Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
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  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 8, 2019
    90
    NBA 2K20 delivers the best on-court experience in years, and that carries more weight than any other aspect of the game.
  3. Sep 6, 2019
    90
    Thankfully for fans, the up-and-down series has largely been a slam dunk this year as its consistently great gameplay is aided by a fantastic story mode and less invasive microtransactions.
  4. Sep 18, 2019
    88
    The best NBA 2K game so far when on the court, with a strong career mode. Microtransactions are still an issue in some game modes.
  5. Sep 17, 2019
    88
    You won’t find a better basketball game. NBA 2K20, even without many significant additions, continues to polish its fantastic formula.
  6. 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.
  7. Dec 9, 2019
    85
    NBA 2K20 isn't the most groundbreaking opus in the IP, but it's still a must-have for all the basketball fans out there.
  8. Sep 27, 2019
    85
    An NBA 2K game is once again being plagued by microtransactions that enrage gamers. But on the other hand, the production values, the gameplay and the overall presentation of NBA 2K20 are over the roof, having no match in sports games. At the end of the day, you must be the one to judge if this high quality balances out the cons of the "loot boxes blight".
  9. Sep 16, 2019
    85
    NBA 2K20 remains an indispensable title for basketball fans, but could have followed, as far as mitrotransactions are concerned, the same virtuous approach carried out with the gameplay.
  10. Sep 11, 2019
    85
    2K has made changes that improved the franchise in general. NBA 2K20 is, without a doubt, the best game in the series to date. Although no new mode has been added, those that are present in this edition have small changes that improve, and much, the playable experience within them. Microtransactions aside, which are quite annoying, is a game that can be enjoyed perfectly without spending more money than has already been spent to buy the game.
  11. 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.
  12. Sep 11, 2019
    85
    Microtransactions and casino like minigames aside, NBA 2K20 is one of the best sports sim out there for any format. Tons of game modes, options and minigames to enjoy for months to come.
  13. Sep 10, 2019
    85
    NBA2K20 is an incredible addition to the series. The depth and attention to detail make it a masterclass in replicating the beauty of the game. MyCAREER particularly stands out with 2K being serious with the star cast of Idris Elba and LeBron James, with the latter also being the executive producer. This is a game that does so much right, you're quick to forget the incessant brand plugging and intimidating grind.
  14. Sep 9, 2019
    85
    NBA 2K20 is the series’ best showing in several seasons. The action is more refined than ever, MyCareer serves up a fun story with less grind, and MyGM mode is back on track. Microtransactions continue to be a concern, but the most egregious stuff is restricted to MyTeam mode, with MyCareer actually feeling less exploitative this year. Hopefully we’ll see a more substantial refresh in the next year or two, but, for now, the NBA 2K dynasty remains strong.
  15. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 22, 2019
    80
    Visual Concepts’ tireless scouting for new stuff hasn’t affected its immaculate eye for detail. [Issue#168, p.78]
  16. 80
    The formula stays much the same as it’s always been. Not that you’ll ever mind with this game, because that tried-and-true NBA 2K formula is just as good as ever. Yes, MyTeam is awful, and yes, further WNBA integration would be great. But you can’t argue with a hoops game this deep and this fun.
  17. Sep 26, 2019
    80
    From presentation to gameplay, NBA 2K20 does an amazing job at faithfully recreating an authentic basketball experience. If you can look past the microtransactions, you’ll find a really great basketball simulation.
  18. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    Whether or not NBA 2K20 is the game for you really depends on a few things. If you can get past the obnoxious microtransactions, a story mode that’s a bit too bloated, and some frustrating grind in other modes, there’s a lot to like here. More importantly, where it matters most (gameplay), 2K20 really shines, with the potential to thrill in ways few other sports games can. When you’re lost in the heat of the action, yelling at your TV in the final seconds of a nail-biting finish, it’s hard to really care about all the speed bumps on the way to that moment.
  19. Sep 18, 2019
    80
    Splendid recreation of basketball with game-changing, innovative evolution cards – but it can’t escape the bad taste the microtransactions leave.
  20. 80
    NBA 2K20 continues to deliver excellent on-court action with unmatched presentation and mode variety. However, the series' continued reliance on microtransactions is still a glaring issue.
  21. Sep 16, 2019
    80
    NBA 2K20 has revitalized my love for the series. While the launch has certainly been shaky, I’m having more fun grinding out my favorite modes than I have in any previous year. The entire game feels much more rewarding than years past, and not because you have to spend all of your money on it. If you put the time in, you’ll get what you want out of the game. I have to score the game lower than I probably would simply because of the issues and bugs that are prevalent throughout the game, but once those are addressed I can’t wait to grind away.
  22. 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.
  23. Sep 10, 2019
    80
    NBA 2K20 is another fine entry into the franchise, with this year's story mode being its best yet. There are issues, but the good far outweighs the bad.
  24. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    NBA 2K20 doesn’t go over the edge, it doesn’t bring much novelty to the series. On the other hand, it has better defense and goes a little further as a simulation. But the micro-transactions are too strong with this one.
  25. Sep 20, 2019
    79
    A great game, as always, with a bad in-game purchases system and few aging problems.
  26. Sep 23, 2019
    78
    There is a decent game here… but certain aspects are broken. If you don’t mind the merciless push to microtransactions, or you can just look past it… then perhaps you will enjoy the gaming experience. Personally I can’t recommend the game on moral grounds, it feels like 2K took the criticism of previous years microtransactions and decided to just stick their finger up to the players and (pun intended) doubled down on their money making.
  27. Sep 12, 2019
    78
    NBA 2K20 remains a beautiful and satisfying title, but this time the loot box case heavily influences the final vote.
  28. If you like NBA 2K games you like NBA 2K20. If you look something new, no sir! This year features no big change in the game.
  29. Sep 9, 2019
    78
    NBA 2K20 would have been better off by focusing on its complex modes like MyLeague and cleaning up MyTeam to be less dependent on microtransactions. In spite of that, NBA 2K20 remains the best at what it does. It just might be time to ask for better.
  30. Oct 16, 2019
    75
    NBA 2K20 includes fewer innovations than a "copy/paste club", yet manages to still play and feel pretty great. Gambling and microtransactions involved are becoming more and more toxic with each year tho.
  31. Sep 16, 2019
    73
    NBA 2K20 remains a solid basketball title and something that fans of the sport are bound to enjoy. But the game seems designed to pressure players into pumping extra money so they don’t have to spend an ungodly amount of time grinding, and that dampens the arena atmosphere.
  32. 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.
  33. Sep 24, 2019
    70
    NBA 2K20 is the equivalent to the 15-16 season of the Warriors. The game was able to reach the highest level, but failed in the end.
  34. Sep 19, 2019
    70
    NBA 2K20 feels like the smallest leap that the series has made in years, even if the core gameplay still remains enjoyable.
  35. Sep 17, 2019
    70
    This new NBA 2K iteration isn't a new step forward for the the franchise. Gameplay is still good and demanding, MyCareer well-written, but there's not much that's feeling new and memorable.
  36. Sep 16, 2019
    70
    NBA 2K20’s absurd production values put it alongside MLB The Show 19 as the most convincing sports game on the market, and its under-the-hood gameplay improvements mean it’s the best-playing basketball simulation ever made. With a dizzying array of modes and options, including a reasonably well-written single player campaign featuring a Hollywood cast, this is a bulky package that will keep you on-court for potentially hundreds of hours. The title’s tone-deaf approach to microtransactions is the only real downside, then, and while they have been dialled back a touch, it’s still difficult to ignore their ugly presence in practically every facet of the package.
  37. Sep 9, 2019
    70
    There’s no doubt that the game is fun as the grind and work throughout it gives such a feeling of satisfaction at the end because you battled for that win. Having that broadcast presentation helps with that since after the game there are so many options to do off-the-court management that it keeps the player engaged for some time. The quirks and issues become aggravating over time as you try to get better, but the core feel of the game has felt this way for a while.
  38. Sep 23, 2019
    66
    Overall, NBA 2K20 is a good game. The core gameplay and presentation excels, My Career is a simple but enjoyable experience, the WNBA’s included, and the additional modes function but fall short because of the progression stranglehold.
  39. Sep 12, 2019
    60
    Despite all the fun I was having though, it is evidently clear that NBA 2K20 really doesn’t do anything groundbreaking in any of its modes.
  40. Sep 11, 2019
    60
    NBA 2K20's presentation is unparalleled, but beneath its shiny exterior are continued problems with its online infrastructure and some pretty odious microtransactions. The latter are a bit less punishing than last year, but the former is worse than ever, and it affects almost every aspect of the game. These elements, which seemingly come up every year, unfortunately overshadow what should be an amazing sports sim.
  41. Sep 10, 2019
    60
    NBA 2K20 takes a step forward with its story, but is hindered by its uninspired gameplay.
  42. 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.
User Score
1.4

Overwhelming dislike- based on 1173 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    1
    Basically made to be a multiplayer game. To many micro transactions. Nothing new for a single player like myself.
  2. Sep 9, 2019
    0
    Game graphics are great. Wants too much money to enjoy content. This micro transaction/ loot box system is egregious.
  3. Sep 8, 2019
    1
    Worst NBA 2K Ever ! Unfinished game with tonns of problems and glitches. Especially MyTeam mode. To complete spotlite challenges u need spentWorst NBA 2K Ever ! Unfinished game with tonns of problems and glitches. Especially MyTeam mode. To complete spotlite challenges u need spent a tonn of money. About 500$ or more on packs with players . This discusting loot boxes game. Shame to Devs and especially greed owners. Full Review »