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  • Summary: NBA arcade action is back with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The sequel to the original smash hit takes street balling to the next level with a massive roster of current and retired NBA players, improved online matchmaking with dedicated servers, four-player online matches, three-point contests, newNBA arcade action is back with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The sequel to the original smash hit takes street balling to the next level with a massive roster of current and retired NBA players, improved online matchmaking with dedicated servers, four-player online matches, three-point contests, new playgrounds, custom matches, and more. Pick your team, get ready to jam, and Ball Without Limits.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 24, 2018
    80
    While the introduction of microtransactions is hardly surprising considering the history of its new publisher, they don’t hit NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 as hard as might expect. It will take you a while to grind out every player (unless you just buy them all from the off), but it helps that the core arcade gameplay remains as fun and enjoyable as ever. It doesn’t quite capture the blissful mayhem of NBA Jam, but if the main NBA 2K series has always felt a little too realistic for you, this larger-than-life spin-off offers a bright and empowering way to defy gravity like Air Jordan himself.
  2. 75
    If you liked NBA Playgrounds then this game will surely be a solid improvement you enjoy. If the first game was too buggy, or there were too many issues, then Playgrounds 2 fixes many problems. There are still reasons to be cautious with things like roster unlocks and limitations in the game modes, but it is overall a solid package.
  3. Oct 23, 2018
    70
    NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 improves on a quite a few aspects of the original game like game modes and gameplay mechanics. But its microtransaction model leaves a sour taste in the player's mouth. Unlocking great players takes a very long time and the game wants to get you to buy in-game credits. But if you're patient, or spending more money isn't a problem for you, you can have a lot of fun with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2.
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    60
    The game is not up to its predecessor. It's still a great arcade title for NBA fans, and there is a clear graphic improvement but there are bad gameplay design decisions, such as forcing you to play for hours with each player until you get their attributes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    Amazing game, all of the content could be unlock without need of payment and in a short time.
    The championship mode is very addictive.
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    3
    I agree with the other negative reviews. This is a microtransaction cash grab. I was hoping for a NBA Jams clone and got a Star WarsI agree with the other negative reviews. This is a microtransaction cash grab. I was hoping for a NBA Jams clone and got a Star Wars Battlefront pyramid scheme. The game comes with less than 10 players from maybe 5 teams. You have to pay to unlock the entire roster or spend countless hours grinding to get points to then buy random packs that unlock players. I seriously would not have bought this game if I'd known that right off the bat. $30 for the game $10 more to actually own anything close to the full game with all the teams represented. AND that doesn't even include any exclusive players! I'd already bought the game so paid for the stupid unlock. Some good players but loads of dregs. And some gaping holes in the roster regarding historic players (Rodman, Duncan, Laimbeer, Barkley, Dr. J, Meta World Peace, etc). I'm assuming those will cost additional money in the future. The ability of these pros is atrocious. Pippen has 0% chance of making a 3pt shot. Really??? 0%??? You level up players which is cool but then again, you are going to level up all these people somehow??? Basically this game is horrible for the price but as close as you get to NBA Jams. Wait for it to go on major sale. Don't be a sucker and buy at full price like I did.
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    0
    Total cash crab, in day's of MTX and Loot Boxes some publisher constantly try to see how far they can go in cashing on on their customers .Total cash crab, in day's of MTX and Loot Boxes some publisher constantly try to see how far they can go in cashing on on their customers . So this game basically is a 30$ game that is not playable unless you purchase in game stuff.
  4. Oct 16, 2018
    0
    Saber Interactive, you **** it up again! Last year's version sucked big time – so much that you gave us the **** Shaq Fu for free – alright.Saber Interactive, you **** it up again! Last year's version sucked big time – so much that you gave us the **** Shaq Fu for free – alright. But this year it's even worse. Being so aggressive with the in-game payments for a 30$ game is absolute insanity. I hope nobody buys this game and you go bankrupt. Disgusting!