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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,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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 0 out of 46
  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. Dec 21, 2010
    95
    Whilst the level of realism on show in NBA 2K11 may make the game sound a little daunting, what you have to remember is that this is in every way a basketball simulation for fans of the sport rather than a sports title for the casual sports game player.
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    93
    The best basketball game ever.
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    2K Sports keeps surpassing itself, and NBA 2K11 could be the best and most complete basketball simulator ever.
  5. Oct 24, 2010
    90
    NBA 2K11 is a top contender for best sports game of 2011. There have been major improvements over last years edition. The game is hard to master, realistic and complex.
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    NBA 2K11 improves everything from the past chapters of the series and it's actually the best and most realistic basket videogame of all time. It's a shame that it still doesn't offer a decent an online experience, but if you love Michael Jordan, this is a love letter for you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 9 out of 41
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    10
    NBA 2K11 is the greatest game I've ever played...and I'm a GAMER.

    This game is absolutely incredible. The Michael Jordan intro after the
    NBA 2K11 is the greatest game I've ever played...and I'm a GAMER.

    This game is absolutely incredible. The Michael Jordan intro after the start menu is stunning and utterly powerful. It immerses you into a nostalgic dreamworld of awe unlike anything I've ever experienced. It's enough to bring tears to your eyes. But that's not even close to being the reason it's so great, once you start playing the game, you feel as if this is THE REAL DEAL. The game is so deep its ridiculous. Advanced controls on offense and defense will take a while for anyone to master. There are literally DOZENS of different ways to play the game. Every single nuance that makes the NBA so exciting and intricate is included and at your fingertips. It all runs so smoothly and responds so immaculately that you actually feel like you're controlling the NBA's superstars. Signature gathers and signature moves this year are remarkable. Lebron's quick dribble spin and D-Wade's quick bounce into his jumper are fluid and life-like in a way that I thought not capable in a video game. It's unbelievable. Kobe Bryant is an absolute nightmare from mid-range. Arguably unstoppable in the right hands. And then there's MJ. Ho-ly SHI-ITE. I played a game with Mike this morning against the Lakers after the start up menu and saw SEVERAL SIGNATURE MOVES that were just jaw-dropping. His tongue wags and he finishes at the rim like NO OTHER. I'm astonished.

    This is the most realistic, most immersive, most ingenious video game I have ever seen in my life. Forget setting a bar for sports games. The amount of work and the amount of love and passion that went into making this game is flat out inspiring for video games of all creeds. I seriously think this game will spark a change in video games. What's acceptable and what's expected from the consumer will undoubtedly change after this unmatched package 2K has delivered. If you're not bringing the goods, just don't make the game. Period. 2K has set the bar so high is seems impossible to raise it any further. There are a few things I think 2K can add. First of all L2/LT should also be a pass modifier that allows you to make the right kind of pass to get around defenders. If your player has a high passer rating then the pass modifier would allow him to make a great pass of dozens of different animations. It's absolutely needed I think considering how vamped the D is in the game. Other than that. The game is flawless. It's not leaving my PS3 all year. Also, the PS3 version is identical to the XBox version. I've seen both. The only difference is the glare and reflections on the court but that's not a big deal because I think the XBox version is TOO glossy and doesn't look real. The PS3 version isn't glossy at all. The best representation would be somewhere in the middle. And oh, D-Fish has his right facial hair in the PS3 version as well.

    But in any event, the game is special. It truly is and EVENT. You MUST own this incredible game. The soundtrack is even INCREDIBLE. I love nearly EVERY TRACK. If you're fan of hoops or just of greatness in general. This is the very definition of GREATNESS. A remarkable piece of entertainment. 2K is where amazing happens.
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  2. Oct 18, 2010
    10
    NBA 2K11 is the best basketball game ever.
    Previous releases from 2K where very good but this year's game has reached higher standards.
    Every
    NBA 2K11 is the best basketball game ever.
    Previous releases from 2K where very good but this year's game has reached higher standards.
    Every single play-mode has been enhanced and the playability is better than ever... players move smoothly and signature moves are identical to real players'.

    But what I like the most is the possibility of using classic teams (those were good times). Playing as MJ is something I have been expecting since he left basketball... his moves are like watching him playing once again.

    I strongly recommend this game to any basketball fan.
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  3. May 24, 2011
    10
    I have logged a scary amount of hours on this game and STILL am not tired of it. Michael Jordan fan or not, the MJ features are amazing. TheI have logged a scary amount of hours on this game and STILL am not tired of it. Michael Jordan fan or not, the MJ features are amazing. The "my player" mode is great for basketball junkies like me, which allows you to create a player and work to get drafted and battle for minutes on a squad. I am in my 2nd full season right now and am stil hooked after 8 months. The game could use some work on the dunk contest in my opinion. 2K has done it again! Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2010
    9
    Presentation = GREAT!, Gameplay = Challenging, but GREAT!, Graphics = The Celtics 80's team Larry Bird, looks lke LARRY BIRD this year. GREAT!Presentation = GREAT!, Gameplay = Challenging, but GREAT!, Graphics = The Celtics 80's team Larry Bird, looks lke LARRY BIRD this year. GREAT! Online = pretty good, but not sure if its a PS3 thing. Audio = if you've played any 2K sports game, you know it's all in here, stadiium specific chants, progressive crowd reaction to game situation, great commentary(possibly the best), decent sound track, even though you can use your own personal for the game. bad part is, no audio editing for game specific audio, even though you can use your own playlist for certain game situation, you can't edit the audio so you will hear the begining of whatever the 1st track of your playlist is over and over. Sorry if that doesn't make sense. Other than that, Great Sports game, best basketball game ever, and one of the best games ever. 9/10 Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2010
    9
    the only reason i didn't give this a 10 is because ive been an nba live guy my whole life... and there's no 92-93 suns!!! how am i gonna getthe only reason i didn't give this a 10 is because ive been an nba live guy my whole life... and there's no 92-93 suns!!! how am i gonna get my thunder dan majerle fix!!! otherwise great game Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2010
    6
    After remarkable releases over the years that changed the dynamic of simulation in basketball video gaming, NBA 2k11 delivers a highlyAfter remarkable releases over the years that changed the dynamic of simulation in basketball video gaming, NBA 2k11 delivers a highly enticing treat of basketball to fans who feel as it is there duty to engage in one of the most anticipated releases of this decade. However, aside from the fantastic gameplay and realistic style of play modeled by the NBA of today and the past, I can't help but to wonder if the Michael Jordan attraction caused this game to become superior than it really is. Don't get me wrong, of course. This game is sensational, from the innovative style of gameplay dynamics, to the presentation. This is a flawless franchise and it has improved considerably from the previous year, but beware. This game is about michael jordan, not about the NBA as much as we don't like to admit such a claim, so please keep that in mind when delving into the title. Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2022
    0
    it's the worst basketball game I ever played. so many people recommended me this video game as "best nba 2k", "why don't you play nba 2k 2011it's the worst basketball game I ever played. so many people recommended me this video game as "best nba 2k", "why don't you play nba 2k 2011 if you like playing basketball so much" and I don't know about that because it was the first time I have ever played a nba 2k game but oh boy the game is like you are controlling a drunk tank who have motor skill problem. there is no indication of when you can actually score a point when you are shooting. in real life you can feel it on your head but in this game it's a gamble. they used the same system they used in gta san andreas regarding shooting lol

    I literally raped my gamepad to figure out how can I even defend, take ball in air, block, rebound, etc. but figuring how to build a time machine is way easier lol. there is no indication what button does what and checking the controllers ain't helping. there is not even in game tutorial lol

    IDK if the developers even bothered played basketball before and if they ever played a video game before but this **** is clearly not a game let alone a basketball game. it's more like drunk tank in human form playing with ball lol

    career mode is worst than any game. there is a score system in which you will pass the level if your score is ≥ C but they dislike everything you do even if it causes your team to score. the worst is you can't gain point when you score. I was F and afterwards I scored 3 points for like 8 times but they didn't like it at all. though once I randomly made foul and they loved it. the game only likes fouls lol

    AI is stupid. my team can't play but my opponent team is god-tier in career mode

    I wish it was more like ps2 pes 2011's basketball version. I rather play gta san andreas as basketball game than this trash lol
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