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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: 13 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Sep 9, 2020
    NBA 2K21 offers the best virtual basketball experience out there, even if it still needs some tweaks to polish the gameplay and microtransactions are, once again, everywhere.
  2. Sep 8, 2020
    NBA 2K21 is still one of the best sport simulations around, but if you are looking for something really new you should probably wait for its next-gen version.
  3. Sep 13, 2020
    There aren't much changes in the latest entry in 2K's NBA series, and it seems that the developers are finally out of ideas, at least for this generation. If you already own the 2020 version, there is not much sense in paying the full price to get your hands on the new game, and maybe it's best to wait and see how the series will go forward when next gen arrives.
  4. Sep 14, 2020
    NBA 2K21 is a solid update of NBA 2K20... but with a strange and unpredictable twist. The new shooting meter is made for online competition and, in the end, follows the metagame rather the basketball flow. Maybe it's good for the pro gamers, but it feels unbalanced and frustrating for the basketball lovers.
  5. Sep 7, 2020
    Even though the core gameplay is solid, most game modes are riddled with micro-transactions that prioritizes grinding and monetization over enjoyment.
  6. Sep 25, 2020
    The decline of NBA 2K games continues. It is still a good basketball game overall, but some changes, like the new shot system along with severe A.I. problems cause some serious problems to the experience.
  7. Sep 8, 2020
    I think 2K needs to adapt to a new model, I believe that they need to stop launching the same game every year, and instead start to push towards updating the existing game every year. 2K21 is the best basket sim you’ll get to play, but I could’ve said the same on 2K20.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 286
  1. Feb 11, 2021
    me gusta mucho mejor que el del año pasado bravo 2k eres li mejor haciendo juegps no entiendo las criticas
  2. Mar 29, 2021
    Same garbage game every year, hasn’t been a good game since 2k17. Very lazy developers over at 2k.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    This is what happens when you treat you customers with contempt. Shareholders aren’t everything.
  4. Sep 7, 2020
    Christ, I bought this game 5 years ago. The amount of greed from this game is just **** disgusting, especially marketing towards kids withoutChrist, I bought this game 5 years ago. The amount of greed from this game is just **** disgusting, especially marketing towards kids without explicit warnings. **** off 2k. Also using a deadbolt man to sell more copies is **** despicable Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2020
    I got NBA 2k20 for free on the Playstation store and thought it was decent. It had been a couple of years since I played NBA 2K and it wasI got NBA 2k20 for free on the Playstation store and thought it was decent. It had been a couple of years since I played NBA 2K and it was good enough to make me want to buy 2k21. Now that I've played the newest iteration, I can say that it's just terrible. 2K should feel embarrassed with the product they put out. They should be even more ashamed for using Kobe to get more money. My theory is that they intentionally made this game bad to force people to buy the "improved" next-gen version. It just reeks of greed.

    First off, let's address the elephant in the room. The shooting. I don't care what any Youtuber or "Get Good" bro says, the shooting is broken. I have tried about 30 different jumpshots so far, and cannot get consistent green with any of them. This wouldn't be a problem if you didn't HAVE to have green to make the basket. But if you don't get green (especially in The Neighborhood) you will most likely miss the shot. Why is this bad? It's bad because it ruins any chance of playing sim basketball. Instead, every game devolves into dunks and layups. Even in MyTeam (2K's cash cow), once you get to the higher tiers, the games are just a dunk/layup contest. The shooting has made this game almost unplayable. And it's definitely not fun.

    Prelude- This one is just a personal preference. I think the prelude was way too long. Too many pointless high school games and too many college games. I ended up skipping most of the cutscenes because they seemed to just drag on. I was four hours into the game and still wasn't at the draft yet. Speaking of the draft, I hate how they let you pick your team. Players can't do that in real life, so why here. I did a workout with the Thunder and ended up getting drafted by them with the 2nd pick. Funny thing is, they also had the 1st pick and drafted Cobb. (How the hell would they have the first and second picks? That was outrageous). I remember in 2k(10?) you did the pre-draft combine stuff and went up against top draft picks like John Wall and Evan Turner to get your draft grade. If you did good, a random team would draft you. If not, you were headed to the D-League. What ever happened to that?

    MyCareer- This mode is relatively the same. Same layout, same assistant coach that speaks for the head coach (They didn't even change his look from last year), etc. But then there were things 2K left out. There's not more Inside the NBA with Shaq, Kenny, Earnie, and Chuck. No more press conferences after the game. When you negotiate an endorsement, all of that is done via text rather than you going into the office. They were just too lazy to add stuff that was already in the game last year. Again, using 2k10 for reference, I remember when you played a nationally televised game or a game against a superstar at your position it was called a "key game" and you would earn bonus XP. That always made me want to play better during those games. I'm not sure why they removed that.

    Overall, this is just a lazy cash grab. If you haven't already purchased this but want to, I'd say wait until the next-gen version comes out. No sense in wasting your time building a MyPlayer only for you to have to start over again. This game and Madden are examples of why competition is good. Whenever a company has a monopoly, the consumers are the ones that suffer the most.
  6. Sep 5, 2020
    This is the worst 2k ever. Shot meater is pure trash and the gameplay is almost unplayable.
    Prelude cutscenes have fifteen fps or less without
    This is the worst 2k ever. Shot meater is pure trash and the gameplay is almost unplayable.
    Prelude cutscenes have fifteen fps or less without mentioning the poor script. In "My career" barely has cutscenes and is the same thing as nba 2k20. "Myteam" remains to be a store not a game mode and the added cheat 2k still suck the players up with microtransactions, the atributes are even more expensive than last year. Is simply one of the wort games i ve ever played
  7. Feb 16, 2021
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. NBA 2K21 is... proof that 2K is going nowhere but downhill. While it has great Graphics, serviceable gameplay, and solid game mode variety, the game like many sports games now has a **** ton of microtransactions, a boring career mode storyline that puts you to sleep, and is so boring that many have not even bothered to buy this years version and even those who have have gone back to 2K20 (which was not a good game in itself) it’s a copy paste of previous 2K’s yet somehow still feels worse and has no wow factor at all. 2K needs to fire those at the top or else we must pray that NBA Live makes a new game to, if not be better, at least provide 2K enough competition to where they hopefully try with there next game because there is no effort pht anywhere into the current or next gen version of the pile of **** Expand

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