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  • Summary: NBA 2K celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best in class graphics & gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world "Neighborhood." NBA 2K19 promises to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 15, 2018
    95
    NBA 2K19 further improves on an already perfect formula, adding more realism both visual and in gameplay, and offering us a wide choice of modes. This is the game to have not just for basketball fans, but for every sports game lover.
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    91
    With a renewed My Team, a smarter AI and displaying realism in every detail, NBA 2K19 is pure basketball.
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    90
    NBA 2K19 is as complete a sports video game as any ever made, and only its aggressive monetization tactics hold it back from being considered one of the greatest. With four different Franchise Mode variants, an enjoyable Story Mode, a rich suite of online features and continued celebration of the history of the league, NBA 2K19 offers something for everyone.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    82
    With the pressure from NBA Live mounting, Visual Concepts outdid themselves on the court, while the cinematic part of the career mode is the best in years. Unfortunately the impact of microtransactions on the career and development of the player is still felt - although the grind to get virtual currency in-game has been reduced.
  5. Sep 18, 2018
    80
    NBA 2K19 continues the series' decade-long trajectory of becoming the very best sports sim in the world. That's certainly still true on the court thanks to improved gameplay mechanics that fix trouble spots, a genuinely interesting and well-written story mode, and quality of life additions across the board. Sadly, the series still feels like something less than it should be thanks to predatory and invasive pay-to-win tactics that make their shameful return. Hopefully the day will come when this player base revolts and gets the game at least down to cosmetics-only buying options.
  6. 80
    There still isn't a better alternative when it comes to video game basketball.
  7. Sep 11, 2018
    64
    This is a game that is in need of some patches and, hopefully in future installments, adjustments that make the online interactions more enjoyable for people who do not want to grind endlessly or pay extra cash.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 17 out of 26
  1. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    The people who are giving this game anything less than a 7 are trolls. The game is deservingly a 9 on the low end of the spectrum. It's easilyThe people who are giving this game anything less than a 7 are trolls. The game is deservingly a 9 on the low end of the spectrum. It's easily one of the best sports games of our generation. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2019
    9
    One of the best NBA2K ever made. But Microtransaction simply ruind the MyTeam and MyCarrer.
  3. ldv
    Nov 28, 2018
    8
    This game is way better than 2k18. Not as good as 2k15, 2k16 and 2k17. i got next.
  4. Sep 18, 2018
    1
    The common theme in these reviews are microtransactions and that is the central reason why this game is horrible. In order to have a belowThe common theme in these reviews are microtransactions and that is the central reason why this game is horrible. In order to have a below average player to use in the Park, you'd need to spend upwards of 40 hours or spend an additional $40.

    On top of the pay-to-win nature of 2K19, the matchmaking system remains as broken as ever. You will disconnect from games and sit around and wait for up to 15 minutes just to get matched with a team. Today, there is no excuse for not implementing an instant matchmaking online experience. Why overcomplicate the quickest and most efficient way in order to people to have an online game experience?

    The archetypes are unbalanced (passing and sharpshooting are near-useless builds), the game spends too much time on cut scenes that less than 10% of the audience will ever watch, and 2K19 remains the same bundled mess of cash-grabbing garbage. Please reconsider buying this game if you are the fence. It is a shame because the basketball simulator aspect has so much potential and always has. Until 2K makes several significant changes to better the online MyPark experience, it should be a game you avoid at all costs.
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  5. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    This is the worst sports game I have ever played....period..I thought ea games were horrible until i saw this monstrosity. the controls areThis is the worst sports game I have ever played....period..I thought ea games were horrible until i saw this monstrosity. the controls are awful, gameplay is clunky slow and awkward, there is no defensive system in place me guy refused to acknowledge the person right in front of him that I'm trying to guard. I got this game for free and I want a refund, I didn't even get far enough to get upset at the microtransactions because the gameplay was so unbelievably horrible, spend your money on a knife to stab yourself in the kidney every so often...you will get more joy from that than this abortion of a game... Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2018
    0
    En el videojuego de 2K19 se observa lo mismo que en el del año pasado. Todo se logra con microtransacciones a pesar de que se paga como unEn el videojuego de 2K19 se observa lo mismo que en el del año pasado. Todo se logra con microtransacciones a pesar de que se paga como un triple A. En vez de vender el producto con todo incluido te obligan a pagar para no tener que jugar por horas, que a la larga se hacen semanas. Aun con la edición de aniversario lo que te venden no es la experiencia de juego, sino la emoción de comprar por partes todo el contenido. Incluso, uno de los productores del equipo de desarrollo dice que la gran mayoría de jugadores de videojuegos no tienen paciencia para jugar y por eso ponen las microtransacciones. Sin embargo, en Steam para PC el NBA 2k18 tiene una clasificación de mayormente negativos.

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    In the video game of 2K19 the same thing is observed as in the one of last year. Everything is achieved with microtransactions despite being paid as a triple A. Instead of selling the product with all-inclusive you are forced to pay for not having to play for hours, which eventually become weeks. Even with the anniversary edition, what they sell to you is not the gaming experience, but the excitement of buying all the content in parts. Even one of the producers of the development team says that the vast majority of video game players have no patience to play and that is why they put microtransactions. However, in Steam for PC the NBA 2k18 has a rating of mostly negative.
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  7. Sep 12, 2018
    0
    Another grindy microtransaction-filled **** like 2k18. 2K continues to be greedy scumbags.

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