Review: NBA 2K20
It’s that time of the year again: video game season. During fall game releases are dropping as fast as the leaves from trees, which is why it can be tough to keep an overview. NBA 2K20 kicks off the sports video game season, which poses the question of how it compares to the previous title in the franchise.
NBA 2K20 is 2K Sports’ newest title in a franchise that has been growing strong since NBA Live 95’s initial release. Overall the game improves on pretty much every aspect of the last game. The visuals have been enhanced once more and so has the gameplay. The gameplay is the best it has ever been, even though it isn’t without flaw. Strenght and speed stats feel realistic and so do the players’ mechanics. Attacking as a defensive player is possible when the right opportunity presents itself, but it sure takes a lot of skill and feels completely different from what a normal attack would be like.
MyTeam has also been vastly improved on, most of all in the amount of content it holds. The new position-locking system is one of the best new additions. It cuts down the non-basketball lineups we were experiencing in the previous version. The biggest addition to NBA 2K20 is of course the new WNBA mode. The women’s teams offer a refreshing change of pace to the normal NBA, but it’s just as good. We love how different the mode feels, even featuring new commentators just for WNBA. It’s a mode that’s here to stay.
The MyCareer story is surprisingly good this time around and the grind to reach 99 has been shortened by quite a bit. Microtransactions feel less present in the game, which is a choice we can’t help but celebrate. However, NBA 2K20 isn’t without its faults. Layups can be a little too slow, as is the ball drop in the MyTeam mode. The halftime show could use a touch-up and player customisation could have been better, but in the end these are just minor issues.
NBA 2K20 improves on almost everything from the last title and is well worth the price for any sports fan. The game’s faults are just minor inconveniences and none of them take too much away from the gameplay experience. WNBA is a great, new mode and it’s here to stay. NBA 2K20 has given us the best basketball gaming experience we have had in years and we will be playing it for a long time to come.
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports