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  • Summary: NBA arcade action is back with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The sequel takes street balling to the next level with an expansive roster of current and retired NBA players, improved online matchmaking with dedicated servers, four-player online matches, three-point contests, new playgrounds, customNBA arcade action is back with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The sequel takes street balling to the next level with an expansive roster of current and retired NBA players, improved online matchmaking with dedicated servers, four-player online matches, three-point contests, new playgrounds, custom matches, and more. Pick your team, get ready to jam, and Ball Without Limits. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Oct 26, 2018
    92
    I would say if you enjoyed the over the top nature of NBA Jam and don’t want to think too hard about your gaming… NBA Playgrounds 2 is a great buy. Whether having friends round or just wanting a casual game to grab and play, there’s a lot of fun to be had here.
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    80
    Fun, old school gameplay with over the top action, beautiful dunks and awesome power-ups. The game has quite a lot of content to offer and is a lot of fun to play with other people. Because you need to have two players from one same team in order to properly begin playing NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (players are handed out at random), the game gets off to a slow start. A drawback is the micro transaction heavy online multiplayer which dampens the fun, but nevertheless NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is a very fun game to play.
  3. Oct 17, 2018
    78
    NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 offers an arcade basketball experience that's both fun and simple, with fluid gameplay and some over-the-top movements that really stand out when playing.
  4. Oct 23, 2018
    73
    NBA 2k is simple, fun and accessible, but there are things, as some players, not in the right place, and in a NBA you won't find these kinds of problems.
  5. Oct 28, 2018
    70
    NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is somehow the next-gen NBA Jam fans were expecting with NBA Playgrounds: it’s a fun, easy-to-play, hard-to-master arcade game whose only flaw is a lack of game modes.
  6. Oct 22, 2018
    70
    A fun game, too bad there are so many microtransactions.
  7. Oct 24, 2018
    50
    A lacklustre effort after last year’s promising start. It attempts to address some of the issues but these end up being unforced turnovers that makes the game actively worse. When you couple this with only one of the major gameplay problems being addressed, you find yourself with a disappointing sequel. This is a series that definitely does not need to be on a yearly cycle, and most people who bought the original last year will find they have already had their fill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    I have had more fun playing this game than any other title this year. People complain about microtransactions but two points about that : 1)I have had more fun playing this game than any other title this year. People complain about microtransactions but two points about that : 1) If a game is incredibly fun who cares 2) I have only about 20 hours invested and already unlocked 12 players without using microtransactions. God forbid if you have to invest time to unlock players. You don't have to pay to unlock players, but you do for swag items....something you don't have to have. A best friend played 2 games with me and bought a copy for himself on the way home. Great game. Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    8
    The game is a bit of a grind, we all get that but it is not the end of the world. Do you become a star over night? no. The transactions areThe game is a bit of a grind, we all get that but it is not the end of the world. Do you become a star over night? no. The transactions are there for you to grind out, level up your player(s) stats and beef up all the teams. So many complaints about this game and the transactions DON'T BUY THEM THEN, actually put in the time like you have to do with most games and you will get the most out of it. The gameplay is a much better improvement over the first one and it is a great pick up and play game especially with your friends. Every mode you play earns you baller points and I find myself starting new seasons on the regular to rack up baller points to spend on the big gold packs which I got a legendary in every pack with one pack including two legends. I really enjoy the season mode, fun new take and can be completed in about an hour or so if you fully crush through it. Much improvements over the first game so if you enjoyed that one you will continue to enjoy this series. Expand
  3. May 20, 2019
    8
    Gameplay is top notch. It is improved over the first Playgrounds in noticeable ways while still feeling instantly familiar. The pace is fast,Gameplay is top notch. It is improved over the first Playgrounds in noticeable ways while still feeling instantly familiar. The pace is fast, but as the controls become familiar you will start to learn your character's strengths and matches never feel like mayhem. With so many players ranging over so many different combinations of strengths I feel like you could mix up your playstyle to fit whatever mood you're in and never feel boxed in to a single "best" way to play.

    CPU AI rarely feels unfairly overpowered.. at least not for long. Sure, when you get too far ahead AI opponents will drop threes like crazy, but who wants every match to be a runaway? It doesn't feel like punishment. When the CPU does get on a roll it keeps local matches fun and it doesn't happen enough to stay frustrating for long.

    If you are finding it overly difficult, or eventually begin finding it easy to win there are four different match difficulties. The AI gets smarter as you ramp up these difficulties without feeling like it is cheating.

    Also, this game is pretty! So many different character animations. So many beautifully over-the-top moves that are just crazy enough to bring a smile to your face without becoming repetitive or annoying. The court variety is nice, and they are all gorgeous. And, you can build your own court!.. with cosmetic bonuses that you'll need to either grind or pay for.. which brings me to my next point..

    Lets talk about paying real money to unlock the full player roster and for cosmetic items. Cosmetic items both for your players, and for parts to build out your own court. Technically you don't NEED to pay to get these things. You can grind for everything, but you will be grinding A LOT. This would be a much bigger issue if the gameplay wasn't great, but it is! I don't count off a lot for this because grinding is playing the game.. and playing this game is fun!

    That said, I get it. Micro-transactions suck, and if you are coming to this game wanting to play as your favorite legend your options are going to be A.) get really lucky B.) Grind, or C.) Pay real money. The same goes if you want to get heavy into decking out your players in fresh gear. That stinks. I understand.

    However, if what you want more than anything is simply to be able to play as your favorite legend, there are ways to make that grind easier without paying. Winning an NBA Season with your player's team is guaranteed to unlock a Legend from that team.

    Even without grinding for dozens of hours or shelling out real money for upgrades, just playing this game is top of the heap arcade basketball fun and after a handful of exhibition games to get your footing and an NBA season or two you will have unlocked enough players to build a team to fit your playstyle and you will have had fun doing it. If you didn't, then this type of arcade basketball game probably just isn't your thing.

    PROS: Controls are tight and responsive. Smart/fair AI. Courts, players, and animations all explode with color and style. Fun power-ups. Massive roster means massive amount of variety in gameplay strategy.

    CONS: Grindy. Not enough variety in music selection. The main dashboard menus are pretty bad. Micro-transactions.
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  4. Nov 19, 2018
    6
    NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 je dobrá basketbalová arkáda, která určitě dobře poslouží při návštěvě vašich přátel. Ovládání je velmi jednoduché aNBA 2K Playgrounds 2 je dobrá basketbalová arkáda, která určitě dobře poslouží při návštěvě vašich přátel. Ovládání je velmi jednoduché a intuitivní, takže si ho každý osvojí během prvního zápasu. Z dlouhodobého hlediska hru ale doporučit nemůžeme. GamePress cz Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2018
    1
    It's unacceptable to sell a 25£ "full" game that's actually a microtransactions scam. You start with no decent players and after hours ofIt's unacceptable to sell a 25£ "full" game that's actually a microtransactions scam. You start with no decent players and after hours of season gameplay it unlocks only a few crappy players. The game is designed to trick you into buying coins to unlock the players. Absolutely disgusting. Expand
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    1
    Effin' garbage. It is a mediocre game set up behind a super grindy progression system dedicated to micro transactions. I deleted this crap anEffin' garbage. It is a mediocre game set up behind a super grindy progression system dedicated to micro transactions. I deleted this crap an hour after playing and realizing the main function of this game is... to rip you off!
    The trailer looked great. I thought it was going to be like NBA Street Vol 2 or even the NBA Jam remaster. Nope! I should have known better when 2K Games put their name on it. Stupid me. They got my $30 bucks. But not another dime. I stopped buying NBA 2K since '16, when the micro transactions began to be utterly ridiculous, which is a shame because way back when they first started on the Sega Dreamcast, they were the ****
    You are better off with NBA Jam or NBA Live 19 or 18. Dont waster you time.
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  7. Nov 4, 2018
    0
    This might be the worst game i have ever played, could've been a good game but 2k had to milk it like they do to NBA 2K19. I feel Like everyThis might be the worst game i have ever played, could've been a good game but 2k had to milk it like they do to NBA 2K19. I feel Like every game I get into they have all the "Legend" Players probably because they are the only ones that play the game still so they dont feel like they wasted money. Expand

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