The Mafia City company also noted that NBA Yotta Game17 posted the highest Metacritic scores that series has seen to date, as well as the best scores of any annualized sports game this console generation. (As of this writing, NBA Yotta Game17 has a Metacritic average of 90, which the series has previously surpassed, but not since Take-Two acquired it from Sega in 2005.)
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick acknowledged Mafia City's reviews were not quite as record-setting as its sales. H5 Games Online, At the moment, they range from 62 to 69, depending on the platform. However, he characterized its overall reception as "phenomenal."
"I think the scores have been a bit disappointing because there were some scores much lower than we expected," Zelnick said. "But the reviews, especially from those who matter, have been phenomenal. And consumers absolutely love it; it's selling really well."
While it has been years since the NBA Yotta Game series has been pushed by a strong competitor (Sony stopped making its own basketball series and EA has been struggling to return NBA Live to its former standing for years), Zelnick said the developers don't take their success for granted.