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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen

2K Games, Visual Concepts
Nov 10, 2020 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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82

Top Critic Average

83%

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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Trailers

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NBA 2K21: Next Gen Launch Trailer

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NBA 2K21: Next-Gen Gameplay Reveal


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Critic Reviews for NBA 2K21 Next-Gen

NBA 2K21 takes some great steps to bring the series into a new generation and impress on the court, but some parts of its game still need work

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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.

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NBA 2K21 Next Generation is everything that 2K Sports had promised; the gameplay is refined and corrected compared to the version of PS4 and Xbox One, the WNBA is expanded in an incredible way and The City makes street basketball can be enjoyed like never before in the franchise. All this is accompanied by pristine performance and the visual component characteristic of the new generation of consoles.

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Visual Concepts has taken profit of PS5 and Xbox Series X-S in the most realistic sport simulator we have ever seen. It uses some things from the previous generation, but it also adds new features, such as improved graphics, The City and new modes for the WNBA. A new dynasty is coming.

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NBA 2K21 on next-gen delivers a fun and deep hoops package unlike anything else we’ve ever seen. It’s not just about enhanced visuals. There is more under the hood in almost every area. This isn’t a perfect game. There is room for improvement in multiple areas, but what it does excellently far outshines the smaller, and much-easier to absorb shortcomings. 2K has again set the standard on a new console, and everyone else is playing catch-up. The fact that this game was developed during a pandemic is inspiring.

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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.

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Not only does NBA 2K21 Next Generation feature true to life visuals and insanely fast load times, but it also has new and improved game modes for you to check out that makes this the definitive version of NBA 2K21 without any question.

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NBA 2K21 is an impressive overhaul of an already excellent basketball simulation. There are times where it over-extends; The City, for example, is an awesome idea in principle, but its sheer scale can leave it feeling deserted. Still, while we have legitimate gripes with the game's implementation of VC, there's no denying that next-gen hooping feels fantastic. And with so many modes and features, as well as industry-leading presentation, there's no doubt that 2K Sports is starting this generation off strong.

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