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  • Summary: The highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation returns with NBA 2K18, featuring unparalleled authenticity and improvements on the court.

    *According to 2008 - 2016 Metacritic.com
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 54
  2. Negative: 4 out of 54
  1. Sep 25, 2017
    95
    NBA 2K18 is the king of the sports genre. This entry happens to be an inflection point within the franchise, being the biggest jump when it comes to new mechanics and quality during this generation. The Hood is the biggest of the last years in a game of this characteristics, something that points 2K Sports and Visual Concepts as the vanguard of innovation in this aspect.
  2. Sep 21, 2017
    92
    2K Sports delivers an amazing game, with great new features and an even better simulation. It's, without a doubt, the best title of the series so far.
  3. Sep 22, 2017
    90
    Probably the best sports game of the year and a great achievement for 2K and Visual Concepts. Brilliant.
  4. Sep 28, 2017
    80
    This year's entry is incredible in so many ways, from graphics, to soundtrack, to the different modes and ways to play hoops. It becomes clear early on that the fastest and easiest way to progress is by spending real money, slightly marring an otherwise tremendous experience.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    NBA 2K18 is an excellent basketball simulator. Still, player's progress is heavily relied on microtransactions, but that's the only real downside.
  6. Sep 26, 2017
    78
    NBA 2K18 is a solid title but does little to improve overall, featuring relatively the same experience as years past.
  7. Sep 22, 2017
    30
    With NBA 2K18 we’ve reached an inevitable crossroad, though the signs should have been seen a while back. The on court action is still the best available, but there is now room for another franchise to come and steal an audience that will be sick of the costs of simply being able to compete in the 2K series. The grind isn’t fun and paying gives advantages over those who won’t or can’t afford to. You absolutely cannot ignore how NBA 2K18 is a full price game that also integrates the business model of a free to play/pay to win title and the way that the enjoyment you get from it suffers because of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 244
  1. Sep 19, 2017
    10
    Just i can say, it was amazing, animations that was like the real one , very good my player part and it was better than the last version, itJust i can say, it was amazing, animations that was like the real one , very good my player part and it was better than the last version, it is the best NBA GAME EVER Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2019
    5
    Good game I enjoyed by playing this . For me is the best 2k ever no
  3. Sep 26, 2017
    2
    No opening CG? Seriously? The visual concept team must have been working on the switch version so hard that they do not even have time to makeNo opening CG? Seriously? The visual concept team must have been working on the switch version so hard that they do not even have time to make one.

    I purchased the steam version as well as the switch version, and I generally like the switch version since I have been looking forward to an NBA game on the go for a long time. The PC high-end version, nah. It is a clear money grab, no opening CG, no changes for the player profiles, and the MC story is the worst for the last couple of years, reminds me of the pre-2k 14 days of this game.

    Besides the limited effort the develop team put in this game, I have the feeling that if you are a person who has a normal life, you wouldn't even have enough time to play this thing. It requires so much grinding otherwise you need to buy and spend VC on literally everything. Even if you upgrade your character via tons of VCs you would still miss easy layups, like you are controlling a kindergarten player but not an NBA player. In the end, you still need to grind and grind to get those badges to ensure your layups...

    I mean, I totally understand 2K wants the players to hook up more with this game, but man, I have my own life, and I just want to play a video game, to do what I could not do in the real life. I surely can miss layups a lot, no need to recreate that feeling in a video game.
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  4. Jan 6, 2018
    0
    Another game rushed out to the consumer just for the money. Its very evident as soon as you play that 2k skipped so many corners in fineAnother game rushed out to the consumer just for the money. Its very evident as soon as you play that 2k skipped so many corners in fine tuning this game. This is obvious by the fact that you dont actually have to be good at playing the game, you just have to know how to exploit the disastrous animations. (zig-zag cheese and getting players stuck in animations to run right by them)

    Looking pass the flawed game play mechanics, you can file this one in the pay to play category. MyTeam is heavily influenced by the overly priced packs coupled with the throttled currency you earn from playing. For God sake! you cant even use the auction house without completing certain goals including buying a pack using MT or VC. I would have more to say about my team, but i was very discourage to continue playing the mode due to the requirement to rely on packs (with noticeably low odds at pulling anything worth anything).

    MyCareer was fun for the first season. the progression seemed fair and kept me entertained until i reached about 77 overall. It goes from enjoyable cruising speed to awful bumper to bumper traffic speed. By the time you complete the first 82 games you will be around 75-78 overall and the next seasons can be summed up to intense grind. upgrades become unreasonably expensive which is just another excuse to get the player to pay real money to jump ahead.

    MyGm was the same. OK

    Ill sum it up in one sentence. Shameless "basketball" casino

    Fix This Ish Ronnie
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  5. Oct 4, 2017
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 2k read this. As to my career and playground/park mode. VC is the main focus in these modes and paying for it is nearly a must. You have to play heaps!!!!! of hrs once you get to 87 to upgrade your player caps it's a lot harder than last year, my career games are not enjoyable or fun at all!!!! as difficulty setting of AI is way to hard there is no rookie mode anymore just to have fun!
    Park mode has gone and been replaced with the one playground for all, definitely looks good but it stops there. There is no rep mode at all!! Gone! This is a huge NONO.
    Park mode was my most favorite mode and for that to be scrapped was a BIG DEAL for me.
    A big thing is that this game has had so many problems as it has NOT BEEN TESTED BEFORE RELEASE to fix the issues. it already has had 3 full game updates and a lot more mini updates and its only 2 weeks old and still has lots of issues.
    A couple of gameplay issues, to steal the ball all you need to do is to run into the person if you ever press the steal button you will nearly every time get a foul and usually a sec after it has been pressed and a lot of times when not near the ball.
    A playmakers constantly loses the ball, players can't catch a ball, players can't shoot the ball. Animations are very slow, did I mention that you are forced to go and workout at a gym to keep your energy at 100 percent after every single game. This takes 5-10 mins extra each time.
    In my career you have to watch hrs of cutscenes literally that you cannot skip, would be ok if you just wanted to watch a movie of it and I could see the appeal if I was just in to that kind of thing, but I just want to play basketball like so many others.
    You are also pretty much forced and pressured into getting tattoos as part of my career, bit of a moral dilemma. 2k15 and 2k16 were fun to play, 2k17 started to change abit for the worse but was still ok.
    I think as 2k has become more and more as a online game a lot of these changes have also happened.
    There is also quite a few good things with this game but they are absolutely drowned by the bad things sad to say.
    These are just a couple of the issues I have, there are still many more.
    If you want to play a easy, fun and stress free game then this is not the game for you.
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  6. Sep 22, 2017
    0
    Currency system ruins the game. Returned Immediately. Be aware of critics that rate this high. Even if the design of the game is decent, youCurrency system ruins the game. Returned Immediately. Be aware of critics that rate this high. Even if the design of the game is decent, you shouldn't get a pass on an awful business practice. Expand
  7. Sep 21, 2017
    0
    This game is broken beyond repair. The VC is making the game pay to win. It takes forever to earn in game VC. I payed €60,- and to have fun itThis game is broken beyond repair. The VC is making the game pay to win. It takes forever to earn in game VC. I payed €60,- and to have fun it will cost you like a €100,- more. **** this VC **** Oh and there are a lot of bugs. Expand

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