NBA 2K21 Review – Ball Another Day

With NBA 2K21, you just know what you’re getting into–a basketball simulation with the presentation chops, star power, and gameplay mechanics to embody the sport on a professional and cultural level. You know you’ll build a custom player to go through a story that leads into a full career and take to the streets and rec center for pick up games. You know you can play a management sim through MyGM or build a playable fantasy team through card packs in MyTeam. And you also know all too well about the scheme of VC that looms over it all, which remains one of the prominent offenders of intrusive microtransactions.

At this point, NBA 2K21 suggests that the franchise is out of surprises. It comes with a robust suite of modes, but despite minor remixing year after year, the annual releases are starting to blend together (if they haven’t already). Mechanics get minor tweaks or additions, but largely remain untouched. So, for those embedded in the 2K cycle, you know what the deal is, but because this year’s game changes things mostly on a surface level, it’s hard to be excited about yet another entry.

Your player in MyCareer starts in high school, goes through college for a short time, then gets drafted.
Your player in MyCareer starts in high school, goes through college for a short time, then gets drafted.

Don’t get me wrong, as a lifelong basketball fan who embraced the culture as a wee lad and cherishes street ball memories from back home, I’m still a bit in awe of how well the sport has translated into video game form (I said as much in my NBA 2K19 review). And that doesn’t just come from the player likenesses, character creation tools, or the broadcast-style presentation; it’s a matter of the core gameplay, too.

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