NBA 2K18

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NBA 2K18
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NBA 2K18 cover art.
Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Series NBA 2K
Platform(s) PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows, Nintendo Switch
Release date(s) September 19th 2018

September 15th 2018 (Pre-Order Bonus)

System requirements Minimum:
  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz/AMD Phenom™ II X4 805 @ 2.50 GHz or better
  • 4 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 450 1GB/ATI® Radeon™ HD 7770 1GB or better
  • DirectX 11
  • 70 GB available HDD space
  • DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
  • Dual-analog gamepad

Recommended:

  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • IIntel® Core™ i5-4430 @ 3 GHz/AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
  • 8 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 2GB/ATI® Radeon™ R9 270 2GB or better
  • DirectX 11
  • 70 GB available HDD space
  • DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
  • Dual-analog gamepad

NBA 2K18 is an NBA basketball simulation video game by 2K Sports. It is the nineteenth installment of the NBA 2K series, released September 19th, 2017 (September 15th for pre-order customers) for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Switch. Kyrie Irving is featured on the main cover, while the special Legend Edition cover player is Shaquille O'Neal. It is the direct sequel to NBA 2K17, and was followed by NBA 2K19.

Development & Features

NBA 2K18 is a sim-oriented basketball video game, retaining modes such as MyCAREER, MyGM, MyLEAGUE, MyTEAM, MyPARK, and 2K Pro-Am, as well as gameplay elements such as the Pro Stick. A new hub world for MyCAREER named The Neighborhood was also introduced. The current gen version of the game is built on the Flowtech engine. It is the first NBA 2K game released for the Nintendo Switch, and the first game in the series to be released on a Nintendo console since NBA 2K13 for the Wii U.

Cover Players

On May 8th 2017, it was revealed that Shaquille O'Neal would be featured on the cover of the Legend Edition, and Legend Edition Gold. The Legend Edition features a photo of Shaquille O'Neal from his days with the Miami Heat, whereas the Legend Edition Gold features a photo of him from his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both editions contain pre-order bonuses that celebrate his career. On June 1st, ahead of his Cleveland Cavaliers facing the Golden State Warriors for the third straight season, Kyrie Irving was revealed as the main cover player for NBA 2K18. Following his trade to the Boston Celtics, a new cover was designed and distributed in later copies. A new title screen featuring the updated cover art was also patched in at launch.

Pre-Order Bonuses

A breakdown of NBA 2K18's pre-order bonuses

NBA 2K18's pre-order bonuses were revealed on May 8th 2017, alongside the announcement of the Legend Edition featuring Shaquille O'Neal on the cover. As with NBA 2K17, there will be three editions of the game: the standard edition (also simply referred to as the Early Tip-Off Weekend edition), Legend Edition, and Legend Edition gold. All pre-order customers will be able to take advantage of the Early Tip-Off Weekend, with the Legend Edition and Legend Edition containing additional in-game content and physical collectables. The Legend Edition will retail at a cost of $99.99, whereas the Legend Edition Gold will cost $149.99.

Standard Edition (Early Tip-Off Weekend)

Includes Early Tip-Off Access starting September 15th.

Digital Items

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10 Weekly MyTEAM Packs (with Team 2K card)
  • MyPLAYER Apparel

Shaquille O'Neal Legend Edition

Includes Early Tip-Off Access starting September 15th.

Physical Items

  • Shaq MyTEAM stickers
  • 5 Shaq trading cards
  • Shaq poster

Digital Items

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 20 Weekly MyTEAM Packs (with guaranteed Shaquille O’Neal and Team 2K card)
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Shaquille O’Neal jerseys and other MyPLAYER apparel
  • Championship Ring

Shaquille O'Neal Legend Edition Gold

Includes Early Tip-Off Access starting September 15th.

Physical Items

  • Shaq MyTEAM stickers
  • 10 Shaq trading cards
  • Shaq poster
  • Lenticular cover insert

Digital Items

  • 250,000 Virtual Currency
  • 40 Weekly MyTEAM Packs (with guaranteed Shaquille O’Neal and Team 2K card)
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Shaquille O’Neal jerseys and other MyPLAYER apparel
  • Championship Ring
  • Shaq’s Jersey Collection

Reception

NBA 2K18 was generally well-received by critics, holding Metacritic scores of 80 (PlayStation 4), 85 (Xbox One), and 87 (PC). The Switch version had more of a mixed reception from critics, with a Metacritic score of 74. Among basketball gamers, the reception was far less favourable, in part due to the heavy emphasis on Virtual Currency and microtransactions. User scores on Metacritic were as low as 1.6 (PC and X1), 1.7 (PS4), and 4.4 (Switch). In addition to what many gamers felt were greedy tactics regarding VC, legacy issues and problems with the new motion engine were also cited as negatives, though these elements were not universally panned in user reviews and reactions.

Despite the backlash, NBA 2K18 became the best-selling game in franchise history, with over 10 million copies sold. The game also showed an increase in "recurrent revenue" from microtransactions over NBA 2K17.

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