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  • Summary: The highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation returns with NBA 2K18, featuring unparalleled authenticity and improvements on the court.

    *According to 2008 - 2016 Metacritic.com
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 54
  2. Negative: 4 out of 54
  1. Sep 25, 2017
    95
    NBA 2K18 is the king of the sports genre. This entry happens to be an inflection point within the franchise, being the biggest jump when it comes to new mechanics and quality during this generation. The Hood is the biggest of the last years in a game of this characteristics, something that points 2K Sports and Visual Concepts as the vanguard of innovation in this aspect.
  2. Sep 21, 2017
    92
    2K Sports delivers an amazing game, with great new features and an even better simulation. It's, without a doubt, the best title of the series so far.
  3. Sep 22, 2017
    90
    Probably the best sports game of the year and a great achievement for 2K and Visual Concepts. Brilliant.
  4. Sep 28, 2017
    80
    This year's entry is incredible in so many ways, from graphics, to soundtrack, to the different modes and ways to play hoops. It becomes clear early on that the fastest and easiest way to progress is by spending real money, slightly marring an otherwise tremendous experience.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    NBA 2K18 is an excellent basketball simulator. Still, player's progress is heavily relied on microtransactions, but that's the only real downside.
  6. Sep 26, 2017
    78
    NBA 2K18 is a solid title but does little to improve overall, featuring relatively the same experience as years past.
  7. Sep 22, 2017
    30
    With NBA 2K18 we’ve reached an inevitable crossroad, though the signs should have been seen a while back. The on court action is still the best available, but there is now room for another franchise to come and steal an audience that will be sick of the costs of simply being able to compete in the 2K series. The grind isn’t fun and paying gives advantages over those who won’t or can’t afford to. You absolutely cannot ignore how NBA 2K18 is a full price game that also integrates the business model of a free to play/pay to win title and the way that the enjoyment you get from it suffers because of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 220
  1. Sep 19, 2017
    10
    Just i can say, it was amazing, animations that was like the real one , very good my player part and it was better than the last version, itJust i can say, it was amazing, animations that was like the real one , very good my player part and it was better than the last version, it is the best NBA GAME EVER Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2018
    5
    Great game but very bad online at the beginning... The game is buggy... I left it after a while comparing it with the others ...
  3. Sep 25, 2017
    2
    I bought this game thinking that I would enjoy the full 2k18 experience.. unfortunately I was in for a big surprise. It appears that 2k thinksI bought this game thinking that I would enjoy the full 2k18 experience.. unfortunately I was in for a big surprise. It appears that 2k thinks that their customers enjoy spending hundreds of dollars extra on their 60$ game, otherwise I cannot explain why they chose this 'free-to-play' like business model for a AAA game. The grind is just ridiculous and it reached a point when it is obvious that they are not thinking on how to make their games more enjoyable.. they just want you to spend huge amounts in order to unlock the full experience.
    I am a huge 2k fan and it is a shame to see that they have reached such a low point with their games. There seems to be very little improvement from last years game and the my Career mode is truly broken. There is no replayability at all, player progress has become the most insane grind in the series ( no difficulty multiplier this time around) and the customization items in the game are impossible for me to get without investing a small fortune in VC currency (this includes the moves of your myPlayer mind you).

    I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone , not at 60$ at least... this is just a cash grab and the developer actually managed to remove the 'fun' from game.

    Not worth the full price! 2/10
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  4. Dec 15, 2017
    0
    Wow. Another money trap. Grow up everyone. STop buying this crap. They don't believe you will. STOP GIVING THEM YOUR MONEY! What the hell people?
  5. Oct 14, 2017
    0
    Worst 2k ever. The sad part is you can't even state everything wrong with the game in 5000 characters. Everything is broken, everything costsWorst 2k ever. The sad part is you can't even state everything wrong with the game in 5000 characters. Everything is broken, everything costs way too much money. 2k is flat out ignoring the consumers wants. Everyone wants to make demigods, they give us role players with predetermined badges, and we can't even pick where our stats go. A 99 overall MyCareer player is equivalent to about an 80 overall in any other mode. The neighbourhood is the worst idea ever and a colossal waste of time. For those saying the gameplay is improved I don't see it. Players can't catch the ball, can't dunk as often as you want, miss wide open layups, a ton of players phasing through defenders in the paint, have to put up with completely unrealistic bump animations where the defender will literally shove you back a couple feet and it's inexplicably not a foul. Very frustrating. They are trying to toe the line between sim and arcade basketball, and failing at both in my opinion. I believe the way that 2k is trying to cater to the E-league is killing the experience for the majority of fans. We don't want 80 overalls, we don't want to pay $50 every new build. I don't want a "build" period. If 2k is gonna is gonna be so restrictive on the stats, just give us pre built players to play online with and make MyCareer fun again. If I could grind for a true 99 overall, my god that's a MyCareer worth playing. Why can't I earn every HOF badge in the game? If I grind one player for a whole year, why can't that player be a god? Why does 2k have to pick my stats and my badges for me? I understand they want a competitive balance and want stick skills to shine though, but in the process they've sucked all fun and purpose from the game. It has quite literally become a chore to play. Last year 2k never left my PS4, this year I'm already looking for something else to play. Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2017
    0
    I've seen games use micro-transactions many times but this time they went too far, this is just inexcusable for a 60 dollar game to get to aI've seen games use micro-transactions many times but this time they went too far, this is just inexcusable for a 60 dollar game to get to a point of it being unplayable unless you pay more. I hope 2K goes bankrupt, they don't deserve to exist. Expand
  7. Sep 22, 2017
    0
    Metacritic has proved many times never ever listen to the critics because these days they are nothing more than paid mouthpieces for theMetacritic has proved many times never ever listen to the critics because these days they are nothing more than paid mouthpieces for the publisher and the payment isn't money! It's the review copy of the game providing you give it a good review! Pathetic. Look at the left for the paid review then look at the right from people who are actually playing the game past the review period . BTW the game is crap and the model is now akin to every mobile game with microtransactions. Don't waste your money on this junk. Expand

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