NBA 2K24 Review

I’m not one to have high expectations when it comes to gaming. Usually most of the time I enjoy going into an experience with an open mind and just enjoy the ride. However this time with NBA 2K24, things changed. Towards the release of the title, more and more info was being released and almost every new piece of info rubbed me the wrong way. I’ll explain it further in detail in a bit, but with all that being said, it’s a new year which means another NBA 2K game. How did it fare in comparison to last year’s counterpart? Well, let’s see.

NBA 2K24 is the same game as last year’s instalment. Graphically things look cleaner but that’s just about it. The gameplay itself doesn’t do anything different or flashy to stand out and it feels like I’m playing the same exact title, just with a content upgrade. The props that I can give NBA 2K24 is the fact it does feel more immersive with the player models as they resemble the players more than last year, at least for the majority of NBA players.

The new ProPLAY feature, which allows 2K to use NBA footage and translate it to in-game animations takes credit for making all of this possible, unfortunately, it’s not enough to redeem and save NBA 2K24 from the copy/paste system they’ve been following.

Other game modes that aren’t MyTeam or MyCareer rarely have any love and feel barebones. Like the Jordan showcase from before, the late Kobe Bryant is the one to receive a special tribute mode this time around. It plays pretty much the same exact way. It’s always nice to metaphorically go back in time and re-live NBA games so there’s no complaint there. Other than MyNBA adding a LeBron game mode too, there is nothing else different.

MyTeam as always is getting a Madden Ultimate team treatment where new cards are added every year and 2K isn’t shy about shoving microtransactions in player’s faces. What is something interesting is that they added more methods to earn cards through My Career, but the process to do so shouldn’t be praised as it’s behind, you guessed it, another paywall.

My Career in NBA 2K24 is blatantly turning to an F2P system which is ridiculous as the majority of players are already spending $70 on the title alone. Everything in My Career is heavily reliant on VC and given the little amount you can earn in games, it’s almost impossible to receive any without spending real-life money on the game. 2K themselves even added a $150 VC microtransaction to pressure players into buying the most expensive option because of this. 2K had the audacity to turn the season-level players can earn while playing into a battle pass. There is no grind aspect in NBA 2K24 as anybody can buy their way to the highest level, which is basically encouraged.

The only positive about MyCareer is that they took out all the walking and missions, TikTok dances, and being a music producer mess that they included in NBA 2K23. They promised that it would be all about just playing basketball and they delivered on that promise. But what’s the point if you can’t be good unless you buy VC? Doing the math, if a player buys the Mamba Edition and spends VC on nothing but your build, you’ll hit an overall of 75. That only sets you back $100+. With everything costing an excessive amount of VC, shooting getting a major nerf of “green or nothing”, and a battle pass being added, it’s clear that 2K doesn’t care about players having fun playing basketball.

Conclusion

NBA 2K24 is an overall disappointment compared to not only NBA 2K23 but past NBA titles too. To see how far it’s fallen, all the past great features no longer included, it hurts to see that the only thing that matters is how much VC someone spends on a game. This is the first year that we’ve seen 2K blatantly be VC-heavy and it won’t be the last. Nobody should have to purchase a game that expects you to pay more on top of that. NBA 2K24 is the perfect example for game developers everywhere of what not to do in the gaming industry unless you’re greedy and don’t care about fans.

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This game was reviewed based on Xbox S|X review code, using an Xbox S|X console. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by publisher.

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Good
  • New ProPLAY Feature
Bad
  • Adapted a F2P Model
  • Essentially a Copy/Paste of Last Year
  • Pressures Players to Buy VC
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Awful
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Even though his name is Varnell Harris, he also goes by Bubba. Bubba has been writing for gaming websites since he was sixteen years old and always had a passion for it. Bubba has attended Miami University and double majored in Journalism and Creative Writing. He also streams on Twitch and uploads YouTube videos whenever he has time. Not only is he into gaming, but he is also heavily into anime and has made it his goal to attend every con possible. His goal is to make it big in the gaming industry.

2 Comments

  1. You just saved me money and time. Thank you ????????.

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  2. Been playing 2K since Sega Dreamcast when you could burn any game you wanted in 12-16 hours for free while using the ISU free dorm 56K internet. With that being said I probably wouldn’t even be able to give away a burned bootleg of this garbage. I bought it for my kids who just kept begging for 1/2 off Black Friday. We just made fun of it and complained the entire time. I feel bad for these kids today but playing actual fun sports games, having to beg their parents for money when they want an upgrade. My kids don’t even ask me for my card bc I tell em straight up better grind for them jerseys , guns, and skins they smart though they always get them granny dollars like I used to? Stupid transition fouls when trying to grab a board off a miss shot is the STUPIDEST & you can’t adjust it so they get free throw and call out @ 1/2 court. NBA PLAYERS make contested shots that’s why they in the league. These NBA players don’t hit anything if contested and not green. I’m pretty sure 75% of the programmers don’t play or never even played basketball. Then there were just adds everywhere, I was like did I buy some MLM PYRAMID SCHEME THAT WILL BE GONE IN 6 MONTHS THAT RESURRECTS in AUGUST 2024. If I had to choose to watch Biden for an hour or play this game for an hour I would definitely pick BIDEN…. Atleast you know something funny gonna happen that you can laugh about later. This is like hitting 3 @ Da Club but yo friends convincing you she a solid 7. Only to wake up in The morning while they snickering on the couch while you try to get rid of that 3.

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