The brand-new MyCareer mode makes NBA 2K19 still worth a try. Although NBA Live makes a progress this year, NBA 2K19 is way ahead of it. One-year interval surely can't bring any revolutionary changes, but 2K still gives us something interesting.
NBA 2K19 has a better career system than previous entries in the franchise with improved defense mechanisms and more intelligent gameplay. Beside some deja-vu feelings about the content, it delivers a great experience.
A highly stylized game with the intent to look pretty. However, all this glaze seems too superficial and 2K Sports seemed to prioritize the incorporation of micro-transactions instead of meaningful improvements and bug polishing. The best basketball sim is still enjoyable and the best out there but 2K Sports need to pick up their game and not become complacent.
I consider my gripes with this game to be minor at best. I really didn’t know what to expect when I jumped into 2K19 for the first time, but I’m pleasantly surprised find it so enjoyable. I’m still not quite sure why the series garners so much hype every year, though. I wasn’t pulled in enough to become one of those fans, but I will admit it’s proven to be an overall fun and engaging experience nonetheless.
Despite all the problems and controversy with micro transactions in the game (that I truly despise), underneath is an actual very good game of basketball. Improvements in the segments of gameplay, loading times, story quality are all delivered and all of that wanted me to play more and more of NBA2k19. But I’m still not paying for those extra coins.
NBA 2K19 is a fun basketball game held back by unnecessary bells and whistles alongside intrusive microtransactions. The basketball is second-to-none and the players feel and look incredible. It is a true shame the game is shackled by microtransactions which make progression a grind both for MyTeam and your player.
NBA 2K19 is a complete upgrade from 2K18 and therefore a top sports game. But Pay2Win, cheaters and technology quirks are extremely annoying.
August 8, 2018
2K Games presents the first trailer of NBA 2K19 gameplay. Watch video
June 6, 2018
NBA 2K19 confirms its release date for September 22 and LeBron James as the cover star.