Based on user reviews, NBA 2K20 is currently the second-worst Steam game of all time

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Basketball sim NBA 2K20 launched late last week, but it looks like it’s had a bit of a rocky start, as Steam user reviews go. The game has already gained around 1,800 user reviews on Valve’s videogame platform, but only a fraction of these are positive – just 16% at the time of writing. According to a site that ranks games based on their user scores, it’s (currently) the second “worst” game on Steam.

As reflected on site Steam250, 2K’s latest installment in its NBA videogame series doesn’t seem to have been a huge hit with players so far. The site offers, according to its Patreon page, “a collection of over 100 automated Steam game rankings based on user votes – the thumbs up or down given with each review – designed to help players find the best games on Steam.”

The site’s list of the “bottom 100” Steam games – its “Hall of Shame” – has it in second-to-worst place, only above a racing title called Flatout 3: Chaos and Destruction. On Steam itself, the game’s reviews are summed up as “overwhelmingly negative.”

While there are some positive reviews, they’re pretty few and far between. The less positive reviews cite various reasons for not recommending the game, but common themes seem to be the game’s microtransactions, similarity to NBA 2K19 (like its taskbar), and some glitches. As Kotaku highlights, the hashtag #fix2K20 has been doing the rounds on Twitter, following players’ experiences of some reported in-game hiccups.

This follows some recent controversy over an NBA 2K20 trailer that in some ways looked more like a casino ad. Videogame content rating company PEGI recently said that it didn’t count as gambling under its current criteria, though it added that it was “very aware it may get too close for comfort for some people.”
 

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And yet it has still sold astronomically well...
this is the issue with Fandoms they just keep buying no matter the cost and no matter what content is being supplied.

The fact this will undoubtedly turn out to be super lucrative and successful pisses me off.
 
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Totally deserved. The amount of mtx, loot boxes, pachinkos, slot machines, card packs etc. etc. is far FAR beyond insane levels. Not even the shittiest mobile games have such ridiculous monetisation (I hope).
 

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This is the basketball game with a literal, honest-to-god, lootbox casino right? Play shitty games, get shitty prizes reviews
 

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Must be hilarious to the guys at Take2 to think that the people that reviewbombs still buy the game year after year, a game they know how bad it is.
 

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They'll keep doing this shit because people buy it...

The last NBA 2K game i played was 2K15 and i quit after i realized my player was a dumbfuck who couldn't do anything with the Ball aside from dribbling on the spot. Buying upgrades??? fuck no.
 
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These sports games need to die - in order to actually be better. I'm talking FIFA,PES,NBA etc. Yearly releases at full price is a joke. They should be doing updates/patches for at least 2 years, before releasing another fully priced version.

Fighting game franchises are a good example of this.
 
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I hope that those negative reviewers will remember not to make the same mistake again with NBA 2K21...

Who am I kidding, of course they'll buy it.
it's not the same as to not buy some shooter game as there's 20 other very similar ones. nba2k is the only somewhat decent basketball game out there - simply put there's no alternative.
 
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These sports games need to die - in order to actually be better. I'm talking FIFA,PES,NBA etc. Yearly releases at full price is a joke. They should be doing updates/patches for at least 2 years, before releasing another fully priced version.

Fighting game franchises are a good example of this.
True. It seems that 2k releases one engine per generation and all of it's 10 games that gen will look identical and play nearly identical with very minute changes. If you want new basketball game you have to wait for another gen. it's crazy.
 

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It'll just eventually take governments to regulate videogame gambling. There’s no amount of shaming or review bombing that will work. Too many people still buy these, they make hundreds of millions of dollars from MTs alone, and the review boards won’t rate it properly.
 

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it's not the same as to not buy some shooter game as there's 20 other very similar ones. nba2k is the only somewhat decent basketball game out there - simply put there's no alternative.
Well in my defense I'm not a big sports fan so I don't understand the obsession to buy the new edition mostly for the updated rosters. ;)
 

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Wonder how many of those positive reviews were just sarcasm?

On steam most of the positive reviews are just sarcastic, and it's awesome ..

My favorite one is: Recommend Thumbs Up

I'm an avid gambler

10/10
 

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Well in my defense I'm not a big sports fan so I don't understand the obsession to buy the new edition mostly for the updated rosters. ;)
I think it's less the updated roster itself, and more that you don't want to be playing an outdated version, regardless of the actual content.

But I think 2K's actual core mechanics are shit, and the game as a whole is even worse, so what do I know?
 

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Steam reviews are not an out-of-10 rating system. It's Recommended or Not Recommended. Make of that what you will.
Though the user review score on MT is not any better.

LOL!!! A 0.8 user score?!?! HAHAHA!!! Okay so gamers are trying to send a message to the devs and publisher obviously then. A 79 Metascore actually shows that something is wrong with a game of that type though. That's low for a well made sports game.

Maybe the metrics of how gamers judge games are shifting?
Maybe. That's why I toss user score dumping out and don't take it seriously. The score isn't what matters, it's the point that the gamers are trying to make that matters at this point.
 

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Not surprised by this. I bought 2K19 when it was on sale for $2.99. I was like sweet, haven’t played a basketball game in a long time so it’s worth to at least try. Once I saw all the micro transactions I was like well it’s obvious why it’s only $3.
 

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I'm a big basketball fan, but I could never get into basketball sims. I always preferred the arcade style games like NBA jam.
 

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lol I'd bet most of these review bombers bought NBA 2K19 last year, and review bombed it then also. Suckered into a sale every year. I see 2K didn't even bother to change the name of the game this time, it still says NBA 2K19 in the taskbar.
 

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lol I'd bet most of these review bombers bought NBA 2K19 last year, and review bombed it then also. Suckered into a sale every year. I see 2K didn't even bother to change the name of the game this time, it still says NBA 2K19 in the taskbar.
For real? :pie_roffles:
 

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I think the want to push the boundaries to the max in the gamble-all-family-rated-game , and after a regulation appears they low the casino mechanic a little bit and then copy that business model to other 2k games
 

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It’s a well-deserved dubious honor, because this game is ASS. Even if you put aside the “Who put a basketball game in my casino game?” stuff, shit like broken servers and lost progress— all because the game practically requires online connectivity— earn the game all the flak it’s getting.

It’s not the first time that Visual Concepts and Take-Two Interactive have screwed the pooch in this regard. The yearly iteration sells millions every fucking year. Maybe, just maybe, these assclowns should spend a little more time making sure shit works and less time sticking their grubby and greedy paws into comsumer wallets.

Consumers do bear a measure of responsibility because blindly buying the game as-is every year enables Visual Concepts and Take-Two to keep doing the same shit without improving. That said, there’s absolutely a large amount of harsh and angry criticism that deserves to be flung at the developer and publisher here. It’s obvious where their priorities are, and the player experience is at the bottom of the fucking list. They’re shitheels, but they’re rich shitheels who really won’t care about people being angry unless it affects their bottom lines.
 

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Don't you have to own the game to leave a review on steam? This series had been a shameless nickel and dime fest for years. People still buy them. They were practically giving the previous one away with unskippable ads. 2K was one of the reasons I bought a Dreamcast. Now I wouldn't even install this if I got it for free.
 

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Lol, this just continues to get worse. But honestly, it's kind of refreshing to see a game getting review-bombed for a reason that isn't petty.