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  • Summary: The highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation returns with NBA 2K18, featuring unparalleled authenticity and improvements on the court.

    *According to 2008 - 2016 Metacritic.com
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 20, 2017
    97
    Visual Concepts managed to improve an already perfect game, adding a new captivating free roaming mode and further improving animations, players character and gameplay. A must-have not just for NBA fans, but for any sports games lover.
  2. Sep 22, 2017
    95
    NBA 2K18 returns to be the star of the sports games. The effort of Visual Concepts continues to surpass year after year is evident in this release to recreate the entire NBA perfectly, with The Neighborhood as a great novelty and a lot of content and game modes with which you will have endless hours of entertainment. All this with a spectacular graphical aspect.
  3. Sep 19, 2017
    90
    NBA 2K18 is the best basketball game ever, with many possibilities for all NBA fans. This year the game includes huge changes with My Career and My GM modes, and you can spend plenty of hours playing these two modes. Of course, we see changes on the gameplay front, and new options like the All Time Teams.
  4. Oct 18, 2017
    82
    There is some hits and misses in NBA 2K18 with some amazing graphics, stellar controls and a decent online experience that holds the core of the game together. However, there needs to be some work done in the custom experiences along with some coaching for the sportscasters to sound a lot more realistic and sincere rather than reading from a script. In the end though the core gameplay experience is superb and I can see why this series has been the go-to basketball game for quite sometime. NBA 2K18 will no doubt entertain and delight basketball fans and sports fans alike.
  5. Nov 9, 2017
    80
    NBA 2K18 succeeds in delivering truly addictive gameplay that is pretty easy to pick up for newcomers, while long-time players will enjoy mastering the advanced techniques.
  6. 80
    More than any sports video game before it, this title makes you ponder a sport as you’re playing the game, makes your mind kick into overdrive as you debate slices of basketball.
  7. Sep 19, 2017
    65
    Maybe NBA 2K18 has been the king of the court for too long and now it’s getting bored. Instead of improving gameplay, it’s figuring out more ways to make money through MyCareer and MyTeam. It’s new Neighborhood functions as a metaphor for the entire game itself, in that it seems like a big addition to the game but you quickly realize it’s pretty much just an empty shopping mall and a distraction from the actual game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 51
  2. Negative: 44 out of 51
  1. Sep 27, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 2K did another great game. Stunning visuals, fluid gameplay and perfect feeling of a real match going on your tv. It is a real improvement of its previous game Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2017
    6
    Gran juego de baloncesto, pero peca del uso de las políticas abusivas que tienen la facilidad de cargarse una saga entera. Pésima decisión porGran juego de baloncesto, pero peca del uso de las políticas abusivas que tienen la facilidad de cargarse una saga entera. Pésima decisión por parte de los de Take Two con este juego. Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2018
    4
    2k dont care about their customer. the only way the succeed in game modes is by bying vc witc real money, the gameplay in a lot of occasions2k dont care about their customer. the only way the succeed in game modes is by bying vc witc real money, the gameplay in a lot of occasions is very unreallistic and cheesy. the servers are awful, there are multiples lags, and a lot of disconnectios. on the myteam mode they barely release new content. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2018
    1
    In a highly anticipated and potentially revolutionary idea in the sports gaming community, NBA 2k18 took a swing-and-a-miss among consumers.In a highly anticipated and potentially revolutionary idea in the sports gaming community, NBA 2k18 took a swing-and-a-miss among consumers. While having stunningly realistic graphics and great mechanics at first glance, the games critical flaws were magnified while being present in every aspect of the game. A strong reliance on micro-transactions, or 'recurrent consumer spending' said in the words of the Take-Two Interactive's - the publisher of 2k games - CEO, makes the games almost unplayable to the average player. This problem also leeches itself into players who are willing to spend money buy hitting them with roadblocks in every game mode. An initial purchase of $50-$75 is needed to just play casually on arguably the games biggest mode, "The Playground", an online pickup park. While this is a huge purchase after already buying the game for $60 dollars, you find yourself having to buy more VC, virtual currency, or put in days or time into the game, just to buy some normal clothes or change your hair Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2018
    0
    Don't play this game! It's the absolute worst game in the NBA 2K series! This game has so much VC purchases in MyCareer and MyTeam that itDon't play this game! It's the absolute worst game in the NBA 2K series! This game has so much VC purchases in MyCareer and MyTeam that it makes the game unplayable without paying real world money. Also, it doesn't help because you literally have to pay for EVERYTHING in the MyCareer mode including shoes, clothes, haircuts, tattoos, etc. However, the game forcing you to pay expensive VC prices for stats is the worst as there is artificially high level players throughout the entire mode. This game was a rushed out, poorly designed disaster of an NBA 2K game! Please play previous NBA 2K titles and never touch this terrible game! Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2017
    0
    Este tipo de juegos no tienen vergüenza con el tipo de negocios que llevan, solo les importa el dinero que pueda generar, ni siquiera paraEste tipo de juegos no tienen vergüenza con el tipo de negocios que llevan, solo les importa el dinero que pueda generar, ni siquiera para darte las monedas del juego dejan de ser avariciosos Expand
  7. Sep 23, 2017
    0
    I might buy NBA LIVE twice if i decide to. Let me put it this way, this game is as dry as chalk. No, i don't work for EA. The injustice i'mI might buy NBA LIVE twice if i decide to. Let me put it this way, this game is as dry as chalk. No, i don't work for EA. The injustice i'm seeing was strong enough to make me create a Metacritic account. Business practices like these are the death of AAA's. Or should i say, $$$'s. Expand

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