Percentile Rank

NBA 2K17 is ranked in the 97th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 51 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 51 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 29, 2016

I like what 2K have done with this year’s MyCareer. They’ve recognised that Spike Lee’s joint was maybe too big a reach (or just the wrong man for the job), and in getting hold of talent that’s more at home with the tone and grind required for something like this, have crafted a career story that might not revolutionise the little sub-genre they’ve carved out for themselves, but is a definite improvement on 2K16's misfire.

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Scored Reviews

Digital Spy
Sep 22, 2016

NBA 2K17 isn't just a great basketball game or a great sports game – it's a fantastic game, full stop.

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USgamer
Sep 21, 2016

NBA 2K17 addresses most of my biggest issues from last year in cutting out canned animations and going back to basics with MyCareer, and it's still as polished as ever. It's easy to take its excellence for granted, but Visual Concepts' ambition and willingness to take risks keeps it from ever becoming stale. NBA 2K17 is the champion, and it's tough to see it losing that title anytime soon.

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pressakey.com
Oct 11, 2016

NBA 2K17 ist nicht nur jedem Basketball-Fan wärmstens ans Herz zu legen. Auch allen sonstigen Sportspiel-Veteranen sei zumindest der Download der offiziellen Demo namens "Der Auftakt", die einen Einblick in die ersten Stunden der Karriere gewährt, empfohlen. Wohl nach wie vor kein anderes Sportspiel kann mit einer ähnlich detailtreuen und umfangreichen virtuellen Abbildung seines Vorbildes aufwarten. Der Status der Online-Welt sowie weitere kleinere Ungereimtheiten trüben zwar das Gesamtbild etwas, dennoch wird der Genreprimus für Monate vor den Bildschirm fesseln können und ist als Steigerung gegenüber NBA 2k16 anzusehen. Die Neuerungen wie der Wurfbalken bei Korblegern verfeinern das Spielgeschehen zunehmend und wurden sinnvoll implementiert. Sollte das Problem mit den Archetypen im Karrieremodus noch dieses oder zumindest nächstes Jahr bei einer gleichbleibend soliden Story ausgebessert werden, kann man von einem nahezu perfekten Sportspiel reden.

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Cheat Code Central
4.8 / 5.0
4.8 / 5.0
Jan 1, 1971

When all is said and done, NBA 2K17 goes above and beyond to provide gamers with the true NBA experience regardless of which avenue you choose. The game is polished from top to bottom and rises to the high expectations 2K16 put in place.

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SA Gamer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

All-in-all, NBA 2K17 is once again a brilliant, quality, pure value for money experience that will never let you down

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Game Informer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

With an abundance of deep modes and stellar on-court action, NBA 2K17 offers hundreds of hours of fun

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Gamefa
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2016

NBA 2K17 is undoubtedly the best basketball simulation video game. Despite it doesn’t have any powerful rival, it gets better every year. 2K17 also have a very good story mode which is necessary for good sports games but it doesn’t even disappoint solo players. It’s graphic is exceptional and very realistic, player faces, gyms, ball physics and other visual aspects are implemented very well. Its annoying problem is very limited offline experience, it doesn’t even let you buy animations in offline mode while 2K16 allow you to do that even in offline mode. Anyway, every basketball fan must have this game.

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IGN Spain
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

May not be the most innovative sports game ever done, but it's one of the best sports games ever made.

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IGN Italy
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2016

If NBA 2K16 was already an highest level game, NBA 2K17 is even better, even if it requires patience and dedication to be really appreciated.

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Everyeye.it
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

NBA 2K17 is a shining example for every annual series. Each iteration looks like a new, fresh title.Visual Concepts does not seem to get enough: the team renew and experiment new features every time, showing a love for basketball impossible to be found in other videogames.

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Forbes
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2016

NBA 2K’s depth continues to set the bar for the genre. Like always, NBA 2K17 is several games within one. However, the amalgamation of modes delivers an especially tight package this year.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

Like the Cleveland Cavs, NBA 2K17 is a championship caliber basketball game.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

The realism and tweaks to gameplay and options makes this year’s entry great, giving basketball fans an immersive and varied experience.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 23, 2016

If nothing else, then, the game manages to impress with the sheer level of detail it provides. You could spend months trying to work through the career mode, not even touching MyGM or MyTeam, and feel as though you got your money's worth.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 23, 2016

NBA 2K17's gameplay and presentation are on a whole other level when it comes to representing sports in video games.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2016

At this point, EA is going to have to pull off a small miracle to compete with NBA 2K17. Visual Concepts is the uncontested developer of not only basketball games, but perhaps of all sports games, period. Every year seems to improve on the last. With a continuing excellence in multiple game modes, including a toned-down but more focused career mode, quicker fantasy options, and of course the impeccable audio work, basketball games don’t get any better than this.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 25, 2016

NBA 2K17 is once again a strong, diverse title that beautifully represents the style and culture of professional basketball and caters to a number of play styles.

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Operation Sports
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

All in all a must-own for any basketball fan. NBA 2K17 offers a near complete package of basketball goodness to enjoy.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

Visual Concepts continues to set the benchmark for sports titles with NBA 2K17. My very few gripes with the game are small compared to hefty amount of content that is on offer, and for all the different things this game does right. It’s hard to pass up NBA 2K17 if you’re looking for an amazing video game; it’s even harder if you’re a basketball fan.

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Next Gen Base
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2016

Overall, NBA 2K17 is a brilliant replication of the sport and even with its issues, it still plays a fun and engaging game of basketball. As long as the development team keep tweaking and adding better mechanics to the gameplay, then the series will keep taking the strides in the right direction. Its a shame that the NBA 2K series doesn’t have any competition these days as when theres competition, it pushes the best to get better but even without it, the series is going in the right direction and not only giving us the best representation of the fast and dynamic sport, but also the most polished package of a sports title that we have ever seen.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

Overall, NBA 2K17 follows the good old mantra…“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The game builds on an already existing and fantastic framework and if you are already a fan NBA 2K17 is game you need to play.

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Xbox Achievements
90%
90%
Sep 29, 2016

A ludicrously polished and tight game of basketball, NBA 2K17 is representative of a series that's at the top of its game. There are a few flaws, as ever, but they pale into insignificance against the consistent excellence that shines through in almost every nook and cranny of NBA 2K17. This is a shoo-in for All-Star status.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 22, 2016

Calling NBA 2K17 the greatest basketball game ever made almost feels redundant, since 2K and Visual Concepts puts out a wonderfully polished product year after year.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 24, 2016

While I'm not a fan of the changes towards the timing of layups, NBA 2K17 continues to improve on what many have deemed near-perfection with NBA 2K16. There isn't a single thing not to like about this game, and that's the way NBA 2K likes to do it. K.I.S.S: Keep it Simple, Stupid.

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IGN
8.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

NBA 2K17 is another rock-solid game in the franchise. It features worthwhile updates to the dribbling and shooting mechanics, and backs up those improvements off the court in ways that make me care about managing my team. All in all, I know NBA 2K17 will be in my gaming rotation for many months to come.

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Goomba Stomp
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

NBA 2K17 has raised the bar once again, not just for future iterations of the series but for every sports game developed moving forward. Hands-down 2K17 is the most authentic, and most entertaining hoops game on the market.

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Wccftech
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

NBA 2K17 is the greatest basketball game ever made, bar none. That said, it's not really accessible at first for newcomers, so keep that in mind; if you intend to venture into the MyCareer mode, be prepared for lots of unnecessary cutscenes, too.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Sep 28, 2016

So you can see that there is a ton of content here and that is even without delving into the online component of the game. It is the most accomplished basketball game out there without a doubt, and one of the most rewarding sporting games on the market at the time of writing this review. Having played it pretty much non stop since receiving it, I can thoroughly recommend this title and hope you all have as much amazing fun as I did playing it.

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Fenix Bazaar
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2016

It’s “best” mode is now an afterthought, brought down by pointless interactions and cutscenes, and a mindless grind that tempts in-game purchases. Thankfully, the core gameplay fundamentals around it have been refined and improved, and alongside many other great modes and a fantastic presentation, make for yet another fantastic NBA 2K entry.

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IGN Middle East
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

NBA 2K17 continues the tradition by delivering a more refined version of the best basketball simulator out there. With increased options in ball control, a better (but not so great) story, and a ton of customization options, NBA 2K17 is a blast to play even if it is set back by sluggish online connectivity issues.

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PLAY Zine
8.5 / 10.0
PLAY Zine
Vladimir Pantelic
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2016

NBA2k17 has its audience and everyone who loves this type of games will surely enjoy this year’s edition. Game by itself has no major flaws, and someone who’s never played an NBA game would be blown away by the amount of content on offer. If you like to be at the top of all that’s going on in the world’s best league, then this title will fulfill all your needs.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

This game has set me on the path to becoming a basketball fan.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2016

From an outsider looking in this is a heck of a good sports game. Full featured with heaps to do and gorgeous to look at. I can only imagine how fantastic NBA 2K17 is for true fans of the sport, but even for a newbie like me it's an entertaining and comprehensive package that contains heaps to do.

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PixelVulture
85%
85%
Sep 28, 2016

NBA 2K17 is a great entry in the series that continues to push its best features, while polishing up its flaws

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2016

While there's still a bit of a steep learning curve for newcomers, NBA 2K17 offers up everything an NBA fan could ever want in a single package.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 2, 2016

Despite a few minor irritations, such as the odd bug in a MyCareer training session or a slight oddity in the animations, NBA 2K17 is basketball at its absolute finest in gaming terms. While it's obviously difficult to rank it alongside games of yesteryear, like the more arcade-centric NBA Jam on the SNES, when it comes to simulating the game on modern hardware, this is the purest, most authentic experience out there, bar none.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 21, 2016

Top-notch presentation and stellar, realistic gameplay drive NBA 2K17 to All-Star status, even if the sometimes overbearing microtransactions set a dangerous precedent.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 19, 2016

One of the very best looking and playing sports games on the market today, NBA 2K17 continues to take from the "Free to Play" handbook in some of its best modes. Funnelling players towards microtransactions at every opportunity take away some of the fun, but not all.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2016

The NBA 2K series has always been a hard one to improve upon since the revolutionary 2K14, but 2K17 still manages to better its predecessors, vastly improving the MyGM and MyLeague modes while refusing to tamper with a winning formula. MyCareer is once again a very enjoyable story, and general gameplay is as strong as ever. Simply put, NBA 2K17 is a trailblazer.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 11, 2016

Without a doubt NBA 2K17 is the best basketball game on the market so far. There are a handful of flaws, but when weighed against everything that Visual Concepts got right, they are pretty insignificant. I have always felt that basketball is probably one of the most challenging (if not the most challenging) sport to represent in a video game, but as a lifelong fan of the NBA this is as close as the medium has taken me to enjoying the sport.

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Sporting News
Sep 22, 2016

Much like the Warriors, one year removed from the title and on the brink of a repeat NBA "2K17" has come up just short of pulling it off. To even have come that close to doing so should still be considered quite an achievement.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 23, 2016

NBA 2K17 is an excellent basketball game, but I wouldn’t say it’s a major step up over last year’s title. The player duos are a great addition, while there have been improvements to the animations and player contact, but that makes the game a bit slower and more methodical. At the same time MyCareer is a lot more fleshed out which is great, but again, things can feel slow at times and you can feel the grind and the push toward spending real money to get past that. Really NBA 2K17 is on par with 2K16, making improvements in some areas, but with a few drawbacks alonside them.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2016

The final product that is NBA 2K17 is exactly what basketball fans want, right down to Shaq at the commentating table, but in areas where it progressed it also felt some growing pains.

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Expansive
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 2, 2016

NBA 2k17 is a tour-de-force and an absolute delight whether you’re a newcomer or a series vet.

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Pennyworth Reviews
Oct 2, 2016

Almost everything that a fan of the NBA could ever want from a basketball game

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

NBA 2K17 is a worthy if subtle upgrade

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DigitalCentralMedia
76%
76%
Sep 30, 2016

NBA 2K17 is an extremely fun game and the graphics are great but the loading times can be quite long.

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EGM
7.5 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

Graphically, the game is hit or miss, littered with glitches and inconsistent quality seen in the player models. Throw in a lack of overall improvement year over year, and we’re left with a game that is good, but definitely not at the level we’re used to.

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New Game Network
71 / 100
71 / 100
Sep 30, 2016

NBA2k17 is recommended to those who haven’t played in a few years, but for fans who bought the most recent iterations, I don’t see any big reasons to pick up this year’s edition.

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SmashPad
Oct 5, 2016

Fans will be able to tell that NBA 2K17 has some issues that’ll annoy longtime fans of the series, but that doesn’t in any way deter it from being an awesome game of basketball.

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