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Overwhelming dislike- based on 121 Ratings

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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at the moment other than its already known modes, which are beginning to being flagged by the community as old and outdated, as well as an online component that got eaten up by microtransactions.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 59
  2. Negative: 45 out of 59
  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. Nov 11, 2020
    0
    Absolute waste of money. The creators of this game simply copy and paste each year with small adjustments, but miraculously manage to make itAbsolute waste of money. The creators of this game simply copy and paste each year with small adjustments, but miraculously manage to make it WORSE each year! It sucks, the online gameplay especially sucks! Do not waste your money on this dumpster fire Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2020
    0
    Microtransaction, copypast. Microtransaction, copypast. Microtransaction, copypast.
  7. Jun 3, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is trash I cannot hit any shots with a 75+ three pointer people make so many whites you can’t get contest when you need them curry slides are annoying you can’t stop the lobs the screens hit to hard vc is too expensive 2k is overall not a fun game the game is recycled from the previous 2k the jumpshot meter sucks no new hairstyles 2k fails to make there game better and I think that it will never be a good game ever again seeing how scripted and broken this game is example there is a badge glitch that requires you to do absolutely nothing and you will be able to do it people use scripts that makes you green every shot 2ks coding is garbage the rec matchmaking is horrible 2k sucks and people are favored to win never will be a fun game Expand

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