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NBA 2K11



Incredible hoops sim that doubles as NBA history lesson.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game teaches the ins and outs of professional basketball, from the basic rules to signing players to contracts.

Positive role models

The game features real athletes playing pro basketball.

Ease of play

While newcomers might find the controls complicated, there are enough tutorial options such as a practice mode to help them learn and eventually master the controls. Players use the left stick to move athletes, while holding down the left trigger lets players pull off fancy dribbling moves. The right thumbstick controls dunks, layups, and other jump shots.

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Players will see ads from various sponsors such as Sprite or Gatorade. Logos adorn arenas, while particular broadcast segments are sponsored by the companies, such as the "Sprite Slam Cam" following a great dunk.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NBA 2K11 is a straightforward simulation of the National Basketball Association. Players can choose one of the league's teams and guide them to a championship, or create their own superstar. Players also get a bit of a NBA history lesson with a series of modes recounting the career of legend Michael Jordan. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable online commuication features for preteens.

What's it about?

NBA 2K11 is a simulation of the National Basketball Association. Players can control one of the league's team and guide them to victory in a single game or start a franchise and win multiple championships. Players can also create their own superstar and lead them to a Hall of Fame NBA career. New to the series are a group of modes dedicated to legend Michael Jordan. In The Jordan Challenge, players relive key moments in Jordan's career such as his 63-point performance against the Boston Celtics or the NBA Finals game against the Utah Jazz where Jordan played while battling the flu. Once players complete all 10 challenges, they unlock the MJ: Creating a Legend Mode. Players control a rookie Michael Jordan, place him on any of the current NBA rosters, and lead him to legendary status.

Is it any good?


NBA 2K11 is fantastic because it is a stellar simulation of the sport and league while subtlely doubling as a lesson in NBA history. Players not only see what made Michael Jordan such as spectacular player, but they explore some other notable players and teams during his era, such as Larry Bird and the classic Celtics teams and Magic Johnson's Lakers. Although the rest of the game hasn't changed as much compared to previous years, it maintains the impressive depth in controls and game options that have made the series so popular. Add authentic visuals and players have one of the best sports game of 2010.

Online interaction: The game does feature online basketball games with open chat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares to the real NBA. How well does the game capture the sport?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Windows, PlayStation 2
Available online?Available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:October 5, 2010
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bylibstudent2 February 28, 2011

my message

this game is great u must play no joke if u dont have it well get it
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Kid, 9 years old November 22, 2010

cool game

it is an awesome game parents do not have to look at if over 9
Teen, 15 years old Written byWilsonj December 19, 2010

Awesome game for everyone

It's an awesome game. It's a game everyone can play because it's simple, and easy to control. I think parents shouldn't have any concerns about their children playing this game. This is a good role model for kids, because all the players were/are real people that work hard to make it to the NBA and this game honors them all.
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