NBA 2K20 becomes 2nd most-hated game on Steam as players beg devs to fix it
NBA 2K20 just went live on Sept. 6, and, as one of the most impressive feats of the modern age of gaming, it's already become the second most-hated game on Steam after only three days.
Its glowing reviews (glowing in the same way a trash can glows when it's lit on fire) have reached an average of 15 percent, out of a whopping 1,414 total Steam reviews at the time of writing this story. The only game on the Steam platform that's more reviled is Flatout 3, circa 2011, which sits at 12 percent right now. The three games accompanying 2K20 and Flatout 3 in the top-five most-hated games, according to Steam review aggregate Steam250, are Airport Simulator 2014, Uriel's Chasm, and Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight. I've never played it, but after looking briefly into Uriel's Chasm, it appears to be a game built on the premise of being a bad game. In other words, NBA 2K20 is hated by players more than a game whose job it is to be a bad game.
Accompanying the megaton bomb of negative reviews on Steam is a rather depressing trending hashtag on Twitter: #Fix2K20. These tweets, as well as most of the negative written Steam reviews, seem to be either mocking the game's developers and publishers, Visual Concepts and Take-Two Interactive's 2K Games respectively, or pleading with them to, well, fix the game. Thousands upon thousands of clips and images are being shared on Twitter attached to the hashtag, showcasing the many server failures, bugs, and otherwise frowned-upon features of the game so far. Althought it wasn't at the time of writing, some tweets even claimed that the hashtag was the top trending hashtag in the world for a brief time this morning, Sept. 9.
While Twitter seems to be more focused on bugs, the Steam reviews are more concerned with the fact that the game is apparently too similar to 2K19. One reviewer even says that the game is just a reskinned and repackaged 2K19, claiming that in some pause menus, it even shows the 2K19 logo. Most other negative reviews are zeroed in on the game's microtransactions, which, as a topic, been hotly-debated throughout the gaming community at large for the past several years. Most reviews mentioning the microtransactions just label them as predatory, while others jokingly reviewed the game with positive scoring while saying things like "10/10 for anyone with a gambling addiction" in the text review field.
Review bombing is nothing new, but, at least for now, this seems like a more dire situation than just a group of people collectively deciding to all leave negative reviews. This seems unplanned and raw, at least for now, and that's a very bad thing for both Visual Concepts and 2K Games.