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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: 38 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  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. Sep 17, 2018
    80
    Once again, NBA 2K becomes inevitable. it only fix a few things in terms of mechanics and content but it's enough to offer the best gameplay in the series so far.
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    75
    NBA 2K19 is still king of the hill thanks to phenomenal animations, tremendous gameplay and a slew of game modes that will last you for a long time. That being said, there is still the issue of long load times and the blatant push towards micro transactions which really takes away from the core experience.
  7. Sep 26, 2018
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 87
  2. Negative: 67 out of 87
  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 18, 2018
    8
    I've personally created a metacritic account just to share my thoughts and review with everyone on this game.

    If you've played any of the
    I've personally created a metacritic account just to share my thoughts and review with everyone on this game.

    If you've played any of the last 3 years of the 2K series you should automatically know that it's a LONG grind for Free-to-play players aka casual players. This game has not changed one bit from that aspect. This game is intended for competitive players that is why it's an E-Sport game.

    You can accomplish feats in the MyCareer mode. Yes, it will take you a couple months of non-stop grinding, but it's very possible. But the people complaining WANT to play the online modes and do everything their favorite Twitch streamer can do or YouTuber can do....THEY PAY TO HAVE THEIR CHARACTER BE RELEVANT ONLINE. So yes, if you want to become competitive and play the online modes with your created players then you will most likely spend an additional $75 to get there.

    How is that any different from games being released that are incomplete and then later down the road releasing season passes, dlc's, expansion's, etc? IT'S THE EXACT SAME THING. Destiny 2 is the perfect example of this.

    Base Game - $60
    Expansion 1 & 2 - $30
    Forsaken - $60

    How is this any different???? They have several more expansions planned out too for Destiny 2 so it doesn't just stop there. People need to get a grip of reality and realize every game is like this. The model has not changed in the past 3 years for most games.

    Casual players need to stick to some of MyTeam mode, MyGM mode, Exhibition mode or anything else that doesn't require additional money to ENJOY the game. It's the same people complaining every year that they do not want to spend money on the game after they have purchased it. You need to wake up from this dream and either cough up the dough or stick to the casual modes.

    Now onto the game, I've mainly played just the career portion as most of my friends are either late to the party getting the game or grinding out badges. I've been thoroughly impressed because it feels like an actual basketball game and not some arcade button mashing game. I've also noticed the game requires more skills than holding a button and expecting your MyPlayer to perform like Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Which was much needed. The game needs to feel somewhat realistic otherwise who would want to play a bad basketball game.

    The online portion I've not yet touched as I'm still grinding my badges and attributes, and usually it takes a month or two after release to even get the online portion balanced and fixed so it's probably a blessing that I'm playing the game the slow way through career mode. The Pro level difficulty has not given me much issues if any. If you make dumb passes or shoot dumb shots...You should have low success rates. I will update my review once I get more online play, but this was more for those that do not understand the game market currently or any of the past 2K games.
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  3. Sep 13, 2018
    4
    EDIT: Changing score to 6 after 3 full days of playing. Tried to play a Rec game and pro am game with my friends for the past 5 hours. OnlyEDIT: Changing score to 6 after 3 full days of playing. Tried to play a Rec game and pro am game with my friends for the past 5 hours. Only had 2 games in those moments. Same thing like last year, game modes fail to work properly and the game hasn't even been released yet. Crashes happen way too often.

    EDIT2: Okay, so 2K just stealth patched the game to dramatically reduce the amount of exp points you get a game. For any company doing this, most would release a statement of some sort. This is extremely shady and makes me wonder what else they stealth "fix" without any of the player base finding out. They have changed it more after the backlash and reaching front page on reddit. I am sure the changes would have stayed if that didn't happen. I've seen so much greed, predatory nature, and shadiness from 2K so I shouldn't be surprised right? Sadly, I am. How a triple A company can succumb to such leeching tactics from players of all ages and how nobody has the power to stop them. Guys this is a rated E game and they essentially have a game mode where you can gamble the "Virtual Currency." The only notable difference from this and a casino is that the house ALWAYS wins. Very optimistic about the game when I played it 4 days early. It seems like they used that as research method on how to maximize profits and "quietly" modify everything on release date. I'm reducing score to 4, this is disgusting. 2K, please take notes from Blizzard and how they handle patch notes and responding to fanbase.

    I only gave one review in my life, which was last years NBA 2K18, and I gave it a 0 from how many things were wrong with it. The obsessive bugs and predatory was rampant more than ever last year and it was to the point of being distracting and anger-inducing. It was an extreme grind to get your character where you wanted it and the cutscenes were awful. I am glad to say that this year has made great improvements.

    Many have agreed that this year's 2K has the best story, and best of all, it's skippable. Thank the **** lord. The gameplay is smoother than ever and low-skill players are punished for bad dribbling and ball protection, instead of having the ball on a string like last year. Everything feels more fluid.

    While the predatory VC tactics are back again this year, it has turned the dial from 11 to a 7. I can't say they've changed much because they release a special edition that allows for the game to be played 4 days earlier with some bonuses - I think they are just trying to minimize outrage. That being said, it's much easier to earn VC this year and more items are not as expensive or free.

    You can't have 2K without it's glitches. Some modes won't work (rec center) and game crashes pretty often. Still, loading times are quicker than ever and it seems to be the most polished one so far. You can tell that 2K cheaped out a bit by bringing the exact same assets from past 2Ks straight into this one.

    One big complaint I had last year was about the neighborhood and how spread out everything was. This year it's all centralized and closer, which is nice, but I still much rather prefer menus for everything.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the changes. But improving from 2K18 may just be an act of actually trying a little to make a game. I hope they can keep doing this moving forward and minimize the pay-to-win tactics.
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  4. BFM
    Sep 26, 2018
    0
    This game makes one thing clear:
    The developer doesn't see us as their customers.
    We are the product, the customers are their shareholders.
  5. Sep 12, 2018
    0
    Buggy with multiple crashes in just a few hours, reprehensible micro-transaction policy and online matchmaking issues make this game completeBuggy with multiple crashes in just a few hours, reprehensible micro-transaction policy and online matchmaking issues make this game complete crap. Not recommended. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2018
    0
    An unnecessary and supidly-long grind fest, coupled with microtransactions the publishers are actually publicly defending (o,O?), ruin any andAn unnecessary and supidly-long grind fest, coupled with microtransactions the publishers are actually publicly defending (o,O?), ruin any and all possible fun this game might've had at inception. Expand
  7. Sep 14, 2018
    0
    This is going out of the control.
    Greed takes over like nobody cares.
    It is very frustrating that the money is more important than to
    This is going out of the control.
    Greed takes over like nobody cares.
    It is very frustrating that the money is more important than to satisfy the consumers so they actually can enjoy the game and recommend for others like back in the day when there was no pay to win rubbish in the games like this.

    Everyone who gives a high score here please tell me this: Why is it fun to play approx. 20 hrs and have an 80 overall player heading to Mypark and hoping to have a balanced/not one sided game with others who has 90+ overall and with only playing 5 hours because they levelled up with real money?

    It has been for years now.

    I am talking from experience, I have 100+ hour in mypark in 2k15, 2k16, 2k17 struggling to win because of I could not afford extra money to pay to unlock extra attribute points to increase my overall stats.

    Shame on the publisher who just want money instead to create the best ever basketball sport simulation in history.

    I recommend NBA LIVE 19. It is not bad at all. A different experience for sure but it has no pay to win. If you see a 90+ overall player online, well you can tell that player has worked all the way up to earn the skills and ratings which is fair and inspirational.

    Here is how 2k shall sell coffee for their employees at their headquarters:

    Basic espresso straight from the machine right into the mouth – 100 VC
    Basic espresso served in a paper cup – 140 VC
    Double espresso in a paper cup and a lid – 250 VC
    Coffee latte + paper cup + lid – 300 VC
    Plus sugar – 60 VC each sachet
    Plus sweetener – 80 VC
    Plus/minus temperate of the beverages – 20 VC/10 degrees
    Extra milk (cold) – 80 VC / 10ml
    Extra milk (hot) – 90 VC / 10ml
    Chocolate powder on top – FREE if you buy NBA2K 19 Anniversary Edition
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