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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: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 18, 2019
    98
    NBA 2K20 has made it again. The title of 2K Games comes with enough new features for veterans to feel and evolution and the simplicity necessary to catch the newbies. Thus, the title par excellence of basketball stands, one more year, as one of the most complete sports games on the market.
  2. Sep 10, 2019
    94
    Basket lovers, even if you only have a basketball alternative this year, we can assure you that NBA 2K20 is at a great level. If you are not a WNBA fan, don´t expect great novelties.
  3. Sep 17, 2019
    90
    It looks beautiful, plays like butter, and is still one of the most enjoyable games I play each year. The game does have its issues, but as of writing, a lot of the glitches I saw seem to have been addressed. My biggest gripe (and I know I’m not alone) is the amount of emphasis placed on VC each year, and how it feels even more off-putting this year. It takes away from what is such a beautiful and well-crafted game. But if you’re like me and don’t play the card game and don’t mind the grind, NBA 2K20 is still the best sports game on the market.
  4. 80
    There's a big, impressive game to sink your teeth into with 2K20, even if it tastes a bit like 2k19.
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    NBA 2K20 is a great game for those who new to the franchise or who have taken some time away from it. The every-year purchaser, however, may not find the same value present as they've come to expect from 2K while stumbling upon familiar reasons for frustration. Despite that, it would be difficult not to recommend "2K20" under almost any circumstance given its authenticity and depth in a number of areas.
  6. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    NBA 2K20 doesn’t go over the edge, it doesn’t bring much novelty to the series. On the other hand, it has better defense and goes a little further as a simulation. But the micro-transactions are too strong with this one.
  7. Sep 15, 2019
    50
    NBA 2K20 is yet another theoretically great basketball sim that undermines its improvements and core gameplay strengths with a realism-at-all-costs mentality and a near-dystopian approach to microtransactions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 59
  2. Negative: 54 out of 59
  1. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Everybody yelling about Casino Game is hopefully aware that this is only true for MyTeam (Ultimate Team) Mode. Just don‘t play that, it hasEverybody yelling about Casino Game is hopefully aware that this is only true for MyTeam (Ultimate Team) Mode. Just don‘t play that, it has nothing to do with Basketball!!

    The rest is pretty much the best Game 2K has released in years, so give it a try and if you love the game of Basketball spend 100dreds of hours enjoying it!
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  2. Sep 13, 2019
    3
    Abysmal game. weaker graphics than previous years, rec and pro am are cheese fests.

    I really don't know where to start with this game
    Abysmal game. weaker graphics than previous years, rec and pro am are cheese fests.

    I really don't know where to start with this game because there is so much wrong to touch on.

    First let me get to the positives. Presentation is top shelf stuff. The soundtrack, TNT style presentation is well done. The commentator rotation has all the names you've come to expect from Chris Webber, Kevin Harlan, Kirk Kellogg and Bill Simmons.

    Now for the bad

    My Team features casino like games to win upgrades in the myteam mode. You've probably heard about this fiasco already. The pay to win formula in 2K is criminal. Marketed to kids with scooters and Halloween style neighborhood themes but yet has full blown gambling. Even worse yet, gambling aspects use real money to win fake money.

    Now lets get to the bread and butter of the recent 2k installments, my career. This is where 2K is absolutely embarrassing and Mike Wang should be fired.

    The statistical system in My career/neighborhood doesn't keep accurate stats and some categories have no stats. Your rec center stats for example, in the menus when you check stats.... there's nothing there. Just zeros.

    Gameplay wise Pro am and Rec are cheese fests. Once again players can steal passes with their backed turned to the ball. That's inexcusable. Bump steals still happen. You can have an HOF unpluckable badge and 95 ball handling yet get ripped by a lumbering center. There is zero logic or relation to actual basketball in this game.
    Mid range jumpers are more difficult to hit than well contested 3 pointers. As a matter of fact, teams of 99 rated players just run along the 3 point line waiting to catch the ball and green bar fall away 3 pointers. Absolutely pathetic.

    Centers can outrun point guards on fast breaks. I don't mean Anthony Davis type centers. I mean big heavy centers.
    Glitches galore on top of the fundamentally horrid gameplay mechanics.

    People, please stop buiyng these games.
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  3. Sep 7, 2019
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Game was released half finished. Can’t play certain modes, and others crash mid game. Rewards disappear or can’t be accessed. Game play in modes you can actually use is clunky and frustrating. I don’t recommend this to even the biggest basketball fans. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2019
    0
    Please do not even consider the critic reviews. Im convinced they are either paid or have never picked up a basketball in their lives. AnotherPlease do not even consider the critic reviews. Im convinced they are either paid or have never picked up a basketball in their lives. Another year of nothing new and recycled gameplay. Really just a money hungry company that has not changed for years now. It really sucks that there are no other companies that are capable of producing a playable basketball game, the only one that can is only interested in emptying our wallets. Not improving servers or gameplay, and not introducing new game modes (secondary gamemodes actually managed to get worse, park and myteam are the only modes that they care about). Truly disheartening that there is no other option in this genre. We need to boycott 2k, and EA needs to do something about this. Id happily switch to any other basketball game, but there are no other options. Refunded, and will never be returning unless major changes are proven, AFTER launch. Too much fake hype from 2k every year, Ive probably developed trust issues. Never believe anything 2k says, wait for a second party youtuber or reviewer (that actually knows basketball) to give their opinion. 2k will never change man. Expand
  5. Sep 16, 2019
    0
    How in the world is the esrb rating not teen or even ADULT when the entire game is nothing but GAMBLING.. Real money in allot of instances.How in the world is the esrb rating not teen or even ADULT when the entire game is nothing but GAMBLING.. Real money in allot of instances. this is a casino game. Not a basketball game. Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2019
    0
    I will rate it zero every year until they add Rookie difficulty on My Player. It's a disgraceful money grab.
  7. Sep 9, 2019
    0
    This game is laughably horrendous. As of the weekend of it's release. It's unplayable. Progression bars are getting frozen for everyone, errorThis game is laughably horrendous. As of the weekend of it's release. It's unplayable. Progression bars are getting frozen for everyone, error codes occur in every game mode, people continuously get dashboarded or blue screened while in game, gameplay took 100 steps backward from 2k19, and the marketing team along with the developers blatantly false advertised many features leading up to release. Expand

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