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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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NBA 2K19 - "Come For The Crown" Official Trailer | Lebron James
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    95
    No matter how important the microtransactions controversy, NBA 2K19 is, once again, the best sports simulator of the season. With its unbeatable basketball mechanics and more content than ever, it's absolutely essential.
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    90
    Aside from the microtransactions and occasionally tedious load times NBA 2K19 has all the modes, polish, challenges and value you’ve come to expect from the franchise.
  3. Oct 9, 2018
    90
    NBA 2K19 is everything that you expect from a basketball game. With the new edition 2K Games and Visual Concepts are closer to the real thing than ever.
  4. Sep 11, 2018
    82
    NBA 2K19 is the best basketball simulator out there. The depth of its game modes will allow the players to entertain themselves for a massive amount of time. However, microtransactions still remain a strong element, even if they are not as prevalent as in last year’s entry.
  5. 80
    The world class presentation, excellent execution of modes and gameplay mechanics really do make NBA 2K19 the best sports game around.
  6. Sep 23, 2018
    75
    It’s nice to see NBA 2K19 working to get back to being a powerhouse franchise. This year’s MyCareer mode is titled The Way Back, and it feels appropriate for this latest entry - the first step in climbing its way back to being the best.
  7. Sep 26, 2018
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 98
  2. Negative: 77 out of 98
  1. Sep 7, 2018
    10
    wow, NBA 2k19 is excellent basketball game ever i playing.. Gameplay and animations are top notch.. Defense improve is pretty much betterwow, NBA 2k19 is excellent basketball game ever i playing.. Gameplay and animations are top notch.. Defense improve is pretty much better beside offense.. ai cpu playing very properly on offense and defense..i haven't start up My GM/League yet but will do soon as possible.. My Career is very good with good story narratives. graphic look great and presentation look very good.. stats overlay and scoreboard look very clean Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    8
    Definitely the most realistic NBA 2K game I've played so far. You won't be good when you first start your career. Like virtually everyDefinitely the most realistic NBA 2K game I've played so far. You won't be good when you first start your career. Like virtually every basketball player in real life, you will be pretty ineffective in the first quarter/half of your rookie season. That is true unless you are willing to spend money or grind VC some other way before starting a career. If you are expecting your player to dominate games from the get go and are not willing to pay up a lot of cash for that ability, you will not enjoy this game. If you are like me and enjoy the struggle to stardom path, you will love this game.

    Important note: If you are looking for mostly multiplayer, it is definitely pay to win until you can grind out your player.
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  3. Sep 18, 2018
    4
    A game with great potential which is unfortunately ruined by a predatory use of microtransacitions. Every mode which includesA game with great potential which is unfortunately ruined by a predatory use of microtransacitions. Every mode which includes microtransactions feel like a grind and lacks a balanced and natural progression. The game also feels like a big commercial platform for itself that constantly tries to get you to spend more money.

    The things that’s still good in this game are those modes that’s not affected by microtransactions. Taking control of a team and playing single player is still fun and it’s also great when playing with friends on the couch. This makes it an overall okay game but with very limited content. So in the end the microtransactions ruins what could have been an amazing game and turns it into a less than mediocre experience.
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  4. Oct 2, 2018
    0
    This developer deserves no support from gamers because they do not care about the people who actually have loyalty to the franchise and go outThis developer deserves no support from gamers because they do not care about the people who actually have loyalty to the franchise and go out and buy the game for full price. Those people are "rewarded" with free2play mechanics. This dev has no respect for gamers they just want to get as much money out of you as possible and they use every trick in the book to do so.

    It really doesn't matter that the gameplay is improved this year if the most popular game modes are compromised by arguably predatory microtransactions.
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  5. Sep 13, 2018
    0
    Yet another money grab.Im going live this year.This game should be free to play with the amount of microtransactions.NO THX.NEVER AGAIN.
  6. Sep 8, 2018
    0
    Buggy mess full of microtransactions. Every year people blindly pre-order this game and every year they shaft us...
  7. Sep 13, 2018
    0
    - VC everywhere
    - An actual gambling system where you can lose it ALL
    - “Buy VC” right under the quit button - Need VC to do those dances
    - VC everywhere
    - An actual gambling system where you can lose it ALL
    - “Buy VC” right under the quit button
    - Need VC to do those dances in the trailer
    - Need VC to use a skateboard or bike from the trailer
    - $200 of VC gets your player to level 80 only
    - Stuttering in 4K on Xbox One X
    - Horrible stadium lighting
    - Players warp and ice skate on the court
    - The biggest name in the world - Lebron - and they get his skin tone wrong (way too dark)
    - The biggest rookie name - Doncic - and they have his height wrong
    - After release they made a patch to reduce and nerf XP
    - 2K are evil scum
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