NBA 2K21 Demo: First Impressions

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Our first chance to hop on the court in this year’s NBA 2K is here, and it’s more than worth downloading while you can.

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Here’s our first impressions, and everything you need to know about the world’s first taste of NBA 2K21.


The first game mode available on the NBA 2K21 demo is the MyPLAYER Builder.

NBA 2K21 demo MyPLAYER creation 1NBA 2K21’s badge progress.

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There’s no confirmation just yet that these will be final values, but some troubling badges remain that we hope won’t by the time launch day arrives (including Intimidator, Pogo Stick, and more).

NBA 2K21 demo MyPLAYER Badges Pogo Stick Intimidator 1MyPLAYER and choose his skills, it’s time to take to the court.

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You’ll only get one MyPLAYER Builder test with your character, with the Los Angeles Clippers taking on the Milwaukee Bucks.

NBA 2K21 Demo MyPLAYER TakeoversQuick Game

The Quick Game mode opens the door to NBA 2K21 in the most direct way.

You’ll be able to fire up a regular exhibition game between two teams. Your choices will be between the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles All-Time Lakers, and Boston All-Time Celtics.

NBA 2K21 Demo Quick Game Kobe Bryant Lakers Celtics 1MyTEAM game.

You are limited to only 5 Quick Games in the NBA 2K21 demo.

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The good news is this is more than enough to get acclimated to the new gameplay changes. Of course you won’t get everything down perfect just yet.


2KU is how many players will spend their time finishing up the NBA 2K21 demo download process. It’s unlocked after downloading the demo, but you’ll have some time before the full game is ready to play.

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This is a great way to introduce players old and new to where the NBA 2K series is now.


NBA 2K21 gameplay introduces some new challenges with shooting changes, the Pro Stick, some new moves on both sides of the ball, and new badge setups.

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The Pro Stick introduces a challenging new way to try and improve your shooting, and the new shooting systems looks and feels good.

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With this said, the NBA 2K21 demo has us more excited than ever for launch day!


The NBA 2K21 demo is a great way to get started with the game, and get used to the gameplay changes that are coming this year.

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There are some things that worry us like some bad badges still remaining despite 2K analyzing badge data from last year.

But overall, gameplay remains tight, and the new features add a good challenge.

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