For the first time in franchise history, the PC version of NBA 2K15 will be a fully featured Next-Gen experience. Nominated for 70 'Game of the Year' Awards, NBA 2K is the ultimate basketball simulation experience.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (3,299 reviews) - 73% of the 3,299 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 6, 2014

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"A stunning and packed basketball sim, with a PC version finally on a par with consoles."
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About This Game

Nominated for 70 'Game of the Year' Awards, the NBA 2K franchise returns with NBA 2K15, our most true-to-life NBA experience yet. Now, for the first time in franchise history, the PC version of NBA 2K15 will be a fully featured Next-Gen experience. Featuring NBA MVP Kevin Durant on the cover and an eclectic soundtrack curated by internationally-renowned artist and producer, Pharrell Williams, NBA 2K15 hits the court with unprecedented life-like graphics, ultra-realistic NBA gameplay, and more. It’s up to you to claim your destiny.

With full controller support on PC, NBA 2K15 features a number of significant gameplay improvements, including approximately 5,000 new animations, all-new defensive AI, shooting systems, new team-specific play sets, and more control over rebounding, steals, and blocks, making players feel engaged in every basketball decision and action. An upgraded broadcast-style presentation hosted by Ernie Johnson and Shaq delivers authentic commentary and analysis to the action.

Experience the life of an NBA player in an all-new storyline.

Take your MyPLAYER online in this massive-multiplayer playground mode.

Build your fantasy dream team with cards from every era by earning a collection of MyTEAM cards.

PC Exclusives
• Steamworks
• Steam Achievements
• Steam Cloud

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better (SSE3 or later)
    • Memory: 2 or more GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10.1 compatible (512 MB) or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
    • Sound Card: 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad; Additional Notes: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributable 2010.
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 or more GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11.0 compatible (2 GB) or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad
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181 of 206 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Worth 60$? No. Worth 15$ during Steam Summer Sale? Yes.
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
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158.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 7


In general I'd say that the gameplay mechanics are quite user friendly particularly in comparison to the previous installments, and I'd say this is mainly because of the addition of the circular timing bar for shots; this allows players who are unable to assume the perfect release of a shot based on the animation only. This years installment still uses everything else that the other games used to have. Positively it still has the basics down which 2K Games have managed to make perfectly such as shooting, alley-ooping, etc However there are some improvements that could be made such as stealing could somehow be made easier with steals being somewhat frustrating when a percentage of the time leading to fouls. As most should know, the game on PC is now into the next-gen capabilities which means everything has improved in some form, however there were issues for many with frame rate lag on capable systems which seriously need to be fixed.


This is personally my favourite game mode on the NBA 2K series because it doesn't just feel like a repeat match system that ssome other sport sims seem to spew out. Don't get me wrong, I love to play general matches as much as the next person but I feel like after years of doing it I'd like something on top of that, that's what MyCareer is. This year being next-gen it has included proper cutscenes in contrast to the previous PC versions which would just feature interviews. It gives your character a proper storyline. It's obvious that as your character develops your skills develop and I actually liked the position they placed you in this year, skillfully. This being due to the fact as I felt developments were more fair and you didn't start of completely handicapped of your capabilities. Improvements to stats were definately felt unlike some of the other examples of the 2K series.


For the first time ever on the PC MyTeam has appeared on the list of game modes. I felt like it was really easy to get introduced to and the system is fairly simple and user-friendly, however does lack some advancement. What I mean is that I believe the auctioning system is a bit bland and too simple and needs improvement, I feel like the fact you can't trade with friends or contest your friends with each of your teams or even look at their teams is very dissapointing. In addition, with the participance of the problems of crashes and FPS lag, it really is difficult to enjoy the extent of this game mode with contracts being wasted etc. The whole idea and system is great but really needs improving and needs a polishing. A final note is that more players should be added from the start, the events to unlock players should be less frequent but more accessible for everyone and the amount of challenges should be vastly increased.


Just to note I'm not really into manager mode simulations, but this mode pleasantly suprised me. It's basically MyLeague but with more options such as interaction with players, interviews, game promotions and staff and player signings. This may all seem bland but 2K have managed to suck a manager mode sceptic like me into it. I believe this is because of the simplicity of it all and the difference between each choice you can make. If you get bored too quickly you can even sim the whole season if you don't want to playthroughout another season of basketball. The only negative is that the amount of things you can do is quite limited and to actually own a team is quite expensive for a game mode that I wouldn't really class as the main part of the game or the selling point.


Of course this game is now next-gen which means it has now gravely improved from previous versions on PC. Obviously for a simulation you're going to want some realism on the graphics compared to other games where you're a little less picky about it. I feel this game has managed to pull this off but only for high end PCs. Indeed you'll need a fairly decent PC to play this game anyway however even at the lowest or medium settings you can see the pixelated beards on James Harden for example and less importantly the fans are bland in appearance. Mostly everything else I'm impressed with though and feel that it's as real as it can get at the moment just with the note that it should be optimised more. Plus the option of special effects and reflection is great because it really gives the user a choice on what they see.

Controls & Movement:

Just like all the other games in the series the controls are really simple with the exclusion of some of the dunks and dribble moves and definately easy for beginners to learn. The controls have slightly changed since the last edition in the series but I haven't really felt angry about this change and have actually learnt the most this year than any other year since 2K12. Sometimes the controls can feel a bit jagged and unsmooth for example when coming off of a rebound or going for a block though. Something I've noticed since 2K12 too is that it's frustrating when teammates get in front of your dribbling and the ball is knocked loose or when you try and steal the ball and accidently tap the shoot button afterwards. A big note on the whole game in general though is that for keyboards this game is very difficult to play. Movement is fairly simple on keyboard and it's easy to pickup on shooting and passing but pretty much everything else is a stress, with even blocking being too hard to find. Until 2K makes the keyboard more compatible with the game I'd recommend using a Playstation or Xbox controller, preferably the latter.


For obviously being a basketball simulation the game isn't based around having a storyline but the MyCareer game mode has its own one. This storyline is pretty smart with the idea that you're excluded from the NBA draft and forced to join a team through a 10 day contract half way through the season with some pretty hilarious interactions with your agent. However, I feel that compared to last years story line on next gen consoles it felt really downgraded because first of all you couldn't even choose your preferred team as an option and significantly couldn't even win awards such as rookie of the year in your first season which was really shocking. Next year they need to find some way of providing a fresh experience for MyCareer without ruining the experience of your rookie season, also needing to provide a more interactive experience with the other team players before and after games, as well as giving more objective examples and have them influence your character. It'd also be interesting to see you character do stuff outside of basketball such as get a girlfriend, do a hobby, and have friends.


All in all I'd say that NBA 2K15 for PC is a fresh experience. The gameplay in general is great with the mechanics being slightly improved each year. It has also included new game modes and the MyCareer has in someways improved. A negative being the bad optimisation for PC leaving FPS lag in some cases. Being next-gen the graphics have severely improved but require good specs otherwise leaves a pixelated effect in some areas. Other than that it's as real as I feel it can get for now. For keyboard users the controls are very difficult but with the easy fix of using a controller that isn't too much of a problem and it's assumed you'd use one for a sports sim and they are fully supported. The MyCareer storyline is fresh but drastically needs to be improved as it excludes the benefits of the rookie season this year and that's one of the most important seasons of MyCareer and it could also include some background extras.


Gameplay: [8.5/10]
Graphics: [8/10]
Controls & Movement: [7/10]
Storyline: [7/10]
Overall: [8/10]
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
534.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
The funny thing about this franchise is: I don't really care about Basketball, i don't even understand the rules and here in Germany, Basketball was popular in the 90's mostly because of the Chicago Bulls domination and players like Dennis Rodmann and Karl Malone appearing in WCW (Wrestling).
Still i bought a couple NBA games over the years, just for the fun of it, for multiplayer reasons, be it NBA JAM or to go this franchise, NBA 2K on the Dreamcast, followed by some NBA 2K games on the PS2 and Xbox 360 with NBA 2K12 being a "i heard some great things about it, so i bought it cheap"-pick and it surprised me with features that no other sports game has. Features that got expanded from this game to 2k15 now. The Career mode makes all other sports franchises out there look like amateur games. I've been playing sports games for over 20 years, regardless if it's FIFA, ISS/PES, NBA Live, NHL from EA or even NHL 2K, this here offers the greatest experience despite being scripted (you always start as an undrafted loser who has nothing to offer, it's a rags to riches, Rocky like story) but it gives you a ton of cutscenes and on- and offcourt experiences where your decision influences your charater and how you turn out as a player and how you're perceived by your team mates and coaches. Sure, it's limited by technology: You always have the same Coach at every team and there's only one player per team who does talk to you and the only head coach that matters is this Doc Rivers guy but it's a big step forward compared to how sports games were in the past or are still sold today (EA games where the career mode is a ♥♥♥♥ing joke) and you have some freedom, like talking to guys on the "social media" feature, desining your own shoe and the choice between being an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, a michael jordan type ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who delivers or an humble underdog.

Next to career you have the Ultimate Team mode where you buy card packages to get players, contracts, features and trade them online with other people. FIFA from EA has that too though i never really cared about it, Pokemon for sports fans probably.
What i really like is the MyGM mode where you control a franchise, do drafts, trades, deal the players and staff directly in talk rounds. The owner of the club gives you goals you have to reach with your ultimate personal goal being to buy the club to get rid of the previous owner (who gives you ridiculous goals after a while, like in my second season on the Chicago Bulls, after winning the championship and Gasol becoming Finals MVP, the owner wanted me to trade Gasol so Mirotic can take his place)

Technical this game is nice. The graphics are great, though a bit too demanding on the hardware for what the game offers. While everything is nicely detailed and you can even see the sweat on the players, the game is just a direct, lazy port from the consoles without any optimization. So you need some good hardware to enjoy this game and then you get a lot of nice realistic effects.
The Music as always is a matter of personal taste. I prefer the soundtrack from 2K14 a lot more than this year's edition, at least there's Personal Jesus from Depeche Mode and River Styx from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club but even if you disable songs in the playlist, you sometimes hear the songs you hate in MyCareer (during the Scrimmage) and other modes and i got near to punch my speakers after having to endure that horrible, abysmal "Drop it like it's hot" song.
Also for your character in career you can choose a voice, though sadly 2K decided between "neanderthal black guy" and "ghetto black guy" for voice actors. Voice 2 has been in NBA 2K for a long time, Voice 1 is new though and it's baffling they chose not only a black guy again but one who has no voice acting skills whatsoever. This is not meant to be sounding racist but a more logical choice would have been a white voice or at least a black voice actor with some talent and not, what i like to call "ghetto goofy"
The commentating during the game is great once again, especially compared to other sports games (from the past or present), the trio makes a lot of jokes, have great chemistry and a lot of different lines, of course they repeat themself after a while and have lines that were in previous games ("Active hands on defense, active feet on offense" - "And Clarke, power on the dunk" with Kerr going "Guys this is just too close of a game" (regardless of the actual score) being the biggest offender, it has been in there since at least 2K12) but it's way better and way more advanced than what EA has to offer in FIFA and NHL.

And of course a lot of fun is in the Multiplayer, though sadly that's also the place where NBA 2K15 shows his ugly side.
There are cheaters who have ridiculos characters in the online career mode (where you play 2 on2 or 3 on 3) and 2K seem to not care at all.
Also the regular "Just play normal Basketball with friends" mode has it's problems. You can't play "handicap" matches, like 2 friends against 1 and online lag is a big problem just like the 2K Severs being down sometimes for extended periods, which happened last in January when the Servers were down for about 2 weeks making online play impossible. 2K is infamous for their server problems.

And the online thing will become a problem in the future: Eveything is online, since the game uses Virtual Coins and saves everything online, once 2K decides to pull the plug (because NBA 2K16 or 2K17 comes around) you won't be able to really play this game. Even the MyCareer and MyGM modes will be strongly reduced of their features then (you can't buy clothes for your player in MyCareer and you can't buy Skills in MyGM and Ultimate Team will be unplayable then)

So overall the game has some minor setbacks and the servers are a bit annoying but overall i really enjoy the game, i enjoyed 2K14 and 2K12 as well and think it's the best sports game series and it even made me appreciate this sport a lot more.
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48 of 70 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
I think that real life NBA is just a badly-made version of this game. Just wow
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Too many cons to recommend.

Firstly, EVERY game mode requires connection to the 2k servers - which are frequently down or otherwise unavailable. You cannot play single player modes whatsoever without them.

The controls are extremely overly complex, and not very responsive. More often than not you'll find yourself jumping twice in a row for no reason at all, or pulling up for a jump shot from 2 feet away from the hoop while driving to the basket, or running right past the opponent you're defending allowing him to blow right past you.

Extremely frustrating as well are the "practice" / scrimmages interspersed during your MyCareer - with objectives like "score from the post" or "run the pick and roll", it doesn't matter how hard you try to accomplish these objectives, you will fail, and be chewed out by your generic coach - even if you're a 30 point/10 rebound per game averaging superstar.

Your team AI is absolutely garbage-tier. Sometimes a guy will hold the ball and just dribble in place for 15 solid seconds, until the shot clock is down to 3 seconds, and he'll either pull a terrible shot or pass to you with no time left to do anything. Coach directive to run the offense through you? Nah, the AI will drive to the hoop without passing, or hold it themselves. Build your team up to a 20 point lead at the half? You'll be sat down for a rest for 5 minutes, and come back to being down by 10 (apparently opponents going on 30-0 runs in 5 minutes is acceptable levels of realism.)

You are also automatically a turnover machine - driving to the hoop? 30% of the time you will drop the ball. That's it. You just drop the ball. You just let it drop the ground and keep going. You will also throw the ball out of bounds frequently for no apparently reason. Your team will struggle frequently for no real reason - even if you're on a good team, the AI just presumes that you have to lose once in a while so your teammates will become braindead slugs. So you'll try to compensate by literally scoring 50 points, and it still won't matter. Start drawing double teams? Sure, you can try to pass to the wide open guy, but more often than not you'll just throw it into the stands. Even if you do miraculously get it to him, he won't make the wide open 3 (if he even takes the shot.)

I still play, because I can't quit on my "character" trying to be a legend, but I don't even bother with any other game mode and even the career mode has severe frustrations.
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