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NBA 2K20 Review

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    September 30, 2019 10:56 AM EDT
    On the court, NBA 2K20 is a dazzling experience that matches the energy
    and presentation of its real-life counterpart. Enhanced footwork,
    dribbling, and player spacing help improve an already sturdy foundation.
    However, outside of the surprisingly well-written story mode, NBA 2K20
    loses its focus off of the court. NBA 2K20 excels at recreating the pro
    game, but opportunities to purchase microtransactions exist at nearly
    every corner, and complex modes like MyLeague are given far too little
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    The
    first thing I noticed about NBA 2K20 is that everything feels more
    intuitive. The learning curve is still immense, but learning the basics
    is now a lot smoother than it used to be. A redesigned “2KU”, NBA 2K20’s
    optional tutorial mode, is particularly helpful and doesn’t require
    more than an hour to get through. Thoughtfully, an on-screen controller
    mimics the movement of the desired skill, making it plenty easy to
    imitate. Once I successfully learned a skill, like eurostepping toward
    the basket, I could move on at whatever pace I felt comfortable. This
    allowed for the remastering of skills I forgot about since last year,
    and trying out some moves I hadn’t been able to pull off previously at
    all.

    NBA 2K20 upholds the recent franchise tradition of having
    top-notch presentation. Players are expertly crafted to mirror their
    real-life selves and a bevvy of apparel options have been added to help
    match the NBA’s sense of style. Both players and announcers will flash a
    lifeless gaze every now and again, but it wouldn’t be so noticeable if
    everything from the player’s shoes to the court floors weren’t so
    meticulously crafted. I also noticed some awkward pauses between David
    Aldridge and players during interviews, which is a stark contrast to the
    effortless flow of commentary from the likes of Kevin Harlan, Greg
    Anthony, Chris Webber, Doris Burke and more. NBA 2K20’s stellar A/V
    package is rapidly approaching what can be seen on television, and that
    really is a remarkable accomplishment.

    While the NBA 2K franchise
    has always done an excellent job making each player feel unique, having
    a renewed sense of mastery over the controls brings out the best in
    each player. Pulling off step-back jumpers with James Harden or blow-bys
    with Eric Bledsoe is really satisfying, and with improved defensive
    A.I., more important than it has been in the past. Defenders are better
    equipped to deal with speedy players, especially in transition, where
    tactics like “walling up” (a defense strategy used to forced contested
    shots near the rim) are employed against drive-heavy players like LeBron
    James. Learning when to pull up for a jumper and when to drive it right
    to the basket provides a welcomed new layer of frantic strategy.

    A
    lot of this is amplified by the badge system, which attaches unique
    abilities to players that are less tangible than something like the
    speed or strength attribute. Take the “Pogo Stick” badge, for instance.
    This allows for players like Anthony Davis to quickly regroup after a
    blocked shot, making it easier to block several shots in a row. Another
    interesting badge is “Worm”, which is attached to players who are better
    at slipping through box-outs when rebounding. The total badge count is
    about 80, and it really can’t be overstated how much they can be felt
    while playing. NBA 2K20 goes above and beyond to make every player feel
    and play unique.

    The best gameplay addition to NBA 2K20, however,
    is the upgraded ball-handling system. Instead of canned animations
    taking over mid-dribble, every success and failure I had with the ball
    in my hands felt earned. Even flipping the basketball from one hand to
    another feels satisfying, especially when you follow it up with a
    ankle-breaking crossover from someone like Kyrie Irving. Given how much
    time is spent looking at players with the ball, the newly added
    dribbling animations help things look different, too. Watching Giannis
    barrel down the court with long strides is just as majestic as you would
    expect. The pursuit of mastery is NBA 2K20’s best hook, and the
    ball-handling mechanics are the best example of that.Click to Buy