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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
    85
    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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    68
    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
    60
    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
    50
    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: 10 out of 287
  1. Sep 15, 2022
    10
    el videojuego mas realista en basquet que exite de esta compañia llamada 2k
  2. Apr 12, 2021
    2
    As a MyTeam and MyLeague player, who is currently on next gen but spent a long time on current gen, I can say that offline MyTeam on currentAs a MyTeam and MyLeague player, who is currently on next gen but spent a long time on current gen, I can say that offline MyTeam on current gen is actually fun, playing through domination with my no money spent lineup was actually fun, but aside from that, online modes aside from limited are horrible.


    Speed boosting has ruined the game, along with the Curry slide. Those two things are all that anyone does, unless it’s a limited weekend where the cards aren’t good enough to consistently do them, then you have a chance at getting real basketball. The post game is pretty much unusable unless you are a stick shooter, which by the way makes for a huge zen problem where people use modded controllers to win every game online. Post hooks are super OP with the stick, but hooks, fades, dropsteps, etc are hard to do in game. Finishing is pretty much running at the barleys and hoping for a good animation, euro steps, spins, hop steps, floaters, and double clutches are practically useless. Shooting is a whole other issue, some players will make every single shot and some will miss every shot, it’s incredibly random at times unless you can get a team of guys that you know the releases of. As a NMS MyTeam guy, the door is always revolving, so it’s hard to learn new releases every few games. MyTeam is still a cash grab, attempting to force people into buying packs for the best cards, although it is better than its Madden counterpart, with actual budget players who can legitimately compete with the best cards in the game in the hands of a skilled player (a la Nick Anderson earlier in the year). As for myleague, I have encountered numerous glitches and bugs, mostly from downloading older rosters, taking over all 30 teams, etc. I encountered a glitch where random played in the league would have their stats messed up, like one time I had Ja win most improved player after averaging nearly the same stats as the year before, but when I looked at the stats from the year before, which was his second year, it said he averaged 2 points for the Hawks, when I know he was on the Grizzlies and averaged about 19 points. This happened to a lot of players around the league. I also encounter glitched with classic rosters where players don’t age, or don’t regress, sometimes the court turns completely black as do the players when I jump into games, sometimes I’ll jump into a game and a team will be running a 5 big man lineup, this happens a lot actually. Sometimes 86 overalls will sign for the minimum contract because they don’t sign in the offseason, there is no voter fatigue, tendencies are very inaccurate, auto generated draft classes are not balanced at all, injuries are too frequent, teams sign and draft way too many players at one position while neglecting the rest of the positions, cpu trades are very rarely meaningful, often times it’s just a player at a position with a certain overall being traded for another player at the exact same position with the exact same overall, it feels like the trade just to trade, with no meaning.
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  3. Oct 20, 2020
    0
    Unskipable ads in a 60$ game with tons of MTX - where can I get my money back?
  4. Sep 7, 2020
    0
    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 14, 2020
    0
    bottom of the mariana trench bottom of the mariana trench bottom of the mariana trench
  6. Sep 5, 2020
    0
    Why, just why 2k why does this company want to be so lazy with this franchise, I’m ashamed to be a **** sports fan cause I can’t play a godWhy, just why 2k why does this company want to be so lazy with this franchise, I’m ashamed to be a **** sports fan cause I can’t play a god damn good sports game it’s the game game from last year. My team is a waste of effort so is my league my career is the same the only credit I give 2k is changing the park AFTER 3 YEARS, what a joke same gameplay as 2k20 and the ones before it. The meter just makes me sick you literally cannot have fun playing this game it’s either play the whole day and get barely anything or pay to win/ get good. I do not get why people still buy this game go they called the game trash!!!! Do not buy this game what a terrible company and game **** YOU RONNIE AND MIKE WANG CANT MAKE A GOOD BASKETBALL GAME Expand
  7. Feb 18, 2021
    0
    I mostly play single-player modes like myleague and mygm since Im an NBA basketball fan and want a good simulation NBA game. I don'tI mostly play single-player modes like myleague and mygm since Im an NBA basketball fan and want a good simulation NBA game. I don't personally see any appeal to Park which is the entire game now and all that mycareer has become. So I can only speak on actual gameplay between NBA teams and players (not myplayers in the park). But anyways, the actual NBA singleplayer (mygm myleague) or coop (play now) gameplay is horrible, absolutely terrible, for the first time I am starting to say 2k is starting to get into the madden realm of bad. I literally have forced myself to play 8 minute quarters to attempt to have NBA games score above 60 points a game (actual real NBA games now always go at least over 100 points) Yet even with 8 minute quarters (super long quarters for a video game) this is impossible unless you play on All-Star or below but then the CPU cant make wide open threes with Steph Curry and wont score above 60 points a game ever (8 min quarters). Then above that difficulty you will make maybe 2/7 wide open threes with a shooter like Steph Curry. Not to mention every game is entirely scripted. There is no scoring if you play above All-Star unless it is a layup in the paint and every interior shot/driving shot or layup either ends in a make or a foul so the game stops every 30 seconds for free throws. A horrible game that is a beyond an inaccurate simulation of NBA basketball which is high scoring and sees a ton of jump shots made which includes a lot of threes, yet in this game I feel like im watching 80's college basketball (almost all scoring is in the paint) where the only thing they added from the modern NBA is that every other drive to the basket ends in a foul, maybe the least exciting part of today's game.. Expand

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