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1.6

Overwhelming dislike- based on 193 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 193

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  1. Sep 21, 2017
    7
    It's a good game, but it's fraught with imbalances. The shooting, layup, and dunking systems need considerable tweaks off the bat. This is a serious blow against the potential of the game because you will struggle out of the gate as a 60 overall being thrust into PRO difficulty from the get-go. To overcome all of that with a slightly broken scoring system is tough to swallow. Wide openIt's a good game, but it's fraught with imbalances. The shooting, layup, and dunking systems need considerable tweaks off the bat. This is a serious blow against the potential of the game because you will struggle out of the gate as a 60 overall being thrust into PRO difficulty from the get-go. To overcome all of that with a slightly broken scoring system is tough to swallow. Wide open threes, as a three-point specialist, hardly ever drop. I've never dunked in an open lane, despite regularly dunking in practice. Layups have a timer for some reason that is not visible with a shot bar that you'd have with regular shot attempts. You can mess up wide open scoring in all kinds of ways if you put your mind to it. Rookie difficulty is also gone for some reason, so you better figure out how to score or you're going to ride the bench a lot. Not all is lost, though. The team play mechanics are excellent this year. I never played 2k17, but the movement, pace, and feel of the gameplay of this game is rather dynamic and smooth. As you level your overall rating, you do feel improvements in your player's abilities, so I foresee a slew of MyCareer MVPs when they all suddenly knock down every shot they've been putting up the entire season once patches drop. I won't even touch the online portions. I don't like to play Park, usually because 2K's servers are notoriously, and historically, unreliable. They've been experiencing severe lag and spiking, sometimes even freezing, on all platforms since release. Not surprising. MyTeam and MyGM are garnering favorable reviews from those particular diehards in the 2K communities. This could be a really great game with some tuning and tweaking that might be achievable by release time if 2K stopped releasing a new game every 365 days. Luckily, I haven't had my player deleted like so many XBONE users have reported, but 2K is starting to respond by restoring characters, patching things like expensive haircuts (don't get me started), and generally trying to encourage constructive feedback. There are a lot of angry hoopers out there - I hope they can be appeased, because I'm liking the game with all its flaws, and I want to love it before they start pushing 2k19. Expand
  2. 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 of course micro transactions. seriously i play this offline most at times and i cant even access even MyCareer. come on now 2k...
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87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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]
  2. Oct 8, 2017
    86
    NBA 2K18 is currently the best sports simulation. However, the weak technology and the omnipresent virtual currency are very disturbing.
  3. Oct 6, 2017
    90
    Silly microtransactions, but fantastic gameplay - a must-have for every NBA-fan.