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Perfect Visual Design on NBA 2K21 (Next-Gen)

Believe it or not, NBA 2K21 Next-Gen also comes with its own storyline. It is presented in a mode called MyCareer which is designed in such a way as to follow the professional career paths of the Avatar characters that you formulate. Of course, he is complete with drama like a Hollywood movie.

The character you formulate and use is said to have almost given up on basketball and prefers American Football as a career path. Rooted because of the memory of his father who in fact had a career in basketball in the past, followed by the insistence of several other characters, he finally decided to return. Skills above average eventually bring your character to shine, from high school, university, to the end being targeted by the NBA itself.

It doesn’t always come straightforward and only presents random cut-scenes, Visual Concepts also tries to inject a super dramatic story in it, which is not always related to your basketball career itself. Some of the cut-scenes also contain choices that can influence what your next career move will be.

In fact, the extra points of dramatization are also dissolved in the gameplay, such as where in one point of the story, the character ends up getting injured while on the field. We thought that this was due to random factors, but were quite surprised to see how this situation was later pushed to become part of the story. To be honest, throughout playing MyCareer, we don’t know which events end in scripted and which ones appear as a consequence of your gameplay side.

So, can your character end up becoming a famous basketball player in the NBA? What kind of challenges did he have to go through? What events will accompany this process? All the answers to these questions you can get by playing NBA 2K21 itself.

Welcome to Next-Gen!

Before we talk about the presentation side further, these improvements don’t necessarily make NBA 2K21 Next-Gen feel like a video game. The illusion that has been trying to cover up with a perfect presentation side is often uncovered because of the various animation problems that are identical to games like this. We are talking from a stiff animation that is still lagging at some point, such as the transition to sitting and standing for the substitute, changing direction to face that instantly occurs, to clipping problems when the player’s body parts, especially the hands, touch. The latest generation does not necessarily create the illusion that what you encounter in front of the screen are video games and just disappear.

But it’s hard not to admit that Visual Concepts does a fantastic job with what NBA 2K21 Next-Gen has to offer. The texture updates that occur at so many angles not only succeed in producing a sharper visuals, but also more realistic ones. From the smallest reflections on the pitch, from the light to the running players, to the skin textures of the players. For this last business, apart from the sweat which is easier to see, you can now feel that the skin of this player has pores and therefore, does not always appear “super smooth” like the previous generation. Enhanced with better lighting that produces more realistic shading too, your eyes will be spoiled.

Everything is then refined with a lot more extra detail, from the look of the basketball itself which looks like a photo that is beautifully translated as a digital object to the visual of the hair which now looks more like strands than just a dense, messy bunch. Smooth animation of movement is also reflected through the movements of the players’ muscles which feel and look rational and of course the curves of the clothes that follow. These textural details also make for the detailed materials that make up everything, from basketball rubber to the surface of the court, to even faded tattoos that look beautiful here.

Does this mean NBA 2K21 Next-Gen came with a ray-tracing feature? Unfortunately no. Based on the information we got in cyberspace as well as our own experience, NBA 2K21 Next-Gen does not feature ray-tracing. One of the clearest evidences comes from the glasses worn by the figure of Kareem Abdul Jabbar when choosing the classic LA Lakers team. Using the Instant Replay feature to see the shadows reflected on the goggles shows the accuracy of the reflections, which unfortunately, is poor. Regardless of whatever the character model is around, the shadows that reflect on her glasses are almost always the same. This means that whatever visualization technique they use to “photograph” the shadow on the ground, it is not ray-tracing.

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen also comes with features that maximize the Playstation 5.In addition to the speed of loading times that are ready to make the transition process for you to choose a team and the cinematic action before the game moves without the slightest lag, it also now comes with a sharper audience NPC character model. . Although it is difficult to check how big the variants of these character models actually are, at least, it now comes in a three-dimensional model that has details on it. NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Playstation 5 also supports DualSense features, especially Adaptive Trigger which is implemented very well. The more tired your players are when in action on the field, the “heavier” the R2 button is to press. Take it easy, those of you who see a feature like this that actually interfere with your action, will still be able to turn it off via the Playstation 5 menu or the unique one, directly in the NBA 2K21 Next-Gen in-game option itself.

As a sports game, NBA 2K21 Next-Gen is of course filled with so many popular music that will accompany you on various occasions, from when choosing a team, entering the main menu, until MyCareer. He carries out his duties properly, to fill the silence which of course would feel strange in a sports game. There isn’t much to talk about on this side of things. It exists with two conclusions that will end up being: one, you already know the song from the start or the second, you hear it for the first time, like it, and include it in your Spotify playlist. Nothing less, nothing more.

So in terms of presentation, NBA 2K21 Next-Gen has indeed succeeded in bringing out the capabilities of the latest generation that it should be. The characters appear with dazzling detail, which is built through the little elements that are presented better, from lighting effects to textures of clothing and leather. But of course, it’s still filled with some stiff animations and clipping that obscure the illusion of realism a little.

Conclusion

Is NBA 2K21 Next-Gen interesting to watch at this time if you have a Playstation 5? We are still in the tendency to answer “Yes”, in the name of examining the presentation side and next-gen features he has managed to achieve in this transition process. As far as the eye can see, it manages to live up to expectations for a next-gen sports game. But if you want a sports game with a satisfying single player experience and don’t care much about the technical side of the next-gen it carries? You probably won’t get what you want here.

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen is a fantastic sports game if we talk about the technical problems of the presentation that it carries as a new generation sports game. It comes with a sharp visualization, charming, full of detail, with a slow but sure side of the presentation, starting to approach the realism that we have been dreaming of. Coupled with Playstation 5 features such as Adaptive Trigger and SSD-based super fast loading times, the comfort and immersive sensation is strengthened. With the sensation of gameplay with a simulated taste that makes you have to think and strategize both when attacking or defending will result in intense and exciting match dynamics. At least, if you play QuickPlay, let alone against your friends.

But unfortunately, as if we agree with the various complaints we have read in cyberspace due to the absence of our interest in trying out the NBA 2K series over the last few years, this game is designed in such a way as to encourage existing microtransactions. MyCareer’s progress feels so slow, takes sacrifice, and is repetitive just to strengthen the character which incidentally, should feel fun and satisfying. It is also reinforced by the side of the story which is sometimes enough to make you scratch your head, especially from the choice of character and plot models, this mode is not as satisfying as imagined. What should make you feel at home can feel like a trap to spend more extra cash in the name of frustration and fatigue.

Is NBA 2K21 Next-Gen interesting to watch at this time if you have a Playstation 5? We are still in the tendency to answer “Yes”, in the name of examining the presentation side and next-gen features he has managed to achieve in this transition process. As far as the eye can see, it manages to live up to expectations for a next-gen sports game. But if you want a sports game with a satisfying single player experience and don’t care much about the technical side of the next-gen it carries? You probably won’t get what you want here.

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