NBA 2K18 Reviews Downplayed the VC Issue, Ignorance or Paid Reviews?

By now it is no secret that NBA 2K18 is a cash grab scam that is trying to deliberately force players to spend more money. We wrote about it a couple of times which sparked a chain and other publications finally took notice. But those who actually did took notice in the first place and called out 2K Games suffered the wrath of a billion dollar corporation.

In my review, I mentioned that “clothing accessories are now twice as expensive compared to last year’s installment. You will end up paying up to 2000VC for a shirt or pants. While hairstyles are 2000VC and above. You will need to pay even more for hair colors and tattoos.

To put this into perspective, a single career game will land you 500 to 1000VC depending on your performance and whether or not you win. On the other hand, a MyPark game will get you 300 to 500VC, meaning you would require at least 3 to 4 games (and win) to get a single shirt.” You are forced to buy VC to level up and even customization items. In fact, there are one-time use hairstyles that need to be purchased again if you wish to revert back.

You are forced to buy VC to level up or to even get customization items. In fact, there are one-time use hairstyles that need to be re-purchased if you wish to revert back.

2K resorting to this level isn’t as frustrating as major publications giving NBA 2K18 a pass and going on to give this game close to perfect scores, it’s outrageous. For example, Forbes outright ignored this problem, made no mention of it, even though the writer claimed to have played the game for over a month.

Reviewers got 200,000 VC to begin with so they may not have noticed spending so much as they had more than enough but still, how ignorant you have to be to not notice overpriced cosmetic items and forcing our hand to buy VC to level up? Moreover, there was a problem for early access players that wiped all their data including VC. It has been over a week but 2K Games has failed to resolve it.

Miss guiding your readers, giving such a high score to a broken game while mentioning VC in passing either means ignorance or paid reviews. Whatever it is, I’ll let you be the judge of it.

As for 2K, after community backlash, it is making some changes to cosmetic microtransactions. The point of this article is not to bash 2K, it is a billion dollar company and such tactics are expected, but to call out reviewers who should do a better job for their readers.

Supporting or downplaying such practices of publishers will make matters worse. At what point will we say enough is enough?