The NBA 2K20 review embargo is up and across the globe gaming sites and publications have been posting their thoughts. That is what should be happening but for some reason reviews for the game are rather hard to come by, at the time of writing (3.30pm Friday 6th) just three publications have reviewed the game, the reason why everyone else has missed the embargo is unclear.
One possible reason is that online servers weren’t turned on before today’s release, but then quite a few sites like Polygon will have a “Review in Progress” until they can judge the game with live servers. Or maybe they didn’t get a code in time? Ours seems to have got lost in the post so maybe the codes sent to IGN, Eurogamer, VG24/7, PlayStation Lifestyle, Kotaku, DualShockers, Gamespot, and… well, everyone else, also got lost.
But fret not. Take a step outside the bubble of hardcore gaming sites and there are some reviews out there, RealSport101 managed to get a copy and gave it 9/10:
Without question, this is the best NBA 2K title to date. The visuals are crisp, the gameplay bugs from previous editions have been eradicated and there has been significant improvements to already top quality modes.
The players feel more real than ever before thanks to the new signature styles, whilst the hard work put into giving the WNBA the introduction is deserves has certainly paid off. The changes to offense and defense make it easier for those who struggle with in-game plays, but are so rewarding when you get them right.
Good review, but can I just highlight this line from the review as well:
The Daily Login prizes look like the biggest improvement in the mode. It should really help to cut down the gap between those who pay to win and those who play to win, as playing will now finally be rewarding.
9To5Toys also got a copy and gave it a stonking 4.5/5 (that’s 9/10 to everyone else). The reviewer, Trevor, does state that he’s “been able to play for the past few days” so clearly his code arrived in time.
It’s hard to capture the breadth of which NBA 2K20 covers this year. There’s something for everyone, from online gamers to those looking for a long career journey. The visuals, gameplay, and experience all continue to be undeniably first class. There’s so much to dive into here that you’ll need the entire NBA season to catch the all action NBA 2K20 has to offer.
And final review published comes from that bastion of British Journalism and political chicken memes, the ever reliable The Sun.
Every year I wonder how NBA 2K could possibly be improved in 12 months’ time. Yet year after year, September rolls around and they manage to do it – and drastically at that. Basketball fans and NBA newbies alike will love this game for the truly immersive experience. So what are you waiting for?
So there you go, NBA 2K20 is brilliant.