NBA 2K18 players bothered by microtransactions

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

NBA 2K18 is finally here! The hype is still real but the game itself might actually kill the excitement for some players. According to the very first 1500+ reviews on Steam (around 1,600 reviews), players are quite unsatisfied with the game.

The main problem? Microtransactions, an aspect of the game that has angered gamers for years in general and with NBA 2K releases in particular. Almost every Steam review says that the game has become pay-to-win and comment on how the balance between buying VC for actual money and earning has been disrupted.

Here’s what some of the players say:

“AAA price tag for a game that has more pay-to-win microtransactions than 99% of mobile games. They’re probably going to charge you VC to be able to skip cutscenes in an upcoming patch too,” said user Zyrrac.

“I fear that in NBA 2k20, 2k will demand VC for every step we take. It’s ridiculous to ask money for even hairstyles that were available for free last year. Even f2p games don’t ask for this much money for in-game items and the game itself is expensive in the first place. For God’s sake, what does it take to satisfy 2k’s greed,” asked Kuraf.

Players indeed have a point on this one. It would make sense for free-to-play games to as many transactions as developers need at least some money from players. But doing the same thing with an AAA title is unfair towards players, to say the least.

What do you think about the whole concept of the game? Is it really pay to win now? Let us know in the comments below.


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