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  • Summary: From the blacktop to the hardwood and throughout the Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 and its next level features are the closest thing to actually playing in the league. Welcome to the Next. Put your career on the line to stand up for what you believe in. Executive produced by LeBron James &From the blacktop to the hardwood and throughout the Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 and its next level features are the closest thing to actually playing in the league. Welcome to the Next. Put your career on the line to stand up for what you believe in. Executive produced by LeBron James & SpringHill Entertainment, this year’s MyCAREER experience features topical storylines, true-to-life basketball characters, and a star-studded cast. [Take 2 Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Sep 11, 2019
    91
    Microtransactions and loot boxes are still there, but it is fair to say that they are not so invasive this time. Despite that, this is a sport simulator that has no rival in its genre: because of WNBA, gameplay improvements, audiovisual quality, cinematic style, depth of the modes… One more time, Visual Concepts keeps enlarging the dynasty.
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    88
    NBA 2K20 is pure magic on the playground. The new physical model, the impact of the new defensive system and the fine tuning of the gameplay is something valuable which give to basketball lovers endless possibilities. On the other side, the new GM mode is very disappointing and 2K business model for MyTeam is still questionable. The good news is that microtransations are quite useless in MyCareer mode, which thanks to King James work shines again to its original beauty.
  3. 85
    Facial animations are still odd, and monetization rears its head in practically every mode. But the core ball play, plethora of gameplay modes, and a great presentation all combine to make NBA 2K20 the basketball game to beat this year.
  4. Sep 15, 2019
    80
    NBA 2K20 offers again what we saw last year and the year before that, which is a solid Basketball experience. Some minor technical issues are still here and there, which suggests that the developers are using the same core mechanics as they did previously. Maybe we need to wait for next generation of gaming devices for a completely new and fresh NBA experience.
  5. Sep 12, 2019
    78
    NBA 2K20 remains a beautiful and satisfying title, but this time the loot box case heavily influences the final vote.
  6. Oct 1, 2019
    70
    Overall, NBA 2K20 is still one of the best basketball games out there, but future iterations should either ease up greatly on the VC spend or drop the price significantly, so players won't have to spend extra money.
  7. 60
    It’s a shame that the surrounding structures don’t hold up, because the in-game experience of NBA 2K20 remains top-class. Another year of refinements has smoothed out some rough edges of the basketball gameplay that was already worth seeking out. The level of control you have over shot types is both useful and entertaining. Defensive assignments feel like they work more consistently. The commentary repeats itself less. They’re great moves forward. But if you engage with the modes 2K seems to want to push most, you’ll have to deal with baggage that weighs down the experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 419
  1. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    This game is PERFECT!--- For ruining the lives of people with clinically diagnosed gambling addiction or poor impulse control! Hurrah!!!This game is PERFECT!--- For ruining the lives of people with clinically diagnosed gambling addiction or poor impulse control! Hurrah!!!

    Want to make a family member or life partner with said afflictions even more miserable? Then buy them this game! Watch them waste their money on meaningless and randomized drivel, which are glorified and game-ified by cute graphics, fun sound effects, and amoral influencers to keep them going!!! Yay!!!

    At EA, you check your morals and principles at the door, like any good employee should! Profit is King, Profit is God! Cast down your humanity and make society worse with us over at EA! Woohoo!!!

    10/10 best casino game of the year!!! (The basketball bits are good too)*

    *This review is absolute sarcasm this game is trash and is naught but a manifestation of the morally bankrupt gaming industry giants cashing in on gambling before governments finally regulate it because it's hurting the lives of so many people. Do not buy this game.
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  2. Sep 8, 2019
    1
    El peor juego de 2k de la saga NBA. Es un simulador de casino. Vergüenza ajena.
  3. Jan 10, 2020
    0
    If your looking for a good basketball game DON'T BUY THIS such a waste of money. They complety lie about everything at launch and then don'tIf your looking for a good basketball game DON'T BUY THIS such a waste of money. They complety lie about everything at launch and then don't even fix any glitches or bugs after launch. Completely incompetent game developers. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2019
    0
    Loot Box Simulator. That's what this needs to be called. It's just absurd how despicable 2K is these days.
  5. Sep 12, 2019
    0
    Used to be a loyal buyer for what was consistently the preeminent basketball game, but no more. Haven't bought since 2K17 and won't untilUsed to be a loyal buyer for what was consistently the preeminent basketball game, but no more. Haven't bought since 2K17 and won't until major changes are made. I'm cool with Freemium models. I am not cool with paying more money after paying full price for the game. This is capitalism as it's meant to be, so 2K has every right to structure their game and pricing however they please. However, history tells us screwing over your loyal fanbase will eventually catch up with you. As soon as another company can offer a decent game, I will support them 100%. The only way to send 2K a message and make changes is to stop supporting them with your wallet.

    As for the game itself, it looks like the same game as the past 5 years (is this Madden or something?). Completely controlled by the same set of animations that I saw back in 2K13. A total disregard for the offline modes that do exist. 2K will not improve the game until they are forced to. This is a game for the year 2020, the gameplay should be so realistic at this point that an unaware viewer should struggle to tell if it's a real NBA game. .7/10 is too high of a score for this trash game!! I miss turning my trash Suns into a competitive team, but I will continue to wait in order to send a message.
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  6. Sep 8, 2019
    0
    POSTED: 7 SEPTEMBER
    You have to understand that 2K is the epitomy of a soulless, late-stage capitalism company and their game entirely
    POSTED: 7 SEPTEMBER
    You have to understand that 2K is the epitomy of a soulless, late-stage capitalism company and their game entirely reflects that fact. If you take that into account regarding every single aspect of the game then you will never be surprised by anything you may come to encounter in NBA 2K20. If you love or even just like the game of basketball DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.
    Playing online is one thing (cheaters, for example, run rampant without consequence), but even in MyCareer games playing with and against AI players there is no logical consistency in the game. Not only is the AI horrendously badly designed, but the game is entirely dependent on random animations.
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  7. Sep 17, 2019
    0
    Just a big grind fest for randomized loot with pressure to spend money to mitigate the grind, not my kind of game.

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