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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

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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: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 18 out of 28
  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. Nov 19, 2019
    9
    Game actually got better once they came out with 2k20.

    Smoother game play.
  3. Feb 25, 2019
    8
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  4. Aug 29, 2019
    2
    if you think nba 2k19 is awesome for the iPhone/iPad pc xbox one ps4 or switch well it is not! its awful don't you dare buy this **** and doif you think nba 2k19 is awesome for the iPhone/iPad pc xbox one ps4 or switch well it is not! its awful don't you dare buy this **** and do not buy 2k20 they are they worst trash game ever made stay away from this piece of trash. Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2019
    1
    Another insanely stupid game that is designed to allow anyone to win, regardless of how better you are than the other person. It’s a game ofAnother insanely stupid game that is designed to allow anyone to win, regardless of how better you are than the other person. It’s a game of complete randomness that you have no control over. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2019
    0
    This game is pretty trash. At least the MyCareer mode.
    The story is incredibly short. Then you just do the same things over and over again.
    This game is pretty trash. At least the MyCareer mode.
    The story is incredibly short. Then you just do the same things over and over again.
    They make it nearly impossible to get the in game currency, unless you spend real money on it.
    If you don't want to spend money on it, be ready to spend countless hours grinding for those precious vc. Your player is absolutely garbage at the start too, so don't think you can drain shots from 3 land without spending those VC points. To counter this, people used to be able to adjust the difficulty settings. They have disabled that as well. Pro is the easiest setting. No more rookie for beginners or people just looking for a casual experience. Also, the team rating is broken still, but thats no change from every other year.
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  7. Sep 19, 2018
    0
    Stop buying 2k games. They're the same thing every year and clearly don't care about customer feedback.

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