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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. 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.
  3. Sep 14, 2020
    80
    The work of Visual Concepts is, also this year, solid and of absolute quality, even if necessarily less "busy" than usual.
  4. Sep 6, 2020
    73
    Aside from the polarizing shooting concept, a new look to the Neighborhood and a completely revamped MyTeam mode, there isn’t much difference in this and NBA 2K20. If you’re not a hardcore MyTeam player, I’m not sure this is a must-have for you–especially if you’re buying it on next-gen...Also, were this a half-priced or free-to-play expansion to NBA 2K20, I would have evaluated it through a different lense. As it is, there are some strong components, but it doesn’t feel like a completely new game in as many aspects as usual.
  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: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 21 out of 31
  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 5, 2020
    8
    What disappointed me the most is that there is no Create a Legend Mode and the lack of improvements for MyLeague and MyGM. I also not happyWhat disappointed me the most is that there is no Create a Legend Mode and the lack of improvements for MyLeague and MyGM. I also not happy that you can't even transfer MyCareer. But overall, NBA2K21 is a solid game that will bring in fun for Basketball Fans. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2020
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. WTF! Its one thing for this game to make me playthrough a bunch of worthless games and stupid cuts cutscenes but the reality is all that would be fine if not for the fact THEY FORCE AN INJURY ON YOU!!!!
    Come on 2k just when the pendulum is swinging in your favor you go and release this piece of garbage. Overall I like the gameplay improvements and MyGm is starting ro really come into its own. McCarver is the only frustrating part and that sucks cause its my favorite mode.
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  5. 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
  6. Sep 7, 2020
    0
    Same game as 2k20 except completely ruined the shooting. Myteam changes are awesome but gameplay is so broken that you only try to get layups.Same game as 2k20 except completely ruined the shooting. Myteam changes are awesome but gameplay is so broken that you only try to get layups. Dont bother shooting because you're just going to miss Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2020
    0
    Your stuff WONT carry over to the next gen, not to mention that the game doesn’t support smart delivery either. Waste of money and greedy AF.Your stuff WONT carry over to the next gen, not to mention that the game doesn’t support smart delivery either. Waste of money and greedy AF. This is the most insulting NBA game up to date. Expand

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