NBA 2K21 released on the 4th of September to a tepid reaction. While fans have appreciated the changes to multiplayer modes like MyTeam and the neighbourhood, single-player modes are neglected. MyLeague and MyGM continue to remain virtually unchanged. The game feels like just a cosmetic upgrade from NBA 2K20. Nothing is different. Well, not nothing.
While the game is similar, there is one major tweak. Fans have complained about the lack of a skill gap in the game for a long time. The simulation-style made the game feel like just a combination of shot odds. To fix this, 2K changed the shot meter. The new shot meter isn’t as easy to use, as you not only have to time your shot but also give it direction. The change was lambasted during the demo, but it doesn’t seem like it was patched out.
Now, the cover star of the current gen, Damian Lillard has tweeted expressing his dissatisfaction with the new shot meter.
Am I the only one struggling with this shot meter ? 🤦🏾♂️ and I ain’t made a free throw yet
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) September 4, 2020
NBA 2K21 to have a patched shot meter?
The shot meter has sparked up a storm in the 2K community. While many are extremely upset at how hard it has become to shoot, others are saying it’s a welcome change. Players that have gotten sick of constantly random odds of shots dropping will enjoy the extra bit of control over their shot with the new shooting system. However, it makes the game almost impossible for casual players who won’t bother learning how to shoot for just occasional games here and there.
Even Ronnie2K addressed the concerns with the shot meter, and seemed to indicate that the meter will stay the same. He seemingly stood by the decision and confirmed that it was an addition to increase the skill gap at the more competitve level
There was no hot fix. Nothing to see here. Skill gap remains. Rejoice.
— Ronnie 2K 2K21 (@Ronnie2K) September 5, 2020
Even though the shooting has been criticized, people have bought the game in droves. 2K servers were heavy on day one, but it will normalize through the week. Offline players can just stick to playing NBA 2K20, as there is nothing new that the game offers for them. However, the new Neighbourhood and MyTeam systems incentivizes online players to hop on the new game, even though the real upgrades come with the next gen.