Percentile Rank

NBA 2K15 is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 44 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 44 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 17, 2014

Overall 2K have done it once again, I really wish other sports games were even close to being this great, and I am sure even non fans of the sport with a little patience would get an awful lot of enjoyment, and would soon lose whole weekends, just like I often have, playing a video game that is not only realistic but full of long term depth and quite frankly is a joy to play.

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Scored Reviews

Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Oct 9, 2014

In all honesty, you'll have to look very hard for something to hate about NBA 2K15. The developers over at Visual Concepts know how to keep raising the bar and like Kevin Durant on the cover, use each offseason to come back better than the last year.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2014

The best Basketball sim to date, despite a lack of significant changes.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 22, 2014

Overall NBA 2K15 is an excellent game packed with a variety of features that will easily keep you busy up until the inevitable 2K16 release next year. Where the game shines the most is undoubtedly its presentation and gameplay physics. The career mode alone has enough drama to keep you entertained and coming back for more, but most importantly the entire game is fun to play and never ceases to impress you even after long periods of play. Fans of the NBA should be rather satisfied with the latest offering from 2K, and even if you are not a fan of Basketball, I'd still recommend checking the game out.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 22, 2014

Overall, NBA 2K15 has come on leaps and bounds from the previous year's game, really fleshing out all the game modes. The MyCareer mode is the best "be a pro" style mode of any sports title, with the voices of NBA stars added for authenticity. The gameplay is much smoother too, and the game just looks great. The loading times do still need work, and hopefully 2K will address that with patches and in next year's NBA game. The server issues also need to be resolved for a better online experience but a new bar has been set for all sports games here.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 6, 2014

NBA 2K15's overhauled movement system and improved shooting mechanics make it the best-playing basketball game in existence.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 20, 2014

Despite the disappointing online issues and insane load times, NBA 2K15 is still a very impressive video game. It does so many things correctly and builds upon pre-existing features in all the right ways. Visual Concepts has managed to make the standard MyPlayer and Association modes into something brand new, which is a task no other sports game has achieved. Because of that, the impressive visuals, and the same enjoyable gameplay, it is easy to imagine NBA 2K15 taking the Best Sports Game award at the end of the year.

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USgamer
Oct 7, 2014

NBA 2K15's scope and ambition as a sports sim is admirable; and though its execution doesn't always match its vision, it's still an altogether polished and impressive package. Even if you don't care much about basketball, it's worth checking out for its highly entertaining MyPlayer mode alone. Once again, Visual Concepts has nailed what makes the NBA so appealing to a wide swath of people.

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PC Gamer
88 / 100
88 / 100
Oct 27, 2014

A stunning and packed basketball sim, with a PC version finally on a par with consoles.

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GameTrailers
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2014

NBA 2K15 has an awe-inspiring amount of customization that makes the game accessible for new players, and finely tuned for veterans. Each mode has addressed and improved upon criticisms from previous years and despite a slight misstep on defense, offense has never felt better.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 16, 2014

[I]if you want to wreck the opposition online, or you just want to rise up and become a pro on your favorite team, pick up NBA 2K15 and get started. Legends don't just write themselves.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

I finally got to live out my dream of being very tall.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2014

For someone who never had a chance to live the basketball life and never will, NBA 2K15 is a very welcome addition to my shelf.

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gameranx
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2014

Between MyLeague, MyGM, MyCareer and multiplayer modes like MyPark and the more tradition types — all of which have functioned admirably online, I should note, though MyPark has been less busy than I would prefer, in my experience — NBA 2K15 is as fleshed out as a sports game gets these days.

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Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2014

NBA 2K15 is an astounding title full of modes that should see hoop heads playing compulsively until the next one in a year's time.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

NBA 2K15 brings a milestone performance with enhanced presentation across the board. Only server lag and long loading screens keep 2K15 from a spot on the sports-game dream team.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.25 / 5.0
4.25 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2014

As far as basketball games go, however, NBA 2K15 easily remains the best option out there.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

NBA 2K15 continues the franchise's run as the best sports game on the market, and there's a lot to love in its MyCareer mode even for people who aren't basketball fans.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 11, 2014

If you can stomach the irritating server issues, there's a wealth of top-tier hardwood content in NBA 2K15 that no baller should miss.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2014

Unfortunately, if you want to play those games online you'll inevitably hit a brick wall. If your plan is to play mostly offline you'll find a lot to love here. Hopefully 2K will quickly iron out their issues and give this game the infrastructure its gameplay deserves.

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Examiner
Oct 9, 2014

It's not perfect as a complete package, but in terms of gameplay and visuals, as well as its assortment of modes, "NBA 2K15" is easily the best basketball game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Dealspwn
Oct 22, 2014

NBA 2K15 is probably the best example of sports game fan service out there. It's a comprehensive package for any NBA fan that does an enormous amount to capture the intricacies and the dramas of the league, all the while creating exciting on-court action that is detailed and nuanced and fun to play. However, its years-old connectivity issues, and the dependency of offline modes on online servers once again threaten to ruin what should an outstanding game.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2014

2K Sports shoots and scores with another excellent basketball offering.

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Game Revolution
Oct 14, 2014

NBA 2K15 retains the title of best basketball video game, but it's a far less impressive title this year.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 15, 2014

Those of you expecting NBA 2K15 to be a revolutionary basketball simulation may be a bit disappointed that this is more of a refinement. Fortunately, the small changes do improve the overall package – and Visual Concepts already had an outstanding basis to work from. Basketball fans will find everything that they want and more here.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Oct 19, 2014

2K Sports and Visual Concepts takes NBA 2K15 to the next level for another year, but stops short of introducing any sweeping changes. The on-court action has been refined and MyCareer is arguably better than ever, making NBA 2K15 another fine basketball game. It's just a shame that the online facet of the game is so poor. Despite this, NBA 2K15 is still well worth checking out.

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Kill Screen
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 13, 2014

NBA2k15 is both a marvelous basketball videogame and a douchebag simulator

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Digital Spy
Oct 19, 2014

NBA 2K15 builds on the foundations laid down by its predecessors, providing an all-star basketball experience marred only by online issues.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2014

All in all, NBA 2K continues to dominate the basketball market. However, it may need a true competitor to really push the limits of what it can offer the player in terms of quality.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 8, 2014

The NBA 2K series continues to deliver the best professional basketball experience available on consoles and PCs. Though some strange visual bugs might rub a bit of shine off of an otherwise excellent package, there's no denying how well NBA 2K15 plays.

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PCMag
Dec 8, 2014

NBA 2K15 makes significant strides over its predecessor in terms of graphics and animation, but an inconsistent online multiplayer mode mars the experience a bit. Still, it's the best b-ball game around.

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New Game Network
79 / 100
79 / 100
Oct 22, 2014

Even with some downsides, I really enjoyed NBA2k15. It really tries to capture sports in way that goes beyond numbers and statistics. It's something I appreciate, and something I think a lot of sports games could learn from.

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Cheat Code Central
3.9 / 5.0
3.9 / 5.0
Oct 7, 2014

Overall NBA 2K15 is a fun game. In fact, all of the NBA 2k series manage to be fun games. It's just a question of whether or not you want to purchase this one, if you purchased the last one, and that's hard to say. I enjoyed the revamped MyCareer and MyGM modes, but in the end I really just wanted to spend more time online. The online suite is nice, of course, but the gameplay simply hasn't changed much. Basically NBA 2K15 is an expansion pack for NBA 2K14, and it's a good one! But don't expect to be blown away by something entirely new and different. You are getting the same game again, just with a few extras, and it's up to you whether or not that's worth a full price purchase.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2014

Like a great player toughing it out through an injury, NBA 2K15 is still strong despite crippling server problems.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

A good suite of game modes that could have been great had 2K fixed its server woes

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

While NBA 2K15 is not perfect, it's still a playable NBA game that does a lot of things well.

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Critical Hit
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2014

Online issues and forced connectivity for single player modes keep NBA2K15 from being the year's best sports game. Impressive visuals and rock-solid core mechanics however, make it a necessary addition to any NBA fan's library.

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Operation Sports
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

NBA 2K15 offers a rich, rewarding on-court experience that is wholly enjoyable when you can take the court - which is sometimes.

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Game Rant
Oct 22, 2014

'NBA 2K15' takes center court to deliver much of what fans love about the series but is held down by a lack of polish and continuous server issues.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
Wccftech

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2014

NBA 2K15 is a great title for those that can bear the design flaws of this new entry in the series. For those who cannot look past game or immersion-breaking features, it may be worth just a rental.

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Stevivor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2014

It’s disappointing that NBA 2K15 isn’t currently up to the standard we’re used to. As the modes have started to come back to life it has definitely smoothed out, but there is still a little way to go. Hopefully this is a lesson learned by Visual Concepts and next year’s launch doesn’t have so many headaches. The core game is amazing, but with so many of the modes relying heavily with online connectivity, which hasn’t worked, it’s just dragged the experience down a notch for me.

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EGM
6 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2014

NBA 2K15 delivers a solid core basketball experience, particularly with MyCareer mode, which features real-life NBA player voices. But the game ties too much of the experience to its shoddy online component, which sabotages the experience—and even makes the game literally unplayable at times.

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Giant Bomb
Nov 4, 2014

The deep and challenging gameplay this series is known for is still front and center, but NBA 2K15's myriad technical problems put a damper on the experience.

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Polygon
6 / 10.0
Polygon

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2014

If the guts of the game are available, NBA 2K15 is the best sports title of the year, by a New York mile. The design choices at its edges — either needlessly making offline features dependent on online access, or insufficiently supporting the dedicated online modes — stain what is otherwise a role model for all sports video games.

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