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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. 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. Oct 20, 2010
    94
    A few things keeps NBA 2K11 from being an ultimate realization but there's no way a true basketball fan can overlook this.
  3. Oct 25, 2010
    91
    NBA 2K11 is the best basketball game I've ever seen.
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    The truest adaptation of the sport available.
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    It's not just another yearly update with some obligatory back-of-the-box modifications; it's a loving study of the greatest player of his generation and his biggest rivals, played out with beautiful sights and sounds that remind us just how great the Air Jordan era was.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    This game definitely does not have the unabashed "Must keep playing" sense of 2K's last lights out title (The Bigs 2), nor does it carry the replay oomph the EA titles have to date, but there is more than enough to keep the avid sports gamer busy, and pure basketball fans and gamers likely will not see a better game this year.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    75
    If the goal of NBA 2K11 is to craft the most realistic basketball game ever, then it succeeded: this is the most realistic basketball game ever. However, the game definitely takes a hit to its fun factor for what I imagine will be a great deal of its audience.

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Jul 16, 2011
    10
    it can be super hard and frustrating, but this is seriously one the most addicting and fun sports games i have played in a while... Player ratings are a little on the unrealistic side
    learning curve is steep
    so many addicting modes.... association, myplayer (sucks you in) and the jordan stuff is awesome series will only get better

    only qualm is the online servers just seem to be terrible, super laggy (basically have to play nba jam style and constantly dunk)

    but yeah.. get over the learning curve and get into it! (still much more accessible than madden and other spots games)
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  2. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    Incredible game! Needless to say that the whole jordan thing rocks and if u were watching him at the time a kind of nostalgia will rule you....... Association:Great! i believe the best mode in the whole game.Myplayer:Very good even if i sometimes get frustrated and very rewarding.Jordanchallenge:Amazing Graphics: id give a nine out of ten but still top notch Controls:nine and a half out of ten. The contros were really easy to adapt to as this was my first 2k game.Sound:Very realistic and you can even listen to the games soundtracks(they are pretty good) during the game.Replayability:I think ill keep coming back to this game for a long time..... Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    10
    Here's the deal,I grew up in Chicago,I love Michael Jordan and the bulls I played basketball from age 5 to 25 and I'm 38 years old,so put it together.You wait your whole life for a game like this and most of the time it doesn't happen but guess what--It happened.I would probably love it even if it was a crap game but it's the best basketball game ever made to the date of 10-2010.I can't even count the times I made Jordan in past basketball title but..that's the past.The game,well the presentation is bar none the graphics are real,The sound is awesome and the game play is a game with a replay value where there is no end cause it's so freaking awesome.2K's football titles in the past on the xbox used to be so ahead of there time that it would give me the chills and I'm back to that point.If a game can make you an emotional mess than it's one of a kind and Love it Jordan fans cause there will probably never be another game where the focus is so high on Michael Jordan.Ladies and gentlemen the greatest basketball player of all time is back in the spotlight and he's hotter then ever! Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2010
    9
    I am what you may call a 2k fan boy getting pissed off at those who claim live/elite to be better. In saying that this years game is little short of brilliant, I had high expectations and almost everyone of them was surpassed. The gameplay is so tight and realistic I found myself enjoying watch the computer play itself. There is much more control with isomotion and the players run in game plays with a real sense of urgency. Watch Mike Miller run through multiple screens to get an open look is sensational. The game is not perfect however as there is the occasional choppy animation and the classic teams while great for the starting line ups are largely made up of 50-58 overall made up bench players who play for several teams. The MJ features are a lot of fun and tearing John Starks up for 55 is a fond memory of mine. Its not perfect but the best basketball simulator of all time and will give you hours and hours of realistic fun. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2011
    9
    One of my favorite sports games of all time. Everything offline is fantastic. From association mode to My Player, you can't really go wrong. Given the fantasy draft option for association mode, and the ability to play 12 minutes quarters and 82 game seasons for each of the 5 positions you can create in My Player gives this game virtually infinite replayability. I was playing it all the way from launch until the release of 2K12. The only real drawback is the online. 2K's servers are absolute trash. But like I said, this game is fantastic as a single player experience, or a local one with friends. The lack of a strong online component detracts very little. Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    7
    Great Game. Great game modes. But there some bugs. Like creating a character, you cant customize the face size and other features. But other than that its a great game Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2011
    1
    This is honestly the worst NBA 2K game ever made. The whole reason for a video game is to be able to score. You cannot drive at all. Players dont finish. You cant get buy your defender. In all other NBA games it was much easier to score. The worst thing about this game is you turn the ball over all the time. It is ridiculous. And its IMPOSSIBLE to shoot 3s. I looked at the highest 3 point percentage online and it was 33 percent. Mine is around 12 percent. In 2K10 my 3 point percentage was 40 something. They tried to make the game so realistic that it is awful. I do not recommend it at all. This game should continure to get horrible reviews because this is a horrible game. I have played every NBA 2K game and this is buy far the worst one. Expand

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