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1.6

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  • Summary: The future of sports career modes has arrived, allowing you to play the game the way you like. Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground Park, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore the shops and venues in an all-new open neighborhood setting. Featuring new MyPLAYERThe future of sports career modes has arrived, allowing you to play the game the way you like. Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground Park, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore the shops and venues in an all-new open neighborhood setting. Featuring new MyPLAYER upgrade and endorsement systems, our biggest cast of characters to date including NBA players, and so much more. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 6, 2017
    90
    Silly microtransactions, but fantastic gameplay - a must-have for every NBA-fan.
  2. Sep 20, 2017
    90
    Not all the shots NBA 2K18 takes are swishes, but its shooting percentage is high enough to once again recommend you step on the hardcourt. The deep MyGM, MyCareer, and MyTeam modes offer hundreds of hours of compelling play, and the on-court action is once again stellar. Once the servers stabilize and Visual Concepts patches in some easily correctible fixes, NBA 2K18 should once again be in pole position for sports game of the year.
  3. Oct 8, 2017
    86
    NBA 2K18 is currently the best sports simulation. However, the weak technology and the omnipresent virtual currency are very disturbing.
  4. Games Master UK
    Nov 2, 2017
    86
    Another annual masterclass in sports games, but the VC grind is edging close to breaking point. [Nov 2017, p.71]
  5. Sep 26, 2017
    85
    The very good did not get even better this year. The NBA 2K18 is a real jewel that was not wrapped so well as it should be.
  6. Oct 1, 2017
    85
    If you don’t care about playing online, don’t care about optional microtransactions, and can stand the ups and downs of bugs that will be patched, NBA 2K18 is the best basketball game of the year and probably of the past decade. It’s a shame that some polish and poor business choices weigh it down.
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  1. Sep 25, 2017
    2K’s MyCareer modes have always been far from perfect. My old reviews are testament to that: they’ve been things I’ve loved in spite of their glaring problems, as much for their effort as their execution. In 2K18, though, there’s so little to love that all we’re left with is the basketball (which you can enjoy in other modes), Brands™ and a mountain of problems. [MyCareer Mode Only]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 40
  2. Negative: 38 out of 40
  1. Jul 1, 2018
    7
    The game is not bad. Graphically it looks good. it plays well especially the new dribble system. However too much online features and ofThe game is not bad. Graphically it looks good. it plays well especially the new dribble system. However too much online features and of course micro transactions. seriously i play this offline most at times and i cant even access even MyCareer. come on now 2k... Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2017
    3
    This is a review for MyCareer of NBA2k18.

    I've been gaming since about 1995. I saw many different approaches how gaming companies fought
    This is a review for MyCareer of NBA2k18.

    I've been gaming since about 1995. I saw many different approaches how gaming companies fought pirating their games. And after 20 years I see that some couldn't win the fight and some decided to join their enemy. And these are now pirates themselves (2K, Warner).

    They are deceiving their fan base and they are making gamers the gameblers (pun intended). Mostly young ones.

    I am old enough not to give in to urge to try to be virtually the best by buying it. In reals sports, doping is gaining unfair advantage over your rivals and it is forbidden. But it is now acceptable in virtual sports.

    I didn't mind paying Blizzard monthly for the best mmorpg of all times for many years and they kept gaming fair.

    I didn't mind buying NBA 2K every year ... until 2K18 ... when their greed reached the treshold of my wallet. I am not buying next year release. 2K can not keep gaming fair. 2K18 without the possibility to pay for raising your player's attributes may have been the best ever. It could have been hard and so players would feel their achievements. Now when you can buy your progress it feels shallow.

    When it comes to gameplay, 2K18 is the best on the market now (with some flaws - NBA players missing 50% of their standing layups).

    Story is awful, supporting characters are stupid. Cinematics are cringeworthy. I refuse to believe such idiots could achieve anything meaningful like it is presented in this game.

    And something personal from me: I love basketball and I love rock. I couldn't give a flying intercourse about hiphop.

    +8 for gameplay
    -5 for story and VC

    Verdict da bum tss ... is 3.
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  3. Oct 26, 2017
    2
    The game has a good marketing, beautiful graphics, sold an interesting initial idea, only ended up failing miserably due to the followingThe game has a good marketing, beautiful graphics, sold an interesting initial idea, only ended up failing miserably due to the following facts:
    -It's Pay to Win, you will only be able to play all modes of the game in its fullness if you have and still have a great chance to pass anger
    Unreal Physics
    -Script or difficulty (Hall of Fame) extremely op in any gameplay in the game, more than the nba 2k17
    -Mycarrer has no way to skip the scenes of "history" (which is actually a great merchant to sponsors never seen before), his closet from time to time things come and never appear again, when all the players arrive in the last room of the cpu team saw Kevin Durant Closer you will see until Dwight Howard hitting ball three
    - Defending well in this game is impossible, try it yourself (even if you are playing with Gary Payton)
    -Direction of passes is sometimes changed, your player hits the ball where you do not want and loses balls that no amateur basketball player would lose
    -For the Patchs that have been released so far it seems that the game will continue to suck, nba 2k17 has its flaws but it is extremely better in the matter of cpu qi and also physics that in this game is unreal

    Well these were the points I got together I recommend not to buy this game until all of this is done (which is practically impossible), if you regret it kkkkkk, NBA 2K18 IS NOT A NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION SIMULATOR, MUCH LESS THAN BASKETBALL AND IS FAR AWAY TO BE

    SAUDADES NBA 2K14
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  4. Sep 17, 2019
    0
    F...k aggresive monetization!!!!!!
    EA equales EVIL atm..... ....................
  5. Oct 17, 2017
    0
    Well done ruining a series with your avarice, enjoy the short term money and long term abandonment from fans. I will never buy another ofWell done ruining a series with your avarice, enjoy the short term money and long term abandonment from fans. I will never buy another of these vehicles for microtransactions.

    I suppose the painfully cringeworthy and unskippable cutscenes cost a lot of money to make.
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  6. Sep 23, 2017
    0
    Pay 2 win microtransaction simulator. 2k games are greedy money whores. Worst NBA 2kXX game ever?

    Also the devs tried to influence The
    Pay 2 win microtransaction simulator. 2k games are greedy money whores. Worst NBA 2kXX game ever?

    Also the devs tried to influence The Sixth Axis to remove their low review score. Oh how low they've sunk.
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  7. BPC
    Sep 24, 2017
    0
    In what universe is this okay? No, really, what? I've seen games with a business model like this. Hell, I spent hundreds of hours on a gameIn what universe is this okay? No, really, what? I've seen games with a business model like this. Hell, I spent hundreds of hours on a game with a business model like this. The difference? That game was free to download, more rewarding, and less greedy than this. Honestly, who thought this was a good idea? I'm kind of at a loss here. The game may be well-built, but unless you're the kind of person who thinks that "whale" is a nice thing to be, please, for the love of god, do not support this. Do not tell 2K games, "It's okay to charge 60 bucks for a game that simultaneously demands constant microtransactions and "pay to win". This is not okay. Don't accept this. Expand

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