NBA 2K20 Image
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics What's this?

User Score
1.0

Overwhelming dislike- based on 237 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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
Buy On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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 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.
  3. Oct 1, 2019
    88
    Overall, NBA 2K20 is still the best basketball game on the planet and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. While some fans may be upset about microtransactions, it’s not a requirement to play the game. At this point, however, it seems like as long as NBA 2K is the best game out there, microtransactions will be here to stay.
  4. 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.
  5. Sep 16, 2019
    80
    The aesthetics and physics are the best I’ve ever experienced in a basketball game, the customisation and level of detail in created players and icons from the league is simply stunning, and the sheer volume of game modes to chose from is incredible. The huge downside to this game though is the greed from 2K who only want you for your money, making it purposefully hard to improve in MyTeam unless you bow to this.
  6. 70
    NBA 2K20 is a fun game that has tweaked a handful of different modes, provided a better story than usual and modified the gameplay in a challenging new way that takes some getting used to.
  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.

See all 18 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 94
  2. Negative: 81 out of 94
  1. Nov 1, 2019
    10
    It’s not the neighbourhood but you can think whatever you want
    It’s not the neighbourhood but you can think whatever you want
    It’s not the
    It’s not the neighbourhood but you can think whatever you want
    It’s not the neighbourhood but you can think whatever you want
    It’s not the neighbourhood but you can think whatever you want
    It’s not the neighbourhood but you can think whatever you want
    Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2019
    6
    Let's start with the positives. I'll get to the negative peripheral issues later:

    The gameplay is incredible. 2k has been superior to all
    Let's start with the positives. I'll get to the negative peripheral issues later:

    The gameplay is incredible. 2k has been superior to all other basketball sims for so long it's almost a wasted effort to make a comparison. If you just want a great basketball game with multiple modes to keep you interested for hundreds of hours, 2k is the way to go. The dribbling system is intuitive and challenging, the post game options are numerous, the AI is decent, the finishing moves are exciting... The only people who tend to nitpick about the gameplay are those who've played other versions of 2k or other sims like NBA Live. If this is your first basketball sim, be prepared to be amazed.

    Now the other stuff:

    The E Rating is poor judgment. Though I think parents shouldn't rely on a letter on a box to see what their children are playing, it's not an age 3 and up experience.

    That being said, my biggest problem with the rating is not the gambling. More harmful to me is that a child doesn't need a dime to log in and jog around the neighborhood to find other online players with avatars that are thinly-veiled references to drugs and female genetalia. I've played the game for years, and if I have to see another dude wearing a Santa Claus hat named something like "Ya boi TakesTokes" running around the park, I'll lose it. I know some of them are kids under 10. I've heard them on my headset.

    When people complaoin about gambling, I wonder why parents don't take more responsibility for monitoring behavior. You can't get a bank account at 5. Or 10. You need to be 14 in the US to own a bank account. So, no kid under 14 can buy something to gamble with unless a parent willingly adds a credit card to the XBox account. If I read a bank statement and noticed my kid spent $50 on video game transactions, I'd find out really quickly what happened.

    The ones who really suffer are not the children. I imagine the bulk of the population who play it are at least 12 years old anyway. It takes a lot of skill to manipulate the controls well enough to compete. Late teens, college kids and adults have the money to spend.
    And let's be honest: MyCareer and MyTeam are the most popular features and have been for years. Both are impossible without buying some VC. If you want to compete in the park or rec center at a reasonably high level, you need to either log a hundred hours or more of game time grinding or spend at least $20. Probably $50 or more. Free-to-play mobile phone games rely heavily on microtransactions as well, but the operative word there is FREE. You must spend at least $60 to play this game.

    My suggestion for enjoying 2k: Think about what you want in a basketball sim. If you want to be a GM, play in the Blacktop mode, play online with real teams, you will find no better game. If you want to compete in MyCareer or MyTeam, be in it for the long haul. After years of MyCareer play, I've realized you need to make one build and stick with it. If you want a stud sharpshooter one week and a big man next week, yup, you'll need to shell out loot. I used to make the mistake of getting frustrated with a build and starting from scratch with a new one. I needed to shell out loot. With 2k19, my favorite build ending up being the one I created nine months earlier. If I had just stuck with it, or maybe one more, I'd be rated at least 91 or 92 with most badges after a few months if I played casually. You can do damage in park or rec with any build like that.
    Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2019
    2
    The worst nba2k game to ever release. Flustered with game breaking bugs and features that developers fail to fix or even address.
    MyTeam is
    The worst nba2k game to ever release. Flustered with game breaking bugs and features that developers fail to fix or even address.
    MyTeam is fun for a few days but then you realize online is just filled with p2w whales who spend countless VC on card pack openings so you will never truly have a fair game.
    MyCareer has a good story but it stops there. Period. The most bugs and exploits is in myCareer. After playing 50 games I am still not a starter but have more minutes than some starters and the coach doesn't play two uninjured players 90+ rating on our team (Nets). Online is just full of people cherry picking and taking advantage of uneven team balance. Centers rule the game and there is nothing you can do about it. Pro-AM is absolutely dead due to this and park is also dying.
    In conclusion,
    I truly and sadly think the nba2k series will die soon and it's all do to nothing new being added and worse and worse game mechanics each release. If you already have 2k19, it is the same exact game, but if you don't I wouldn't spend more than 10$ on it, and that's pushing the price tag. It's sad to see a series drop this low in quality.
    Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    0
    Found little improvement since 2k19. Added features like FIFA want to take even MORE money from you and unless EA learns that this isn’tFound little improvement since 2k19. Added features like FIFA want to take even MORE money from you and unless EA learns that this isn’t acceptable nothing will change with their egregious greed.

    You cannot have pay mechanics like this that is intended to be played by children. I remember when games had content, something to unlock to keep you playing. Pay to win has no place in main stream, upfront paid games!
    Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2019
    0
    Thus is the worst 2k to ever be put out or even created do not buy it is the worst game to come out this year so fat
  6. Sep 9, 2019
    0
    People need to understand that we hold the power against these companies via our word and wallet. Do not buy this hot garbage cash grab. OnlyPeople need to understand that we hold the power against these companies via our word and wallet. Do not buy this hot garbage cash grab. Only if the game was free to play would these practices be tolerable but they're not. Online gambling needs to be shut down Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2019
    0
    I want a propper basketball simulation. NOT a partIy arcade!! I owned nba 2K18 and I loved it. It was a Simulation of basketball. It wasI want a propper basketball simulation. NOT a partIy arcade!! I owned nba 2K18 and I loved it. It was a Simulation of basketball. It was reasonably slow and fluid, with full motions for each movement. Timing was of utmost importance and felt rewarding. The sound of fingers catching the ball or the ball hitting the hoop and bouncing off were satisfyingly accurate, and the game felt complete. I could could only imagine how much better it would be 2 years later combined with the newest contents... So I waited, and bought 2k20. My big disappointment is in a department I least expected to be disappointed in, because they were already doing it right. Gameplay. NBA 2k20 tried to improve the gameplay, but totally spoilt it in an ambitious attempt to fix what was not broken. The players feel reluctant to move at your command, when they do, they move fast, so disproportionately to your controller inputs, leaving a feeling that you are not really in control. Despite cleaner animations, motions feel incomplete, as though they were cut short and the players just DON'T WANT TO MOVE. Developers claim that in 2K20 there's a beter sense of weight of the players, but that's a big lie,it sounds more like something they should have sad about 2k18. This makes the game feel more arcade than simulated. Kind of like what Need For Speed is to Forza motorsport. I get the feeling the AI is assisting me when I play because of how my input donnot feel effective and players also tend to move at their own time. I feel that those with 2k18/19 should not rush for this game. You are better off with your current games. The gameplay of 2k20 is disappointing and is not worth this money. I am happier playing 2k18 as far as gameplay. If you really just want a new game, wait til the price drops. Expand

See all 94 User Reviews