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NBA 2K19 Review, Gameplay & Cover Star

NBA 2K19 Review, Release date, Gameplay, Anniversary & Standard Editions, Cover Star, Player Ratings, Trailers, Walkthroughs & More:   

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NBA 2K19 is a basketball simulation game developed by Visual Concepts & published by 2K Sports. NBA 2K19 is the twentieth installment in the franchise & the successor to NBA 2K18. 

NBA 2K19 Review
NBA 2K19 Review

NBA 2K team is praised for its stunning graphics & gameplay to groundbreaking game modes. NBA 2K19 continued to push limits as it brought gaming one step closer to real life basketball excitement.

Giannis Antetokounmpo & LeBron James are the cover athletes in North America. LeBron made the high profile move to LA since he was featured as the cover star of NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition.

You could have pre-ordered NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition to get the game four days prior to the launched date.

NBA 2K19 Release date:

NBA 2K19 Review
NBA 2K19 Review

NBA 2K19 was released for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC Windows & iOS on 11 September, 2018. Those who pre-ordered NBA 2K19 received it on 7 September.

NBA 2K19 Gameplay:

NBA 2K19 has a new shot meter. 2K gameplay producer Mike Wang tweeted out a poll, asked people which shot meter from NBA 2K games they had liked the most.

On ball defense on the perimeter was better in NBA Live 18 than NBA 2K18. So, players could use their body more effectively to block a ball handler’s path and poke the dribble away and this aspect is much improved in NBA 2K19.

Low post gameplay is very good both on defense and offense especially the low post balance in NBA 2K19.  

Passing feels cleaner and crisper in NBA 2K19.

Less clipping in NBA 2K19. If you don't know what is clipping then you can see a picture below:

Clipping in NBA 2K19 is less
Clipping in NBA 2K19 is less than what we have seen in previous games

Blow by animation is tuned down in NBA 2K19. In NBA 2K18 the blow by animations made it almost impossible on the perimeter to defend good players. 

Out of bounds line is more sensitive in NBA 2K19. In 2K18 an invisible wall seemed to keep offensive players in bounds.  So, that is a big improvement in NBA 2K19. 

Much better ball security in the lane in NBA 2K19 compared to the previous game.

Ball tangibility overall is much better in NBA 2K19. Dribblers have to be more aware of defenders. Ball handlers can anticipate defenders reaching and chain together dribble moves to create space and blocked shots are plausible too in NBA 2K19.     

NBA 2K19 Gameplay
NBA 2K19 Gameplay

NBA 2K19 MyPlayer:

Harness your MyPlayer’s complete basketball potential with the new takeover feature. You can unlock special moves & skills or activate Team Takeover & unleash the power of your complete team.

NBA 2K19 Neighborhood:

You don’t want to miss a single day in upgraded Neighborhood. You can make yourself popular on the court, at the Under Armor Cages, & during live events on the block. You can enjoy new day / night transitions, you can walk on the Jordan Rec Center, or you can get the old Crew back together for amazing three on three streetball battle.

NBA 2K19 MyTeam Details:

You can make your first MyPlayer card, & play with LeBron, Kobe, & the other characters that you have gathered in various modes. You can play Unlimited mode for the first time, which let you select any five cards from your deck & compete against other online gamers.

2K Games released new details about MyTeam mode in August. You can play MyTeam Unlimited which is the first addition to this mode. MyTeam Unlimited can let you select a lineup of 13 characters without restrictions. The game uses a ladder system that determines rewards collected from the MyTeam Unlimited mode, where you must win up to 12 matches.

NBA 2K19 MyTeam trailer shows new & returning features in MyTeam. You can watch NBA 2K19 MyTeam trailer below:

One more new mode is Triple Threat, which allows you to play single player, 3 vs 3 mode, where you must beat 30 teams in a row.

Finally, there are now Daily Trials in game’s MyTeam, where you will be assigned new tasks every day after logging in, like winning a certain number of matches. Amethyst & Diamond grade cards will be available much earlier in 2018, while Amethyst card is available from the first day.

NBA 2K19 MyCareer:

You can play MyCareer mode which let you enjoy a new story & you can begin your journey from China to the G League & finally the NBA. You can make a name for yourself in MyCareer story campaign.

You can watch Lakers vs Warriors gameplay footage on the Xbox One X version of NBA 2K19 below:

NBA 2K19 Cover Star of Anniversary & Standard Editions:

Many players were featured in NBA 2K19 official trailer & the gameplay footage also included the cover athletes. LeBron James was featured as cover star of the NBA 2K19 Anniversary Edition. You can check out the cover photo of NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition below:

LeBron NBA 2K19 Anniversary Edition Cover Star
NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Star - LeBron James

Giannis Antetokounmpo was featured as cover athlete of the Standard Edition. You can check out the full cover of NBA 2K19 below:

Giannis Antetokounmpo NBA 2K19 Cover Star
NBA 2K19 Standard Edition Cover Star - Giannis Antetokounmpo

Current NBA Rookie of the Year Award winner Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was the cover star in Australia and New Zealand. You can check out Ben Simmons on the cover photo below:

Ben Simmons - NBA 2K19 Cover Star in Australia
Ben Simmons - NBA 2K19 Cover Star in Australia

I think there won’t be any jersey changes required for Giannis, unless he decides on leaving the Milwaukee Bucks at the last second.

Giannis NBA 2K19 Standard Edition Cover Star
Giannis in Milwaukee Bucks jersey 

I thought it was nice to watch James Harden in the trailer after he was removed for just one year from the NBA Live cover.

NBA Live cover athletes were not usually featured in NBA 2K trailers. It would not surprise me if Harden is already chosen as the cover star for NBA 2K20 standard edition. I was hoping to see Allen Iverson return as the cover athlete of the special edition.

NBA 2K19 Editions:

NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition:

You could get the following digital items if you bought NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition:
  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 50,000 MyTEAM points
  • 20 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered one a week)
  • 10 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
  • Sapphire LeBron James and Sapphire Giannis Antetokounmpo MyTEAM cards
  • 5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT
  • LeBron MyCOURT design
  • King's Collection - Nike LeBron apparel & footwear (25 pairs!)
Fans also received the following physical items:
  • Poster
  • Sticker sheet
  • Wristband


Physical items were not included with digital purchase.

NBA 2K19 Standard Edition:

Fans could get the following digital items if gamer purchased NBA 2K19 Standard Edition:
  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered one a week)
  • Sapphire Giannis Antetokounmpo MyTEAM card

NBA 2K19 Player Ratings:

2K revealed some player rating for NBA 2K19 in July, 2018. We have mentioned the player rating list below & it is purely for overall ratings & this is not the list of the top 10 players in NBA 2K19.
  • LeBron James - 98
  • Kawhi Leonard - 94
  • Karl-Anthony Towns - 91
  • DeMarcus Cousins - 90
  • DeMar DeRozan - 89
  • Jayson Tatum - 87
  • Donovan Mitchell - 87
  • Ben Simmons - 87
We have added all the concrete information about NBA 2K19. We will update this article again so keep in touch.

More Information:

  • Release date: 11 September, 2018
  • Developer: Visual Concepts
  • Publisher: 2K Sports
  • Series: NBA 2K
  • Genre: Sports game
  • Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One & PC Windows
  • Modes: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game

NBA 2K19 Launch Price:

  • NBA 2K19 Standard Edition Launch Price: $60
  • NBA 2K19 Anniversary Edition Launch Price: $100

NBA 2K19 PC Requirements:

NBA 2K19 will not run if your PC specs. are lower than minimum requirements. For best performance, make sure your PC specs. are equal or higher than recommended requirements.

NBA 2K19 Minimum PC Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD FX-4100 @ 3.60 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 450 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 7770 1GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible Dual-Analog Gamepad: Recommended

NBA 2K19 Recommended PC Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4430 @ 3 GHz / AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 2GB / ATI® Radeon™ R9 270 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

NBA 2K19 HD Wallpapers:

You can also download NBA 2K19 HD Wallpapers

NBA 2K19 Gameplay Trailer:

Watch NBA 2K19 Take The Crown Gameplay Trailer in HD 1080. This trailer is just 1 minute long & it features the cover stars & top basketball players.

NBA 2K19 Gameplay Walkthrough:

Watch NBA 2K19 My Career Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 - The Best Build Start

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