This is a fairly simple question about this roundtable.A week later, do you like the next generation NBA 2K21??
Chase Becot: You see, I was miserable for the current generation NBA 2K21.. I didn’t have a good time because I felt like 2K hit the wall. I thought the game was in a decent place at launch, but I wasn’t happy anymore just playing the game through the patch. I didn’t enjoy Play Now Online. I didn’t enjoy AI. I didn’t enjoy the park. I liked the MyTeam changes in a general sense, but I didn’t like the gameplay there as I had to be “meta” to compete. In fact, I’ve probably enjoyed the NBA 2K games the least, and probably longer, in at least four years.
In many respects NBA 2K21 It felt like the culmination of many “bad” little decisions by 2K developers who caught up with everything at once. What I mean is that badges were overwhelming in a way that was more important than rating in every way. The obsession with the green release has reached a new peak that makes you feel like you can’t hit anything but the green. The gameplay felt slow, and unlike the actual NBA, I dunked into the lane over and over again. The fast break defense was messed up, but at the same time it wasn’t very fun to break and stab a deep jumper.
Overall, I wasn’t happy. But I am now.
Next generation NBA 2K21 I’ve more or less updated my belief in either my first or second favorite sports franchise (it fights the show every year for me). The gameplay isn’t built from scratch, but it seems like the best patch possible. You can withdraw the fee again. Ratings are important again, so the lack of an X badge doesn’t make a particular player unusable. The greens are still in focus, but I don’t feel obsessed with them as I can hit regular shots again without having to make everything green.
Feeling like NBA basketball again, not only do I know one or two ways to consistently score, but I also feel that my decision is important. And so far the fun part about this for me is that I’m still barely scratching the surface of what I want to check here. I’m very happy just playing a Play Now match against the AI (while waiting for the actual NBA free agency to start before the franchise) and the city frame to wait for it I was surprised enough about the rate issue there before jumping into things. Also, since I was the WNBA champion last year, I would like to dig deeper into the WNBA / W mode. I really felt that 2K played the best at the end, so even ask the 2K developers to make the WNBA team available online. Years of using the WNBA team.
In short, I’m glad I still have a lot to explore. And now that I’m not having a big problem with 2K21, I hope 2K developers don’t patch this game to the ground. Some gameplay elements and some technical issues.
Scott Funk: The next generation of NBA 2K was a pleasant surprise to me. I think gameplay has taken another step in the right direction. The graphics are good and the stream can’t really do it right. The gameplay feels smooth and some of the previous issues seem to have been resolved.
Citi and MyNBA are as good as being advertised. One of the best features of the next generation is the rumble feature of the new PS5 controller. It really adds a layer of gameplay and feels hard to explain without looking for yourself.
Overall, this was more than I could have asked for in a new generation and game. It seems that the developers are really focusing on the next generation version.
Brandon Kosal: I remember seeing the next-generation launch trailer and insisting that I had to wait until 2K22 to get the feel of the next generation in this space. And after a few days in the game, I probably couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, this is my go-to game for showing off my PS5.
To keep the annoyance out of the way: 2K is still a microtransaction nightmare and is unlikely to go away anytime soon. What matters to me is whether the basketball game itself makes up for that annoyance, and the next generation of 2K will definitely kick it out of the park.
Indeed, some permanent annoyances from previous generations remain here. It doesn’t feel like it’s built entirely from scratch, but it doesn’t just make the graphics feel like a great 2K. One is that the graphics are much better. And so is the gameplay.
Will it level off over time? Do my eyes trick my brain into thinking that a graphics leap is also a gameplay leap? Probably. However, the game looks so gorgeous that I had to change the default camera settings for the first time in franchise history. Goodbye 2K high cam and Hello broadcast!
If you’re like me and feel 2K is out of date, forget it all and try 2K21. We hope that 2K will continue to focus on on-coat products at the right level.
Joel Smith: Unfortunately I didn’t have much time NBA 2K21 The next generation I wanted due to some real problems and some PS5 crashes, but my time in the game was great. The visuals on my Samsung Q80T TV are pretty nutty in all of the 4K glory. The game definitely feels much smoother than what we’ve been accustomed to in NBA 2K in the past.
I haven’t seen an animation with a gimmick yet, so I’m relieved. I haven’t jumped into any mode other than playing The City or some MyCareer games yet, so I can’t really talk to them yet. Most importantly, the game feels very good overall. The action in court is satisfying and I’ll let the game bite into the game for the next few days and soon unleash my deep thoughts on it (I’ll write a review of the current generation and the next generation I also wrote a review).