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  • Thankfully, the more NBA 2K MT time I spent with the new shot-stick mechanic, the greater NBA 2K21 began to distinguish itself. The brand new shot meter, which requires aiming shots rather than just time them, is used entirely with the right analog stick. Not only did I find this new shot meter vastly more challenging, in addition, it fixed a few of other problems I have had with NBA 2K for years.

    First of all, I never need to worry about accidentally throwing a shot up when I am trying to make a dribble move. Pulling directly back on the analog stick and holding it there will result in a shot, while some flicks or alternative faster motions will end in a dribbling move. The brand new shot meter opens up the right-stick for use entirely for dribbling moves, which includes the capacity to size-up or utilize escape transports. Everything feels a lot cleaner, which is a nice change to get a series where things were beginning to feel overly cluttered to control.

    The shot-stick mechanic also 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 find a future where many online players will be using the aimed shot meter instead of the older timed meter (that is still accessible via the square or X button). Rather than attempting to guess how much latency there will be with each jump shooter, it should be a good deal more effective to pull back on the analog stick and aim the shot rather.

    However, aiming shots is certainly the harder of the two choices as matters currently stand. I am excited to have a fresh ability to master, but it is good to have options available.

    In just five games (the max the demo allows), it is hard to get a sense for 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 expertise in important ways. Some smaller problems have seen some improvement, but the majority of the legacy gameplay issues remain current. It is apparent that this is nowhere near the franchise's largest step forward, but the shot-stick alone is enough to open the door for tons of possibilities.

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