NBA 2K21

Visual Concepts

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
68
Top Critic Average
33%
Critics Recommend
Based on 73 critic reviews
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NBA 2K21

Rating Summary

Based on 73 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 73 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCSep 4, 2020
PlayStation 4Sep 4, 2020
Xbox OneSep 4, 2020
Google StadiaSep 4, 2020

Developer: Visual Concepts

Genres: Sports, Simulation

NBA 2K21 is the latest title in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series, delivering an industry-leading sports video game experience on Xbox One. With extensive improvements upon its best-in-class graphics and gameplay, competitive and community online features, and deep, varied game modes, NBA 2K21 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of NBA basketball and culture - where Everything is Game.

NBA 2K21 Critic Reviews

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NBA 2K21 doesn't break the series' signature basketball gameplay, but its minor improvements and persistent addiction to obnoxious microtransactions mean more of the same isn't good enough anymore.

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It would be one thing if this was just NBA 2K20 with some minor changes but this rips the heart out of last year's game solely to appeal to competitive online players, with many much-loved features stripped back or not included at all.

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NBA 2K21 still delivers the thrill of being on the court and producing spectacular plays, but it lacks innovation and fresh ideas

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That means some kind of personal journey or transformation for the star, and supporting characters with some depth and likability. Given every chance to be a preening overdog, newcomer Vince Washington turns the character Hendrixx Cobb into a warm, believable friend instead. Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire) is just shady enough as a streetwise mentor to make an endgame choice - one the game even forced me to reconsider! - both reasonable and personally regrettable.

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OpenCritic Coverage

NBA 2K21 Fouls Out with New Unskippable In-Game Ads

NBA 2K21 Fouls Out with New Unskippable In-Game Ads

NBA 2K21 doesn't have a sterling reputation among its players partly due to the way the series implements microtransactions. But new in-game advertisements which can't be skipped have really created an outcry.

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NBA 2K21: Celebrating Kobe Bryant in the Mamba Forever Edition

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NBA 2K21: Zion Next-Gen Coming (Next Gen Cover Athlete)

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NBA 2K21: Everything is Dame (Current Gen Cover Athlete)