- Release date: 9/15/2017
- Developer: Visual Concepts
- Publisher: Take 2 Interactive Software
- Genre: Sports
- Content rating: ESRB E 10+
- Features: up to 10 players
Join the basketball stars: NBA 2K18 review
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NBA 2K18 is the latest basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by Take 2 Interactive Software. It was released in September 2017 and has already become one of the most played NBA game. And how! You can play here with the brightest basketball stars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and other.
Graphics — 5/5
The NBA 2K18 graphics take you to the basketball court and bring an all-new level of realness. The developers have worked hard on the visual appearance of the game, and the result is worthwhile. Extremely life-like image, realistic movements of the players, and thus your favorite team is already on your screen. The full immersion is guaranteed with the colorful, crisp and well-drawn graphics!
Gameplay — 4.5/5
Basketball at its finest! The gameplay considers being a perfect simulation of real NBA basketball matches. The rules and regulations are the same as if you are playing the original NBA series game. In NBA 2K18 you'll meet your favorite players. Shaquille O’Neal and Kyrie Irving will be on the front covers.
For beginners, there is a special training mode. It allows you not only to learn dribbling and passing but also to raise the so-called "basketball IQ" - the ability to read the positions of players on the site and realize breakthroughs to the ring from the three-point zone. Tooltips are very useful, but the elements themselves are very different in complexity.
At the beginning of the game, you will set up your basketball player, setting his height, body, and face parameters. Then you compete in streetball competitions and try to show off before the scouts. Further, you'll get to more complex games and tournaments.
Controls — 4.5/5
The ProStick control method has not changed much since NBA 2K14. While you are directing the left stick to the side of someone else's ring, the finger on the right stick writes out different shapes, allowing you to show off with the ball. Of course, at first, it is very difficult to feel the ball. But over time, you get used to this process, and will instinctively throw penalties into the basket and throw the ball between the legs. Of course, there's still a possibility to control the player in the old manner with the help of buttons. But the ProStick control method is undoubtedly the best for basketball simulators.
Replay Value — 4.5/5
From play to play you become more experienced and better controllable player. That fact makes replaying this game even the more interesting experience than the first attempt. Remember how awkwardly you felt with the ball at first? And now you almost reached the level of an NBA star. NBA 2K18 definitely worth replaying.
NBA 2K18 can be complimented for its exciting gameplay and outstanding graphics on the whole. To any dedicated NBA enthusiast, the game has been a hit, and successfully fills their hours with endless games with their favorite basketball stars.
NBA 2K18 has succeeded in expanding and strengthening its player base and continues the 2K tradition of good gaming. It has improved its gameplay and accurately captures the essence and spirit of NBA. If you are a basketball amateur or simply adore sports simulators, it must be an inch-perfect choice for you.
Pros : Some innovative concepts, like PlayGround
New classic teams
Realistic graphics with the much better gaming experience
Cons : Virtual Currency is a bother
Replay Value 4.5