NBA 2K21

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NBA 2K21

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Just when you thought 2K Sports couldn't get any worse. "Everything Is Game"? More like "Everything Is Money"!
Genre: Sports
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
iOS
Google Stadia
PlayStation 5
Xbox Series X
Release Date: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia & iOS:
September 4, 2020
Xbox Series X/S:
November 10, 2020 (launch title)
PlayStation 5:
November 12, 2020 (launch title)
Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Made in: United States
Franchise: NBA 2K
Previous Game: NBA 2K20


NBA 2K21 is a basketball simulation video game that was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, based on the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is the 22nd installment in the NBA 2K franchise.

Why It Sucks

  1. Many glitches/bugs were reported by many players at launch.
  2. This game is another reskin of the previous NBA 2K games (especially NBA 2K20), however, they had the guts for this installment to remove some features.
  3. The microtransactions are worse and more expensive compared to the previous NBA 2K games.
  4. The game costs $70 for the next-generation versions.
  5. The soundtrack is very much focused on heavily censored rap music, something inexcusable for a game rated E by the ESRB. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 was rated T because of the lyrics in the soundtrack's songs, so why didn't the same happen with NBA?
    • Not helping was the fact that the game has over 150 songs on next-gen.
  6. No cutscenes like the Pre-game interviews or Pre-game shows in MyCareer Mode.
  7. The rosters at the launch were mostly a copy-paste of NBA 2K20's final roster update, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic suspending the NBA season, which prevented off-season moves from happening before the game's release.
  8. The shooting mechanic is broken.
  9. The notorious Mamba Forever Edition's cover art. Kobe Bryant, a deceased former L.A Lakers player, is used as the cover art mascot to gain extra money. And while they could add him in the cover art as some sort of tribute to him in general, they did it in a Deluxe Edition that's more expensive than the Standard Edition. In other words, it shows that 2K Games doesn't have a problem with using a deceased person for-profits, which morally speaking, completely. Disrespects. THE DEAD. (Just think about that for a second!)
  10. For the third time, there are unskippable ads in the loading screens, despite the fact that this is a game that is sold for full price. It happened twice with 2K19 and 2K20, showing the developers (and publishers) still haven't learned anything.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. The game on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 is a significant upgrade from the eighth generation version, with new features such as The City and WNBA franchise mode, the franchise mode itself being more advanced, very short load times, and noticeably improved graphics.

Reception

NBA 2K21 received mixed reviews from critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic.

Michael Higham from GameSpot gave the game a score of 6 out of 10. He states "NBA 2K21 shows that the lone basketball sim we have now has largely stagnated. It's a full package, for sure, but one that demonstrates a little-to-no motivation to meaningfully improve upon itself. That doesn't take away from the strong foundation that makes NBA 2K a fun and rewarding time. However, when you go through the same grind and the same process with only superficial changes, you just get burnt out faster than years prior."

NBA 2K21 received a negative user score on Metacritic, with the PlayStation 4 version having a user score of 0.9, the Xbox One version having a user score of 2.2, the PC version having a user score of 1.5, and the Nintendo Switch version having a 1.6 user score after players found out that it's essentially a reskinned version of NBA 2K20 but with some changes for the worse.

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Comments


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Zeephare

4 months ago
Score 4
What a beautiful trash. Anyone remember 2Kasino Simulator aka NBA 2K20?
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Chilly5000

4 months ago
Score 3

"The Microtransactions are worse and more expensive compared to previous NBA 2K games."

Wait, even NBA 2K20?
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Collin from DOAWK

4 months ago
Score 4
What the frick it cost frikin 79 or 70 bucks for some terrible game
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DarkMatterMan4500

4 months ago
Score 2
It's better to bet your money at a REAL casino than this fucking trash.
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Sedgwick2K

one month ago
Score 0

I agree with DarkMatterMan.

At least there's a possiblity of winning back.
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Yūki

4 months ago
Score 2
I don't know why my dad keeps buying these games.
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Fortdicted

4 months ago
Score 0
Probably because your dad wants you to suffer from the terrors of this game.
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Villarreal892FIFA

4 months ago
Score 0
Is 9 really a reason it sucks. I thought they used Kobe as a tribute to a legend that passed and as a memory to remember him by for his achievements in basketball
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ThunderKat

4 months ago
Score 1
But then you remember this game is grossly monetised in addition to being a subpar product with an exorbitant price tag ($70-100).
Oh, and the Mamba Forever Edition is the one that has the next-gen upgrade.
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Villarreal892FIFA

4 months ago
Score 0
I don't think they meant it like that. I still think its to honor his achievements and they put a lot of effort in the Kobe design in the cover.
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TakeASoda

4 months ago
Score 1
Nah. Personally, I think that they are just trying to gain more money by using Kobe in the cover art, regardless if it was well made or not. If they were to make a tribute to his career and achievements, they would had him in the Standard Edition's cover, which, while still kinda insulting since they would still use a deceased person to gain money, would be kinda respectable for not being used on a more expensive version. But no, they had to put him on this more expensive version of the game for the sake of the money.
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ThunderKat

4 months ago
Score 4
Wait, so Crash Bandicoot 4 gets a 12 rating for mild swearing, but this game gets away with a 3 despite the soundtrack being laced with profanity?!
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TakeASoda

4 months ago
Score 1
Yeah. It doesn't make sense. Even Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 was rated T for the lyrics in the OST.
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ThunderKat

3 months ago
Score 1
Oh yeah, I forgot about that one.
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Icy Hot

4 months ago
Score 2

So... my cousin bought this game. And my mom had to buy it as a birthday gift for another cousin of mine. I had to eTransfer her CAN $80 to compensate for this shitty game when Spider-Man is only half that!

And the latter cousin was so impatient, he couldn't wait until Christmas to get a PS5! "NO! I WANT IT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!"
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Fortdicted

4 months ago
Score 1
How did this game get away with not getting age restricted by having a soundtrack with profanity?! This is why 2K is now my 2nd worst company ever next to EA!
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Yūki

3 months ago
Score 2
I hate the NBA 2K franchise with every fragment of my soul.
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Fortdicted

3 months ago
Score 3
I hate the NBA 2K franchise, too.
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GRAND-DUCHY

3 months ago
Score 1

Are the PS5 / Xbox Series X/S versions exactly the same as the PS4/Xbox One?

Are the graphics still sluggish? Are MTX more expensive?

I want to know, just for curiosity.
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Grammar guy

one month ago
Score 0
It's slightly better, from what I've seen from the gameplay trailer.
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EnnardTrap1987

2 months ago
Score 0
Not gonna lie, I actually didn’t know this game even existed.
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JaguarByte Productions

one month ago
Score 2
2K22 will also be on this wiki I'm saying it from now
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Typhlosion Trainer

one month ago
Score 2
There's no way in hell they will learn from their mistakes for 2K22, this franchise is a lost cause
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Dls100

one month ago
Score 0
As this point, I’m being to release how bad NBA Games got after NBA 2k17
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Bradyreino

one month ago
Score -2
The soundtrack is very much focused on heavily censored rap music, something inexcusable for a film rated G by the MPA. Films rated PG-13 had lyrics in the soundtrack's songs, so why didn't the same happen?
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Fortdicted

one month ago
Score 0
This is Crappy Games Wiki, not Awful Movies Wiki, damn it.

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