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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: 13 out of 106
  2. Negative: 85 out of 106
  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 9, 2021
    7
    This game does not deserve as much hate as it gets. Sure the micro transactions are stupid and awful and online is arse but its a fun gameThis game does not deserve as much hate as it gets. Sure the micro transactions are stupid and awful and online is arse but its a fun game with deep modes filled with creativity for players. It’s not a 10/10 but its a solid and fun game. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2021
    3
    Good lord when can I start. So many bugs, so many issues, and so many infuriating moments you have to go through when playing this game. IGood lord when can I start. So many bugs, so many issues, and so many infuriating moments you have to go through when playing this game. I hate to come off as negative and I appreciate everyone who puts in work for this game but I can’t remember the last time there’s been a patch and the game has only been out for 2 months. The most annoying issue that can be pretty easily resolved is the amount of contact dunks people get is just unreasonable. I get it, everyone has a high dunk rating but this doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t get dunked on every play of the game when in reality i’m playing great defense Expand
  4. May 20, 2021
    1
    Probably the worst next-generation game available on PS5. This game is almost offensive to someone who has studied basketball their entireProbably the worst next-generation game available on PS5. This game is almost offensive to someone who has studied basketball their entire life. Players like Ricky Rubio shouldn’t be dunking, this isn’t NBA Playgrounds. This gameplay is what a non-basketball fan would picture a game of basketball to go. And please do not get me going on the terrible servers and the constant need to use micro transactions in order to succeed. This might be the worst simulation basketball game I’ve ever played alongside NBA Live 14. But this one is just sinful and I would love for 2K to take a step back and look at the game and take in account what the fans want rather than what they imagine in their crazy pipe dream. We need more variety to choose from other than this one abysmal basketball game, but i guess i’ll keep playing because they have monopolized the whole market with mediocre mechanics and a terrible dev and support team. 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. Sep 18, 2021
    0
    This game is garbage. MyNBA is unplayable due to fact that there are only 3 camera modes and Rail mode is the only sideline camera which isThis game is garbage. MyNBA is unplayable due to fact that there are only 3 camera modes and Rail mode is the only sideline camera which is great for watching a NBA game but not playing a video game. Another reason is its trash is that if you take a contested shot with your back to the sideline you will fall into the crowd. Even if the shot is 15ft from the sideline. It then will take 5 seconds to get back in defense. Lastly the AI defense in MyCareer is ridiculous. Unless you dump $40-100 on your player you aren't getting out of the first round of the NCAA tournament. The graphics are decent but game play is trash! I'd rather have a little less graphics for better game play! 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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