The new shot meter opens up the right-stick for use completely for dribbling moves

The new shot meter opens up the right-stick for use completely for dribbling moves


Some faces have too little detail and remarkably large players like Shaquille O'Neal (who is rostered on the"All-Time Lakers" squad available in MT 2K21 the demonstration ) don't have the identical type of massive presence they do in real life.

Thankfully, the more time I spent with the brand new shot-stick mechanic, the more NBA 2K21 started to separate itself. The brand new shot meter, which necessitates aiming shots rather than just timing them, is used entirely with the ideal analog stick. It needs a straight pull down (or upward, when pushing toward the basket) and then centering the stick inside the sweet spot on the tube. Not only did I find this new shot meter vastly harder, in addition, it fixed a handful of other problems I have had with NBA 2K for years.

First of all, I never have to worry about accidentally throwing a shot up when I am attempting to make a dribble move. Pulling directly back to the analog stick and holding it there will lead to a shot, while any flicks or other faster motions will end in a rotational movement. The new shot meter opens up the right-stick for use completely for dribbling moves, which includes the ability to size-up or use escape dribbles. Everything feels a whole lot cleaner, which is a nice change to get a series where matters were beginning to feel overly cluttered to control.

The shot-stick mechanic feels just like a direct response to problems with latency online. Even though the demo does not feature the ability to play online games, it's easy to see a future where most online players will be using the aimed shot meter instead of the older timed meter (that remains available via the square or X button). Instead of attempting to figure how much latency there'll be with every jump shot, it ought to be a great deal more efficient to pull back on the analog stick and aim the shot instead.

Still, aiming shots is unquestionably the more difficult of both choices as things currently stand. I am excited to have a brand-new skill to master, but it is very good to have options available.

In only five games (the maximum the demo allows), it is hard to get a sense for exactly how much things have changed. It does seem clear to me that the new aim-meter mechanic will be divisive and may possibly alter the internet experience in major ways. A few smaller issues have seen some improvement, but most of the legacy gameplay issues stay present. It's clear that this is far from the franchise's biggest step ahead, but the shot-stick alone is sufficient to open the doorway for tons of chances.

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