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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: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Sep 15, 2020
    90
    NBA 2K21 on Xbox One is a brash, flashy and powerful game that has a huge array of toys to play with, as well as a powerful toy-kit to make it more your own too. Whilst there are micro-transactions within, the patient player can just grind their way to the top.
  2. Sep 19, 2020
    83
    The best basketball returns with NBA 2K21, a new release that comes with several new features in its most played modes and a totally renewed shooting system.
  3. 80
    2K21 is another solid entry in the series that builds upon the great gameplay strides of the last few years. Visual Concepts has some fires to put out and hopefully that happens sooner rather than later so fans can get on to enjoying the grind.
  4. Sep 28, 2020
    70
    Beyond the controversy, NBA 2K21 manages to save itself only because of the special attention that the development team puts on its playability since the game does not offer anything at the moment other than its already known modes, which are beginning to being flagged by the community as old and outdated, as well as an online component that got eaten up by microtransactions.
  5. Sep 6, 2020
    65
    Only the novelties of the My Team mode are satisfactory for a forgettable title on the current generation of consoles.
  6. Sep 10, 2020
    60
    Lacking fresh ideas, NBA 2K21 feels like it's just going through the motions and is a placeholder for its next-gen counterpart.
  7. Sep 10, 2020
    40
    It would be one thing if this was just NBA 2K20 with some minor changes but this rips the heart out of last year’s game solely to appeal to competitive online players, with many much-loved features stripped back or not included at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 61
  2. Negative: 47 out of 61
  1. Sep 7, 2020
    10
    2k came thru with the bonus content packs and VC making things better and running much better much better than day 1 Great job
  2. Sep 8, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Smoother layout, game runs better but still has about 80% of the problems last years game had. With that being said the my career is much more fun with the smoother layout and it is also a huge improvement with the character customization(ie more brands and accessories) gameplay is a bit harder on the park but once you get used to it the game is not too bad! This is a rating by a single player mode player and an online player. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2020
    3
    Every year the game comes out half assed with so many bugs and I made a glass cleaning finisher with a 80 layup and 92 close shot and I stillEvery year the game comes out half assed with so many bugs and I made a glass cleaning finisher with a 80 layup and 92 close shot and I still can't make a layup over a pointguard with 4 hof badges. I've had vc not given to me from my career games and I still haven't gotten them from Dailey objectives and people litteraly can't can't the ball but they can catch oops from half court over 3 people Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2020
    0
    This game is trash, it is 100% unplayable. Not even going to talk about how this is a clear scheme to drain money out of your bank account
  5. Jan 13, 2021
    0
    Unless you are prepared to spend an additional $60 on Virtual Currency to even be able to hold the ball in myCareer / the Neighborhood, do notUnless you are prepared to spend an additional $60 on Virtual Currency to even be able to hold the ball in myCareer / the Neighborhood, do not buy this game. I remember having so much fun in 2k games when I was younger, it’s really sad to see the developers greed with microtransactions ruin a game like this. -5 out of 10 Expand
  6. Sep 10, 2020
    0
    Copy and paste game with worse shooting mechanics certain lines of text aren’t even replaced referring to the protagonist in my career fromCopy and paste game with worse shooting mechanics certain lines of text aren’t even replaced referring to the protagonist in my career from last years game. This years offense in general is very terrible and they don’t give you the option to select which shot meter you want to use as they did in previous years the only positives are a new park (2kbeach) and the retooled my player builder. They still haven’t implemented custom pie charts in the player builder as they said the would before last years fane came out. If they dindt make shooting so badge oriented this would be a very enjoyable game. Expand
  7. Jun 26, 2021
    0
    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME !!! This is the worst one of them all , they just put it together and called it a game from the shot meter to having noDO NOT BUY THIS GAME !!! This is the worst one of them all , they just put it together and called it a game from the shot meter to having no cut scenes at all just down right the worst game from the 2k franchise Expand

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