NBA 2K18 is a basketball simulation video game. It's the 19th installment in the NBA 2K franchise.
Pro Great controls make for really solid gameplay
NBA 2K18's controls are very sharp and responsive, allowing you to use just about any basketball maneuver and trick with ease. From fast passes, 2-handed dunks, alley-oops to fake-outs, cross-overs, and even changing the rhythm of your dribbling. It simply feels good to play whether you're on offense or defense.
Pro Stunning graphics
When two teams are having a match on an NBA court, that's when NBA 2K18 looks its best. The lighting and reflections are excellent, the player models are very detailed, and the animations when players move around are extremely fluid. It's very easy to forget you're playing a video game and not watching a live television broadcast.
Con Very grindy career mode is an attempt to make you purchase microtransactions
Practically everything in NBA 2K18's career mode needs to be unlocked with VC (virtual currency). From customization elements like haircuts, to gameplay oriented aspects such as stat upgrades for your custom basketball player. It takes really long to gather enough VC to buy anything, and after a few purchases it starts feeling incredibly tedious. You might even be tempted to buy VC with real money, which could be the main reason why the developers went with this game design choice.
Con Lacks polish in most areas
While the gameplay on the court looks and plays amazing, NBA 2K18 is very inconsistent in across the board. This includes poor facial expressions and lifeless eyes on some character models, meaningless and illogical story elements in the MyGM mode, very basic and empty outdoor locations in MyNeighborhood, and even an AI that sometimes forgets what its doing during a game. All of the issues add up and take away from the realism NBA 2K18 is striving for.