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67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews What's this?

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1.1

Overwhelming dislike- based on 138 Ratings

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  • Summary: With extensive improvements upon its best-in-class graphics and gameplay, competitive and community online features, and deep, varied game modes, NBA 2K21 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of NBA basketball and culture - where Everything is Game.

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NBA 2K21 Next Gen vs. Current Gen Gameplay Comparison
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Oct 2, 2020
    82
    For the players who have invested heavily both time and money on a previous iteration, NBA2K21 has nothing new to offer. The new MyCareer story and the necessary roster updates would not justify a purchase at its full price. Our grade refers to the technical aspects of the game, but we are highly critical on how the series have devolved into a microtransactions Pay2Progress model.
  2. Sep 8, 2020
    77
    NBA 2K21 entertains with strong gameplay, but the new shooting system lacks precision and may feel frustrating.
  3. Nov 21, 2020
    72
    All in all, NBA 2K21 still holds the bar, but there is very little incentive to switch to this version if you had your fill of 2K20, unless you’re a dedicated fan of MyTeam.
  4. Sep 14, 2020
    70
    An overall extremely well-made and enjoyable basketball game with a variety of modes and teams. That does not stop NBA 2K21 from sabotaging itself through a vast number of microtransactions that become necessary to progress in the My Team and My Career modes.
  5. Sep 6, 2020
    65
    Only the novelties of the My Team mode are satisfactory for a forgettable title on the current generation of consoles.
  6. Sep 10, 2020
    30
    A recycled mess that features the same bugs, financial exploits, and cheats that PC players have had to suffer through for years. MyTeam has seen some great innovations but they are completely overshadowed by NBA 2K21's shortcomings.
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  1. Sep 11, 2020
    In 2K21, just like we’ve seen for the last few years, every moment of fun on the court is undermined by the racket being run off it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 53
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 53
  3. Negative: 51 out of 53
  1. Sep 4, 2020
    10
    Great game, I loved the series and its nice to be to have during this time. 10/10
  2. Oct 19, 2020
    0
    Literally nothing new except more monetisation. It's better to burn that money.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    0
    Recycled previous game and silently added unskippable ads. This is barely DLC at the price of a full game with ads in it. Let that sink in.
  4. Mar 20, 2021
    0
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  5. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    Just as buggy, broken and disgraceful as Madden 21. #NFLdropEA #EndMaddenMonopoly #NBAdrop2K
  6. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    This game is just not good. Absolute horrible. The games have been on a steady decline for a bit now. This game might be the nail in the coffin.
  7. Nov 22, 2020
    0
    I'm really mad. The PC version won't have a Next-gen update and the game was released even before the 2020 Finals, so the squads were the sameI'm really mad. The PC version won't have a Next-gen update and the game was released even before the 2020 Finals, so the squads were the same as NBA 2K20. The game is also focused on you spending a lot of money for MyTeam and MyPlayer. Abusive politics, just run away! Expand

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