September 4, 2020
I have always been a big fan of the NBA 2K series. So when I was lucky enough to get my hands on the next incarnation of it for the PS5, I couldn’t contain my excitement level. 2K21’s gameplay did not disappoint. Let’s just say I was pleasantly blown away by the enhanced graphics and game mechanics.
The native 4K/60fps presentation in NBA 2K21 is impressive. Player faces are more detailed than ever, and a little thing that sells it is that everyone else looks much better now too. It feel like the 2K series as a whole was given a complete overhaul. 2k Studios seem like they listened to there fans and gave us a game we can be excited to play.
Now we all know with every iteration of the the 2K series there have been changes. Some good and some not so good, but we still enjoy them for the most part. The things that stood out to me were the new shot mechanics. Where before you just used the joystick or the shot button, it has been replaced with a meter similar to the one used for free throws. Now I know what some of you might be thinking “Man that doesn’t sound like fun!”, but it’s actually not as bad as some might think. Timing is everything in this game. Players will have to time the meter just right for even the simplest of plays, but when you do oh man the excitement!
Normally in 2K I would easily just dominate the CPU, but with this new mechanic I found it to be actually more enjoyable this way. The icing on the cake was the new dual sense controller of the PS5. The responsiveness and just overall feel of the next gen console took my breathe away. Now some may say I’m a Sony fanboy, but I have played both the PS5 and Xbox Series X with appreciation for both of them. Learning the way the different mechanics work best for you can either make or break your experience.
The thing that I found was the icing on the cake, well at least for me. Was playing as the NBA/WNBA players. I didn’t feel like one was better than the other. Both leagues players each felt different and enjoyable to play as. The power of the PS5 really helped bring out the player likeness that had been missing in other titles. Now I don’t know if its just me and my hype for next gen consoles, but it feel like everything in 2K21 was on point. From the player controls, interactions, sweat detail ( yeah I know gross), etc.
In the end, NBA 2K21 is worth getting your hands on. In our other review we focused on the MYCareer mode which you should also check out if you haven’t already. Maybe I’ll see you guys on the court one of these days.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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-Graphics are amazing
-Better AI interactions
-NBA and WNBA players feel genuine and authentic
-Controls take some getting used to
-New meter for shots system can be too difficult at times