NBA 2K18 reviews praise the gameplay and the basketball mechanics but criticize the microtransactions model and slow rate at which VC is earned.
NBA 2K18 is, at the moment, the best realistic basketball game simulator. This is no overstatement, the gameplay is there to support this assertion. All those who reviewed the game agree that the mechanics make it as close to the real thing as possible. Perhaps, a bit too close. While everyone praised the mechanics and the gameplay elements that make it a realistic basketball simulator, reviewers also mentioned that NBA 2K18 is not an easy game. It's not a game that someone can just pick up and master it in no time. The truth is that the game is challenging. Game controls and mechanics are well executed but it takes time to learn how to correctly play. Winning matches and scoring points will not come easily. Players really need to practice. The good news is that NBA 2K18 has a practice mode called 2KU that teaches players how to execute moves and how to play the game. Those who are veteran players of NBA 2K games will not spend too much time training as they are familiar with the game from its previous installments but it wouldn't hurt at all getting a bit of practice and checking out what changed. New players will want to practice and train as much as it's needed to get the hang of it. It goes without saying that players need to have some basketball knowledge as well in order to make the right decisions on the court. NBA 2K18 is a realistic game that has a lot to offer but it's a challenging game. It takes time to learn it but in the end, it's all worth it.
The gameplay is good but the business model is not that awesome. NBA 2K18 standard edition comes at the normal price of a triple-A title, and also has microtransactions. Virtual currency is earned in game and also bought with real money. The trouble is that VC is absolutely necessary for almost all game modes and the rate at which is earned is pretty slow. Critics agree that this may hinder players' progress and make the NBA 2K18 experience quite unpleasant for those who solely rely on VC earned by playing the game.