NBA 2K21 Articles RSS Feed | NBA 2K21 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network NBA 2K21 Mayors: How They Work Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:04:33 -0500 Hunter Boyce

NBA 2K21 is out for next-gen consoles right now and it has kicked things off with an incredible bang. With so much more to learn to work with, players have a ton of questions. For PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X players, one of the biggest questions is what the purpose of mayors is.

What are mayors in NBA 2K21?

One of NBA 2K21's new features is the mayor. That being said, the mayor is only one part of a larger invention. The overarching new feature to the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 is The City.

The City

The City is made of four different boroughs that each have their own affiliation, a returning feature that many NBA 2K fans will recognize. The affiliations are North Side Knights, South City Vipers, Beasts of the East and the Western Wildcats.

Filled with fun activities and fellow players, The City and its four comprising boroughs provide an MMORPG-like experience for fans to enjoy. Commanding each borough's affiliation, the democratically elected mayors offer an entertaining representation for their multiplayer constituents.

NBA 2K21's democratically elected mayors explained

Mayors are real people, with one representative assigned to each affiliation. Elected by the members of their chosen affiliation, these borough representatives are tasked with a series of game-enhancing responsibilities.

  • Music playlists: Mayors are responsible for deciding what music plays throughout the entire region of their affiliation. It's important to vote for a mayor that you believe has a great taste in music.

  • Court design: Each borough has its own courts that players can enjoy. However, they are not all the same. Mayors are responsible for designing each court within their region.

  • Uniform design: Nothing brings a team together, or sets affiliations apart, quite like a good uniform. And, each borough's mayor will be in charge of making sure those uniforms pop.

  • Video production: There are several jumbotrons scattered across The City. The footage that plays on each boroughs' jumbotrons will be curated personally by their representing mayors.

  • Messaging: There will also be in-game polls and various messaging that can be found within The City's menu system.

Of course, mayors are not permanent. An election will be held every six weeks within NBA 2K21. Each affiliation member will be given the opportunity to vote for their mayoral representative, bringing a new flavor of entertainment to The City each election season.

All Confirmed PS5 Launch Titles Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:17:03 -0400 Daniel Hollis

One thing the PS4 absolutely nailed was its lineup of games. As is Sony's penchant, the company released multiple highly-acclaimed first-party titles throughout the console's lifespan.

With the PS5's launch on the horizon, multiple sequels to or reimaginings of those games are ready for release at launch — or at the least, in the works.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a remake of the legendary Demon's Souls will be launch titles (alongside a remake of 2018's Spider-Man), while both God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West are expected to make an appearance in 2021, bringing the PS4's legacy of fantastic experiences into next-gen.

Below, we've collected all of the confirmed PS5 launch titles so far. As we get closer to the next-gen system's November 12 launch date, we'll be updating this list as more games are confirmed. 

All Confirmed PS5 Launch Titles

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Headlining the first-party exclusives ushering in a new generation is Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The newest installment in what we hope is a long-lived series, Miles Morales plans to continue Insomniac Games' take on the Spidey universe with Miles Morales as the titular hero.

The PS5 edition of Miles Morales will include numerous enhancements over its PS4 counterpart, such as 4K resolution, 60FPS, and ray-tracing. More excitingly is the addition of a remaster of the original Marvel's Spider-Man, including all of those upgrades and more.

The ultimate edition of Miles Morales retails at $70, making it the same price as other Sony first-party exclusives on the PS5, just with the bonus of two games instead of one.

Demon's Souls

The remake of the original Demon's Souls is one very long in the making. Fans have been wanting this game for what seems like ages, and it's almost here. 

While other games are operating cross-gen, Demon's Souls will be solely for the PS5, made from the ground up to utilize the full horsepower of the PlayStation 5 to deliver a truly next-gen experience.

The hard-as-nails gothic fantasy will pit players against classic From Software bosses such as the Flamelurker and the Tower Knight. The recent PS5 showcase proved that the graphics have been completely reworked, offering beautifully moody lighting, intricate combat animations, and terrifying creature designs. The PS5's DualSense controller is also said to have a few tricks up its sleeve to provide new and exciting ways to play.


Following the success of loot-based games such as DestinyThe Division 2, and Marvel's Avengers, Gearbox's upcoming looter-slasher, Godfall, looks to reimagine the genre with swords instead of guns. The hook this time is focused on melee-based combat.

Numerous gameplay demonstrations up until this point have clearly shown the bar is being upped for this next-gen experience. While the game will also be available on PC, playing it on PS5 will be the only place to dive in for console-only players.

Even though its release is just around the corner, there's still a lot we don't know about Godfall, such as if it will have cross-play. However, we do know it will not feature any PvP modes, instead focusing on solo and co op play. 

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

If the current generation has proved one thing, it's that platformers are making a comeback. Sackboy: A Big Adventure aims to open the PS5's lifespan with the mascot of LittleBigPlanet guiding the way.

Invoking gameplay elements from goliaths such as Mario, the cutesy platformer is the only genre torchbearer to launch with the next-gen system, but it's shaping up to be a good one.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure will include single-player and multiplayer for up to four players in co op, as well as a slew of costumes to make your adventures even sillier. If you've ever played a Little Big Planet game, you have an idea of what to expect here: zany levels, lots of platforming, and a fun soundtrack.

Destruction AllStars

Perhaps a launch-day underdog, Destruction AllStars is what you'd get if you mixed Twisted Metal with Fortnite and Rocket League. It's a vibrant vehicle-based combat game that pits players against each other in a chaotic arena.

There are 16 characters to choose from initially, and though we don't yet know much about them, they're all sure to have their strengths and weaknesses, lending to a variety of playstyles.

Combat can also be extended outside of vehicles if those vehicles are destroyed. Players are ejected from the car and able to continue the carnage on foot.

Offering both online and offline play, it has all the trappings of a great multiplayer game for the console's launch.

Astro's Playroom

An easy choice to recommend for day one PS5 players. Astro's Playroom will come pre-loaded onto every PS5 for free, so everyone will get a chance to check it out.

The title features the same mascot seen in the Astro Bot VR game and will follow a similar function to that PSVR title.

Astro's Playroom will be a showcase game for the PS5's DualSense controller, which comes equipped with numerous new features such as adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

The 3D platformer will allow players to feel in-game elements, such as sand, through the controller's vibration functions, and the triggers will react naturally to the world, letting players feel the tension of objects — at least according to Sony. From what we've seen, though, Astro's Playroom does look like a lovely little platformer, however long it is. 

The Pathless

The Pathless is an enigmatic action-adventure game coming from developer Giant Squid and publisher Annapurna Interactive. One of two indie games coming to the PlayStation 5 at launch, The Pathless is draped in mystery and takes place in a large, vibrant open-world. 

Like other PS5 launch titles, it will feature 60 frames per second and take advantage of the DualSense, though we don't know exactly what extent just yet. 

The developers have said that there will be no mini-map with players instead being directed by a magical mask, where verticality and flight are key. All in all, The Pathless looks like a unique launch-day experience.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

The Assassin's Creed games have always been huge, going all the way back to the original. Assassin's Creed: Origins stepped things up with an even bigger world, offering nearly 100 hours of content for completionists. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is aiming to build on that legacy in the biggest outing yet.

Set during the age of the Vikings, Valhalla will find players in ninth-century England, as ferocious tribes scour the land. With what looks to be on-brand visceral combat, there are sure to be dozens of complex quests for players to partake in — and the naval combat from Black Flag and Odyssey will make a return, though, as Ubisoft says, "scaled back." 

Valhalla will be the first installment in next-gen systems, taking full advantage of the hardware. Expect 4K visuals with a supported 60 frames per second.

Madden 21

2020 is the year of starts and stops for the sports world, though the NFL has mostly made things work in the league's first month. But whether the season makes it to the Big Game or not, Madden 21 brings the gridiron action to your home, with some beautiful next-gen enhancements to boot.

The game may not have received rave reviews this year on PS4 and Xbox One, but it will take advantage of PS5-specific features such as haptic feedback, fast load times, better lighting and player models, and enhanced audio.

If you were on the fence about Madden 21 before and are picking up a PS5, this version of the perennial football franchise looks to be the best option. 

Dirt 5

While games such as Gran Turismo are built around solid simulator controls, Dirt 5 is set to take the racing genre back to its arcade roots in muddy, off-road action.

Dirt 5 will feature a career campaign mode, with voices from industry legends such as Nolan North and Troy Baker. It’s looking to be a high-quality narrative that will have players racing between various locales while making choice-based decisions.

While the title was originally intended to release a month before the PS5, its date was pushed back to come alongside the console launch and take full advantage of the hardware. 4K resolution and even the option to bump things up to 120 frames per second on applicable TVs is available. Simply put, Dirt 5 is going to be stunning.

Just Dance 2021

Crank up the tunes and get your dancin' shoes. Just Dance 2021 is set to electrify living rooms with four dozen songs from then and now available through the base game. Players will get a month of Just Dance Unlimited for free with Just Dance 2021, which features a huge catalog of tunes. 

Of course, co op play is back (did you ever guess it wouldn't?), so it's sure to be a must-buy for anyone looking for a party game to play with friends and family at launch. 

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Not only will Destiny 2 be playable on the PS5 at launch, but Bungie has decided to make their massive Destiny 2 expansion, Beyond Light, available as well, giving legacy players something to sink their teeth into right from the start. Providing more than a few new additions, the latest add-on is expected to drastically change up the entire game.

Beyond Light is the beginning of the developer’s road map to the future with Destiny 2. The decision was made to not release a true sequel (at least anytime soon), but instead build upon the foundations of D2. The latest expansion will add new powers, locations, and raids to partake in.

Whether you’re a series veteran or new to the franchise, Beyond Light is ushering in the PS5 with a new beginning for Destiny 2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

It wouldn’t be a console launch without Call of Duty, and Black Ops Cold War is this year’s big FPS hitter. Following on from the success of Modern Warfare and, more notably, Warzone, the latest entry is bringing to bear everything that made both so popular — and more.

The campaign, set during the height of the Cold War, features multiple endings and is more open-ended than previous installments. Additionally, the multiplayer has a heavier focus on vehicles, with an entire mode dedicated to the more Battlefield approach. Warzone will tie into Cold War and, to the delight of many fans, Zombies will be making a comeback as well. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to be a thunderous package of epic proportions and likely to scratch that high-octane itch for launch-day players. See what we thought of the recent alpha here

Watch Dogs: Legion

If there was an award for the most ambitious PS5 launch game, it would go to Watch Dogs: Legion. Players will be able to play as almost any NPC they come across in the game, each with their own unique personalities, traits, and specialties.

The series has come a long way since the 2014's Watchdogs, which was met with a rather lukewarm reception by players at the time.

Legion, though, ups the anty in almost every way, and though it will also be launching on current-gen consoles and wasn't built from the ground-up for the PS5, it will come with a free upgrade to the PS5 version, which, of course, will have more extensive features. 4K visuals, ray tracing, and much more are awaiting players who dive into this latest entry on PlayStation 5.

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

More than a simple remaster, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is aiming to bring some pretty robust changes to the much-loved game.

As a PS5 release, the title is expected to pull a lovely 4K and reach up to 120 frames per second. Perhaps the most notable inclusion for this version is having Vergil as a playable character. In addition, Capcom has promised new story content, difficulty modes, and gameplay tweaks to truly make this the definitive edition of the game.

So whether you've already dived in once or been looking for an excuse to do it all again. Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is looking to be a strong entry into the PS5's launch day line-up.

Observer: System Redux

Observer was originally released in 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Set in a cyberpunk future, it's a perfect stand-in for a video game version of something like Blade Runner — with a heaping helping of horror tossed in. 

Despite its age, Observer's next-gen trailers shared by Bloober Team have shown the next-gen upgrade look incredible, and the game will hit 4K 60 frames per second on the PS5. That includes HDR and ray tracing. 

The game is also set to receive new cases, mechanics, and gameplay enhancements, so there's something new for those who may want to revisit its world on the PlayStation 5.

NBA 2K21

Much like Madden 21, NBA 2K21 didn't necessarily hit the court running with its current-gen version, which was released to barely better fan reception. Though we thought it "lacks fresh ideas," we are hopeful for the PS5 version. 

New features are expected in the next-gen package, including character creation options. But most importantly, the graphics will be completely upgraded for its release.

On launch day, a next-gen upgrade path will open up for the Mamba edition of the NBA title, allowing those who picked up that version on the PS4 to dive into the PS5 version of the game. 

No doubt, more games will be confirmed over the coming weeks, so be sure to check GameSkinny for a regularly updated list of the first wave of titles. Also, be sure to check out the Xbox Series consoles guide for every confirmed game coming on its launch day!

All Confirmed Xbox Series X, Series S Launch Titles Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:13:35 -0400 Daniel Hollis

It's almost unimaginable to think we are only a few weeks from the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S hitting store shelves. Both of Microsoft's next-gen consoles are set to arrive on November 10, and launch will come packed with a strong lineup of playable titles.

While it was undoubtedly a blow to fans when Halo Infinite was delayed earlier this year, there's still a strong selection of first-party games releasing for each console this November. That's not to mention the third-party titles that will round out the launch catalog for the XSX and XSS. 

With that in mind, here's every game coming at launch. 

All Confirmed Xbox Series X, Series S Launch Titles

Gears Tactics

The Gears of Wars franchise is bringing its X-COM inspired tactics games to the XSX and XSS on launch day with Gears Tactics. While the game launched on PC earlier this year, the November 10 release marks the jump to consoles, including Xbox One.

With the franchise based around cover-based combat, the transition to a tactics-based shooter feels incredibly natural. We reviewed the game when it first released, describing it as brutal, thrilling, and tactical. 

Providing in-depth, thoughtful management of your Gear's squad, the game will no doubt be a demanding launch day experience. It also packs some beautiful graphics that will shine on Microsoft's newest consoles.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Having already released on PC and PS4, Tetris Effect: Connected blends the classic puzzle game with pulse-pounding music and is set to release on Xbox consoles (both current- and next-gen) on November 10.

The main hook for the Xbox Series X and Series S editions of Tetris Effect: Connected is the inclusion of multiplayer, a feature long-time fans have been clamoring for since launch.

That functionality will be arriving as a limited-time exclusive on Xbox systems, featuring new competitive and co-operative modes for players to dive into online. Between the story-driven titles coming on day one, Tetris Effect: Connected could make the perfect palette cleanser between titles or for those looking for a more party-oriented multiplayer title.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon (Yakuza 7)

Marking a massive departure from the series' formula, Yakuza: Like A Dragon (Yakuza 7) looks to boast an addictive turn-based combat system. The story, of course, will be an intense crime drama, sprinkled with elements of humor for good measure. Both elements will be seen prevalent in the game's combat, which features the series' famous brutality, with tongue-in-cheek special moves such as summoning a giant crab to aid in battle.

Outside of fighting, side activities and mini-games will make a comeback. New to Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be go-karting, which will have you dashing around the streets of Kamurocho in various races.

Overall, it's looking to be a great transition from previous Yakuza titles to the new guard moving forward, and it will be available on Xbox Series consoles November 10, launching for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 13. 

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

It wouldn't be a console launch without an Assassin's Creed title. Valhalla will whisk players away on an intense adventure in the age of the Vikings. It seems Valhalla will be bigger and better than past installments, boasting a large open world. Featuring brutal combat, deep RPG mechanics, and in-depth exploration both by foot and by sea, there will be hundreds of hours of content to dive into right at launch.

Building upon the series' formula, the new entry will bring a whole host of enhancements to take advantage of next-gen hardware. Running at 4K and 60FPS, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla will also come with higher resolution textures and improved shadow quality. It will also utilize the console's SSD to create fast loading times, consistently putting you into the action faster. 

The Falconeer

If you're looking for something different and unique, then The Falconeer may be right up your alley. The game is set to be an open-world air combat experience where you control a falcon, fending off a multitude of creatures in exhilarating aerial battles. By using the different, customizable classes at your disposal, you will complete quests, discover secrets, and unlock new upgrades for your falcon.

Exploration and battles can also take place beneath the waves, as your falcon can sweep down and explore the depths of this big fantasy world. Keep an eye out for what some are saying is Star Fox meets Sea of Thieves.

Madden 21

Sports fans planning on picking up and Xbox Series X or Series S are in luck: Madden 21 will be available on launch day. While Madden 21 is out now for current-gen systems (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), numerous technical and visual enhancements are planned when the Xbox Series X and Series S systems arrive this November.

The enhanced version is said to come with blazing-fast load times and reimagined character models. Additionally, there will be deferred lighting and rendering to make stadiums more visually impressive. Games will come to life with spatialized audio technology, to create a truly immersive Madden experience.

We reviewed Madden 21 at launch and said that "Die-hard Madden fans will be disappointed in a complete lack of attention given to Franchise mode and MUT, but the addition of The Yard and a much more rounded Face of the Franchise mode soften the blow somewhat."

Dirt 5

After the intensity that was Dirt Rally on the Xbox One, the series is set to return to its arcade roots with Dirt 5, sporting a variety of offline and online modes for players to drive through.

Most notable is the inclusion of a story-driven campaign; Dirt 5 will feature a single-player experience with voice work from industry legends such as Nolan North and Troy Baker, as you follow a narrative that pits you against your in-game nemesis. 

With a wide variety of locales, including ice-based tracks, Dirt 5 will bring an impressive level of visual detail to the series. Vehicles will be more detailed, and it's sure that the XSX and XSS SSD will get races moving faster.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Acting as the fifth expansion for Destiny 2, the upcoming Beyond Light expansion will change up the ever-growing looter shooter in numerous ways.

One of the most anticipated inclusions is the ability to venture to Europa, one of Jupiter's icy moons. Here, players will confront the Darkness and learn to harness it as a new power for their guardians. There will also be new missions, multiplayer maps, gear, weapons, and a brand new raid to partake in.

To make room for the new content, older, less-used D2 content will be added to the vault. With this, developer Bungie will have the ability to swap out old and new content at a moment's notice and keep the on-going Destiny 2 experience fresh for years to come.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Can you imagine a console launch without a Call of Duty game? Luckily, the Xbox Series X and Series S will have Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War available a few days after launch on November 13.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s Modern Warfare, the latest installment in the perennial FPS franchise will perhaps be bigger and louder. Featuring a single-player campaign with a branching narrative, the high octane action is carried over into multiplayer, which comes bundled with multiple new modes and enhancements.

Fans of Call of Duty Zombies will be happy to know the classic mode makes a return, too.

Pre orders for current-gen and next-gen platforms are already live, though the game does follow a somewhat confusing upgrade path for Xbox owners. Check out our pre order guide for buying links and info on how Xbox One owners can upgrade to the XSX and XSS versions. We also detail how backwards compatibility will work.  

Watch Dogs: Legion

It seems like this open-world action-adventure title has been in the works for years, but it’ll finally be in players' hands when it launches on October 29 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game will be available on November 10 for Xbox Series X and Series S. 

Legions' open-world playground will come enhanced with a variety of next-gen upgrades, including ray tracing. Venturing around the streets of a futuristic London will have never looked so beautiful.

Watch Dogs: Legion also comes with a fantastic new mechanic: being able to play as (almost) any NPC in the world — even London's grannies. The sheer creativity on offer is staggering and will no doubt be a visual and mechanical showcase for the Xbox systems.

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

Devil May Cry 5 was already a looker on the Xbox One, so releasing it on the Series X and Series S is a no brainer. However, this is more than just a typical remaster, as it completely overhauls not only some of the game's graphics, but also some of its gameplay, too.

Alongside the fantastic visual improvements and inclusion of ray tracing, Vergil is also set to be a playable character in DMC 5: Special Edition. New modes will be added to ramp up the game's difficulty, and extended storylines will further flesh out the narrative.

Whether you’ve jumped in before or it’s your first time, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is a perfect reason to revisit one of the best games in the Xbox One era. Check out our review of Devil May Cry 5 to see why it's "one hell of a good time."

NBA 2K21

The popular basketball simulation returns with a next-gen upgrade. NBA 2K21 may have released earlier this month to great fan reception, but the Xbox Series X and Series S versions are determined to deliver the better experience.

NBA 2K21 won’t be offering a free upgrade to next-gen like numerous other titles, and that’s because 2K Games believe the next-gen version is a complete overhaul over its current-gen counterpart; it’s set to come with a variety of visual and performance upgrades.

Judging by previously released footage, the enhancements are set to be night and day between generations, meaning that the Xbox versions will (probably) offer the definitive experience for $69.99. 

We even said in our review that "if you can hold out for the next-gen version, we'd advise doing so."

Observer: System Redux

Observer is a fantastic sci-fi horror title on the Xbox One from the creators of the eerie SOMA. Now, a completely re-worked next-gen version has been announced for launch day and will utilize the Xbox Series X and Series S to their full advantage.

Featuring entirely new missions, gameplay mechanics, and locations, Observer: System Redux is more than a next-gen patch/upgrade. 4K resolution, better textures, new animations, ray tracing, and HDR lighting have also been incorporated to take advantage of the next-gen hardware.

If you haven’t played Observer before, the Xbox Series X and Series S versions are the perfect places to dive into the modern sci-fi horror classic.

That's all of the Xbox Series X and Series launch titles for now. No doubt more games will be confirmed over the coming weeks, so be sure to check GameSkinny for updates to this list. Also, be sure to check out the PS5 launch titles list for every confirmed console coming on to Sony's new system on November 12!

NBA 2K21 Error Code 727e66ac Bug Fix: How to Fix Your Career Save Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:51:41 -0400 LloydCoombes

NBA 2K21 is out now, but fans of the basketball game have been having serious issues with career progression thanks to the helpfully titled "Error Code 727e66ac." Here's what the error code is, what we think causes it, and how to fix it.

What is Error Code 727e66ac?

Error code 727e66ac only occurs in MyCareer, and essentially locks your character, which means you can't play games, go to MyPark, or do anything else without having to start your entire career over.

Considering you can dump your hard-earned VC into a character, it's not as easy as just hitting "New Game," especially since there's a chance it can happen again.

What Causes Error Code 727e66ac?

As is often the case with a new glitch in a recently-released game, there's a lot of speculation as to what causes the error code to pop up, but there's one prevailing theory.

Error code 727e66ac seems to have something to do with taking your player to MyPark during your career, causing some kind of disconnect with 2K's servers.

It'll lock you out of your character entirely, but there is a fix.

How to fix Error Code 727e66ac?

Ok, hear us out: you'll need to start a new career, but don't worry because you won't lose anything by doing so.

You can skip the NBA 2K21 prelude to get to the main chunk of the game, and then you'll be told you can't progress because guess what? That's right, error code 727e66ac.

Once that happens:

  • Back out
  • Resume playing on your first character
    • (i.e, the one you first experience the issue with)

You should now be able to continue. 

Some people have noted that a PS4 firmware update could have caused an issue, so you should:

  • Head into your saved data on your system
  • Upload your 2K21 save to the cloud to back it up
    • (maybe add it to a USB drive to be sure)
  • Delete the data from the console
  • Check for any firmware updates to install
  • Either redownload your save from the cloud or add it back via the USB drive once the console is updated

Finally, players have also noticed that you can sometimes get around the issue by joining a multiplayer match with someone in your friend list, presumably rejigging the game's connection to the servers.

That's all you need to know about how to (potentially) fix error code 727e66ac in NBA 2K21. For more on NBA 2K21, be sure to check out our review here.

NBA 2K21 Review: Shot Clock Violation Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:24:33 -0400 LloydCoombes

The NBA 2K franchise has been arguably the pinnacle of sports gaming for much of this console generation, but NBA 2K21 shows the franchise's age, as if it's desperate for a next-gen timeout to give it some energy.

Feeling like a $60 stopgap until the PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S arrive, NBA 2K21 feels devoid of any momentum or drive. Its saving grace is that it remains built on the bones of what made the last few entries of the series so well-regarded, despite offering nothing of any real value in and of itself.

NBA 2K21 Review: Shot Clock Violation

The most significant strides have come, luckily, in the on-court action. It's rare that a franchise decides to shake up its control scheme so fundamentally, and while not everything works perfectly, there's definitely a big improvement when it comes to dribbling.

Unlike in previous titles where the right stick would double as both a dribbling and shot input, NBA 2K21 leans much more heavily on the former. This allows for much more free form locomotion, with the best of the NBA and WNBA able to size up opponents with a simple flick of the stick. At the same time, more elaborate moves reward those looking to sink time into learning how best to manipulate space and bamboozle defenders.

This also brings out the best in offensive play, with players now surging forward in transitional scenarios and reacting to defensive layouts and players dribble with impressive realism, making it feel less like a game of tag between telepathic defenses and predictable forwards.

If It Ain't Broke, Then Why Are You Fixing It?

Unfortunately, it's not all good news, with these new dribble stick options coming at the detriment of basketball's key pillars: shooting.

Previously, players could spend enough time to learn the rhythm of each player and their shooting aptitude within different coverage situations. Now, shots no longer "lock on" to the basket as they once did, meaning aiming and power need to be taken into account, all within the fraction of a second it takes for your player to jump and shoot.

A post-launch hotfix has made shooting more forgiving on lower difficulty levels, but when even cover star Damian Lillard is tweeting about the issue, it's clear something isn't quite right.

There's no denying the allure of more rewarding three-pointers, but all too often, that's outweighed by missing a shot from right under the basket. There's also a degree of learning to play the game again, but the whole thing feels like trying to rub your stomach while patting your head.

That's not all that disappoints this season, though.

Short of some improved facial renders (how did it take this long for 2K to nail Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?!), it's tough to tell this year's game apart from NBA 2K20 or even NBA 2K21. That's not to say either of those titles were ugly in any sense. Still, the fact that the likes of the National Anthem and many of the halftime shows have essentially been copied and pasted adds to the feeling that 2K21 is treading water until the more expensive next-gen version.

One area that has seen a makeover is the new 2K Beach, which forms part of the Neighbourhood mode that lets players get involved in quick pick-up games. It does nothing to change the overall purpose or gameplay loop of the mode, but it is a little nicer to look at than the blacktop courts we're used to seeing, and it adds a nice splash of color.

We don't know how 2K keeps doing it, but MyCareer remains the best example of single-player storylines in the genre.

This time around, the narrative remains a little less effecting than last year's arguably more culturally relevant effort. However, it still packs plenty of star power with the likes of Michael K. Williams and Djimon Hounsou joining the cast.

There's still not a great deal of player agency, particularly in the early stages, with some matches determined to be lost, but it offers a fun way to practice the new shooting mechanics and earn some more VC (more on that later).

That said, despite the addition of the WNBA last year, it's disappointing that we still can't create a female character, or even play a kind of MyCareer alternative as a current WNBA player.

Spend Some Time Or Spend Some Money

MyTeam remains the focal point for the 2K franchise, with constant suggestions to hop into the squad-building mode. Thankfully, 2K21 has dropped the tone-deaf casino aesthetic from last year, but it remains a money-sink for dedicated players to invest their hard-earned cash in.

The game's currency, VC, is still handed out in a slow trickle, meaning you'll continuously grind to earn packs for the most part.

The in-game economy remains a ridiculous choice between spending VC on packs to build out your squad or cosmetic and stat boosts for your created player. Sure, both can be earned through perseverance, but it's a tough pill to swallow for a $60 game lacking in new ideas.

It's the complete antithesis of leveling up your baller and taking them from relative rags to riches. The sooner the ties between the currency and character progression are severed, the better.

One positive addition to MyTeam is "The Ascension," a new chance-based mode where players select from a slate of face-down cards to add to their collection. Pick the right card, and you'll advance to the next tier, with a chance to earn a "grand prize" card.

While 2K promises a greater focus on seasonal content, we'd imagine Ascension will be a great place to earn big rewards further down the line. But for now, it's a fun chance to earn some currency, though its generosity remains the exception rather than the rule.

Players looking to jump into MyLeague or MyGM are sure to be disappointed in this year's edition. Both are the same as they were in 2K20. You can still build your franchise, but your trades, tactical options, and everything else remains the same.

The one addition is the ability to share certain scenarios for other players to try. Still, even these will rely on a community becoming increasingly frustrated with the modes' overall stagnation.

NBA 2K21 Review — The Bottom Line

  • MyCareer remains as strong as ever
  • Dribbling is much more fluid
  • Shooting still being worked on after launch
  • MyLeague and MyGM remain the same as 2K20
  • Most of what's here is identical to last year's game

NBA 2K21 is a mediocre ending to a predominantly positive console generation. A disappointing lack of new features, as well as a bizarre overhaul of the game's shooting mechanics, make it a tough sell for anyone still enjoying last year's title.

If you can hold out for the next-gen version, we'd advise doing so, but if you're desperate to jump into MyTeam or get the latest roster updates, this will tide you over until then.

[Note: 2K provided the copy of NBA 2K21 used for this review.]

NBA 2K21 Could Indicate Increase in Next-Gen Game Prices Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:16:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

NBA 2K21 is the first next-gen game so far to get a price tag, and it could point to an overall increase for next-gen game prices. According to IGN, NBA 2K21 will cost $69.99 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and there's no plan for any kind of Smart Delivery feature.

In case you missed out before, Smart Delivery is Microsoft's plan to let consumers who purchase current-gen versions of a game — like Yakuza 7 for example — receive an upgraded next-gen version for free.

The lack of Smart Delivery is possibly because Visual Concepts is building next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 "from the ground up" — or maybe not. It's not currently clear.

While a spokesperson for the game told IGN that they're interested in the possibilities of Smart Delivery, the only way to get a free upgraded next-gen version is if you buy the $99.99 NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition.

Of course, the big question is whether we'll see other next-gen games follow suit with a $10 price increase. Since Sony and Microsoft are still playing coy with console prices, we probably won't know anything new about next-gen game prices for a few more months at least.

The original story is on IGN if you want to check it out. NBA 2K21 is set for a  September release date for PS4 and Xbox One, and a Holiday 2020 launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, though we've only seen the barest glimmer of a teaser for it so far. 

Current- and next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 give you the option to buy the Mamba Forever Edition, a tribute to Los Angeles Laker's legend Kobe Bryant. The standard, current-gen edition of NBA 2K21 will feature Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers on the box art, and standard next-gen editions will feature Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more NBA 2K21 news as it heads down the court.

PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming Recap: Every Game Reveal Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:26:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Today's PlayStation 5 The Future of Gaming showcase gave us a look at a full hour's worth of new PlayStation 5 games. From bold new departures to epic (and gorgeous) adventures, we've rounded up the biggest reveals below.

Highlights include Resident Evil 8, Horizon Zero Dawn 2, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a Demon's Souls remake, Hitman 3, and tons of awesome-looking indies.

We've collected every trailer from the showcase below. Let's get started.

To see what the PlayStation 5 itself looks like, head over here. Sony revealed two PS5 models, as well as a number of peripherals, at the end of the showcase. 

Resident Evil 8 (Resident Evil Village)

Those Resident Evil 8 rumors, about how it's a big departure for the series, were right. It's first-person horror with a dash of Brothers Grimm, as a local tale comes to life — and brings hell to Earth. 

According to Capcom, the game is "set a few years after" Resident Evil 7 and features Ethan Winter as the protagonist yet again. Oh, Chris Redfield plays a significant role, as the rumors said he would.

"Witches, werewolves, and insanity" sound bizarre for the series written out on their own, but it looks like a promising entry in the franchise following Resident Evil 7. It's scheduled for a 2021 release for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

Horizon Zero Dawn 2/Horizon: Forbidden West

If that wasn't enough, how about Horizon Zero Dawn 2? Only it's officially called Horizon: Forbidden West.

Aloy journeys to uncover the secrets of the Old Ones and why they vanished from the planet, lest the same destruction revisit the world and destroy it forever. And it looks as fantastic as you'd expect, full of vibrant color, creatures, and environments for Aloy's next colossal adventure in a post-apocalyptic version of the U.S.

Sadly, there's no release timeframe yet, but Guerilla said we can expect more news soon.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

While it seems some of the games shown off may release after the PS5 launches, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set for a Holiday 2020 release, presumably alongside the PlayStation 5. We didn't get to see too much of the game in action, but it looks like Miles' adventure is gonna be a doozy.

What is evident is that the excellent combat and traversal systems from 2018's Spider-Man will make a return.  

Demon's Souls Remake

Nearing the end of the presentation, Sony revealed footage of the highly-anticipated (and previously unconfirmed) Demon's Souls remake. Yes, that's right. Those Demon's Souls remake rumors were true. And it looks abso-freaking-lutely incredible. To say fans have been waiting a long time for this one is an understatement.

No release date was provided, but we know it will be a remake built from the ground up. 

Gran Turismo 7

As expected, Sony and Polyphony also showed off the next Gran Turismo game, Gran Turismo 7. Apart from looking gorgeous and on-brand for the storied racing sim, Gran Turismo 7 sounds more realistic than ever, and we can't wait to see how the DualSense and the PS5's other features shape the experience. 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

It turns out the new Ratchet and Clank rumors were true as well. In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the dimensions are collapsing, and Ratchet and Clank are being chased through a number of incredible-looking worlds — futuristic, Jurassic, and pirate just to name a few, all presented without a single loading screen.

And Ratchet himself gets lost somewhere in the process, leaving room for a brand-new female Lombax to take center stage. There's a new partner in town for Clank, and Insomniac is promising loads of new gear and worlds built from the ground up specifically for the PlayStation 5.

Surprisingly, there was no Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart release date, though that's likely because this was pre-alpha footage.

Project Athia

Next up was a new game from Square Enix and Luminous Productions: Project Athia. There's wolves, dragons, all manner of fantastical beasts, and the sort of realized environments we should probably start getting used to. For anything else Project Athia, though, we'll just have to wait and see.


Annapurna Interactive debuted footage from Stray. Set in a dystopian world where robots scavenge the streets for survival and cats act as delivery critters, Stray looks like a unique take on the cyberpunk genre — because you're the cat. We'll be keeping an eye on Stray as we learn more ahead of its 2021 launch.


Returnal is a brand-new IP for Sony Worldwide Studios from Housemarque. It follows an astronaut who can't escape an endless cycle of exploration, entrapment, and death. Somehow, the world she explores with every cycle of rebirth becomes a part of her — at the cost of her sanity. So she keeps fighting and tries to uncover the truth in the possibly vain hope of escaping this cycle.

It's a departure from the studio that's cut its teeth on games like Resogun, Nex Machina, and Matterfall

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sumo Digital debuted their latest title: Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Think Little BigPlanet, where all the best possible level designs got crammed into a 3D platformer that's bursting at the seams with charm. Sackboy's journey takes him through all kinds of varied locales, from a desert oasis to the high seas, all with the series' signature charm and style.

Destruction Allstars

Destruction Allstars is basically what happens when you inject (more) steroids into a monster truck rally and a wrestling match, then throw them in a cage and give them weapons. It's bright, loud, and chaotic. It's Twisted Metal with a Rocket League skin, and it currently has no release date.

Kena Bridge of Spirits

Ember Lab presented Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a charming-looking adventure about a young girl (Kena, presumably) learning to harness the power of the world around her. Her goal is aiding troubled spirits who come to her for help, but she's not alone. She's accompanied by a veritable army of adorably fuzzy creatures who carry items for her and generally act as support.

Goodbye Volcano High

After that was Goodbye Volcano High from Ko-Op, an introspective look at one character's insecurities and doubts about stepping out and trying to find their destiny. That's about all we know right now, other than it has a 2021 release window.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Remember Oddworld Soulstorm? Well, we finally learned more about Oddworld Inhabitants' new project.

Abe escaped his own terrible fate in New N' Tastey, but now he's got the future of his entire species resting on his shoulders — so, no big deal really. Except that failure is, according to creator Lorne Lanning, supposed to be devastating and hilarious at the same time.

The game will be exclusive to the PS4 and PS5. It will also launch on PC through the Epic Games Store. 

Ghostwire Tokyo

The next PS5 game shown off was Ghostwire Tokyo, an enigmatic game about a Tokyo that's gone very wrong indeed. You have special abilities that allow you to hear and sense things others can't, and you have to fight to free Tokyo from the grip of an unknown menace. Ghostwire Tokyo launches in 2021 for PS5 and PC.

Jett: The Far Shore

Superbrothers' Jett: The Far Shore is all about creating a new world where people can hope and dream, a world built on the rubble of failure and despair. We only got to see a cinematic trailer, but Jett: The Far Shore launches Holiday 2020, so we'll probably learn more soon.


It's only fitting the first-known PS5 game, Godfall from Gearbox, made an appearance too. It's definitely a huge step ahead of that "leaked" footage from last year. You'll fight fearsome foes, gather godlike weapons, and strive to grow even stronger this holiday season when Godfall launches.

Solar Ash

Annapurna Interactive debuted another PS5 game, and it couldn't be more of a departure from Stray. In Solar Ash, you play as an abstract-looking being navigating a lush and equally abstract world called the Ultravoid, "an unstoppable rift of despair ripping through space."

We'll be keeping an eye on Solar Ash leading up to its 2021 launch date.

Hitman 3

Next up was a new Hitman game, Hitman 3. The dev team calls it the dramatic conclusion to the trilogy and Agent 47's most intimate and difficult case yet. The setting this time is Dubai, but other than a moody trailer, the only thing we know about Hitman 3 is its launch date: January 2021. 

Astro's Playroom

In a complete 180 from Hitman 3, we got a short look at Astro's Playroom next. It's a rollicking romp with every kind of platforming challenge and environment imaginable. It currently has no anticipated release date.

Little Devil Inside

Combine Monster Hunter with Tim Burton, and you'll get Little Devil Inside. You'll travel the world, hunting a number of fantastical beasts and trying to survive, all while a parallel storyline takes place in a grim-looking village somewhere else.

NBA 2K 21

While we did get a super short look at NBA 2K21, we can't really say much about it because A.) it's still in its pre-alpha phase, which means B.) there isn't much to show. What we did see looks impressive, though, especially for alpha footage. Expect NBA 2K 21 in Fall 2021.


Then there was the Bugsnax, a quirky adventure where you take on the characteristics of the bug snacks you eat. It's another 3D platformer adventure game that also looks like it takes excellent advantage of the PS5's engine. And Bugsnax is likely a PS5 launch title because it'll release Holiday 2020.


Deathloop from Bethesda Softworks is a stealth-driven shooter, but not like you'd expect. You've got the power to rewind time, and everyone's out to get you. Literally. The island's main sport is hunting down the protagonist, Colt, who's stuck on a loop as they try to take out eight targets to break free.

The only trouble is, Colt has a rival on the island of Black Reef. Her name's Julianna, and she's determined to keep him in the loop forever. It's set to launch sometime in Holiday 2020.  


And that was PlayStation 5's The Future of Gaming presentation. Sony's Jim Ryan said there's even more to share as we approach the PlayStation 5 launch date this holiday season, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PS5 news as it develops.