If I had a $1 for every time someone has asked me if it was worth it to buy the current-generation version of NBA 2K21, I could have paid for a pre-order of the Mamba Forever Edition of the game.
I have answered the question in an article form, but it doesn’t really tell the story of the current-gen version–at least not completely.
This is a peculiar release and one that is tough to evaluate for a variety of reasons. first, it was largely developed during a global pandemic, which certainly matters. That said, the product isn’t discounted for the public, so it isn’t fair to grade on a curve despite the challenges the hard-working development team faced during the production of the game.
Secondly, it is released just about two months before the next-generation version that is projected to blow it out of the water in every way.
Lastly, the global pandemic has impacted the actual NBA season, which has made it impossible to deliver the usual roster update a new version provides.
With all those factors in mind, I still have to evaluate NBA 2K21 for current-gen systems as an individual product, no matter what world events have affected it, or what likely amazing version is set to make us forget about it in 60-80 days.
So here is the good, the bad, and the bottom line with NBA 2K21 on current-gen consoles.
Aside from the polarizing shooting concept, a new look to the Neighborhood and a completely revamped MyTeam mode, there isn’t much difference in this and NBA 2K20. If you’re not a hardcore MyTeam player, I’m not sure this is a must-have for you–especially if you’re buying it on next-gen.
Also, were this a half-priced or free-to-play expansion to NBA 2K20, I would have evaluated it through a different lense. As it is, there are some strong components, but it doesn’t feel like a completely new game in as many aspects as usual.
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