and I'm a GAMER.

    This game is absolutely incredible. The Michael Jordan intro after the start menu is stunning and utterly powerful. It immerses you into a nostalgic dreamworld of awe unlike anything I've ever experienced. It's enough to bring tears to your eyes. But that's not even close to being the reason it's so great, once you start playing the game, you feel as if this is THE REAL DEAL. The game is so deep its ridiculous. Advanced controls on offense and defense will take a while for anyone to master. There are literally DOZENS of different ways to play the game. Every single nuance that makes the NBA so exciting and intricate is included and at your fingertips. It all runs so smoothly and responds so immaculately that you actually feel like you're controlling the NBA's superstars. Signature gathers and signature moves this year are remarkable. Lebron's quick dribble spin and D-Wade's quick bounce into his jumper are fluid and life-like in a way that I thought not capable in a video game. It's unbelievable. Kobe Bryant is an absolute nightmare from mid-range. Arguably unstoppable in the right hands. And then there's MJ. Ho-ly SHI-ITE. I played a game with Mike this morning against the Lakers after the start up menu and saw SEVERAL SIGNATURE MOVES that were just jaw-dropping. His tongue wags and he finishes at the rim like NO OTHER. I'm astonished.

    This is the most realistic, most immersive, most ingenious video game I have ever seen in my life. Forget setting a bar for sports games. The amount of work and the amount of love and passion that went into making this game is flat out inspiring for video games of all creeds. I seriously think this game will spark a change in video games. What's acceptable and what's expected from the consumer will undoubtedly change after this unmatched package 2K has delivered. If you're not bringing the goods, just don't make the game. Period. 2K has set the bar so high is seems impossible to raise it any further. There are a few things I think 2K can add. First of all L2/LT should also be a pass modifier that allows you to make the right kind of pass to get around defenders. If your player has a high passer rating then the pass modifier would allow him to make a great pass of dozens of different animations. It's absolutely needed I think considering how vamped the D is in the game. Other than that. The game is flawless. It's not leaving my PS3 all year. Also, the PS3 version is identical to the XBox version. I've seen both. The only difference is the glare and reflections on the court but that's not a big deal because I think the XBox version is TOO glossy and doesn't look real. The PS3 version isn't glossy at all. The best representation would be somewhere in the middle. And oh, D-Fish has his right facial hair in the PS3 version as well.

    But in any event, the game is special. It truly is and EVENT. You MUST own this incredible game. The soundtrack is even INCREDIBLE. I love nearly EVERY TRACK. If you're fan of hoops or just of greatness in general. This is the very definition of GREATNESS. A remarkable piece of entertainment. 2K is where amazing happens.
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  2. Oct 18, 2010
    10
    NBA 2K11 is the best basketball game ever.
    Previous releases from 2K where very good but this year's game has reached higher standards.
    Every
    NBA 2K11 is the best basketball game ever.
    Previous releases from 2K where very good but this year's game has reached higher standards.
    Every single play-mode has been enhanced and the playability is better than ever... players move smoothly and signature moves are identical to real players'.

    But what I like the most is the possibility of using classic teams (those were good times). Playing as MJ is something I have been expecting since he left basketball... his moves are like watching him playing once again.

    I strongly recommend this game to any basketball fan.
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  3. May 24, 2011
    10
    I have logged a scary amount of hours on this game and STILL am not tired of it. Michael Jordan fan or not, the MJ features are amazing. TheI have logged a scary amount of hours on this game and STILL am not tired of it. Michael Jordan fan or not, the MJ features are amazing. The "my player" mode is great for basketball junkies like me, which allows you to create a player and work to get drafted and battle for minutes on a squad. I am in my 2nd full season right now and am stil hooked after 8 months. The game could use some work on the dunk contest in my opinion. 2K has done it again! Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2010
    9
    This is the first basketball game I have purchased since Double Dribble on the original NES so take my opinion for what it is worth. I thinkThis is the first basketball game I have purchased since Double Dribble on the original NES so take my opinion for what it is worth. I think this is a fantasticly fun game, using the game sliders you can make the game as difficult or as easy as you want. Going through MJ's big moments playing against some of the classic NBA teams is fun and feel rewarding. I follow the NBA just enough to know the top players from the league and I still have a blast playing this game. Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2010
    9
    NBA 2K11 is a great basketball game. I haven't been playing NBA video games for quite some time now (well, not since the NBA Street series)NBA 2K11 is a great basketball game. I haven't been playing NBA video games for quite some time now (well, not since the NBA Street series) and after reading all the positive reviews for this game and acknowledging the fact that one of the greatest NBA players is a part of the game (who wasn't a fan of the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan created magic on the court?) I felt compelled to check it out. I bought the game as a Christmas present for myself (thank you Father-In-Law) and all I can say is "Merry Christmas". The game has wonderful graphics, great gameplay, outstanding presentation, and a awesome selection of modes. The only thing I haven't done (and probably won't since it's not really my thing) is play online. I feel there is so much to the single-player experience with this game. You can create your own dream team and go through a regular season, the Michael Jordan challenges that allow you to play some of the most memorable NBA games of his career, and so much more. The first thing I noticed is the presentation and the graphics. It's amazing that I felt I was watching an actual NBA broadcast the first time I saw the game in action and it's really well done. Of course all this is backed up by responsive controls. The NBA player models are really well done too. I feel that with certain games they really don't live up to the hype but this is NOT the case with this game. If you're a fan of the NBA or wanting to capture the interest you had in the NBA and NBA video games then this will do it. I know on "X-Play" one of the reviewers said something to the effect that they would probably sit down and watch an NBA game after playing this game (I agree as I felt the same way) I say these things because I was REALLY interested and followed all things NBA once upon a time. I don't think it's a coincidence that the man who fostered my interest in the NBA in the beginning (Michael Jordan) would be the same man who got me interested in the NBA-again. I haven't even played through a complete season yet and I already know that I'll be playing this game for quite some time. I feel that some of the reviews I have been reading saying "it's the greatest basketball game ever made and possibly the greatest sports game ever made" are pretty accurate. I also feel that this is one game you don't have to wait for a "price drop" because it's worth the $60.00. So, if you love the NBA then I'm sure you will enjoy this game immensely! Expand
  6. May 14, 2011
    6
    Warning! This game is made for basketball sim nuts only.
    This is exactly what 2K should have put in the cover. Sim nuts will appreciate all
    Warning! This game is made for basketball sim nuts only.
    This is exactly what 2K should have put in the cover. Sim nuts will appreciate all the offensive and defensive systems the game offers and will be patient to learn how to play this simulator. Casual gamers (and by casual I don't mean just NBA JAM fans) will not. This is a game that looks pretty and inviting and at first it will trick you into thinking that you can actually master it and have fun with it. That's what I thought but I was wrong. After playing half a season with it, I couldn't take it any more. I smashed it on the floor. Yes, it's that frustrating. You see, someone should teach the staff at 2K sports what difficulty balancing is. You start the game right into a historical match with MJ vs some team and you end up losing with over 20 points difference. "It must be the difficulty level" you think. You go into the options and see that the difficulty level is "pro" but the only easier difficulty is "rookie". The problem is that after you endure the steep learning curve and come into terms with the controls (just the basic ones because the advanced are just not accesible) you will find that the rookie (easy) mode is too easy to enjoy and pro (normal?) is very frustrating. I can overlook the overly complex controls, the inhuman defence (what were they thinking?) the totally bugged passing system to which the player has no control over and the extremely repetitive commentary in each game (something that wasn't there in 2K9). I can overlook the fact that your team's friendly AI is a lot worse than the CPU AI (you can't have control of all your players at all times in defence, they have to play defence themselves too but they don't). I can't stand it when the game goes point to point for the most part and you see the opponent team's star players suddenly making a scoring break being totally unstoppable while on the same time your team misses free shots and makes stupid turnovers just because the game wants to. This could be called cheating. In pro mode you will make a couple of wins and just as you think that you can play the game you will lose the 3rd encounter even if your opponents are the BUCKS. The game will decide that your streak has to end and make sure that your team players won't play their best. Is this realistic? Maybe, but is it fun? NO. In all honesty I enjoyed 2K9 a lot more than this, at least that game was accesible and not frustrating. Casual gamers stould stay away.
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  7. Nov 9, 2010
    0
    DCdagamer hit the nail right on the head in his/her review. This game is ridiculously bad. The graphics are awesome, yes. But the AL and theDCdagamer hit the nail right on the head in his/her review. This game is ridiculously bad. The graphics are awesome, yes. But the AL and the slow gameplay is some of the worst I've ever seen in a basketball game. The reviews that gave it a perfect 100 score are on crack lol. Seriously though. There was one game online that I played with the Celtics. My opponent was pretty bad and left Ray Allen open every time. Well I shot ten wide open 3-pointers with Allen. Missed every single one of them. And yes I know his release point. 10 of them. I kept giving this game another chance after another chance but it just got worse and worse. Whether if it's the 30 steals in one game. Or the tons of missed layups. IT'S JUST NOT REALISTIC AT ALL. The people giving this game a t0/10 or anything close to that are giving that score for one reason and one reason only....Michael Jordan. The real gamers and lovers of the game of basketball are going to wait for Elite to come out. Because this version of 2K is complete garbage. Expand

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