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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 79
  2. Negative: 59 out of 79
  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. Nov 24, 2020
    9
    Just a phenomenal game. Fan Favorite Features such as park affiliations returned with a more simulation based game style in the game asJust a phenomenal game. Fan Favorite Features such as park affiliations returned with a more simulation based game style in the game as compared to its predecessors. All while keeping the hardcore gamer satisfied with a deeper than ever MyNBA Mode. Expand
  3. Jan 12, 2021
    5
    The next gen graphics look amazing! But the overall Gameplay/Mechanics/Modes are pretty much a re-skin from previous games. No worth the $70The next gen graphics look amazing! But the overall Gameplay/Mechanics/Modes are pretty much a re-skin from previous games. No worth the $70 price tag considering is a pay to win game. 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. Nov 17, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pathetic broken game, wish there were a good company that made a basketball game. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2020
    0
    Let me start by saying the game could be fun, but it’s broken. I have been receiving no VC or badge upgrades on my Myplayer for the last 9Let me start by saying the game could be fun, but it’s broken. I have been receiving no VC or badge upgrades on my Myplayer for the last 9 games. VC or virtual currency is the reward given in game to be used to upgrade your player stats and purchase in game items. VC is can be purchased through the PlayStation store as well. I have also spent 100,000 VC included with the game as well as 75,000 VC earned through grinding on the PS4 version of the game, on the build I have been using on PS5. To put it in perspective, to buy 200,000 VC it would cost you $50. I’ve spent 2 days with 2k customer support trying to work through the issue. They’ve had me reinstall the game, clear cache and send them all the screens shots and videos of the error. All they say is that the team is now aware and they hope to one day to have it fixed with an update, and if I have anymore feedback it should be shared in their forums.

    So the $100 game I bought is unplayable because my player is stuck at a low level unless I buy their VC through the PlayStation store because I can’t earn it in game. Not to mention I have no way of earning badges that are needed to build a playable character. Don’t waste your money. If this was Fallout 76 you wouldn’t play it, you would be able to return it and all the critics would be up in arms but for some reason these ass hats can get away with it. Move on play a game that is fun and rewarding. That’s what I will be doing.
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  7. Dec 19, 2020
    0
    NBA 2K21 is yet another atrocity from the pitiful 2k company. There is no improvement at all to the gameplay, and if anything, it's gotten farNBA 2K21 is yet another atrocity from the pitiful 2k company. There is no improvement at all to the gameplay, and if anything, it's gotten far worse. Jump shooting is the least reliable thing next to the constant blown layups and the screens your AI teammates set might as well be nonexistent. Defense on your team is played with chained balls attached to your feet while the CPU defense mirrors every dribble move you do. Why put in so many different dribble animations when they're all useless in getting by defenders? As has been the case year over year, the CPU can decide when it wants to take over and leave the user in a baffled state of "what's the point of me even playing this game?". Exploiting the user-base for virtual currency is nothing new, but it's also nothing to continue scoffing at. It's a distasteful business model (at best) that grabs at the wallets of those that love the sport of basketball and want to enjoy it in a gaming environment. I tried giving 2k another chance after that pathetic excuse that is 2k18 but, once again, nothing ever changes with them. I'm done lying to myself and I'll never buy another 2k game ever again. Expand

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