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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 95
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  1. Nov 6, 2010
    4
    Such a disappointment. They tried to make this game too realistic. Controls are awkward. Lacks the simple finesse of the 2k8-10. I couldn't care less about playing as Michael Jordan or the 96 bulls. Players do some awful mix of what you tell them to do and what the game wants them to do. Play calling is the only way to score on the impenetrable defense, which takes forever and you sit atSuch a disappointment. They tried to make this game too realistic. Controls are awkward. Lacks the simple finesse of the 2k8-10. I couldn't care less about playing as Michael Jordan or the 96 bulls. Players do some awful mix of what you tell them to do and what the game wants them to do. Play calling is the only way to score on the impenetrable defense, which takes forever and you sit at the top of the key and wait for players to shift and hope you don't get a back court violation when you try to turn on a dime and the computer wants to go left like its a nascar track. I only played this game for about three hours before putting 2K10 in and feeling better about over the top basketball. Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2011
    2
    They made a lot of stuff really nice, there is a lot of customization in creating players, building teams, everything. It lets you automate the intricacies of being a coach in game so you can focus on playing, or you can take full control yourself. All this would normally make for a great basketball game, if it weren't for one thing. The controls are horribly sluggish and inconsistent. IThey made a lot of stuff really nice, there is a lot of customization in creating players, building teams, everything. It lets you automate the intricacies of being a coach in game so you can focus on playing, or you can take full control yourself. All this would normally make for a great basketball game, if it weren't for one thing. The controls are horribly sluggish and inconsistent. I have had instances where i had a clear fast break, hit the shoot button 5 feet from the basket, and the player ran past and out of bounds, then tried to shoot. 5 minutes later, i had the same type of fast break, shot 6 feet away and the player stopped on a dime and did a jump shot. When trying to beat a defender, even if you have a clear lane, your player will slow down and some times turn around(!) when you are telling him to charge through. These types of problems would just be annoying, except when the computer gets in the same situations and worse (heavily defended) the player will just charge through and your players move out of the way. Basketball requires fast reactions, and when it takes a full second for players to respond to your button presses if they don't decide to out right ignore them, it makes the game simply unplayable.

    One more problem i have pales in comparison to the glaring control issue is what i will call turbo mode, this is where your players will actually move at more than a leisurely walk and will generally put more umf! into their actions. It lasts way to short for what it does. Any basketball player that couldn't go at more than a light jog for 5 seconds would quickly be out of work, but that is the standard in 2k11.

    I haven't played a basketball game with a controller since live 1995 (i tried the wii, but had issues with the remote registering the wrong commands) so maybe this is just how NBA games are now, but i sure don't like it.
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  3. 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 pointThis 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
  4. Feb 29, 2012
    3
    This game really was a big let down for me, and it took me several hours of frustrating gameplay to nail down what bothered me so much about it. I'm a long standing fan of the NBA Live series, but thought I would give 2k 11 a chance. The first thing that hit me is just how much crap you have to sit through, with sponsored replays, timeouts, half time dancing girls, all the time the game isThis game really was a big let down for me, and it took me several hours of frustrating gameplay to nail down what bothered me so much about it. I'm a long standing fan of the NBA Live series, but thought I would give 2k 11 a chance. The first thing that hit me is just how much crap you have to sit through, with sponsored replays, timeouts, half time dancing girls, all the time the game is taking the control away from you so you can stare at what is essentially a giant billboard. The controls are some of the most sluggish and unintuitive I have ever played and had me red in the face with frustration when even simple moves or plays fall flat because my team appear to have suffered serious brain trauma and can't get that superglue off their feet. Seriously will never come back to this series, I appreciate its trying to bring a high level of realism to the table but the dreadful control system, shameless advertising and endless parade of minor annoyances make me regret spending what little money I did on it. Avoid at all costs Expand
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89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 50
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 50
  3. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Jan 15, 2011
    90
    A solid game with great AI, better graphics, more animations and more precise controls. NBA 2K11 is far better than last year's entry.
  2. 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.
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    95
    The best basketball of all time, with no strings attached. Go out and buy it.