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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, 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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
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  1. Oct 20, 2010
    100
    NBA fans will appreciate the accurate nuances and historical details of 2K11 while those less hardcore might be put off by the difficulty. Those people should play it with the Move.
  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
    It's a shame there are still some hiccups that prevent this from truly soaring, and the online inconsistencies are downright crushing when you want to show off your skills to the world. But the core mechanics are so well realized and the presentation so lifelike that it's hard to keep away once you get sucked into the tantalizing ebb and flow of an NBA game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  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
    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
    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. Feb 25, 2011
    10
    i would like to amend my score.... michael jordan 2k11 has some flaws yes, so was he, he not 7'11 he didn't hit every shot.... he human... having said that... this game is SO FLY.... i'm happy... :D... i don't know what to do... i spent time with it... i worked on my game.... like michael jordan .... its flyyyyyyyyyyyy... i'm impressed.... and crying a little 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 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 19, 2010
    9
    the only reason i didn't give this a 10 is because ive been an nba live guy my whole life... and there's no 92-93 suns!!! how am i gonna get my thunder dan majerle fix!!! otherwise great game 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
    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. Expand
  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 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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