NBA 2K21 is the latest edition of the annual basketball sim franchise, and as is customary for the series, it’ll be seeing some steep discounts on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for Black Friday 2020. The former two versions are also playable on next-gen hardware, but you should be aware that a pricier, native next-gen edition exists for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S that is not included in the sales we’ve seen so far.
As noted above, the PS4 and Xbox One versions are backwards-compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, respectively. But with these deals being on physical copies, you’ll need a disc drive to take advantage–meaning PS5 Digital edition and Xbox Series S owners will need to hold out for a possible digital deal.
In our NBA 2K21 review, we criticized the game for lacking major new improvements and continuing its frustrating usage of microtransactions, though it does offer some welcome tweaks. “NBA 2K21 shows that the lone basketball sim we have now has largely stagnated. It’s a full package, for sure, but one that demonstrates little-to-no motivation to meaningfully improve upon itself,” Michael Higham wrote. “That doesn’t take away from the strong foundation that makes NBA 2K a fun and rewarding time. However, when you go through the same grind and the same process with only superficial changes, you just get burnt out faster than years prior. If ball is still life, NBA 2K21 is as good a version as any to pick, although even the greatest ballers need a rest.”
We’ll be updating this post if and when additional deals on NBA 2K21 pop up. Stay tuned for more of our extensive Black Friday coverage, including looks at the best PS4 and PS5 deals, best Xbox One and Series X/S deals, and best Switch deals.