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  • Summary: NBA 2K21 is the latest title in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series, delivering an industry-leading sports video game experience. With extensive improvements upon its best-in-class graphics and gameplay, competitive and community online features, and deep, varied game modes, NBANBA 2K21 is the latest title in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series, delivering an industry-leading sports video game experience. 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. Expand
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NBA 2K21 Next Gen vs. Current Gen Gameplay Comparison
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    It’s an overall terrific revamp for NBA 2K21, and a game that has something for everyone, especially when you consider that MyTeam and MyCareer also have plenty of other fun to offer. And the WNBA game has also never been quite this satisfying, delivering grounded, strategic basketball...It all adds up to the top sports gaming hit of 2020. Need a sports game on your next-gen console? This is it.
  2. Nov 16, 2020
    90
    NBA 2K21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S is a big step forward for the franchise and easily the best version of this year’s basketball franchise. There might be the feeling that features were shorn from the current gen release to give it more impact, but from the inclusivity of featuring the WNBA in MyPlayer, to the sprawling The City online hub and the stunning graphics and gameplay improvements, this will keep you and your new console happy well into 2022.
  3. Nov 22, 2020
    87
    NBA 2K21 Next Generation takes full advantage of next-gen hardware, improving graphics and physics but also adding more content and welcome new modes; playing at 4K 60fps with great graphics and truly alive arenas is a real joy. We just wish 2K would pull back a bit on their microtransactions push.
  4. Nov 16, 2020
    80
    It should be no great shock that next-gen NBA 2K21 is the best-looking basketball game ever made. What's perhaps more surprising is that 2K has added two substantial modes (in the new WNBA career mode The W and the massively multiplayer The City) to make it the most feature-packed one ever too. Much of its content still has the weight of microtransactions hanging over it, but as long as you don't mind ignoring that and putting in the grind instead, this is a great purchase for NBA fans: especially if you held fire and haven't played 2K21 on Xbox One yet.
  5. Nov 24, 2020
    80
    There’s no doubting that NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles is the most authentic representation of the sport yet. And even better, it’s got the most expansive and engrossing selection of modes and features. If you’re a basketball fan who’s lucky enough to own a next-gen console, you ought to consider NBA 2K21 a must-buy. The only drawback is that if you’ve already played it on your current-gen console, you won’t be able to carry forward any progress other than that made in MyTeam.
  6. Nov 20, 2020
    80
    The full-team on-court action plays the best it ever has, and the graphical leap is impressive to boot, but it still comes up short in some key areas.
  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: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19
  1. Nov 12, 2020
    10
    wow graphic is amazing, gameplay feel smooth, players movement is realistic with footplanting.. My Career is fun with the city to tourwow graphic is amazing, gameplay feel smooth, players movement is realistic with footplanting.. My Career is fun with the city to tour around.. WNBA is fun to play my league Expand
  2. Dec 22, 2020
    9
    Lighting and graphics look great. 2k doesn’t a great job trying to add a few new things each year. Franchise and other modes could use someLighting and graphics look great. 2k doesn’t a great job trying to add a few new things each year. Franchise and other modes could use some more depth to them. Fun game to play. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2020
    9
    The graphics are AMAZING, this FEELS like the Next-Generation, The Association is back, 2ktv is better too, Mycareer is solid aside fromThe graphics are AMAZING, this FEELS like the Next-Generation, The Association is back, 2ktv is better too, Mycareer is solid aside from boring story, The city, while it has some lag, is FIRE Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2021
    6
    El juego es una decepción total, animaciones rotas como el año pasado, la ciudad va con una lag tremendo, casi no hay gente para jugar online,El juego es una decepción total, animaciones rotas como el año pasado, la ciudad va con una lag tremendo, casi no hay gente para jugar online, muy díficil de farmear y si quieres conseguir algo decente vas a tener que grindear como un loco. El juego acaba siendo a ver quien tiene la carta más rota. La gente abusa jugando online con los triples. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2021
    3
    Having played the 2k games all the way back since Dreamcast I have fond memories of both this and the football 2K games. But gone are thoseHaving played the 2k games all the way back since Dreamcast I have fond memories of both this and the football 2K games. But gone are those days and now are the microtransaction days. At every turn this games tries to get you to spend money and some of the mechanics are not even subtle about being gambling. There is a slot machine for peets sake! If I want to play online I am forced to buy player packs or I cannot be competitive. But maybe I am just becoming an old gamer who thinks you should get the best things in games from putting in the time and effort. Yes the graphics look great and the game works that's why you get 3 points instead of 0. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2021
    2
    Can’t play most modes without logging into the 2k servers and the 2k servers have constant issues. Having to try logging in for a half hourCan’t play most modes without logging into the 2k servers and the 2k servers have constant issues. Having to try logging in for a half hour just to play a basketball game is pathetic and whoever is in charge of the 2k servers need to all be fired. Fun game when it can actually be played but too many issues. Don’t spend a dime on this game only download if you have the game pass and a ton of time on your hands to wait for loading issues. Expand
  7. Mar 5, 2021
    0
    Was playing myCareer, finished a game and it froze. Tried to reboot the game and it said my myplayer file was corrupted. Tried to put in aWas playing myCareer, finished a game and it froze. Tried to reboot the game and it said my myplayer file was corrupted. Tried to put in a help ticket and got no response. Expand

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