There’s nothing quite like the feeling of picking out an unmarked Steph Curry in the corner and sinking a three-pointer with one of the world’s best basketball players, or driving into the paint with the GOAT LeBron James and dunking over the head of a helpless defender.
NBA 2K21 is packed with great moments like these, and 2K's basketball series continues to do an excellent job of bringing the game to life.
Unfortunately, once players step off the court, lootboxes and microtransactions once again take centre stage in a series that has been plagued with these issues for years.
But before diving into the lootbox issue let's start with what NBA 2K21 gets right.
Which is plenty. The gameplay has been refined even further since last year’s excellent entry. Dribbling with players feels great, shooting (following a day-one hotfix) is challenging but satisfying, and defending is incredibly rewarding when you manage to successfully box out your opponent or deny them a dunk.