Percentile Rank

NBA 2K20 is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Hobby Consolas
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 6, 2019

A great basketball simulator that adds a lot of features in every aspect of the game and stands at the top of the sport genre.

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Operation Sports
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 9, 2019

As someone who loves basketball and NBA 2K, it hurts me to have such a negative opinion on the current state of the game. I want to be able to recommend this game to everyone and I hope the devs fix everything soon. When it works, NBA 2K20 is one of the best in the entire series, but those moments are too few and far between.

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Scored Reviews

IGN Spain
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

Basket lovers, even if you only have a basketball alternative this year, we can assure you that NBA 2K20 is at a great level. If you are not a WNBA fan, don´t expect great novelties.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 10, 2019

Simply put, there's no better basketball game out there.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
Forbes

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

NBA 2K20 delivers the best on-court experience in years, and that carries more weight than any other aspect of the game.

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Game Revolution
Sep 6, 2019

NBA 2K20‘s fantastic feel on the courts and how its main modes work as advertised are the most important parts. Some of the secondary additions might be lacking when compared to the polish seen in the new cinematic story mode, but they still serve their purpose to flesh out the package.

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IGN Italy
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

NBA 2K20 is pure magic on the playground. The new physical model, the impact of the new defensive system and the fine tuning of the gameplay is something valuable which give to basketball lovers endless possibilities. On the other side, the new GM mode is very disappointing and 2K business model for MyTeam is still questionable. The good news is that microtransations are quite useless in MyCareer mode, which thanks to King James work shines again to its original beauty.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

NBA 2K20 is the series' best showing in several seasons. The action is more refined than ever, MyCareer serves up a fun story with less grind, and MyGM mode is back on track. Microtransactions continue to be a concern, but the most egregious stuff is restricted to MyTeam mode, with MyCareer actually feeling less exploitative this year. Hopefully we'll see a more substantial refresh in the next year or two, but, for now, the NBA 2K dynasty remains strong.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

NBA2K20 is an incredible addition to the series. The depth and attention to detail make it a masterclass in replicating the beauty of the game. MyCAREER particularly stands out with 2K being serious with the star cast of Idris Elba and LeBron James, with the latter also being the executive producer. This is a game that does so much right, you're quick to forget the incessant brand plugging and intimidating grind.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

That makes it such a shame that microtransactions infect the story-driven MyCareer, dragging that down to mediocrity or worse. Fortunately, the intriguing though repetitive MyGM mode and the flexible and engrossing MyLeague mode make up for the online-only options. Throw in the WNBA teams and NBA 2K20 is likely the best iteration of the series on Switch even with its caveats.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

NBA 2K20 is the best basketball game around. Granted, thus far, the competition hasn't shown up. But if and when it does, the bar has been set very high for the basketball sim genre. Facial animations are still odd, and monetization rears its head in practically every mode. But the core ball play, plethora of gameplay modes, and a great presentation all combine to make NBA 2K20 the basketball game to beat this year.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

There's a lot to chew on in this game, good and not as good, but thankfully the gameplay delivers

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 7, 2019

There's a big, impressive game to sink your teeth into with 2K20, even if it tastes a bit like 2k19.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2019

NBA 2K20 features the best gameplay to date with a plethora of content to chew into at launch. It'll be interesting to see how the game shapes up throughout the year, even after a shaky launch. Launch bugs/glitches aside, NBA 2K20 is one of the better entries in the series.

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Sporting News
Sep 9, 2019

"NBA 2K20" is a great game for those who new to the franchise or who have taken some time away from it. The every-year purchaser, however, may not find the same value present as they've come to expect from 2K while stumbling upon familiar reasons for frustration. Despite that, it would be difficult not to recommend "2K20" under almost any circumstance given its authenticity and depth in a number of areas.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 12, 2019

NBA 2K20 offers again what we saw last year and the year before that, which is a solid Basketball experience. Some minor technical issues are still here and there, which suggests that the developers are using the same core mechanics as they did previously. Maybe we need to wait for next generation of gaming devices for a completely new and fresh NBA experience.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

NBA 2K20 is another fine entry into the franchise, with this year's story mode being its best yet. There are issues, but the good far outweighs the bad.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

NBA 2K20 is the best Basketball simulator that has ever created and one of the best sport games of this generation, but as like as recent years, amount of in-game buyings (in a 60 $ game) thtat directly affects gameplay and your experience, has done great damage to the game. I really must say that if it wasn't for huge amount of in-game purchasings, NBA 2K20 would be an "almost perfect sport game" in every aspects, but now we can't ignore the damage that it has done to the game. In the end and with all of these aspects in mind, i must say that NBA 2K20 has seen many improvements and it is an absolutely worthy game to play, but it could be so much better if it wasn't for "gameplay affecting in-game buyings".

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Merlin'in Kazanı
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 10, 2019

If you like Nba 2K games you like NBA 2K20. If youu look something new, no sir! This year there is no big change in the game.

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The Games Machine
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

NBA 2K20 remains a beautiful and satisfying title, but this time the loot box case heavily influences the final vote

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

NBA 2K20 excels at recreating real-world basketball, but loses focus off of the court.

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Oyungezer Online
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

If you don't care about competitive modes and go for NBA experience, it's still the best option there is. But if you like competitive modes and/or bought previous years games should think twice before spending full price money. This series requires a renewal now.

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New Game Network
73 / 100
73 / 100
Sep 13, 2019

NBA 2K20 remains a solid basketball title and something that fans of the sport are bound to enjoy. But the game seems designed to pressure players into pumping extra money so they don't have to spend an ungodly amount of time grinding, and that dampens the arena atmosphere.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Sep 10, 2019

If we're only talking about the gameplay, NBA 2K20 plays like a dream – however, the microtransations are simply ridiculous. If you don't mind that, feel free to enjoy the best basketball video game under the sun.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

With loads of content, amazing core gameplay mechanics, and unrivaled presentation, it keeps you engaged whether you're playing casually or competitively.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 8, 2019

NBA 2K20 will continue to be supported by its giant community and hailed as a true NBA simulation.

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Bazimag
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

At its core, NBA 2K20 boasts a great gameplay mechanicsm, enjoyable visuals and fluid animations, such that it is difficult to name any other Sports game that does these as good as 2K20. However all this greatness is marred by a single misconduct, microtransaction services run rampant throughout player's experience and it is easy to find yourself wishing that they were not present at all.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 10, 2019

NBA 2K20 is a fun game that has tweaked a handful of different modes, provided a better story than usual and modified the gameplay in a challenging new way that takes some getting used to. I really do wish they would just do away with the whole currency option altogether, because I suspect you would see more people trying out different types of players and experiencing more of the game without the artificial slowness that forces you to grind or pay.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 12, 2019

Overall, NBA 2K20 is still a solid experience for any video game basketball fan but it isn’t going to sway anyone who wasn’t already set on playing.

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by Chase Becotte, Contributor

Top Critic

Sep 11, 2019

NBA 2K20's presentation is unparalleled, but beneath its shiny exterior are continued problems with its online infrastructure and some pretty odious microtransactions. The latter are a bit less punishing than last year, but the former is worse than ever, and it affects almost every aspect of the game. These elements, which seemingly come up every year, unfortunately overshadow what should be an amazing sports sim.

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Cheat Code Central
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 6, 2019

If you engage with the modes 2K seems to want to push most, you’ll have to deal with baggage that weighs down the experience.

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