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  • Summary: NBA 2K15 features approximately 5,000 new animations, new defensive AI, shooting systems, new team-specific play sets, and more control over rebounding, steals, and blocks. New game broadcast presentation hosted by Ernie Johnson and Shaq O'Neal delivers commentary and analysis to the action.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    93
    NBA 2K15 can be considered better than its predecessor, whose quality was already great. It keeps the same excellent technical level, adding some - really necessary - menu design improvements and deeper modes. The MVP of the genre is here.
  2. Oct 19, 2014
    90
    Despite a lack of massive changes, NBA 2K15 is still the premier basketball experience that I don’t see being unseated any time soon. The gameplay is as satisfying and fun as ever, and when combined with the TV style presentation it is amazingly realistic.
  3. Oct 26, 2014
    90
    NBA 2K15 is a slam dunk on the PlayStation 4.
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    88
    12 months after NBA 2K14, Visual Concepts gives us another great basketball game, with the only flaw of being too dependent on online experience limited by 2K’s chronic connectivity issues.
  5. 85
    NBA 2K15 brings a milestone performance with enhanced presentation across the board. Only server lag and long loading screens keep 2K15 from a spot on the sports-game dream team.
  6. Oct 16, 2014
    80
    I wish that NBA 2K15 didn’t have the netcode issues it has. Without them this would be a (pardon the pun) slamdunk purchase for all basketball fans.
  7. Oct 10, 2014
    60
    NBA 2K15 delivers a solid core basketball experience, particularly with MyCareer mode, which features real-life NBA player voices. But the game ties too much of the experience to its shoddy online component, which sabotages the experience—and even makes the game literally unplayable at times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 11 out of 39
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Their is a huge difference in this 2k and the others. It is a completely new experience. With all the features will keep your face glued to the TV screen Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    Nba2k15 is the best 2k game so far. Graphics looks so good I canot stop smiling when playing. I know that a lot of people are dissapointed at those sever issues but so far for me I have access to everything with no lag whatsoever. I really like the smoothness of gameplay and really hard D Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    9
    NBA 2k15 is easily one of the best basketball video games to date. All of the modes/features that 2k14 left out are reintroduced, including create a player and association mode, and the ones that 2k14 dumbed down are back in their old state once again. MyGM and MyTeam are back to being content rich modes. In addition, the presentation has been much improved and looks like an actual TV broadcast, not some cartoony crap that 2k13 and 14 had. To top it off, player faces have been improved and the graphics in general look considerably better than 2k14, a game that already looked visually stunning. Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2014
    8
    Just getting to the points that matter. When the servers work this game is a lot of fun. IF the servers are down then you're not able to enjoy the best of what the game has to offer. As of the first week of the game being out there have been a lot of problems with the servers on the PS4 for me. Hope they patch this up and get things working for those who will buy this in the future. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2014
    7
    First, the good stuff. The graphics. Beats Live by a mile. The animation. Runners, fall-aways, twisting lay-ups. It makes better sense than the usual standard jump shot you see on Live. Presentation. Superb. Teams from other era. Love the idea. The music. Great. matches most of the era.

    The bad. DEFENSE. I was against Melo so I used the small forward Durant/Sefolosha to lock him down which I did. He was like 1/8. But man, my teammates(Faried and a gen rookie rated 80) were useless, they get beat by Brandan Wright and Aaron Gordon? regularly. Shelvin Mack makes jump shots regularly off a Westbrook/Marcus Smart double team. Next REBOUNDING. So Taj Gibson was beating Mirotic to the boards. Fair enough. So I used Mirotic to lockdown Gibson. Surprise, now Steven Adams was beating Drummond to the boards. Next PASSING. Steve Nash can't make the pass on a 3 on 1 break? Standard basketball. Stop on the 3 point/free throw line make the pass. Super defender intercepts the pass. Passing to the paint almost always gets stolen. Next OFF BALL MOVEMENT. Why the does the roller on a pick and roll always run towards the sides? Roll towards the middle. Why does fastbreaking guards always run towards the 3 point line even on a 2 on 1 or even a 3 on 1 break?

    Minor stuff. Referee taking too long to give the ball. Not playing the game to watch a referee give the ball. Too much realism there. Fantasy draft on myGM. Is there any way to change draft order?

    Overall, 2k15 is an offense-oriented arcade style jump-shooting basketball sim.Is 2k better than Live? Yes. Is 2k superb and Live trash? No. This year I'm giving Live a chance.
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  6. Oct 24, 2014
    4
    I thought this game was gonna be good but instead the new animation ruined it and buzzer beaters are so common that I know when they are gonna make it
  7. Oct 21, 2014
    0
    The game is great when you have friends around, but try going online...

    2k14 the online was atrocious and it has happened again in NBA
    2k15! The game is unplayable online. I repeat its unplayable. How they get away with this year after year is beyond me...

    They said they would fix their servers this year and i believed them, now look us... Submitting support tickets and waiting for @Ronni2k to give us some sort of a good news on when / if this will ever be fixed

    The only comfort i have is that everyone is complaining about it this time around. I am about to trade this game in for NBA Live 15. All i want to do is go online and smash people, but sadly that never going happen with 2k.
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