NBA 2K21 Review: Lots of fun, but too much like last year to be necessary

I rebuilt NBA 2K20 Player’s look in NBA 2K21 Easily, this year’s story mode looks like a straightforward sequel, though my man has done nothing to get back from college.

Same player, same game, same story.

For some reason, it still works for me – until I pulled back into Mycare, the modes, The Long Shadow, part narrative, onboarding, new players were fired to play. Or maybe by the time I went to MyTeam, the card-collection / fantasy game mode tied into the currency system that also produces a MyCareer run. NBA 2K21 Doesn’t give me a better reason to spend my virtual paper there, either.

Oh don’t get me wrong: NBA 2K21 Still like the games of last year, the hours of my time will stop. This is the quality and shame.

Real-life college teams return to The Long Shadow, in story mode players are introduced to “juniors”, an up-and-comer to live with a legacy.
Image: Visual Concepts / 2K Sports

Let’s start with that quality, which is that the production value of visual concepts and a clear commitment to each annual game can create endless purification of sports video games as an artistic proposition – This is really good, like last year! – Feel fresh and worth exploring. The studio’s gifts to Flair get a great performance with The Long Shadow.

Best performance from Jessie Williams, (Gray anatomy) As casting dead father Shadow said, and neat, show-not-tell writing and dialogue as a basic pop bread story in a good popcorn movie. NBA 2K21With The Long Shadow, the games of other games largely do not meet in my experiments with narrative modalities: I need not just a backstory that I can believe in, but also that I need to move forward Proud of.

This means some kind of personal journey or change for the star, and supporting characters with some depth and potential. Seeing every chance to become an erstwhile overdog, newcomer Vince Washington replaced Hendriks Cobb as a warm, reliable friend. Michael K. Williams (from Omar) Wire) is In college Shady enough as a roadside patron to prefer an android – a game forced me to rethink too! – Both proper and personal remorse.

But the shame is that in its best and most distinctive offerings, NBA 2K21 Is similar to NBA 2K20 To give my recommendation more supportive material beyond my gut feeling, a sort of “yes, it’s fun; go play it” mood. hell, NBA 2K20 Too Brought in a man from Wire For his story, and gave the player’s character a very attractive but lovable opponent to measure against. This is why NBA 2K21 For you: It worked last year, so of course it works this year.

There are gameplay changes, even upgrades, but by themselves they do not justify restarting MyCareer or MyTeam. In other years, or in other game titles, adjustments to new controls or core games can still leave me saying, “Okay, now I’m Actually Want to make a career with it. ”

Cover Star Damian Lillard Hitting Shot Stick in NBA 2K21

Shot stick emitting adds a degree of difficulty, and a more determined effort scoring, but is only accessible to advanced players.
Image: Visual Concepts / 2K Sports

Not only this, I get out of the shot stick emitting, a new control scheme that pays more attention to experienced players looking for a stepper challenge. Aiming a shot stick requires the player to focus a wedge on the shot meter with the right thumb, in addition to dropping that stick at the right time. I couldn’t figure it out, but players who have mastered the old timing-only system may find it worth watching.

In aiming the shot stick, the visual concept rejoined the rest of the thumbstick input right for the ball-handling move (called the pro stick). This got the better of me, and the Pro Stick, as a modifier for my player movement, feels more responsive to instinct, rather than requiring discrete and deliberate choices. Like, I can make more room than a defender and beat my man with a dribble, where I was never good enough to do that before.

Still, this is good, but by itself it doesn’t make me want to re-assign my MyCareer player to take advantage of these new abilities. Nor does it force me to dive into MyGM with skilled bowlers like Qui Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. In fact, the lack of focus on MyGM for the second year (MyLeague maintains its own WNBA upgrades, but none of the MyGM roles) NBA 2K21 It takes even more of a genulation to prepare for new and casual fans, rather than a nod to hardcore biographers hoping to put a little more effort into the game’s longest single-player mode.

Which, yes, brings us to the mandatory mention of microtrans. In MyTeam NBA 2K21 There is still the same arms race of grinding and real-money purchases, but this is a big shift in tone away from the almost bizarre casino themes of the past year.

Screen showing awards for the first season of content in NBA 2K21's MyTeam

Oh yeah, it has lots of microstrans NBA 2K21MyTeam, but there is also a season-based, battle pass-award system where virtual currency plays no role.
Image: Visual Concepts / 2K Sports

Simply put, now you can get your team and time out of court without spending any money. An exchange, where players can redeem a dozen or so grunt-level cards, and players can be added to the game for larger shiny cards. And is a season / battle pass component whose reward tier is earned solely through gameplay. Money, virtual or otherwise, has no effect. This is a step in the right direction, and it seems to be a 2k sports thing that has been brightened by the poor look given by MyTeam NBA 2K20.

But the change in tone is really all of this. Best efforts of NBA 2K21 Optional, such as shot stick shooting; Variants of a theme, such as The Long Shadow; Or a more respectful relationship with the player, like MyTeam. And if they don’t have a case Against Sticking with last year’s version, they’re not too much of a case for Going on this year, either.

NBA 2K21 Now available on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One; It will be released later this year on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game was played on Xbox One which uses the download code provided by 2K Sports. Vox Media has an affiliate partnership. These do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media can earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. You can find Additional information about polygamy’s ethics policy here.