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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: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Dec 28, 2010
    10
    I have this game and its good but it is very similar to NBA 2k10 and i am disappointed they did not change the dunking controls. Also it lacks player skills like even Michael Jordan he is not that amazing in this game also with Kobe Bryant one of the best basketball players right now and he is lacking skill. Next theres people that are overrated like Steve Blake he knocks down almost every three pointer no problem. But overall its a pretty decent game. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    10
    This game is the basketball game you have been waiting for your whole life.I'm from Chicago so you know how happy I am sense I watched just about ever game Michael Jordan and the bulls played throughout the whole 90's.Even if it was a different star like Dr. J it still would of been perfection.It's just an added bonus for me.Honestly the passing is a bit off with the players sometimes acting like there psychic but I am not going to knock it for that because that really is all that I see is a bit off.Wow this has to be played to be believed.It makes all NBA Live's games and the other past 2K games obsolete. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Oct 9, 2011
    9
    This game might be old but I decided to give my two cents. Before 2K12, this was the best basketball game ever. Ignore those people making bad reviews. It sounds like ALL of them do NOT know how to even play 2K ball. 2K10 was one of the worst to have come out on the 360. 2K11 is much more smooth and fun than it's predecessor. The game felt more complete. The Jordan Challenges are a nice feature. You were put in 10 of MJ's most memorable games. (Like dropping 63 Points on the Celtics or humiliating a Drexler-led Trailblazer team with Jordan dropping 6 threes in the first half for an NBA Finals record) My Player was decent. It had the draft combine which was DLC for NBA 2k10. Quite similar to 2K10's My Player but was a little bit more improved. For the price of this right now it is quite a steal. Expand
  5. Oct 29, 2012
    8
    Instead of being a case of diminishing returns, NBA 2K11 sees the franchise in peak condition. The inclusion of the sport's greatest player is much more than just a stunt for the cover and resurrects a time in basketball that we remember fondly. Nostalgia aside, NBA 2K11 is much like Air Jordan himself Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2011
    6
    I don't know what game the reviewers played, but this game is simply not fun. Not accessible at all, you'd need to put in dozens of hours of at least to even have a chance against the AI on standard difficulty, and the canned animations frequently cause you to do things you don't want to. Further, being forced to run plays in my player mode makes the game unfun: at best you get a wide open shot that simply comes down to correctly pushing a button (or wiggling a stick). While realistic, this isn't very rewarding, especially when it happens as rarely as it does (most plays simply entail you running around and setting a pick for someone). Which is really a microcosm of the whole game; realistic but not rewarding. 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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