I never give any video game 5 stars. There is no truly perfect game out there...especially with sports games. Technically, I'd give this a 4.5 star rating. The half star deduction is the requirement for Playstation Plus to play part of the game. I also hate in-game purchases. If I'm going to spend a chunk of money on the game, it should open the entire game up to me. but the MyCareer mode is really cool. I like working my way up the ranks, dealing with what the pros deal with like social media screw-ups, sponsors, agents, dealing with the press, etc.. Nice touch.
A few negatives though. I wasn't able to get the PS4 camera to map my own face (total failure on 2K's part). When you pick your player's speaking voice, there are only two options...and neither sound remotely like me (I'm the typical white dude!). So on-screen, when my character speaks, it is awkward to say the least. Loading times a also quite long, and the 2K TV feature is something I'd really like to turn off (weekly/monthly video segments of little value).
I haven't tried franchise mode yet, and I have only played the MyLeague option a little. There's quite a bit to do. If only they could get away from the in-game purchase model and just make me earn my strips as in the old days, that would make me happy (or at least turn off the option to view them).