NBA 2K20

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NBA 2K20
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Genre: Sports
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Nintendo SwitchAGW
PlayStation 4AGW
Xbox OneAGW
Google Stadia
Release Date: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & iOS:
September 6, 2019
Google Stadia:
November 19, 2019 (launch title)
Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Franchise: NBA 2K
Previous Game: NBA 2K19

NBA 2K20 is a sports game based around basketball developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the 21st game in the NBA 2K franchise.

Why It Sucks

  1. As revealed in the MyTeam trailer, the pay-to-win features that were in the previous NBA 2K games are back, and worse than ever. This caused many people to consider this game to be more like a casino simulator than it is a basketball game.
    • Considering that the game is supposed to focus on basketball, casino-like features have no business at all being in the game.
      • Despite a senate bill to ban these mechanics, 2K just increased them further.
      • 2K added to the fire by responding to criticism of underage gambling and the ban in Belgium by petitioning children to pressure the government to bend the knee and allow the exploitative gaming mechanics.
  2. A ton of assets from NBA 2K19 are copy-pasted here, making the game essentially a carbon-copy of NBA 2K19 with the title NBA 2K20 slapped on it.
    • The PC desktop icon NBA 2K19 used wasn't even changed.
  3. A bunch of features in the previous NBA 2K games are absent here, such as player customization or roster customization.
    • Despite all these features being removed, the game still costs $60.
  4. The game modes MyGYM and MyLeague have been dumbed down yet again. Now they feel bare-boned as a result.
  5. The animations of almost everything is sluggish, it's as if the entire game is played in slow-motion.
  6. Not only that, but the overall quality of the animations is mediocre and stiff. An example of the poor animation can be seen here.
  7. The controls are unresponsive, this is likely because of the slow animation as mentioned above.
  8. There is a lot of bugs, such as the progression systems freezing out of nowhere, or players missing shots no matter how perfectly they execute the shot.
  9. Loading screens are incredibly long. Some loading screens can take up to 12 hours, even longer than all of Sonic '06's loading screens combined.
  10. Connecting to online servers also take an incredibly long time. More often than not the game will fail to connect to the servers.
    • These errors can also cause players to lose whatever progression they have made, wasting their time as a result.
  11. There is a new feature called the "Action Point" system that is downright terrible. You're forced to do a task every day just to be able to play a game mode.
    • This mechanic is very similar to the "energy" mechanic used by many mobile games to limit the player's actions, usually with the possibility of obtaining extra energy by paying varying amounts of real-world currency.
  12. False advertising: The legend edition is stated to include twenty MyCAREER Skill Boosts and a MyPLAYER Shoe Collection, but neither appear in-game. Related to the gambling controversy above is the implication of the game being either a basketball game when it is actually a casino, and defenders citing that the game is promoted as a gambling sim when it's actually not.
  13. The story mode is very short.
  14. Most of the dialogue in the story mode is poorly written and cringy.
  15. Very poor optimization on the PC version. Even on the lowest graphic settings, the game will struggle to even reach 30fps.
  16. The game includes unskippable ads, something of which should only be in free-to-play mobile games and not AAA console games.
  17. Even the cover has drawn criticism with some not liking Antwon Davis being creeped by his appearance, and 2K charging extra for the Dwayne Wade special edition.
  18. On 1/22/2020, 2K Took everyone's VC due to glitches to get it free in the system. But even innocent players who bought it also got their's removed. Due to this everyone is calling NBA 2K20's VC A Scam.


Despite getting mostly mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, (likely due to 2K bribing them, similarily to NBA 2K18) NBA 2K20 has been heavily review bombed by users. On Metacritic, the game has a user score of 0.7/10 on the PS4 and Xbox One, a 0.4/10 on the PC, and a 1.4/10 on the Nintendo Switch.[1][2][3][4]

On Steam, the game received "overwhelmingly negative" reviews, with only 16% of over 1,700 reviews being positive. Most of the "most helpful" reviews warn people to not buy the game due to the pay-to-win features, and a majority of the reviews that actually recommend the game are very sarcastic.[5]

In his video about the game being review bombed, YongYea called the game an "utter disaster".

The game was reported to suffer a week in sales.

The controversy surrounding NBA 2K20 played a role in exposing the corruption of PEGI and the ESRB as most of these ratings board willfully rated a game with loot boxes and gambling mechanics a rating that would allow children as young as 3 to play them. It was also pointed out that PEGI had given old Pokemon games with a casino minigame were given PEGI 12 ratings for having "simulations of gambling" yet those same organizations gave NBA 2K20 a PEGI 3 rating despite having direct gambling imagery.

In response on the lackluster sales of the game, Take-Two gave out free digital copies of NBA 2k20



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