As live sports begin to roll out behind closed doors, major sports franchises are hitting gaming shelves, too. One of the most popular sports games on the market is NBA 2K21. Its release is a big deal for any fan.
Let’s get the basics out of the way first.
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Now available, just in time for holiday season.
Latest NBA 2K21 News
Next-gen features and changes
As one of a few release-day titles available for both the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5, NBA 2K21 has gained a lot of attention. The basketball game is on its 22nd version for the 2K gaming franchise.
Earlier, we mentioned how NBA 2K21 appeared to be headed for big changes heading into the next-generation of consoles. Now that the game is out, we can highlight some of those changes in further detail.
Specifically, we want to highlight what you can look forward to when playing the game on the next generation of consoles, with the freshly released Xbox Series X/S and the Playstation 5.
How is it any different than NBA 2K21 on PS4 or Xbox One?
While the gameplay trailer is impressive, sometimes it is tough to pull anything from videos put out by the game designer. The truth is, there are several changes each time a console receives an upgrade to the next generation, graphics being the biggest one that sticks out to most gamers. Of course, updated NBA 2K21 ratings and rosters along with improved graphics never hurt either.
For NBA 2K21 in particular, the dribbling mechanics have been completely revamped for the new systems. With this, player speeds are more accurate to their real-life counterparts.
In the past, the Pro Stick has just been used primarily for shooting. In NBA 2K21 it has been completely revamped. The Pro Stick now includes dribbling and ball-handling moves as well, on top of the shooting precision it previously offered.
With the Pro Stick now involving ball control as well, your player will act more naturally when dribbling. This leads to fewer missteps and mistakes when trying to shoot just beyond the 3-point line for example, instead of taking off from just inside the perimeter.
One thing that seems like it could make a big impact when behind the sticks is the updated player-size detection logic. This helps the uniqueness of each player feel like one-of-a-kind.
Shaquille O’Neal moves as he should, Anthony Davis has a bit more athleticism and in the game, it shows. You will notice a larger difference when playing with a guard as opposed to a big lacking good footwork.
With this, footwork has taken a huge leap in the next-generation of gaming. Foot planting has been revamped from the ground up. In the past, some 2K gamers may have noticed odd sliding behavior, which players in the NBA obviously cannot do, this redesign should take care of that from now on.
Unique PS5 Exclusive Button Changes
For Playstation 5 gamers, the introduction of new adaptive triggers allows NBA 2K21 to improve their gameplay functionality.
One of the biggest ways gamers will notice this change is when pressing the R2 trigger, sprinting around on the court. As your player begins to get fatigued, the gamer will feel more resistance on the trigger, letting them know their player is wearing down.
Another big way adaptive triggers are now being utilized is when in the post. A good, strong post player will feel slight resistance when holding L2, backing down in the paint. Whereas, a weaker post player will feel much more trigger resistance when attempting to make a move toward the basket, giving the gamer a better feel of each possession.
Purchasing NBA 2K21
At this point, you may be asking yourself again, when does NBA 2K21 come out for next-gen consoles?
If you’re one of the few lucky ones able to get your hands on a next-gen Xbox or Playstation, NBA 2K21 is available to buy right now.
There are several ways to purchase the game. Local retailers should have plenty in stock in stores or online. Otherwise, you can also purchase the digital versions of the game and begin installing it right now from your couch.
Past NBA 2K News
NBA 2K21 Demo Is Now Live
On August 24, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch got access to the NBA 2K21 demo. Check out this almost 90-minute long video, or swipe down for a shorter alternative.
For more information on the demo check out the tweet below: