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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Gameplay Trailer & Screenshots

2K has just released their NBA 2K21 next-gen gameplay trailer, captured from the PlayStation 5. The trailer shows a quick glimpse of NBA 2K21 next-gen cover athlete, Zion Williamson and current-gen cover athlete Damian Lillard, before getting into the real action we’ve been waiting for.

After seeing Luka Dončić come out of the tunnel and greet Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and high-five Champ the mascot, the rest of the trailer features an exhibition game between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks, some of which, is captured from the all-new Rail Cam. 2K mentions the new AI systems, power every single person in the arena, to make the game come to life.

“Never before have we been able to deliver this level of visual fidelity and realism in a video game,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. ” NBA 2K21 is the standout title that best delivers the promise of next-gen: truly revolutionary graphics, lighting-fast load times and incredible new features and gameplay only possible on next-generation hardware.”

2K has also teased a small list of expanded and improved upon details for the next-gen version of NBA 2K21, with many more details still to come.

  • An eye-popping leap in graphical advancements: next-gen lighting, textures, physics, animations, and more that push NBA 2K21’s visual presentation to the bleeding edge;
  • Rebuilt player movement and player impact, driven by new on-court animation and collision engines that make for a smoother, tougher game;
  • The entire arena comes to life, with more than 150 unique AI-driven characters interacting seamlessly to create a groundbreaking Lower Bowl experience;
  • An expanded soundtrack with 202 songs at launch and more to come.

If you are looking for more NBA 2K21 next-gen information and details, thankfully we don’t have to wait long. In fact, tomorrow we get some more goodies. Here’s what 2K had to say.

Today’s gameplay video is just the beginning with much more next-gen NBA 2K21 information coming soon. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be breaking down all of the new next-gen gameplay-specific features across three Courtside Reports that cover core gameplay, new movement and the “Impact Engine,” as well as next-gen AI and major changes to the MyPLAYER Builder. Additionally, in the coming weeks, NBA 2K fans can look forward to learning about what’s new in MyCAREER, the WNBA, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE. And of course, fans will get an in-depth look into what will be the biggest expansion of NBA 2K’s online basketball community feature yet: the experience formerly known as the Neighborhood.

The experience formerly known as the Neighborhood? Interesting…

Built from the ground-up to fully utilize the incredible power, speed and technology of the next-generation of consoles, NBA 2K21 will be available on November 10 for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, globally. As for PlayStation 5, the release date is set for November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and on November 19 for PlayStation 5 in all other regions.

As we typically do, we captured some NBA 2K21 next-gen screenshots from the new trailer below. Make sure to watch the trailer, check out the screenshots and let us know your thoughts, including any “little things” you may have noticed.

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  1. Can't lie....That tunnel run was mad cool..(with fist Bump from Cuban)
    Wanna here about improvements to see IF this really is the one we've been waiting for!
    Lol...there was an article attached to the trailer. Looks they will be using a whole new AI engine. Interesting. The MyPlayer people won't care about this, but this could be a game changer for the PNO and offline players.
    Not to start a console war, but I kinda hate that the gameplay footage wasn't from the Series X. However, it looks like PlayStation has some type of exclusive deal with NBA 2K for free MyTeam packs.
    Blown the hell away with that Cuban fist bump scene... just incredible, along with the detail/what is going on right after with all the cameras, players, fans, reporters, mascot, etc.
    The attention to detail is mind blowing, wow
    ksuttonjr76
    Lol...there was an article attached to the trailer. Looks they will be using a whole new AI engine. Interesting. The MyPlayer people won't care about this, but this could be a game changer for the PNO and offline players.

    The park players wont care. One of the biggest complaints about mycareer is AI teammates.
    Net physics move like they're on planet earth now (not moon gravity) haha....
    Real time lighting is nice - emphasized on the overhead shot of the arena during the timeout.
    Backboard stanchion still made of rubber (Hardaway dunk).
    Love the new style of trailer though...... the previous gen style was growing stale. Long lengths of gameplay moments - much nicer.
    Dame, Klay closeups looked sensational. Wow. Very close to photo real at a glance.
    Lots to digest.
    SageInfinite
    Can’t believe I’m saying this but, not impressed. Definitely the most underwhelming console generation change for me.

    Make sure you change the Quality over to 4K in the settings.
    m1ke_nyc
    The park players wont care. One of the biggest complaints about mycareer is AI teammates.
    Fair enough. I could be wrong, but I felt that people treated it more as a farming mode than anything else.
    illwill10
    If it wasn't for the uncertainty with the start of 20-21 season and outdated rosters to start, this would definitely be a day one purchase for me
    The lies you tell.
    Lighting is insane, foot-planting look better. Shot-contest is still “late and a bit weird” form the 3/4 shots we’ve saw, the rest looks great. Need to see some user gameplay and the MyLeague/Gameplay blogs
    I'll have to watch this again in 4k but I liked what I saw from the low res video I was able to watch. The screenshots look great and reveal some details I missed.
    On one hand I can see why some people might be a little underwhelmed. This might not be the mind blowing jump we saw with 2k14 but this game still looks damn good and might be the best looking next gen game we have seen thus far.
    m1ke_nyc
    Graphically it looks good. Not close to the jump from PS3 to PS4, but looks good. Ready to see a quarter of gameplay.

    Just gonna be a difference of opinion here. This looks night and day. Very deliberate metaphor here. As the lighting is incredible. Reflections and the quality of the crowd and sideline people. Seeing Luka enter the floor at moments I thought I was watching a real person.
    Interesting nonsense sequence with a ton of things happening at once during timeout was a deliberate choice. I bet one of the things they'll be able to do in people's beloved Park (I couldn't care less about Park) is have WAY more games happening simultaneously.
    More fidelity. More simulated elements are possible. To say nothing of the hand to ball contact and ball physics look stronger. (Nets still look janky without any resistance to them, like it's made of twine, not thick nylon).
    And once we get the games in our hands and we realize we will go from picking teams to the games starting in seconds? Right into the sports show with Ernie and them? It's gonna make playing older games impossible due to load times.
    ksuttonjr76
    The lies you tell.

    Last several years I purchased 2k, I always waited until Black Friday sales before buying it. That's mainly because I rather wait until the season is underway and we've seen a roster update before buying the game. And typically with sports games, you see tons of updates in the first month, I rather wait until initial issues are fixed first.
    I haven't played a single game since I sold my consoles last December, so patience isn't an issue I have lol
    I knew the graphics would be stellar, but personally my next gen satisfaction hinges on a massive amount of new animations, foot-planting and a collision engine.
    So seeing a familiar behind the back, contact finish and celebratory follow thru was a let down.
    Eman5805
    Just gonna be a difference of opinion here. This looks night and day. Very deliberate metaphor here. As the lighting is incredible. Reflections and the quality of the crowd and sideline people. Seeing Luka enter the floor at moments I thought I was watching a real person.
    Interesting nonsense sequence with a ton of things happening at once during timeout was a deliberate choice. I bet one of the things they'll be able to do in people's beloved Park (I couldn't care less about Park) is have WAY more games happening simultaneously.
    More fidelity. More simulated elements are possible. To say nothing of the hand to ball contact and ball physics look stronger. (Nets still look janky without any resistance to them, like it's made of twine, not thick nylon).
    And once we get the games in our hands and we realize we will go from picking teams to the games starting in seconds? Right into the sports show with Ernie and them? It's gonna make playing older games impossible due to load times.
    Lol...Honestly, the load times have been the selling point for me since Day 1 regarding next-gen consoles. For NBA 2K, I absolutely hate that it takes 25 to 40 seconds to load into the neighborhood from the start screen.
    Not sure if it's ever been there before, but they had the security dudes who menacingly stare into the crowd arms folded, with the red suits come out during that TO sequence.
    illwill10
    Last several years I purchased 2k, I always waires unril Black Friday sales before buying it. That's mainly because I rather wait until the season is underway and we've seen a roster update before buy the game. And typically with sports games, you see tons of updates in the first month, I rather wait until initial issues are fixed first.
    I haven't played a single game since I sold my consoles last December, so patience isn't an issue I have lol

    Gotcha. I just wouldn't think that a mere roster update would be the reason for you to not buy the next game .
    Eman5805
    Not sure if it's ever been there before, but they had the security dudes who menacingly stare into the crowd arms folded, with the red suits come out during that TO sequence.
    They're not there. I fired up NBA 2K20 and called a time out to see what the action looked like on the court. Yeah...definitely night and day difference.
    Curry drives to the basket (at 58 seconds), Powell stands near the paint and decide to not help. When I saw it the first time I didn't notice it, but it's a terrible defensive play from a good defensive player. Why they decided to choose this play? Same gameplay problems :/
    Crowd and player detail looks way more better and I can see some kids in the stands other than that nothing really jumped at me. That crowd noise better be updated as well as the player movement. 2k can be way to heavy on the animations.
    I think you touch on why some people might be unimpressed with this trailer and next-gen visuals in general. This generation seems to be more about improvements in more of the small, subtle details and areas than your typical big leap in graphics. Some of the visual upgrades might go unnoticed or under the radar for some people because they don't realize how all of the small improvements add up. For example improvements to the crowds and people on the sideline. That's not something a lot of people are looking for but when you take in account the hundreds of people in the stands receiving improved models and details on top of the more in your face improvements that's a lot on the technical side of things that people might not be picking up with their eyes.
    In a way it's similar to 1080p to 4k. Some people might not think it's a huge improvement while other people are like "but look at all the improved details in the picture and background!"
    Faces look great but the frame rate is stuttering up close, so they're probably higher quality models in cutscenes and drop back to lower in gameplay.
    Other than that, the movement looks identical. And that's not good.
    The animations are what holds this game back.
    And you only have to see the threads on non-sports forums. Gamers that don't know basketball are all commenting how weird the player movement looks.
    I'm blown away. It's a different time than 2k14 and there was no way that any game was going to have as big a graphical leap as back then. That being said this exceeded my expectations. I cant really see how it could look better.
    Really though that's not even close to what makes this game look like it's going to be insane. It's those atmospheric touches and all the fine details. Just watching that trailer and seeing the world surrounding the action react, it was impossible not to get excited.
    I'm not telling anyone how to feel but if you are honestly meh..... about this trailer I'd be curious to hear what you were expecting cause everything I'm seeing here looks like a significant upgrade.
    I'm in the "not impressed" camp.
    Are player faces photo-realistic. You betcha. Are there a bunch more people running onto the court during time outs? Yep. Was the "Doncic running out of the tunnel" scene cool? Ice cold. Are players sweatier? Dripping.
    But for me, I don't need to pay $60 for improved faces and textures. I want more realistic player models. I want less sliding and smoother animations. I want balls which go CLEANLY through the hoop more-often-than-not (like in the actual NBA).
    Based on the trailer, it doesn't look like I'm getting those things. It looks like a shinier (pun kinda intended) current-gen NBA 2k21.
    Hope I'm wrong, but don't think I will be, as trailers are supposed to highlight the positives.
    ksuttonjr76
    Gotcha. I just wouldn't think that a mere roster update would be the reason for you to not buy the next game .

    I'm very picky about buying games in general, especially full retail price. But I don't see Next gen versions getting discounted until earliest maybe February or March. So, I will most likely buy it day 1 because I know price isn't dropping any time soon, I'm confident 2k will deliver, and with annual sports titles, I have a mental cutoff date to purchase a game or I feel it is too late in the cycle.
    Even if I buy it day 1, still might hold off playing it. Yeah the roster update is a small thing, but even if I play MyCareer, I still want the roster to closely resemble real life. Little things like tendency updates, players coming out of no where, roster moves make a difference for me. Plus there are other games, I want to play first.
    CelticLG
    Curry drives to the basket (at 58 seconds), Powell stands near the paint and decide to not help. When I saw it the first time I didn't notice it, but it's a terrible defensive play from a good defensive player. Why they decided to choose this play? Same gameplay problems :/

    I think your putting too much stock in a single play from a trailer. Maybe it was bad gameplay logic. Maybe it was just a bad defensive possession.
    A few thoughts from me
    -Footnote read "All footage captured from a work in progress build NBA 2k21 on PS5". That could mean a number of things, or maybe it doesn't mean much. But even if there are significant changes or not, this footage isn't the "final" product.
    -Dame and Zion look insane! Although idk how realistic that facial expression is for Zion on that windmill, caught my eye right away.
    -That tunnel sequence was awesome! But is it something that happens before every game? Won't know till the game is out I guess. Needless to say it was a nice touch.
    -Steph and Klay look on point!
    -When Klay is taking the jumper in warmups, the shadows over his face don't look natural. Not a big deal, but just something I noticed.
    -Off ball player movement looks a tad robotic, not super smooth. Doesn't seem to be much difference from current gen.
    -Player models seem a bit off on some guys. Boban looks too thin, but he's such a anomaly of a human, maybe you can't get him perfectly, and that's fine by me.
    -Basketball going through the hoop, the ball looks a little soft, couldn't see too much detail imo.
    -Lighting looks good, and dare I say it...sweat looks better!
    -Kidding about the sweat.
    Overall, I don't think it's quite as big of a jump from PS3 to PS4. But I think we're getting pretty close to the point where graphically, I honestly don't expect that huge of a jump because PS4 was pretty realistically looking already imo. We're just about a month away, so hopefully they start cranking out new videos and screens of players. We're almost there fellas!
    Also, I really need to secure a PS5.....
    jeremym480
    Make sure you change the Quality over to 4K in the settings.

    Watched in 4k and I'm still not impressed. Don't get me wrong, it looks really good, but I'm not impressed at what I'm seeing. Just goes to show how good 2k has been detail wise and graphically. It's just the lighting and the arenas didn't take the leap I thought they would.
    Not one game I've seen on next gen has made me wish I had a pre-order. Like I said this is the most underwhelming console transition. Possibly due to the times we're living in, but I can't see I feel like I'm gonna be missing out on anything.
    I'm sorry guys but I'm on the boat where 2k can achieve this kind of graphics this gen if they were given the time. Don't tell me other wise considering how good Last of Us 2, GoW and even RDR2 looks this gen. With that being said, I will be looking forward to more news on these upcoming weeks. Maybe I will board the hype train but I swear if I see Mike say that it's a lot harder to get greens on next gen I will lose my ****.
    illwill10
    I'm very picky about buying games in general, especially full retail price. But I don't see Next gen versions getting discounted until earliest maybe February or March. So, I will most likely buy it day 1 because I know price isn't dropping any time soon, I'm confident 2k will deliver, and with annual sports titles, I have a mental cutoff date to purchase a game or I feel it is too late in the cycle.
    Even if I buy it day 1, still might hold off playing it. Yeah the roster update is a small thing, but even if I play MyCareer, I still want the roster to closely resemble real life. Little things like tendency updates, players coming out of no where, roster moves make a difference for me. Plus there are other games, I want to play first.
    You should see the defensive lapse in a real game. This happens multiple times during NBA games.
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    Looks like atmosphere is making a major leap. Just hope the crowd atmosphere is entirely re-recorded and mimic the excitement of an NBA game.
    Looks amazing so far!!
    Goffs
    I'm sorry guys but I'm on the boat where 2k can achieve this kind of graphics this gen if they were given the time. Don't tell me other wise considering how good Last of Us 2, GoW and even RDR2 looks this gen. With that being said, I will be looking forward to more news on these upcoming weeks. Maybe I will board the hype train but I swear if I see Mike say that it's a lot harder to get greens on next gen I will lose my ****.
    Huh? They had 8 years to work with the PS4/Xbox One...
    If they could have achieved these graphics this gen, they would have. Don't be ridiculous. You're also comparing games from completely different genres that have completely different priorities and have to use resources for different things. Last of Us 2 doesn't have crowds/coaches/players with dozens and dozens of character models on screen at once.
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    Absolutely PHENOMENAL.. makes me so happy I got a PS5 preordered.
    I’m officially blown away and can’t wait
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    EurozDontFogertTheZ
    Graphics are amazing. The Dame Lillard screenshot looks like real life.
    Only thing that looked iffy to me was that Tim hardaway Jr dunk. It didn't look authentic to me.

    Also bothered me a little at first, but i think the dunk's on Marquese Chriss who's not that tall or an amazing defender. Could happen imo.
    Game looks amazing. Can't wait to see how it plays through gameplay vids, and interesting in hearing more on about the game. Too bad I will have to wait before playing as I have not been able to preorder a next gen console........
    ksuttonjr76
    Lol...Honestly, the load times have been the selling point for me since Day 1 regarding next-gen consoles. For NBA 2K, I absolutely hate that it takes 25 to 40 seconds to load into the neighborhood from the start screen.

    It's also something I've been more aware about since both companies have been promoting faster load times. Even some of the shorter load sequences in games seem longer than necessary knowing that, come next-gen, most load times will either be a lot faster or completely non-existent. And the older I get the more time I want to spend playing games, not waiting for games to load.
    kurt2134
    Huh? They had 8 years to work with the PS4/Xbox One...
    If they could have achieved these graphics this gen, they would have. Don't be ridiculous. You're also comparing games from completely different genres that have completely different priorities and have to use resources for different things. Last of Us 2 doesn't have crowds/coaches/players with dozens and dozens of character models on screen at once.
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    How is it ridiculous? Go on tell me! Those 8 years and little bumps in graphics. You're just telling me that they can't do high quality graphics and we can see what PS4 can do with the games I named. Forget genre for a moment and THINK about it. IF 2k wanted to they can achieve those type of graphics is all I'm saying.
    CelticLG
    Curry drives to the basket (at 58 seconds), Powell stands near the paint and decide to not help. When I saw it the first time I didn't notice it, but it's a terrible defensive play from a good defensive player. Why they decided to choose this play? Same gameplay problems :/
    I think it might have been user controlled so they can have the clean layup for the trailer.
    At least I think the defender boxing out instead of going for the block is user controlled. Or else we're in for a long year lol.
    Next Gen across the board looks like cross Gen bump except for Rachet and clank that game looks next Gen. I will give 2k the benifit of a doubt few years to get use to the system.
    I think the real star is that lighting. The player models seem to be the same and the facial animations are on point but that lighting is next level man. Can't wait to get this in my hands.
    I think it looks amazing, but I feel like maybe I was expecting a bit more. Perhaps the jump level that 2014 had just wasn't possible, but I don't feel like this was quite that level of a leap. The players look amazing in the face, the court looks amazing, the crowd, the tunnel walk and fist bump... But why does the player movement, shooting motions, still look laggy/clunky.
    Goffs
    How is it ridiculous? Go on tell me! Those 8 years and little bumps in graphics. You're just telling me that they can't do high quality graphics and we can see what PS4 can do with the games I named. Forget genre for a moment and THINK about it. IF 2k wanted to they can achieve those type of graphics is all I'm saying.
    Why do you think graphics more or less never surpassed 2k14 levels? It's because they couldn't as they tapped the resources of the consoles. Same thing that happens every console generation. The games would have frame rate dips on occasion too even on my Xbox One X which shows even hitting 60fps was a struggle due to everything going on in game. Why wouldn't they want graphics to be better? Of course they would.
    Also, "forget about genre for a moment and think" is an ironic statement because if you thought a bit more and applied some logic, you'd realize how ridiculous it is to compare games from completely different genres. Look at NBA 2k compared with other sports titles at least since they're more or less dealing with the same balance of performance and on-screen models/AI systems, etc while maintaining 60 fps (something the games you mentioned don't do).
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    Goffs
    I'm sorry guys but I'm on the boat where 2k can achieve this kind of graphics this gen if they were given the time. Don't tell me other wise considering how good Last of Us 2, GoW and even RDR2 looks this gen. With that being said, I will be looking forward to more news on these upcoming weeks. Maybe I will board the hype train but I swear if I see Mike say that it's a lot harder to get greens on next gen I will lose my ****.

    Remember that this game runs at 60fps where as both TLOU2 and RDR2 target 30fps, and not even a locked 30fps. If those games aimed for 60fps there would be a lot of compromises to those games. Likewise 2k might look more photorealistic at 30fps but there would be drawbacks there as well, especially to the feel.
    SageInfinite
    Watched in 4k and I'm still not impressed. Don't get me wrong, it looks really good, but I'm not impressed at what I'm seeing. Just goes to show how good 2k has been detail wise and graphically. It's just the lighting and the arenas didn't take the leap I thought they would.
    Not one game I've seen on next gen has made me wish I had a pre-order. Like I said this is the most underwhelming console transition. Possibly due to the times we're living in, but I can't see I feel like I'm gonna be missing out on anything.

    Yeah, I am in this camp. I wasn’t blown away or anything. The only thing that I really liked was Luka walking to the court and the high five with Cuban. Graphics look good though. I am really just hoping the movement is a lot better more than anything and the crowd atmosphere is finally where it needs to be.
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    Something else I find a bit suspicious is that they never show Doncic's or Porzingis' face. Pretty sure they haven't updated their faces yet, otherwise it would've made sense to show their faces rather than Boban or Tim Hardaway's.
    Makes sense tho as the covid crisis probably made it difficult to scan the players
    scottyp180
    It's also something I've been more aware about since both companies have been promoting faster load times. Even some of the shorter load sequences in games seem longer than necessary knowing that, come next-gen, most load times will either be a lot faster or completely non-existent. And the older I get the more time I want to spend playing games, not waiting for games to load.

    I hear you. I'm playing the Marvel's Avengers game right now, and I hate that it takes 15 - 25 seconds to reload back into the game after you die. I had it on "Brutal" setting, but I was getting killed way too often, and it felt like I was watching more loading screens than anything else. Shadow of the Tomb Raider had it bad when you fast traveled to different areas or initial launch into the game.
    Also player models seem to be untouched. I'm guessing we won't have nearly enough varying neck lengths/widths, no different leg/glute sizes with shorts held on by some magical back bend that transitions straight into two legs. Everyone is going to look much the same again with different faces.
    2K really needs to give us 20 or so body shape presets that we can pick and change for both CAPs and players in the game.. Better option would be sliders to target areas of the body, but I'd settle for varying presets.. Another round of 3 options, skinny, normal, bigger, with the handful of like 5-10 guys they decide to give muscle definition to will just be a massive let down.
    To be fair I'm someone who cares much more about how the players look than I do things like sneaker detail and crowd lighting, so seeing this wasn't a massive win for me.
    Hustle Westbrook
    I think the real star is that lighting. The player models seem to be the same and the facial animations are on point but that lighting is next level man. Can't wait to get this in my hands.

    I agree. It makes a big difference. With that Zion pic I just posted, I thought is he more defined? No, body is the same but lighting does a better job of showing definition. Lighting and emotion does stand out
    I agree that the trailer looks really good but also agree with those talking about where we are on the technological curve. Put it this way... PS3 --> PS4 ---> PS5 transition correlated to popular cell phones around the same time. Motorola Razr (PS3) ---> iPhone 5s (PS4) ---> iPhone 11 (PS5). Flip phones to smartphone, to a better smartphone. Anyone expecting the same jump from previous consoles is being a tad unreasonable IMO.
    I fully expect this initial next gen game to be a small step back in some areas so that we can take two steps forward as we progress through this generation.
    kurt2134
    Why do you think graphics more or less never surpassed 2k14 levels? It's because they couldn't as they tapped the resources of the consoles. Same thing that happens every console generation. The games would have frame rate dips on occasion too even on my Xbox One X which shows even hitting 60fps was a struggle due to everything going on in game. Why wouldn't they want graphics to be better? Of course they would.
    Also, "forget about genre for a moment and think" is an ironic statement because if you thought a bit more and applied some logic, you'd realize how ridiculous it is to compare games from completely different genres. Look at NBA 2k compared with other sports titles at least since they're more or less dealing with the same balance of performance and on-screen models/AI systems, etc while maintaining 60 fps (something the games you mentioned don't do).
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    Oh FFS fine. 2k graphics team can't do next gen type of graphics even if they had the resource and time. So let's just add ray tracing and port the models to next gen and call it a day.
    There ya go. Enjoy your day and I hope I didn't ruin it.
    Of course the graphics are better; that's the minimum you would expect from a generation leap. 2K has always blown away with their graphics, all the way back to the Dreamcast days.
    But if my CPU teammates are still just standing around while the ball bounces 2 feet away from them and no one bothers to pick it up, all while I'm the only one that has ever employed the revolutionary technique of "boxing out" in the history of my team, I would essentially call this no significant update. And while this is of lesser concern to me, whatever netcode they are using, they should use a different one because the few times I have tried to play games online, they are such a miserable, desultory experience, I have no intention of ever playing another online game again.
    So, looks great, but as with all sports games, gotta play actual games to know if it's anything other than lipstick.
    It’s hard to express in words how great this looks. 2K never disappoints when it comes to setting the standard. The craziest part about this trailer is this being there first shot at the next gen consoles..just sick!!!
    Goffs
    Oh FFS fine. 2k graphics team can't do next gen type of graphics even if they had the resource and time. So let's just add ray tracing and port the models to next gen and call it a day.
    There ya go. Enjoy your day and I hope I didn't ruin it.

    I'm confused. Why are you assuming that the current gen consoles are capable of more? I might be the minority, but I felt like the graphics had reached their max since NBA 2K19. Granted, games like COD: Modern Warfare do push the envelope a little bit more (the cutscenes were crazy, but they also have 3 years to develop a game too), but I don't think graphics were capable of getting better by much more across the board.
    Besides from the graphics and everything else why is Maxi Kleber from the Dallas player boxing out a Golden state player when Steph is free to do a layup instead of attempting to block the shot! I hope the coding is fixed so we don’t see that on launch day!
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    The Tim hardaway dunk gives me major concern. The speed boost of a behind the back dribble to an oh too familiar contact dunk animation put a damper on my excitement. I think it will take a few iterations of the game to get movement into a good spot honestly. Still a long a way to go to even get close to more realistic movement.
    blk5tar5
    Besides from the graphics and everything else why is Maxi Kleber from the Dallas player boxing out a Golden state player when Steph is free to do a layup instead of attempting to block the shot! I hope the coding is fixed so we don’t see that on launch day!
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    Thats a legacy issue of AI defenders being coded to box out as soon a shot animation is triggered. Makes playing defense a chore. The AI is still not able to detect and identify that the ball is the most important thing on the court
    Well lighting looks a lot better, everything is more detailed and there is just a lot more going on on and off the court but that was to be expected, BUT... it seems like most of the animations, including a lot of those clunky ones, transferred from current gen and most of all body models seems EXACLTY the same and that was my biggest problem with visuals on PS4...
    Quote from the article
    “Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be breaking down all of the new next-gen gameplay-specific features across three Courtside Reports that cover core gameplay, new movement and the “Impact Engine,” as well as next-gen AI and major changes to the MyPLAYER Builder.”
    Looks like we’ll be getting more info tomorrow. Exciting times!
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    exposedaking
    Can't wait. It's going to feel like Christmas in November.
    I'm scared to see what the legends will look like.
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    Oh man, they're going to look rough I bet
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    drabberplane
    Well lighting looks a lot better, everything is more detailed and there is just a lot more going on on and off the court but that was to be expected, BUT... it seems like most of the animations, including a lot of those clunky ones, transferred from current gen and most of all body models seems EXACLTY the same and that was my biggest problem with visuals on PS4...
    Still no butts :santa:
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    So how does this work for PC seeing as you could already have a "next gen" console right now? A patch or are they gonna charge you for the same game twice?
    Those of you that aren't impressed..i don't know what you were expecting... maybe realize your expectations are out of whack.
    Did you want photorealism? Its clearly a major upgrade.
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    TjJunior
    So how does this work for PC seeing as you could already have a "next gen" console right now? A patch or are they gonna charge you for the same game twice?

    Next gen 2K21 is only advertised for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
    Living Worlds are finally in ;)
    Looks great, and the shininess is real. Enjoy it while you can, it may not be there by the end of this gen.
    Mop guy was the star of the show.
    I'll say this, I understand both the unimpressed side and those that can see the differences. I personally think a lot of people probably thought by now that sports games would be approaching the level of detail that some exclusives have (not fair but I definitely understand).
    For me, I just figured basketball games, but specifically 2k would be further along in a lot of respects. Things like sound, player movement, body types, etc. I guess I just figured by now it'd all have approached the level of detail the players have and we aren't there yet. Part of it is unrealistic expectations because at the end of the day this is still a sports title released on a yearly basis. This is where things like The Last of Us 2 (or any Naughty Dog game for that matter lol), God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, RDR2, etc. kinda ruin other games for me because of how much detail they have. Like, the level of complex systems they have all working together in their engines that provide incredible levels of artistic detail and realistic/fluid gameplay puts sports games to shame. It's there where I wish sports games, specifically basketball games, had 5+ years to develop to that level.
    To me this did not disappoint. Looks exactly like I'd hoped it would. Mind you this is coming from a person who understands that we are on the upper slopes of a graphics S curve. The level of overall detail here is insane. However I can see how some could be left feeling that this isn't a big jump graphically, but it is.
    When NBA 2k14 dropped it had the luxury of coming after 2K14 for the PS3/Xbox 360. Come on yo... That game didn't look all too great graphically even for its time. At the time the other basketball game was doing a much better job graphically than 2K was. So it's no surprise 2K14 blew our minds when that first trailer dropped.
    This generation is about detail...insane amounts of detail. Which many people will look past and think this is a minor jump. Opinions are opinions of course, but the facts are that this is a big jump from what we played this generation. Weather it's the jump people were expecting differs from individual to individual. IMO this looks ridiculous.
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    As great as I think it looks, I haven't seen enough to make me want to go pre-order a console. It's really easy to get caught up in the fresh new graphics. I'd like to see how fast everything loads and actual user-end gameplay.
    SageInfinite
    Can’t believe I’m saying this but, not impressed. Definitely the most underwhelming console generation change for me.
    What? Graphics are borderline moving away from video game now and all the assets on the court as well is out of this world due to the new processors.
    Graphically, the improvement is clear -- very impressive.
    Gameplay wise, the clips shown seem to suggest that the some familiar animations (Hardaway's dunk) and similar AI defensive logic (Powell choosing to sit in the paint and not contest) may still be here; I find that unsurprising.
    As a PC guy, I'm content to wait till 2K22 for PC to get its next-gen upgrade (plenty of season mods to keep me going till then), this trailer hasn't really convinced me to grab a next-gen console. I'm of the mind that this gen, especially considering the state of the world, is going to be a bit rougher at launch than usual for generational transitions.
    I am curious as to what MyLeague improvements they made and very curious about the stadium/crowd atmosphere -- that Luka tunnel entrance was dope, but if the crowd is still as wonky/dead as it has been the past few years, than it's merely window dressing.
    At the very least: for NBA 2K content creators, they'll have some incredible models to work with, which should make for very pretty videos.
    Overall, I'm mildly impressed but very cautious -- we've all heard 2K promise things before and when you add in next-gen hype, sometimes things get out of hand.
    Love it. The only thing that sucks for me is that a lot of players look like they didn't get re-scanned before the pandemic happened and will still have their scans from this gen. They're probably going to stand out from the one's who did like Curry, Dame, Zion, etc. But overall I think it looks amazing. Can't wait to hear about gameplay tomorrow.
    You don't really see any1s face on the gameplay when it's get going, i understand the hype but i don't understand anymore not in my age, it's not leaps and bounds we had from old gen to current gen on 2014.
    Yea the graphics are better at least the faces are for sure; but you better check the last scene of the Curry in which one of GSW players is having a skate time, too. Well though it's 2k they gave national anthem pre game routines b4 and with more than this ofcourse they try to sell their game as a whole product so, the important parts for a game to be played will never be and understood from that kind of trailers.
    ForeverVersatile
    That is crazy, anyone saying otherwise is smoking something.
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    Lotta people are bitter too for missing out on pre-order opportunities as well. Something to keep in mind so people will shame this. Also console warriors come out at launch to justify their purchases too.
    Just form your own opinion really is best lol
    Im on the side of “looks great but core gameplay / mechanics seem disappointingly similar to current gen.” Its not that its bad, it just looks like an impossibly god-tier current-gen PC mod, when what i was hoping for was a new and improved physics system coded from scratch to flow more naturally, not just a (VERY) fresh coat of paint. That said, perhaps we’ll see some more nuanced improvements to the mechanics, and Im looking forward to seeing what improvements have been made to the AI. Clearly — in the abstract — this looks like itll be a great game, but Im feeling better about my decision to wait till 2k22 for next gen. Its hard to feel like youre missing out on totally new and improved gameplay, but if all Im missing out on is the next-gen sheen and a few other odds and ends, Im cool with that.
    PS: To me, the most exciting thing about the Mark Cuban thing is that maybe that means there will be real front offices, at least wherever theyve been able to get permission (James Dolan will probably be “Joseph Dylan” or something...).
    Bigmac612


    looks like a significant improvement to me.
    That's my point exactly! Dudes must be jaded or blind if they can't see these differences!
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    Dione2014
    To me this did not disappoint. Looks exactly like I'd hoped it would. Mind you this is coming from a person who understands that we are on the upper slopes of a graphics S curve. The level of overall detail here is insane. However I can see how some could be left feeling that this isn't a big jump graphically, but it is.
    When NBA 2k14 dropped it had the luxury of coming after 2K14 for the PS3/Xbox 360. Come on yo... That game didn't look all too great graphically even for its time. At the time the other basketball game was doing a much better job graphically than 2K was. So it's no surprise 2K14 blew our minds when that first trailer dropped.
    This generation is about detail...insane amounts of detail. Which many people will look past and think this is a minor jump. Opinions are opinions of course, but the facts are that this is a big jump from what we played this generation. Weather it's the jump people were expecting differs from individual to individual. IMO this looks ridiculous.
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    At that time Live was getting ready to come back from a 4 year absence and put out one of the worst games graphically I’ve ever seen.
    SageInfinite
    Watched in 4k and I'm still not impressed. Don't get me wrong, it looks really good, but I'm not impressed at what I'm seeing. Just goes to show how good 2k has been detail wise and graphically. It's just the lighting and the arenas didn't take the leap I thought they would.
    Not one game I've seen on next gen has made me wish I had a pre-order. Like I said this is the most underwhelming console transition. Possibly due to the times we're living in, but I can't see I feel like I'm gonna be missing out on anything.

    BOOOOOOOOO! LOL! I hear you Sage whats good my brotha?
    This to me is a bigger jump than 360/PS3 to XB1/PS4
    Maybe it's just me, but the lighting is that damn good. Players don't look like they're made out of putty anymore
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    Looks very real, but I’m skeptical what we are seeing in screenshots and videos is what we will be getting during gameplay at the release. They wouldn’t be the first game company to “enhance” trailers and screenshots.
    I saw the announcers courtside. Atmosphere is obviously better but I really hope 2K leans more into TV broadcast packages. The game looks great but its time to get onboard with a TV package. I hate seeing stat banners with player action shots instead of either their picture or nothing at all.
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    da_centa_fielda
    As great as I think it looks, I haven't seen enough to make me want to go pre-order a console. It's really easy to get caught up in the fresh new graphics. I'd like to see how fast everything loads and actual user-end gameplay.

    Truthfully, I don't think there's a single next-gen title that will "make you" go pre-order a console. Majority of the next-gen "launch titles" will be in 2021. Purchasing a next-gen console this early is more about the "little things" such as 4K resolution, ray tracing, FPS, load times, etc. When I got my X-Box One X for my 4KTV, I immediately saw the difference between it and my XBS. I'm just looking forward to my overall experience to get better with my current games and NBA 2K21.
    Yeah but I'm speaking on that console generation as a whole for NBA live. It was the best looking of the 2 for almost the entire generation up until it was cancelled(Obviously it didn't help EA given the state of the series now).
    m1ke_nyc
    At that time Live was getting ready to come back from a 4 year absence and put out one of the worst games graphically I’ve ever seen.
    Goffs
    I'm sorry guys but I'm on the boat where 2k can achieve this kind of graphics this gen if they were given the time. Don't tell me other wise considering how good Last of Us 2, GoW and even RDR2 looks this gen. With that being said, I will be looking forward to more news on these upcoming weeks. Maybe I will board the hype train but I swear if I see Mike say that it's a lot harder to get greens on next gen I will lose my ****.

    Goffs you know I got nothing but love for you fam... but No. LOL.
    I really loved NBA 2K14. Honestly, I don't think that I ever took more screenshots of any other game during my entire time with the PS4/XB1. Over the past few years, I've slowly seen gotten incremental improvements:
    Upgraded TV from an old school LCD to 4K HDR TV > then to a PS4 Pro > then to an OLED TV last year
    I still playing 2K20 almost nightly and occasionally still have a "wow, I can't believe this looks that good" moment with it (especially, if I take a few days off from playing). I don't know if 2K21 will be the leap 2K14 was from PS3 to PS4... I kind of doubt that it will be, but with that said I can clearly see there's a difference in graphics.
    Being an 80's kid who grew up playing the Atari, I still can't believe what we're seeing in video games today and I honestly don't know how much further they can push it graphics-wise. But I'm already getting that "80's Atari kid waiting on Christmas morning" feeling from seeing this and I can't wait to see it in person.
    ksuttonjr76
    Truthfully, I don't think there's a single next-gen title that will "make you" go pre-order a console. Majority of the next-gen "launch titles" will be in 2021. Purchasing a next-gen console this early is more about the "little things" such as 4K resolution, ray tracing, FPS, load times, etc. When I got my X-Box One X for my 4KTV, I immediately saw the difference between it and my XBS. I'm just looking forward to my overall experience to get better with my current games and NBA 2K21.
    This is true. I just want to play the best version of the games I enjoy. That's it. All these games look good on my PS4 Pro. They'll look, and presumably, play better on the PS5.
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    Not to be a total buzzkill, but 2k still hasn’t fixed their player models. It looks like they used the same exact ones, and just gave them smaller waists and thinner legs. I’ve always tried pointing this out because it’s always really bothered me. Here are the legacy issues you can see in this pic.
    1. Bodies not long enough. Most are about 6-10 inches too short.
    2. Oversized heads. If you look at pc mods, that’s one of the first things they adjust.
    3. Long torsos/short legs. Again, pc modders adjust this with their player model mods.
    4. No butts. Players still have that weird kilt looking lower body.
    I used to think it was impossible for them to improve player models due to their engine, but after playing on pc, I realized they just have to make certain adjustments. Shrink player heads, improve short physics and dimensions etc.
    Lighting looks great, faces look great, atmosphere is the biggest jump. Love all the media personnel everywhere. But player models don’t look good. White ppl hair still looks last gen. And for the love of God,2k, fix the horrible “running back to the basket after scoring a basket” animation. Right when I saw that I knew it was basically a port with shinier graphics.
    Visuals no doubt we will have a decent jump... however... gameplay wise (that is the most important part to me) looking at the video we can guess the same issues as with current gen... I hope to be wrong but I am not optimistic ATM.
    Well I take back what I said in the other thread. This is JAW DROPPING impressive. Like 2k14 trailer vibes, impressive.
    The lighting, the crowds, the facial expressions...DAWGGGG 😳
    And I do think the leap here, is as great as the leap from PS3 to PS4.
    sva91

    Not to be a total buzzkill, but 2k still hasn’t fixed their player models. It looks like they used the same exact ones, and just gave them smaller waists and thinner legs. I’ve always tried pointing this out because it’s always really bothered me. Here are the legacy issues you can see in this pic.
    1. Bodies not long enough. Most are about 6-10 inches too short.
    2. Oversized heads. If you look at pc mods, that’s one of the first things they adjust.
    3. Long torsos/short legs. Again, pc modders adjust this with their player model mods.

    Sorry but this is absolutely ludicrous - anybody who has even a passing understanding of 3d graphics engines, game development, etc should realize how INSANE it is to say that they don't have the correct measurements for the models.. you think they can make this game but not know what an inch is? What numbers and math do you think programmers use?
    If there's any differences it has to do with camera perspectives, not the model.. they are probably correct down to the millimeter.
    I want to see Westbrook that’s who I really want to see. And it’s obvious they didn’t get to scan luka
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    sva91

    Not to be a total buzzkill, but 2k still hasn’t fixed their player models. It looks like they used the same exact ones, and just gave them smaller waists and thinner legs. I’ve always tried pointing this out because it’s always really bothered me. Here are the legacy issues you can see in this pic.
    1. Bodies not long enough. Most are about 6-10 inches too short.
    2. Oversized heads. If you look at pc mods, that’s one of the first things they adjust.
    3. Long torsos/short legs. Again, pc modders adjust this with their player model mods.
    4. No butts. Players still have that weird kilt looking lower body.
    I used to think it was impossible for them to improve player models due to their engine, but after playing on pc, I realized they just have to make certain adjustments. Shrink player heads, improve short physics and dimensions etc.
    Lighting looks great, faces look great, atmosphere is the biggest jump. Love all the media personnel everywhere. But player models don’t look good. White ppl hair still looks last gen. And for the love of God,2k, fix the horrible “running back to the basket after scoring a basket” animation. Right when I saw that I knew it was basically a port with shinier graphics.

    No disrespect, but I'll never understand this "Well, the PC can do this, so should the console" mindset. If you don't like the console experience, then stick with the PC experience. I can somewhat understand chiming on the models if you absolutely don't own a PC, and you're offering feedback. I'm not an "art person", so I know that I historically never cared that much about the artwork, so my priorities are probably different for the game. However, I don't know too many games that have the human body model down to perfection.
    Culture Rot
    Looks very real, but I’m skeptical what we are seeing in screenshots and videos is what we will be getting during gameplay at the release. They wouldn’t be the first game company to “enhance” trailers and screenshots.

    I feel like that's the same thing people said about 2k14 and I remember it looking every bit as good as the trailers did. The trailer does also say captured from footage of a 2k21 build on playstation 5 console. When companies lie and enhance their trailers they usually don't say where the footage was captured from. Saying the footage was captured from a PS5 if it really wasn't would be blatant false advertisement that everyone would call out the moment the game releases.
    ksuttonjr76
    Truthfully, I don't think there's a single next-gen title that will "make you" go pre-order a console. Majority of the next-gen "launch titles" will be in 2021. Purchasing a next-gen console this early is more about the "little things" such as 4K resolution, ray tracing, FPS, load times, etc. When I got my X-Box One X for my 4KTV, I immediately saw the difference between it and my XBS. I'm just looking forward to my overall experience to get better with my current games and NBA 2K21.

    Yeah you right. I got a Project Scorpio edition Xbox One X specifically for 4k HDR gaming. Though i notice all the details, the things I'm waiting to see is AI that isn't dumb, consistent physics, no clipping and other things that take me out of the experience.
    I haven't seen evidence of that from this or any other game I'm interested in yet.
    Masai
    This is how it should of looked on the PS4

    2k20 on PS4 Pro had frame rate issues for like the first few weeks of its release and you think they should be able to pull off these graphics on a PS4? Maybe if you don't mind a drop to 30fps but even that would be unrealistic with this level of detail.
    Man some of y'all have extremely high expectations. These developers can't make miracles happen. They are still restricted to hardware limitations.
    basehead617
    Sorry but this is absolutely ludicrous - anybody who has even a passing understanding of 3d graphics engines, game development, etc should realize how INSANE it is to say that they don't have the correct measurements for the models.. you think they can make this game but not know what an inch is? What numbers and math do you think programmers use?
    If there's any differences it has to do with camera perspectives, not the model.. they are probably correct down to the millimeter.

    Lol. Are you new here ? 2k probably has height dimensions correct for all players, but their proportions are way off. Idk how you can’t see that. Fire up 2k20 and play with 2008 rockets. Please tell me Carl Landry’s head is of correct proportion. He looks like a bobble head doll in-game.
    Idk why ppl are upset at me for pointing it out. I used to help madden and mlb show correct their uniforms all the time, using reference pictures instead of calling them “lazy” like a lot of ppl on here do. It’s all just constructive criticism.
    2k more than likely mocaps with 3 or 4 people, I’m guessing guys who are about 6’2, and then they just make them bigger or smaller depending on which player they are creating. That’s why Manut Bol and mugsey Bogues have same body proportions, only one is just 5’3 and one is 7’7.
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    sva91
    Lol. Are you new here ? 2k probably has height dimensions correct for all players, but their proportions are way off. Idk how you can’t see that. Fire up 2k20 and play with 2008 rockets. Please tell me Carl Landry’s head is of correct proportion. He looks like a bobble head doll in-game.
    Idk why ppl are upset at me for pointing it out. I used to help madden and mlb show correct their uniforms all the time, using reference pictures instead of calling them “lazy” like a lot of ppl on here do. It’s all just constructive criticism.
    2k more than likely mocaps with 3 or 4 people, I’m guessing guys who are about 6’2, and then they just make them bigger or smaller depending on which player they are creating. That’s why Manut Bol and mugsey Bogues have same body proportions, only one is just 5’3 and one is 7’7.
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    Probably because many of us don't play the game and go "Geez, Landry has a big *** head. 2K should fix that.". I watch only Pacers games, and I couldn't even BEGIN to tell you if the "proportions" are correct outside of the height and weight.
    sva91

    Not to be a total buzzkill, but 2k still hasn’t fixed their player models. It looks like they used the same exact ones, and just gave them smaller waists and thinner legs. I’ve always tried pointing this out because it’s always really bothered me. Here are the legacy issues you can see in this pic.
    1. Bodies not long enough. Most are about 6-10 inches too short.
    2. Oversized heads. If you look at pc mods, that’s one of the first things they adjust.
    3. Long torsos/short legs. Again, pc modders adjust this with their player model mods.
    4. No butts. Players still have that weird kilt looking lower body.
    I used to think it was impossible for them to improve player models due to their engine, but after playing on pc, I realized they just have to make certain adjustments. Shrink player heads, improve short physics and dimensions etc.
    Lighting looks great, faces look great, atmosphere is the biggest jump. Love all the media personnel everywhere. But player models don’t look good. White ppl hair still looks last gen. And for the love of God,2k, fix the horrible “running back to the basket after scoring a basket” animation. Right when I saw that I knew it was basically a port with shinier graphics.

    Agreed on the models. This is something I'd like to see them re-do from ground up for future next-gen iterations; they look essentially the same as current gen where the body proportions are very off. Shadows, lighting and perhaps textures look improved.
    Looks absolutely nutty in 4K. I think some of the improvements are not as insane if you just watch 1080p, but there's some wild ish happening here graphics-wise.
    I'll back people's plays until I see otherwise when it comes to gameplay/player model sizes/etc. but graphics? This looks crazy.
    ksuttonjr76
    Probably because many of us don't play the game and go "Geez, Landry has a big *** head. 2K should fix that.". I watch only Pacers games, and I couldn't even BEGIN to tell you if the "proportions" are correct outside of the height and weight.

    I mean...if player models don’t bother you, then why are you even responding to my post? I can’t have an opinion of my own? Player models bother a lot of ppl, as do jersey/court inaccuracies. If the pacers used a royal blue instead of navy or had the wrong colors or logo on their court, that wouldn’t annoy you?
    A lot of the colors and jersey inaccuracies have been fixed because fans of the game speak up and offer reference pictures to help 2k. Next time, just move along if someone offers feedback that doesn’t align with your view of the game.
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    It's easy to be critical of sports games because NBA 2k creates digital copies of real life people. We know how tall/short/fat/skinny/fit these real life people are and we want 2k to recreate these very real people accurately. Other games don't have to please their audience by making Batman look like a particular Batman. When people saw that that Kobe render, it didn't look like him and we all knew it. No one complains when Batman doesn't look like Christian Bale. 
    The game looks good to me. Hoping for some good news about MyCareer tomorrow and hoping they really rebuilt it from the ground up. I don't want to see the same shoes ported over or the same lame colorways.
    49UNCFan
    This looks nuts

    Wow. That's one of those things you can't fully appreciate while watching the trailer but when you see the screenshot you realize just how crazy the a detail is.
    sva91
    I mean...if player models don’t bother you, then why are you even responding to my post? I can’t have an opinion of my own? Player models bother a lot of ppl, as do jersey/court inaccuracies. If the pacers used a royal blue instead of navy or had the wrong colors or logo on their court, that wouldn’t annoy you?
    A lot of the colors and jersey inaccuracies have been fixed because fans of the game speak up and offer reference pictures to help 2k. Next time, just move along if someone offers feedback that doesn’t align with your view of the game.
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    Maybe because I practice the concept "suspension of disbelief" when it comes to video games, because there are still some limitations when it comes to graphics. As long as it's reasonably close to real life, then I don't care. Feedback regarding face scans, jerseys, and court appearance doesn't bother me, but we start talking body proportion...The average NBA gamer is not looking that the closing at the models. I remember when there was a thread about the players' butts...their butts. That's doing too much.
    No biggie...looking at the reddit comments, a lot of people seem to have been expecting COD:Moder Warfare cutscene graphics for the NBA 2K21.
    I respect some of you guys really noticing gameplay things as a concern by watching this trailer but it's like some of you are writing this game off already.
    This trailer is a showcase for graphical improvements and atmosphere. That's it.
    They will most definitely be showing more videos that dig deeper into gameplay so let's maybe jump off a bridge then.
    There is absolutely no context to this video but we are dissecting it to see if someone plays help defense or not.
    If it turns out that the game is that way I'll grab a pitch fork and join you but the negative anticipation from this short trailer is crazy.
    ksuttonjr76
    Maybe because I practice the concept "suspension of disbelief" when it comes to video games, because there are still some limitations when it comes to graphics. As long as it's reasonably close to real life, then I don't care. Feedback regarding face scans, jerseys, and court appearance doesn't bother me, but we start talking body proportion...The average NBA gamer is not looking that the closing at the models. I remember when there was a thread about the players' butts...their butts. That's doing too much.
    No biggie...looking at the reddit comments, a lot of people seem to have been expecting COD:Moder Warfare cutscene graphics for the NBA 2K21.

    Again, next time, just move along. Don’t waste your energy. Thanks.
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    CujoMatty
    I respect some of you guys really noticing gameplay things as a concern by watching this trailer but it's like some of you are writing this game off already.
    This trailer is a showcase for graphical improvements and atmosphere. That's it.
    They will most definitely be showing more videos that dig deeper into gameplay so let's maybe jump off a bridge then.
    There is absolutely no context to this video but we are dissecting it to see if someone plays help defense or not.
    If it turns out that the game is that way I'll grab a pitch fork and join you but the negative anticipation from this short trailer is crazy.

    I’m chuckling so hard at the amount of cynicism in here. Someone really said it should have looked like this on PS4. OS is really like the land of Oz sometimes
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    I like the atmosphere, and I do see an upgrade in graphics. But I'm sure I'm in the minority, I want an immersive My League/MyGm of the 2k8 college hoops/ NFL 2k5 variety. Until then it's going to be a pass for now until like probably black Friday or later. And I do have a PS5 pre-order.

    Adjusted length of legs, size of head. Just to give you guys an idea of what I’m talking about.
    If I were just to edit the proportions more to my liking, and use exact same in-game photo and lighting, it would look photorealistic. I guarantee it. But the player models are the give away right when you see them, it’s just more subconscious.
    I am very impressed not only with lighting on the court, but also the lighting in the crowd. It will make the game feel much more alive with the detailed fans and media ppl.
    Gosens6
    I’m chuckling so hard at the amount of cynicism in here. Someone really said it should have looked like this on PS4. OS is really like the land of Oz sometimes
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    It's not just OS, lol. Everywhere people are absolutely nuts with some of their criticism and expectations. It can be disgusting at times the things I read. People can be absolutely spoiled and entitled.
    Again just because I'm not impressed, doesn't mean it doesn't look great. It absolutely does, just not what I thought it would be. I still want to play it eventually, but I'm just not excited for this upcoming generation, yet.......
    I'm sorry, but if you didn't get a little wide-eyed during the Luka tunnel run, you are delusional. I know, I know GAMEPLAY IS KING, but c'mon man. **** was cold.
    You know how it is here some people can find cotton in a snow storm.
    I've been around long enough that I understand it. People have their pet peeves about the game and that's what they look for each year. Body models has been a topic of discussion for a long while now so it makes sense that people are looking for big improvements in that area for next-gen. People also always have concerns about defense and AI in general.
    I just look at it from a different perspective. I'd rather appreciate all the great things I see rather than be upset about some of the inconsistencies and negative areas. There will always be shortcomings. It kind of astonishes me that we are at the point with videogame graphics that people are critiquing the dimensions of player body models and it's a realistic expectation. I don't see an issue with people that present these flaws. If 2k listen it'll only make the product that much better in the long run.
    CujoMatty
    I respect some of you guys really noticing gameplay things as a concern by watching this trailer but it's like some of you are writing this game off already.
    This trailer is a showcase for graphical improvements and atmosphere. That's it.
    They will most definitely be showing more videos that dig deeper into gameplay so let's maybe jump off a bridge then.
    There is absolutely no context to this video but we are dissecting it to see if someone plays help defense or not.
    If it turns out that the game is that way I'll grab a pitch fork and join you but the negative anticipation from this short trailer is crazy.

    Same applies to positivity of anticipations out of a trailer in 2020.
    Again likewise with no disrespect to your opinion.
    Steve_OS
    I'm sorry, but if you didn't get a little wide-eyed during the Luka tunnel run, you are delusional. I know, I know GAMEPLAY IS KING, but c'mon man. **** was cold.

    Big Steve! That was definitely one of my favorite parts. As a life-long video game fan that part sparked that lil excitement in my belly like Jordan asking are you ready in 2k11 and The fun we all had with the demo of NBA 2K8. While I get all those who are expecting and wanting more I am grateful I can step away and still appreciate the little things I always hoped would be in the game.
    WOW JUST WOW!!!!!!!
    Seeing this just makes me get so excited to see what MLB The Show 21 and other sports games will look like too. :)
    And this is just the beginning just imagine what they will be able to do in a few more years when they can use all of the PS5 power!
    Da_Czar
    Big Steve! That was definitely one of my favorite parts. As a life-long video game fan that part sparked that lil excitement in my belly like Jordan asking are you ready in 2k11 and The fun we all had with the demo of NBA 2K8. While I get all those who are expecting and wanting more I am grateful I can step away and still appreciate the little things I always hoped would be in the game.

    Dapping up Cubes was also very on brand for Mark.
    Ima be honest with you all... They could've used 2K20 physics with the new graphics and I'd still buy it for $70.
    This trailer 100% blew me away. Im really looking forward to the upcoming gameplay and MyLeague blogs as well as (hopefully) getting my hands on this in November/December.
    2k is top notch with the little things and graphics and it looks damn good but I’ll be more impressed when gameplay news starts rolling in.
    If transition defense, defensive rotations and late game A.I is still trash looking good won’t cut it for me no more.
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    Steve_OS
    I'm sorry, but if you didn't get a little wide-eyed during the Luka tunnel run, you are delusional. I know, I know GAMEPLAY IS KING, but c'mon man. **** was cold.

    That intro was capped at 30fps for some reason, ruined it a little bit.
    I thought it looked nice overall but I wasn't blown away.
    illwill10
    If it wasn't for the uncertainty with the start of 20-21 season and outdated rosters to start, this would definitely be a day one purchase for me

    Rosters can't be "outdated" if rosters IRL were never updated in the first place lol. Still in the current season in case everyone had forgotten. It's weird I know we should be weeks into the 2020-21 NBA season already.
    NBA draft is 8 days after next-gen release
    I feel really mixed about the trailer. I swear the framerate must have dropped to as low as 20 frames per second at some points. Now I'm thinking this game will not be very optimized. 
    The atmosphere with all the extra people on the court though was great. Looked much closer to a real NBA broadcast. 
    The actual gameplay parts--they were..ehhh it is what it is. Like I said the framerate was really bad at points and I expected better animation tbh. 
    All in all I do not feel compelled to buy a new console this year. 
    =
    Okay 1 thing that has driven me nuts for years and its a simple fix that they refuse to acknowledge.... not a single soul in the crowd at an NBA game has EVER yelled "THREEEEEEE!!!" when someone shoots a three. EVER. That is COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOT PRO!
    Another thing that hasnt been fixed/changed for like a decade now... the commentators. Why the hell is Greg Anthony and Clark Kellogg STILL in this game?!!!!! When was the last time either of them even did anything with the NBA?!!!!! The fact that they havent thrown the farm at Breen and/or Van Gundy is ridiculous. Main reason why I immediately turn off commentary audio as soon as I turn the game on.
    Not really impressed. Step backs still looked clunky, there was a rocket animation in that Hardaway dunk. Animations in general just didn’t look smooth and fluid. Graphics are excellent but honestly with all the 2k mods going around for pc you can pretty much achieve a similar look.
    GudStuffzz
    Not really impressed. Step backs still looked clunky, there was a rocket animation in that Hardaway dunk. Animations in general just didn’t look smooth and fluid. Graphics are excellent but honestly with all the 2k mods going around for pc you can pretty much achieve a similar look.

    I'm pretty well versed in the 2k modding scene and have a powerful gaming pc and my game doesnt look like that trailer.
    Okay 1 thing that has driven me nuts for years and its a simple fix that they refuse to acknowledge.... not a single soul in the crowd at an NBA game has EVER yelled "THREEEEEEE!!!" when someone shoots a three. EVER. That is COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOT PRO!
    Another thing that hasnt been fixed/changed for like a decade now... the commentators. Why the hell is Greg Anthony and Clark Kellogg STILL in this game?!!!!! When was the last time either of them even did anything with the NBA?!!!!! The fact that they havent thrown the farm at Breen and/or Van Gundy is ridiculous. Main reason why I immediately turn off commentary audio as soon as I turn the game on.
    No you can't sorry
    GudStuffzz
    Not really impressed. Step backs still looked clunky, there was a rocket animation in that Hardaway dunk. Animations in general just didn’t look smooth and fluid. Graphics are excellent but honestly with all the 2k mods going around for pc you can pretty much achieve a similar look.
    GudStuffzz
    Not really impressed. Step backs still looked clunky, there was a rocket animation in that Hardaway dunk. Animations in general just didn’t look smooth and fluid. Graphics are excellent but honestly with all the 2k mods going around for pc you can pretty much achieve a similar look.
    Bro just stop, that Luka sequence is smooth as it gets for a video game. Please watch in 60fps.

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    I get the negativity given the issues in recent years but I loved the trailer. Excited for the little details and nuances they'll be discussed coming up. Graphics looked smooth as butter, ready for more info on the gameplay and to get this thing rolling next month. That Luka run out was spectacular, the arena lighting and Dame reaction all A+. Still need more definition on player arms.
    Not to go all "in my day", but seeing where 2K came from Dreamcast to PS5 is remarkable to me. End of the day I can overlook little things to enjoy the full package. Just my 2 cents
    That dude is exactly what is wrong with the 2K community. So sick of these little 14 yr olds who ALWAYS find something to cry about. How do you watch that trailer and nit pick so much you have to create an issue just to stick to your whiney stance on 2k.That Luke clip was incredible looking....
    ForeverVersatile
    Bro just stop, that Luka sequence is smooth as it gets for a video game. Please watch in 60fps.

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    Steve_OS
    I'm sorry, but if you didn't get a little wide-eyed during the Luka tunnel run, you are delusional. I know, I know GAMEPLAY IS KING, but c'mon man. **** was cold.
    Back in 2000 when we were playing Dreamcast, could we have imagined something looking this good in the forum and complaining about it?!
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    Bigmac612


    looks like a significant improvement to me.
    This right here.
    It makes current gen look like 360/PS3 era lol
    This is all the proof I need, the leap is a great one.
    It looks absolutely phenomenal.
    Bravo 2k.
    I love the fluidity of the dunks by Dame and Zion.
    Hurry up November
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    Based on the article, it appears movement was a priority. However, that clip of Klay in a defensive stance looks identical to current gen, so I’ll hold out judgement until we see more.
    I’m hoping the “Impact Engine” eliminates or significantly minimizes the Mario running and players running into each other in off-ball scenarios. It’s a glaring issues in 2k21 current gen
    ForeverVersatile
    Bro just stop, that Luka sequence is smooth as it gets for a video game. Please watch in 60fps.

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    Now if you can actually hit shots doing that Luka move with some regularity in 2K with some light contests, then man will some people be cryinggggg while I'll be giggling.
    ForeverVersatile
    Westbrook & Jimmy Butler will be the ultimate test for the graphics, hopefully they scanned Them.
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    Problem is, they likely didn't scan anyone given the current circumstances. Will probably be the same current-gen scans just upconverted.
    ch46647
    Looks like atmosphere is making a major leap. Just hope the crowd atmosphere is entirely re-recorded and mimic the excitement of an NBA game.
    Looks amazing so far!!

    I never pay attention while I'm playing to crowd animations but did crowds in 2k20 rise to their feet in anticipation of dunks? Those are things I noticed right away as Zion and Dame rose up for dunks in that trailer. Some of those body types triggered slight PTSD for me reminding me of those 2k17 body types though (too skinny imo). I did not buy 2k21 in anticipation for this. I may make that investment to Series X after that trailer though.
    eko718
    Problem is, they likely didn't scan anyone given the current circumstances. Will probably be the same current-gen scans just upconverted.

    I still don't know how some PC modders can create better Westbrooks than those getting paid to do so. Anyone 2k can't get in for scans should be created by these PC modders.
    I’m really blown away . Just remember with the YouTube compression , this is going to look even better .
    Even 2k PS4 looks better in front of me than YouTube .
    And the video isn’t in hdr
    HBKSean216
    That dude is exactly what is wrong with the 2K community. So sick of these little 14 yr olds who ALWAYS find something to cry about. How do you watch that trailer and nit pick so much you have to create an issue just to stick to your whiney stance on 2k.That Luke clip was incredible looking....

    Don't put that on the 14 year olds, they're not the one's who are jaded about games. It's a percentage of the 20, 30, 40, 50 years olds who are cynical AF.
    GudStuffzz
    Not really impressed. Step backs still looked clunky, there was a rocket animation in that Hardaway dunk. Animations in general just didn’t look smooth and fluid. Graphics are excellent but honestly with all the 2k mods going around for pc you can pretty much achieve a similar look.

    Modders can make 2K9 look as good as this, they just don't want to make 2K's art team look bad.
    sva91

    Adjusted length of legs, size of head. Just to give you guys an idea of what I’m talking about.
    If I were just to edit the proportions more to my liking, and use exact same in-game photo and lighting, it would look photorealistic. I guarantee it. But the player models are the give away right when you see them, it’s just more subconscious.
    I am very impressed not only with lighting on the court, but also the lighting in the crowd. It will make the game feel much more alive with the detailed fans and media ppl.

    Totally agree. While never being perfect, NBA 2K models took a hit in 2K17 and were never good after that. Big heads, short legs, thin waist, strange shoulders or all the above. Current gen LBJ looks like he is in junior high.
    NINJAK2
    I still don't know how some PC modders can create better Westbrooks than those getting paid to do so. Anyone 2k can't get in for scans should be created by these PC modders.

    Good question. Coming from a PC modder myself it's probably an issue of resources and attention; because there is plenty of room to improve both the faces and body models.
    eko718
    Good question. Coming from a PC modder myself it's probably an issue of resources and attention; because there is plenty of room to improve both the faces and body models.

    No doubt eko. I have downloaded some modded legends like Iverson, Shaq, t-Mac, etc on 2k20 that put 2k's models to shame. Not to mention the countless current NBA players modders have updated to near perfection. I can't remember whether it was one of the Fallout games and/or Skyrim that allowed you to download some PC mods onto Xbox. If they could do that for those games I would think they could do that for this title??..Sorry for drifting off topic..

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