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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Stadiums: A Look at Every Arena

NBA 2K21 next-gen stadiums

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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Stadiums: A Look at Every Arena

Prince last checked in with a look at all the new crowd interactions in next-gen NBA 2K21, and here he now goes through all the NBA 2K21 next-gen stadiums.

It’s fair to say Prince has a thing for the aesthetics, and it’s a good thing since the NBA 2K team generally does a good job with the arenas here. However, I have to say I hope the PC crowd gets their hands on the next-gen engine next year so we can see what all the fans can do to sweeten these stadiums even further.

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  1. Modeling and detailing look great, but the Achilles heel of 2K regarding ambiance has always been lighting. Don't get me wrong, their lighting technology has the potential to be really good, it's just how they approach it that isn't authentic to the real-life stadiums. Most of them feature a dark crowd after the first few rows (a la Staples Center), which is not very realistic at all. Granted, more and more stadiums are adhering to this, but not all of them. And despite that similar look across the board, even Staples doesn't look right in the game. In that regard, NBA Live was really ahead of them and the Xbox Series X auto hdr feature for backwards compatible games has made that difference even more striking. Strange but true.
    One complaint I have is that they didn't get the Wizard home stadium right. Capital One Arena underwent a renovation 2 years ago which included a new center hung scoreboard, additional LED boards and a standup bar on the south side of the arena. 2K has not included any of these visual changes to the arena. 
    Hopefully someone at 2K knows this and will make those changes. 
    Totally agree with the lighting statement. If you go to games in person everyone not sitting in the first few rows isn't in a dark dungeon. I get it looks like that for some teams on TV, but it really takes away from the atmosphere and makes alot of the stadiums look similar when all you can see is the first rows.
    Daltonian1993
    Totally agree with the lighting statement. If you go to games in person everyone not sitting in the first few rows isn't in a dark dungeon. I get it looks like that for some teams on TV, but it really takes away from the atmosphere and makes alot of the stadiums look similar when all you can see is the first rows.

    Even NBA Live 10 on the Xbox 360 had better representations of the stadium lighting than their current model.
    they need to work on lighting and putting realistic 3D modeled fans in the upper deck of the arenas. If you look closely, you can see low textures fans in the upper decks. I don't think that part is a next gen crowd. They should also have the fans be very dynamic, meaning they should get up at random times during the game to go to the bathroom, get food, etc. They should have some fans leaving the arena in the 4th quarter if it's a blowout while the game is being played. They should improve the crowd reactions to different things that occur during the game. Now that would be next-gen.

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