Marcelo Jabulas | @mjabulas – Friday (4) is the release of NBA 2K21, the latest installment in the franchise, which arrives with graphics and gameplay improvements. The edition will also mark the debut of the new generation, as it already has editions ready for PS5 and Xbox Series X. But these are versions arriving at the end of the year, as soon as the consoles finally make their debut.
But before all that, we tested the NBA 2k21 demo. A demo that allows you to play five games with two current teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, which allow balanced games by playing two.
However, the strength of this demo, which makes anyone fall in love with the game and not hesitate to spend R $ 250 for the title, are the all-time teams of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Celtics of Boston.
The friend might wonder why the Lakers and Celtics were so privileged? After all, the last time both teams reached the final was in 2010, with the Western Conference team winning the series in their seventh game. Subsequently, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors lit up in the NBA and met in the finals between 2014 and 2018, with the Warriors still playing in the 2019 finals with the Toronto Raptors. So why not the current teams?
The Singles, Lakers and Celtics are the greatest champion teams in the NBA and have played in historic finals. The Celtics have 17 titles, with 21 final appearances, while the Lakers have accumulated 16 cups, in 31 decisions. The two teams closest to them are the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls with six championships each.
These are also teams that have had big names in the NBA, whether in the current phase of the association or in the past. On the Boston side, the team includes Bill Russell, Kevin McHale, Bob Cousy and of course legend Larry Bird. On the other hand, the Lakers team is running out of space on the pitch for so many stars. The team includes Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron (King) James and the late Kobe Bryant.
A nice detail is that each player uses the uniform according to their era. Even sneakers are from all eras, like the old fabric Converse All-Stars, as well as Magic Johnson’s classic Converse Weapon.
The full game will feature all-time teams from all franchises, as well as teams from the decades and popular All-Star Teams, with the best from each conference.
Personally, I thought it was amazing because the rivalry between Bird and Johnson was what turned the Lakers vs. Celtics and NBA Playoffs into a gaming classic. Originally released for DOS, the game has grown into a success on Mega Drive. He helped shape the sports games to come, with real teams and real players.
But enough about teams and legends, and let’s move on to the game. “NBA 2k21” is not a difficult game to play. On the contrary, the basics are very simple, like throwing, passing, blocking and top.
It is possible to dig faults by playing on the ground, when the opponent with the ball invades the bottle. But the referee does not always make history.
We tested the game on PS4, where the triggers allow for more elaborate play, triangulation, which makes even the less skilled of players become a Phill Jackson of the joystick.
Visually, the game is really cool. The feeling of being on the court is very realistic, with the free throw timer, public demonstrations and even the mascots.
These are elements that you don’t see in FIFA or PES, like in Madden NFL, as the pitch proportions are much larger than that of a court.
The trick is: if your friend is going to play the demo, forget about the Bucks and Clippers (without undermining them), focus all your games on this heavenly classic, which can only exist in the gaming world. And even being a fan. of the Celtics, I recommend going with the Lakers because they play like Germany in 2014, the difference being that they have a big opponent on the opposite side.
Available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, Android, iOS and later PS5 and Xbox Series X versions.