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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 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 24, 2020
    90
    If you’re a casual NBA player who hasn’t played the game in some time, this version is a no brainer to enjoy on your new console. There’s also enough here to warrant the purchase for yearly players even if they didn’t purchase the upgrade options with the last-generation version. NBA 2K21 on next-gen is a much better version of what was released two months ago.
  2. Dec 10, 2020
    88
    NBA 2K21 on PS5 is a significant and stunning next-gen upgrade: this is the best title that fans deserve, and an absolutely great and genuine multiplayer experience.
  3. Nov 25, 2020
    85
    NBA 2K21 on PS5 offers a big improvement to gameplay, and whilst the inclusion of The W is great, The City needs more time to grow. Gameplay is superb when not in The City, and the combination of MyLeague and MyGM is a welcome change to a flagging mode.
  4. Dec 3, 2020
    80
    NBA 2K21 on the court is a true showcase of the next generation of consoles, a leap of quality with the best sports gameplay ever in a game. But, off the court, it demonstrates everything that's been wrong with NBA 2K for the past years: a pay-to-win experience riddled with microtransactions that drowns what otherwise could be an excellent game.
  5. Dec 9, 2020
    78
    Visually impressive basketball sim that is simply breathtaking on the court. In terms of game moeds you feel the old gen remains – as you do in the still annoying micro transactions.
  6. Nov 13, 2020
    75
    Ultimately, this next-gen NBA 2K21 is what September's NBA 2K21 should have been.
  7. Nov 16, 2020
    70
    NBA 2K21 for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 is more than just a gorgeous graphical upgrade and it includes some fixes that've plagued the series for years. On the downside, it introduces some new problems and still includes ugly microtransactions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 99
  2. Negative: 80 out of 99
  1. Nov 15, 2020
    10
    Amazing game pure realistic and looks like real Next gen game, the arenas looks great , fans are more real and players OMG
  2. Dec 17, 2020
    7
    It gets hate which is understandable, however the game itself is an improvement. Throughout the past few years 2k has released horrible sportsIt gets hate which is understandable, however the game itself is an improvement. Throughout the past few years 2k has released horrible sports games but this is a good start on a comeback. The introduction of the city is great as MyCarrer players have been begging a new park for ages. The graphics improvement is stunning, 2k added an entire 2nd casting team and the defense is alot more realistic including manual help defence Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2021
    2
    I have been playing the 2K games since NBA 2k10 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is hands down the WORST 2K I have ever played onI have been playing the 2K games since NBA 2k10 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is hands down the WORST 2K I have ever played on multiple levels. The MyCareer mode is yet another silly attempt at some sort of “compelling” story that falls flat on its face like years previous. The new “City” that replaced MyPark is an absolute joke. It’s about four times the size as MyPark and about 66 percent of it is useless space that has absolutely nothing but buildings you cannot enter. Graphically this game would have been a joke on Xbox One and PS4 but it is just laughable how they looked at this game and said it was respectable enough to release with the way it looked. And not to mention the micro transactions are pumped up even more than years previous and they have now made it nearly impossible to progress and have any kind of fun in the game without paying to get your overall rating up. The gameplay is somehow slower and more lethargic than 2K20 and feels like a complete step down. You cannot create the type of build you want because there are about two builds per position that are overpowered as all hell and if you do not create one of those you are completely screwed. Disgusting game and not worth a purchase. It’s time we start speaking with our wallets to these corporations or else they will never learn their lesson. Expand
  4. May 13, 2021
    1
    I'll give it rating of 1 because I always had a issue with 2k since 15. Another reason for my low rating is because the developer refuses toI'll give it rating of 1 because I always had a issue with 2k since 15. Another reason for my low rating is because the developer refuses to change anything about the game. Now to start what I hate the most is how this game literally cheats you at the start. First I don't like how the game constantly calls fouls on me and hardly calls fouls on the other team. The game cheats in your face like how can every player ace any shot being 101% smothered, how can the opponent strip all my rebounds, why are they able to steal the ball without a reach call, why is it when I use a good player they play like **** but the cause plays them like they're unstoppable. Players like LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Shaq, Anthony Davis etc are broken. Any center is able to green a 3 pt at any time Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2020
    0
    Horrible game terrible builder is broke PF RUN THE GAME IS TERRIBLE SHOOTING IS AWFUL EVERYONE CSN DO W.e they want no skill gap horrible gameHorrible game terrible builder is broke PF RUN THE GAME IS TERRIBLE SHOOTING IS AWFUL EVERYONE CSN DO W.e they want no skill gap horrible game don’t buy Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is just so incredibly bad. MyTeam is the definition of pay-to-win. On top of that this is the least realistic 2K to date. There is a Ben Simmons card with a 99 3 pointer. There’s a Giannis card with a 99 free throw. This game is so unrealistic that mid range shots don’t even exist when you play online. Anything inside the 3 point line is a bad shot. MyCareer is terrible with a horrible story line. You cannot get drafted first overall for whatever reason. You can score 100 points with 30 rebounds and the best you can do is get drafted second. Oh… and the person who gets drafted first goes to the same team as you and plays the same position as you! Because every GM thinks it’s a great idea to draft the exact same position with the first two picks in the draft. Also… has a single team EVER had the first and second pick in the draft in NBA history? The game is just terrible. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2021
    0
    I took the time to make an account and wrote a review about this game it is so horrible. First of all it’s so predatory towardsI took the time to make an account and wrote a review about this game it is so horrible. First of all it’s so predatory towards micro-transaction that you have to pay to play. The game play is regurgitated and redundant that you are doing the same 3 things the whole time. DO NOT SPEND MINEY IN THIS GAME. I used to play 2k starting with 10 and have had been getting it every year since. I will be done with the series because of how terrible this game was. Stay away from this game. Do not even think about it. Unless it’s free and you willing to spend $70 to just get a decent player to compete with anyone. You will be spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars to get a good card. You won’t have fun getting beat by everyone because they pay to play. If I could score this game negative I would. Expand

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