Many are wondering whether it is worthwhile to buy the next-generation variation of NBA 2K21 if they already own it on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, or when the match is any good in any respect. I've played with a ton of NBA 2K21 on current-gen, but I confess I experienced it with one foot outside the door in anticipation of the next-gen release. I have been lucky enough to have access to the next-gen version for awhile, and I've already logged an obscene amount of hours on it in a variety of modes.
Let's take a look at the good, bad and the bottom line with the next-generation variation of NBA 2K21. Mainly Beautiful Visuals - Some of those leaves and screenshots you could pull are simply amazing. Even screens of items, hands, legs, shoes, etc. . sometimes cause an even more double take than we have seen in previous matches. I had heard one of the console manufacturers believed 2K was the very beautiful next-gen game, and I can see why. With the exception of a few factors--that I'll discuss soon --2K on next-gen looks phenomenal. The majority of the videos you'll see on YouTube do not do the sport justice due to system limits for capturing. It looks great on a 4K display with HDR and the right color balance.
Viewing the players and objects move on the court is an amazing visual. It seems a little over-dramatic, but fundamental movements and physics like this in 2K are awe-inspiring. Stunning Environments - To put a bow on the visual adore, I'd be remiss if I did not mention the surroundings. They are as alive as I've ever seen in any sports movie game. 2K21 on next-gen accurately captures that hustle and bustle, and it is best appreciated during the pre-game festivities.
Inconsistent Renders - Some of the player renders are directly port ups from current-gen, and also a good number of them weren't all that accurate on these consoles. A few of the players with darker complexions are baked into a level which makes them appear almost incredibly dark. Perhaps some of this is a product of HDR which can accentuate the dark levels of the image, but players enjoy Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and Taurean Prince of the Brooklyn Nets come to mind with this issue. That said, it appears help is on the way with players still being scanned. Still a Good quantity of Clipping - Among the things I'd hoped to see less of about next-gen was clipping. Unfortunately, the next-gen variant of NBA 2K21 has as much passthrough since the current-gen version. Do not get me wrong, I understand it is virtually impossible to eliminate this completely. However, because it is such a generally referenced issue, I felt that I needed to inform everyone who has yet to play the game, that clipping is nonetheless current.