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NBA 2K20 review
NBA 2K20 is yet another installment of the official NBA game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K. This year the developers updated the roster, improved the physics and the visuals, and introduced new game modes. On the other hand, the new monetization model got heavily criticized on social media, and this impacted the general reception.
As for visuals, the game is even better than the previous generation. The developers obviously kept in mind the current console generation, living down to the end of the lifecycle, and realized that it’s NBA 2K21 that will be released on the 9Gen consoles. So there is little innovation, partly because of the old hardware, partly because of focusing on the future release. Still, the looks of the players got updated, according to the way they look and act now. There are also improvements in physics.
The old loved modes, including online quick matches, MyCareer, MyTeam, or Neighborhood, are still here, reworked a bit. The Career mode is now written much better, with more drama and more immersion, the entire NBA constellation plus Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson starring. But more important is a realistic training mode, with skill points distribution for creating a regular player with highs and lows, not a basketball superhero. In the Park, you can practice in order to improve your skills. Legendary Team lets you collect the best players of all times to form your superteam.
MyTeam mode, though, is the most disappointing. To create your team, you have to unlock players by buying cards. To play games, you need to spend your contract currency. It shows in multiplayer MyTeam mode especially, where paying gives you an absolute advantage over free players. You score so much more with your super roster that competition makes no sense for non-investors. And to get the in-game currency for that, you have to invest real money or to play against AI a great lot.
As for controls, they are familiar to those who played NBA 2K19. Even on PC, the game feels better and sportier with a gamepad, especially a decent one. You may have to spend a lot of time learning the controls (even assuming you know real-life basketball rules and tricks well). Luckily, the game has detailed instructions that show as you master new skills.
Another element that caused lots of complaints is ads before games. These video ads can last for up to 30 seconds, and they cannot be skipped. That’s another way of monetization, and not of those players will approve.
On the other hand, if you prefer local multiplayer or single-player mode, none of the cons listed above will matter for you. It’s a great experience in terms of physics, visuals, and controls, though – we say it again – the real upgrade will only come next year.
- The best visuals in basketball simulators ever;
- Updated roster;
- Updated game modes;
- Familiar controls;
- Reasonable system requirements for PC.
- Unskippable ads;
- Too few differences from NBA 2K19 in terms of gameplay and visuals.