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NBA 2K19 Review

Last year was an odd year for the NBA 2K franchise. On one hand they put out a brilliant game with stellar gameplay, rich modes, and a beautiful recreation of the NBA. On the other, they were marred by bad press (from media and fans) from launch onward for implementation of micro transactions. The short story was, in order to advance your created player in NBA 2K18, you had to endlessly grind to level them up - or pay the piper. A year later I was fascinated to see how 2K Sports and Visual Concepts would respond to the criticism. Well, let’s jump in.

NBA 2K19 Review

NBA Playgrounds

NBA Playgrounds does a solid job of filling the void left by the NBA Street and NBA Jam series. There is a deep roster of players, and the game's cartoonish visuals look great, but the bare-bones online play and frustrating gameplay mechanics sometimes make the game feel more like a chore rather than an enjoyable experience. 

NBA Playgrounds

NBA Live 16

Summed up, NBA Live 16 feels like a game that has a lot of good pieces but it’s still looking for its James, Bryant, Durant or Curry to help get it to the next level. Until they find it, NBA Live will continue to be a middle of the road game of basketball.

NBA Live 16

NBA 2K14

If you dig basketball and own some shiny new hardware, you should pick this up. Managing a team on and off the court feels as good as ever. The new modes feel a touch underdeveloped, but they augment the excellent action in some interesting ways that are worth checking out. Even if you already bought the last-gen edition, the stunning visuals and accompanying glimpse into where this series is headed are worth the upgrade. Aspiring GMs may be disappointed, but the quality of simulated ball on display in NBA 2K14 can't be denied.

NBA 2K14

NBA Live 14

Its a shame that the core basketball game still feels like it needs another couple of years of polish to even come close to its competitors. For now we are left with a solid lineup of features and a game of basketball thats just not worth anyones time.

NBA Live 14

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

Though battling the AI is fun, it’s centered so heavily around playing with people, comparing scores and just having an arcade-style experience from the comfort of your living room that they finally seem to understand it- and if they can fix some niggling issues and get online working right, this game runs very close to perfect.

NBA Live 09

NBA Live 09 is the real deal when it comes to a great video game basketball experience. There isn’t a new mode that takes the game over the top, or a new feature that makes it best out there, but it is the combination of a vision and the hard work to get through some rough years to get to this game which is by far the best NBA Live game I have played in a long, long time.

NBA Live 09

NBA 2K8

Although this is a great game of basketball, its improvements over last year aren’t as significant as you would probably expect. Instead much of the experience felt like a tune up of last year’s game, with some more features and modes added on the side. This is a great game of basketball, and if you really want to get into the game of basketball, NBA 2K8 is a great choice.

NBA 2K8

NBA 08

NBA 08 for the PS2 may be the last time we see The Life on the PS2. I know many are hoping that the mode will transition to the PS3 (I know I am) but the franchise did give the PS2 a pretty good run. Unfortunately Volume 3 just felt too familiar to the last two outings, and we’re expecting much more for the third game in the franchise.

NBA 08

NBA 06

For those that are wondering whether to purchase this game, I would highly recommend renting it first, as it is one that has a unique target audience in mind and I can see some gamers not enjoying this style. So although this game is not perfect, but if nothing else, it sure would be a good rental choice.

NBA 06