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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: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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 11, 2018
    94
    Year after year 2K shows how it's possible to improve a product which is near perfect. Jaw-dropping graphics and realistic mechanics combine to make NBA 2K19 the best sports game on the market.
  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. 80
    The on-court action of NBA 2K19 has never been better, and the new Takeover system adds a fresh wrinkle to the gameplay. However, the continued presence of microtransactions continues to bog down the otherwise overwhelming amount of content.
  5. Sep 18, 2018
    80
    Another superlative iteration of video game basketball with very few flaws, NBA 2K19's biggest problem remains in its implementation of those pesky microtransactions that threaten to eclipse everything the game does right. Look past that, and NBA 2K19 is still unsurpassed.
  6. 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.
  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: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  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. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    wonderful game man, love them nba games. looks good, love it, plays nice, LEBRON! meganig
  3. Sep 12, 2018
    9
    There is a huge amount of content for you to sink your teeth into and I have no doubt that fans of the series will be satisfied for manyThere is a huge amount of content for you to sink your teeth into and I have no doubt that fans of the series will be satisfied for many months. The new additions and upgrades in the many modes breath new life into the series and each upgrade is a very worthy addition. The gameplay has always been fun this time around it feels more realistic and the shooting and defending elements have definitely been improved. Once again the presentation side of the game is absolutely fantastic and both the visuals and sound design create an experience that will keep you coming back for more. The A.I has also seen improvements this time around and it provides you with a much more realistic experience especially when it comes to defence. I was a little disappointed to see that there were no women basketball players included in the MyCareer mode. Earning Virtual Currency (VC) is still very grindy and getting the best equipment can often take a very long time. Does NBA 2K19 do enough to get a recommendation from me? All in all at the moment it’s a great time to be a fan of basketball game’s because the rivalry between NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 is better than ever which means that us as the consumers get to enjoy what improvements and upgrades have been implemented. NBA 2K19 has a number of extra additions and improvements this time around and probably my most favourite improvement is the more realistic shooting and defending elements. The AI also feels more realistic as well and when you combine this with the other realistic improvements it does make playing a game very immersive. This immersiveness doesn’t dwindle either which is a good thing because in terms of content there’s a huge amount for you to get to grips and I don’t think you’ll be getting bored anytime soon, I know I definitely won’t. The different content then means grinding for Virtual Currency is bearable but I do still think it takes too long to obtain the good equipment. This however is only a minor gripe and on the whole the game doesn’t suffer with many problems at all and when it’s all said and done NBA 2K19 is another fantastic addition to the series. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2018
    3
    I was very disappointed with the NBA 2K19, for me it was money thrown away. The gameplay got worse, the players seem locked, there is no powerI was very disappointed with the NBA 2K19, for me it was money thrown away. The gameplay got worse, the players seem locked, there is no power or infiltration. Career mode is unbearable: Chinese League? Oh really? I thought we bought the game to play NBA. For years to 2K put Euroleague in the game and never a career mode put us to play in Europe, but to attract Chinese money is worth everything is not it? Start with 60 of overall to be forced to buy coins for microtransactions? Man, I hated this game! Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2018
    1
    The common theme in these reviews are microtransactions and that is the central reason why this game is horrible. In order to have a belowThe common theme in these reviews are microtransactions and that is the central reason why this game is horrible. In order to have a below average player to use in the Park, you'd need to spend upwards of 40 hours or spend an additional $40.

    On top of the pay-to-win nature of 2K19, the matchmaking system remains as broken as ever. You will disconnect from games and sit around and wait for up to 15 minutes just to get matched with a team. Today, there is no excuse for not implementing an instant matchmaking online experience. Why overcomplicate the quickest and most efficient way in order to people to have an online game experience?

    The archetypes are unbalanced (passing and sharpshooting are near-useless builds), the game spends too much time on cut scenes that less than 10% of the audience will ever watch, and 2K19 remains the same bundled mess of cash-grabbing garbage. Please reconsider buying this game if you are the fence. It is a shame because the basketball simulator aspect has so much potential and always has. Until 2K makes several significant changes to better the online MyPark experience, it should be a game you avoid at all costs.
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  6. Sep 18, 2018
    0
    This is by far the most disgusting display of greed I've ever seen from a game company. You literally either need to spend $120+ to beThis is by far the most disgusting display of greed I've ever seen from a game company. You literally either need to spend $120+ to be competitive in MyCareer, or be forced into spending 100+ hours painstakingly grinding away by doing the exact same thing over and over in games and practices in order to try to gain badges. It's purposefully unfun in order to try to force you to spend money on virtual currency. You're urged to purchase things with real money at every corner, and you pretty much have to in order to be competitive unless you have 40 hours a week to play the game. Do not support this greedy company, it's absolutely NOT okay to utilize a freemium business model on a $60 game. Expand
  7. Sep 12, 2018
    0
    Another grindy microtransaction-filled **** like 2k18. 2K continues to be greedy scumbags.

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