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I don't know much about basketball, but I know a good-looking game when I see one - and holy cow is NBA 2K21 a beautiful-looking game. I thought it looked nice running on PlayStation 4, but the latest PlayStation 5 trailer showing off the next-gen version of the game has left me floored. I mean, I'm probably still not going to buy it, but I can appreciate it for the handsome piece of work it is, right?
There are certain boring naysayers attempting to claim that the PS5 version doesn't look any different to the PS4 version. What I would say to these people is that they need to check out the comparison video from BBallCreator 2K below (or via this link). The difference really is night and day.
The crowds are more lifelike, the court feels more tactile, and the players move so much more believably. You can even see the sweat on the brows of the players. I didn't think that was something I'd ever really care about, but here we are. It's undeniably impressive stuff, whatever your thoughts on this particular franchise.
Unfortunately, NBA 2K21 is likely to remembered by many as the game that sparked the inevitable next-gen pricing debate. The basketball franchise was the first to confirm its current vs next-gen prices, with standard editions of the game costing £59.99 for current gen consoles and £64.99 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
This inevitably raised some concern about the increased cost of next-gen video games, although it's also something a lot of us were expecting. NBA 2k21 just had the misfortune of being the catalyst to these discussions - discussions which are even now raging on. Increased development costs mean we're going to have to pay more. Unless you're willing to pay less for shorter games (which many seem unwilling to do) that's just the way the wind is blowing.
NBA 2k21 will launch September 4th for current-gen consoles. It's also one of the few cross-gen games announced so far that will force you to pay extra to upgrade to the PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S version. Is being able to see how much your digital player sweats when November rolls around really worth paying more money for? That's a decision you have to make alone, I'm afraid.
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