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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: 40 out of 604
  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. Oct 29, 2019
    4
    Haven’t bought a new 2k since 2016 and won’t do it ever again. 2016 was a great year but this blows. Terrible shooting mechanics, they’veHaven’t bought a new 2k since 2016 and won’t do it ever again. 2016 was a great year but this blows. Terrible shooting mechanics, they’ve slowed down the game where diving doesn’t work, they have made the shooting impossible, rebounding goes to better player but not better rebounder, neighborhood is a scam, pro am is a fun concept but ruined by buggy ass **** and my team is pay to me. Also, the campaign is the worse excuse for a story mode I've ever scene. Madden did it better. Those that give this anything above a 6 pay for the game and just get the benefits. I’m so mad I paid for this game and wish I could take it back. Do not recommend unless you buy these every year but I would still refuse to buy this one. Trash ass game. Expand
  3. Oct 8, 2019
    1
    today the game is completely unbalanced. There is no type of defense, the players run up against the defenders by literally moving them andtoday the game is completely unbalanced. There is no type of defense, the players run up against the defenders by literally moving them and going to the basket as if the defender were not there. Online people have understood that the equipment for the whole field and going to the basket is the easiest and most effective way to make points. There are no more schemes of actions and constructions. It is not a basket ball game. It does not reward those who build a reasoned and realistic action. It does not reward those who defend ONBALL. It is not a complete and balanced game. I hope it is logically balanced as it has only been released for a month because at the moment it is already a dead game. Expand
  4. Sep 20, 2019
    0
    Horrible 0/10 it's gambling not basketball, not for kids, don't buy this for your kids it's literal gambling
  5. Jul 30, 2020
    0
    I honestly don't know where to start and how to put this in the nicest way possible. This honestly might be the worst game I have ever playedI honestly don't know where to start and how to put this in the nicest way possible. This honestly might be the worst game I have ever played in my life. Firstly please fix your contest animations. Wilt Chamberlain not being able to score on Allen Iverson has to be the dumbest possible thing I have ever seen. Secondly, FIX YOUR PASSING ANIMATIONS. How can magic freaking Johnson not be able to pass to a 7'1 Shaq when they're literally right beside each other. My mother could pass better with a broken back. Ronald and Mike wang fix your game as soon as possible. God bless and 2k do not have a great day Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    0
    Pretty good casino game, but the basketball portion keeps getting in the way. >:|
  7. Sep 17, 2019
    0
    this game is a gambling game for kids age three and up, 2K have become cartoon villains.

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