NBA 2K21’s newest patch is principally a group of fixes and optimizations, however many relate to the sport’s new controls — and participant suggestions about them — making model 1.03 an necessary replace. It’s out there as of now on all platforms.
For starters, the dimensions of the shot meter is elevated, “primarily based on suggestions from the group,” says the patch notes. This must be useful to those that have discovered good launch timing to be much more troublesome in NBA 2K21, and maybe for many who try to adapt to the brand new Shot Stick Aiming choice.
Taking pictures on the three decrease issue ranges was addressed in a hotfix for NBA 2K21 two days after its Sept. 4, 2020 launch, although gamers within the recreation’s boards, subreddit, and elsewhere have nonetheless griped about it.
Shot Stick Aiming, which director Mike Wang final month known as a refinement of a management launched in NBA 2K17, introduces left/proper accuracy to the timing recreation. We didn’t discover it to be useful in our evaluation, however extra skilled gamers could disagree. Timing and aiming could each be toggled on or off within the controls (with each off which means pictures rely completely on the capturing participant’s rankings).
With that in thoughts, pull-up bounce pictures have been nerfed. Evidently that is one space the place capturing was simpler, however that additionally attracts group suggestions. Gamers additionally gained’t have as fast a step “out of sure dribble strikes,” however they may discover that extra of their removes “yield ankle breakers and defensive reactions.” Wang, answering followers on social media, mentioned ankle-breakers had been labored on in model 1.02, and must be utterly fastened with this patch.
Taking pictures out of put up strikes may also be extra responsive. Talking from expertise, I had rapidly deserted what little put up recreation my small ahead had, discovering a shot on my proper thumbstick nigh inconceivable with low to common rankings.
Lastly, Park Dribble Strikes (particular to video games in that multiplayer venue) haven’t been taken out of the sport — an choice Wang thought of (on Twitter) two weeks in the past. However they’re now activated with a left stick click on/toggle “for extra constant dribbling controls.” Beforehand, that they had been activated with a proper stick click-and-hold, which led to enter errors or the shortcoming to get them to activate.
Although Patch No. 2 doesn’t implement all new options or content material, it’s a hefty sufficient one to benefit NBA 2K21 gamers’ full consideration. All the modifications, fixes, balancing and re-balancing is recapped in Visible Ideas’ newest Courtside Report weblog.