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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 237
  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 25, 2017
    2
    I bought this game thinking that I would enjoy the full 2k18 experience.. unfortunately I was in for a big surprise. It appears that 2k thinksI bought this game thinking that I would enjoy the full 2k18 experience.. unfortunately I was in for a big surprise. It appears that 2k thinks that their customers enjoy spending hundreds of dollars extra on their 60$ game, otherwise I cannot explain why they chose this 'free-to-play' like business model for a AAA game. The grind is just ridiculous and it reached a point when it is obvious that they are not thinking on how to make their games more enjoyable.. they just want you to spend huge amounts in order to unlock the full experience.
    I am a huge 2k fan and it is a shame to see that they have reached such a low point with their games. There seems to be very little improvement from last years game and the my Career mode is truly broken. There is no replayability at all, player progress has become the most insane grind in the series ( no difficulty multiplier this time around) and the customization items in the game are impossible for me to get without investing a small fortune in VC currency (this includes the moves of your myPlayer mind you).

    I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone , not at 60$ at least... this is just a cash grab and the developer actually managed to remove the 'fun' from game.

    Not worth the full price! 2/10
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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 18, 2017
    0
    I preface this buy saying what a huge 2K fanboy I am. I’ve owned every single game from the Dreamcast original. I remember 2K5 with Big Ben onI preface this buy saying what a huge 2K fanboy I am. I’ve owned every single game from the Dreamcast original. I remember 2K5 with Big Ben on the cover, the first year with ISOmotion. I remember 2K7, the year they introduced player-unique jumpshots. I remember 2K10 and the birth of Crew Mode. I remember Crew Mode dying. I remember 2K14 for PS4 where they replaced a simple menu-based matchmaking system for blacktop games with the awful concept of ‘The Park’.

    I also must preface by saying the recent revelations of the Activision patent leak should be on every gamers minds when it comes to microtransactions. They alter game conditions to frustrate players in hopes of selling things. Is this good for gaming? And if Activision is doing that, who else is?

    NBA2K18

    In the last few iterations of the NBA 2K franchise, people actually enjoy Park mode without questioning the fact that to get in a game, you must stand on a circle to “get next”. Instead of using a menu selection to play a virtual game of basketball, you are waiting indefinitely on a virtual circle to play the virtual game. How this came to be accepted shows the seeds of the downfall of man - a willingness to accept our reality as it is.

    Since 2K15, 2K has actually done a great job improving the game every year. With 2K18, a great game at release, they have decided they need to patch it four times in less than one month, each patch with notes that obviously omit things (like the fixing of tedious VC gaining tricks) and make the game worse.

    The patches obviously are steering towards tightening the play of MMO-type modes like Pro Am and Park, but in so doing they are ruining the core game - without abandon.

    Tall players shoot much easier, tall fast players like Thon Maker are now even more godly than last year’s game. He passes like LeBron now....

    The game is one giant middle finger to its customers. The open world aspect is merely a way to make you mad. It’s a massive, pointless, unfun waste of time. Why don’t you have menu based navigation? Because this game is designed to make you frustrated for as long as possible in the hopes YOU BUY MORE STUFF....

    After the Activision patent leak, I’m desperately hoping the same happens to 2K and reveals their tactics. They’ve taken a great game and turned it into a tumor. It’s a cancerous black hole on the corner outside of your house that panhandles constantly, and the cops want nothing to do with it because they’re busy standing on a virtual circle to get the next game, without batting an eye or wasting a single thought as to why this shameful “waiting game within a game” concept exists.

    Horrible. NBA 2K18 made me throw a controller for the first time in over twenty years, when Super Ghouls and Ghosts for SNES seemed to the 10 year old me to be a practical joke that couldn’t be beat.

    2K18 is a practical joke that doesn’t give your money back after it steals it with expert sleight of hand. It’s a cold, rusting steel monolith marking the beginning of the end of video games. If that seems like overreacting, that’s fine. It’s not.
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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 22, 2017
    0
    The graphics and animations are good. In myTeam they added a lot of challenges to do.
    But if you play MyPlayer, then you have to pay for
    The graphics and animations are good. In myTeam they added a lot of challenges to do.
    But if you play MyPlayer, then you have to pay for every little thing. And VC is hard to get by. They have a companion app, where you could get a decent amount of VC daily. In 2K16 it was up to 3500 a day, in 2K17 up to 2000 a day and now in 2K18 it is up to 600 a day. I'm disgusted with 2K.

    But since this game is pay to win, it should also be free to play. If it was a free game, it would get a 8 or 9 rating, but since it's not, 0 point. 2K's greed has no limit.
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