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NBA 2K21 Next Generation on Xbox Series X is a great addition to an already packed amount of content. It’s visually more stunning than anything that has come before it, with a complete sheen to the gameplay and stunning work in how the players move and react. Everything is just topped off by some amazing work in the audio department.
NBA 2K21 on Xbox One is a brash, flashy and powerful game that has a huge array of toys to play with, as well as a powerful toy-kit to make it more your own too. Whilst there are micro-transactions within, the patient player can just grind their way to the top.
2K is back with the latest instalment of the NBA series, NBA 2K20, and as with every release, 2K never exactly reinvents the wheel. They don't need to though as the wheel they already have is fantastic. However, with the constant demand for ever realistic simulation, graphical improvement and new game modes, they always find ways to add something new and get the fans talking.
From publishers 2K comes the latest installment of the more outrageous basketball game - NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. It's a game that doesn't take itself too seriously and is almost a homage to the NBA Jam games from many years ago. It's silly and it's clearly not trying to compete with its more realistic 2K19 counterpart. But, is it a bit of fun on the side, or is it just too ridiculous?
It's been an entire year since 2K last brought out a domineering basketball simulator, another year since since I played an outstanding story mode and another year since I played as my beloved team in franchise mode, soared my way through the playoffs and won the league. Now NBA 2K19 is finally here, I couldn't wait to see how on earth they've managed to make the latest iteration even better.
The art of shooting hoops is enjoyed by millions around the globe, with many of them no doubt getting hooked during the popularity boosting Michael Jordan era and even more embracing the new wave of stars like the NBA 2K18 cover athlete Kyrie Irving. My slight interest in basketball as a viewer however comes mainly from watching Bugs Bunny and co. in Space Jam, which isn’t really the same as watching real NBA action. In the gaming world though I’ve been partial to the NBA 2K series, and after skipping a few iterations, I’m now venturing into NBA 2K18 after much anticipation. But can it deliver authenticity without comprising on the fun factor? And will the brand new features help to enhance the overall NBA 2K18 experience?
I like basketball; I might even love it. But I can’t play it, and I don’t pretend that I can. I can’t shoot, layup, jump or dunk; so, in that regard, the 2K NBA series has been my conciliation. So I’ve played a bit of 2K NBA over the years – maybe more than is healthy. But every time a new instalment releases, I realise that there are parts of the old game that I still haven’t played, and there are parts of the new one that I feel like I already have.
Now up to the sixteenth instalment in the NBA 2K series developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K15 hopes to build upon the previous year’s offering. Can it slam dunk its way into basketball fans’ hearts?
Silly season is starting and across the coming weeks gamers on all formats will be slammed with multiple sports titles, as the annual additions look to build on what we've loved for the 12 months previous. That starts today with the release of NBA 2K22 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC. Are you ready to dunk it?
MLB The Show 21 has done a good job of making not just the game, but baseball as a whole, a bit more approachable, but there is still a punishingly high difficulty curve.
Even prior to the launch of WWE 2K Battlegrounds, 2K had big plans, mostly centred on expanding the game post-launch in order to keep things fresh. Hot on the heels of seeing the likes of Goldberg, Batista and more joining the Battlegrounds roster at the start of November comes the next roster update, and this one sees “Laheem” Lillard and “Gronkster” star.
Hitting the court and becoming a bit of a baller with NBA 2K21 is nothing new, after-all the game released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC back in September. But if you've been keeping up with the game you'll have known that 2K have big plans, looking to pull off the biggest three-pointers with the next-gen. And as Xbox Series X|S rolls out, and PS5 slowly draws onto the horizon, NBA 2K21 ensures that everything is game, with a whole set of new features and ideas that are only capable on the newest of consoles.
Gone are the days when a sports video game was just about the on-pitch/court/field antics. Nope, now it's all about the side hustle as well, with multiple options available to players. With NBA 2K21 though, much of the draw of the entire experience is found in the stunning soundtrack that accompanies the game with 2K now dropping further details on enhancements; one of which includes unreleased tracks from 2 Chainz.
NBA 2K21 has already gone down great on current console systems - in fact, we love it - but when 2K push it out to the next-gen, a whole new world looks set to unfold. And right at the heart of that will be a brand new exclusive feature - The W.
We already know that NBA 2K21 is a pretty damn solid basketball experience. And we already know that the next-gen version of the game really is getting ready to provide visual flair above and beyond anything we could ever have expected. Seems about right then that we get the chance to take a closer look at the next-gen gameplay with the team at Visual Concepts.
While current generation ballers have already taken to the court in NBA 2K21, the attention now turns to the next-gen consoles. 2K unveiled a new video, captured on PlayStation 5, showcasing the jaw-dropping realism you can expect on the aforementioned console and the Xbox Series X|S.
It is finally the autumnal season for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Leaves are changing color, days are getting chillier, and it is time for a new NBA 2K game. Get your game face on, because NBA 2K21 is available on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
With the majority of the world on lockdown, and the vast majority of sporting events cancelled for the foreseeable future, it has been left to the video gaming world to provide the sporting hits we require. With F1 going virtual, dragging together real-world racers and celebrities together in one-off races, NBA have followed the trend, with the first ever NBA 2K Players Tournament.
Sports games have set such a high bar for themselves over the years and we have come to expect so much of them. This means that when a game comes along and doesn’t reach our expectations we are disappointed. This is exactly the case for AO Tennis 2.
Yep it's that time of year again and there is a new offering with NBA 2K20 on the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. So, will this new entry in the series deliver an attacking boost or will it flounder in defense? Well, it's available right now so we can find out.
Another year, another Madden, and the premier football game is back. EA promises that Madden NFL 20 will be the best, most-authentic football experience yet. But they say that every year, don’t they? In the past, many have accused this series of just being an expensive, yearly roster update. Is that the case here, or has EA developed something that significantly improves on its predecessors?
It may make absolutely no difference to the gameplay, but nailing the cover star spot on an 2K title is something of a big deal. Today, 2K have confirmed that there will be two cover stars for NBA 2K20 wth Anthony Davis and Dwyane Wade starring.
All the big sports franchises are rooted in realism. That’s just a fact. Year on year, the new FIFA, Madden or NBA 2K is billed as the ‘most authentic’ yet. So it comes as a welcome change when a sports game comes along that breaks this monotony. And whilst Super Blood Hockey won’t smash the EA monopoly on ice hockey, it’s still a valuable addition to an arcade sports genre which has declined massively over the years.
Does Legendary Eleven on Xbox One play a blinder? Or does it throw us onto a muddy field on a rainy Tuesday evening in Morecambe?