NBA 2K11

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Incredible hoops sim that doubles as NBA history lesson.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJEDI micah February 23, 2013

Feels like a real game!

This game is fun! I assume that all of the NBA video games are fun, since they are all basically the same. But in this game, you can play as Michael Jordan in t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2012

Great Game!

This game is a great basketball video game that encourage kids to play basketball
Kid, 8 years old May 5, 2012


This game does have Sprite and HP. They show the basketball rules, like the shot clock, fouls, and more. I like
this game

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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