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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: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 10, 2019
    90
    On the surface, NBA 2K20’s changes to its own formula might seem less substantial, but spend more than a few hours with its laser accurate recreation of modern b-ball and you’ll soon realise how refined it has become. Changes to Virtual Currency earning and progression take the edge off grinding, new additions to The Neighborhood and Pro-Am help bridge the gap between the two and a few welcome changes to MyTeam help facilitate move space for natural growth (even with the ever-present microtransactions). It’s not faultless, but those looking to play the full NBA experience on a handheld platform can do so with confidence and Visual Concept's approach to Switch is truly laudable. Simply put, there's no better basketball game out there.
  2. 85
    The quality of the port to Switch and the variety and depth of modes and options on offer in NBA 2K20 is incredible. That makes it such a shame that microtransactions infect the story-driven MyCareer, dragging that down to mediocrity or worse. Fortunately, the intriguing though repetitive MyGM mode and the flexible and engrossing MyLeague mode make up for the online-only options. Throw in the WNBA teams and NBA 2K20 is likely the best iteration of the series on Switch even with its caveats.
  3. Nov 13, 2019
    80
    For Switch-owning sports fans there’s nothing that comes close to NBA 2K20. Boasting great visuals, stellar gameplay and a feature-rich range of play types, there’s something for everyone, and while VC is still a ‘feature’ that we’d rather didn’t have a place in modern sports titles, it’s been balanced back in the favour of actual gameplay.
  4. Sep 18, 2019
    75
    NBA 2K20 is a surprisingly fully featured offering on the Switch. The game controls beautifully and the Switch does a decent job on the graphical side of things. Some particularly egregious microtransactions do show up but thankfully, these can be ignored for the most part. 2K20 is hands down the best way to play basketball on the Switch right now and should be picked up by any fans of the sport.
  5. Jan 7, 2020
    70
    While it’s impossible to separate NBA 2K20 from its questionable monetisation techniques, there’s no disputing that it’s a fantastic basketball game. Best of all, there are next to no concessions made for the Nintendo Switch version - it feels great to play and runs excellently.
  6. Sep 30, 2019
    70
    NBA 2K20 keeps things fresh with some welcome tweaks to gameplay, refining a product that was already well-oiled and well-drilled. This year's MyCareer mode is an enjoyable enough experience but it, like most of the other modes, is spoiled by microtransactions. Year on year, Visual Concepts continues to push the bar on providing an excellent basketball sim. It would be nice if 2K could finally start providing fan service to match.
  7. Oct 1, 2019
    50
    NBA 2K20 is impressive off the court – the soap opera elements of the story mode notwithstanding – but the on-the-court experience takes the fun out of basketball. Wait for a price drop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    Idk what the user review bombing is about, but I really enjoyed this game. Best looking 2k on Switch yet, great soundtrack, numerous newIdk what the user review bombing is about, but I really enjoyed this game. Best looking 2k on Switch yet, great soundtrack, numerous new features, My career mode has a great story. New players, teams and uniforms, it doesn't get any better than this imo Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2019
    10
    NBA2k 20 In my opinion is the best basketball game on Nintendo switch period.
  3. Dec 28, 2019
    10
    Great game for the switch and it performs well outside of loading times. Avoid the micro transactions and you’ve got a solid game.
  4. Dec 7, 2019
    0
    Complete and utter **** Timing changes from scrimmages to actual games... How are you supposed to get used to shooting like that? Why doesComplete and utter **** Timing changes from scrimmages to actual games... How are you supposed to get used to shooting like that? Why does this happen? Because you don’t earn VC in scrimmage so they don’t care how many you make there! When you’re in the game, the exact same shot will never produce the same result twice.

    Even when you have an 85 at shooting 3’s and hit 12 out of 20 during practice you will miss 17 out of 20 wide open shots during a game. I guess this has to do with the badging system and that sucks, because it takes so long to get enough points for badges that you’re screwed for most of the season.

    I should have known this pay to win thing was only going to get worse and I really hope this company is included in the DOJ’s investigation into these garbage tactics.

    I give this game the strongest do not buy rating I could possibly give to any game! I will go as far as to say boycott 2K completely until they stop screwing over their customers!
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  5. Sep 17, 2019
    0
    Gambling Simulator 2020. I cannot believe this is rated Pegi 3 and E for Everyone.

    Slot machines, roulette, ball drop, card packs, and this
    Gambling Simulator 2020. I cannot believe this is rated Pegi 3 and E for Everyone.

    Slot machines, roulette, ball drop, card packs, and this is something kids (and adults) can unfortunately spend large sums of money on.

    2K and Take Two don’t have a moral compass. They don’t care whose lives get destroyed if it makes their company even more money. That’s the tragedy here: Not that this is a bad game (which it is), but more that this game is a vehicle to financially crush addicts, that it takes advantage of individuals and families, including children who get access to their parents bank accounts.

    And the ESRB rates this E for Everyone? That’s a lie and they know it.
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  6. Sep 7, 2019
    0
    Absolutely abysmal. If I wanted the same game they released over 10 years ago, I would have bought it. At the very least, that one won't tryAbsolutely abysmal. If I wanted the same game they released over 10 years ago, I would have bought it. At the very least, that one won't try getting me to waste my money every 5 minutes. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2019
    0
    Fricking exploitation of people. Fricking exploitation of people. Fricking exploitation of people.

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