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NBA 2K21 Next-gen: significant redesign of badges explained in blog #3

Published: 18:13, 21 October 2020
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Courtside report Next-gen gameplay blog no.3

The third and final developer blog in a series of courtside about the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 has just been released with a ton of new information about MyPlayer, Badges, AI upgrades, and more.

NBA 2K Gameplay Director Mike Wang  just released a final comprehensive blog with an in-depth look at some of the gameplay features of NBA 2K21 for next-gen consoles. The blog post contains a lot of details regarding the creation of MyPlayer, next-gen AI, badges, and more, but we'll just focus on the Badges in this article, as they differ from those in the current-gen version.

As Mike Wang wrote in the blog, a lot of thought and re-design went into badges for next-gen. Many favorites return, but most have undergone some significant functionality changes. There are also some new ones, some revived ones, and some removed ones. 

The badge point system and equipping process is similar to what you’ve grown accustomed to: perform well in the various categories (Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, Defense/Rebounding) in any mode to earn badge points, and then apply those points to whatever badges you want within those related categories. 

Mike is encouraging players to experiment with different next-gen badges that may have been overlooked in the past because they could now complement their playstyle even if they don't expect them to.

Here are some of the new/returning badges and what they do:

  • Fearless Finisher – Boosts contact layups and decreases fatigue
  • Heat Seeker – Boosts takeover progress on inside shots
  • Highlight Film – Boosts teammate takeover progress on flashy dunks
  • Hook Specialist – Boosts hook shot ability
  • Revived Posterizer – Contact dunks!
  • Rise Up – Boosts ability to do standing dunks in traffic
  • Anti-Freeze – Harder to get cold and lose takeover meter progress
  • Blinders – Less affected by peripheral defenders when shooting jumpers
  • Circus Threes – Improved ability to hit pull-up and stepback 3’s
  • Fade Ace – Boosts all post fadeaways
  • Hot Shot – Increases takeover meter faster when knocking down jumpers
  • Deep Threes – Dame and Curry range 3 balls
  • Rhythm Shooter – Boosts shot %’s out of size-ups as well as 1-step pull-ups
  • Set Shooter – Shooting ability gets better the longer you set and wait before pulling
  • Sniper – Boosts the ability to hit shots when using Pro Stick aiming
  • Stop & Pop Three – for the JJ Redicks who want to pull-up for threes in transition
  • Bullet Passer – Gives you the ability to throw laser dots like LeBron
  • Relay Passer – Boosts the shooter on pass to assist situations
  • Special Delivery – Boosts takeover progress for the passer and receiver off a flashy pass assist
  • Ankle Braces – Makes it tougher for ball handlers to break your ankles
  • Clutch Defender – Boosts your defensive ratings in clutch moments
  • Hot Stopper – Boosts takeover meter for good defensive plays like steals, blocks, and good contests

2K Sports LeBron James in the next-generation version of the NBA 2K21 video game LeBron James in the Next-gen NBA 2K21

Here are the badges that got retired from the game because they were either redundant, didn’t fit in the new design, or the community just didn’t like them: 

Consistent Finisher, Contact Finisher, Cross-Key Scorer, Fancy Footwork, Fastbreak Finisher, Deep Hooks, Pick & Roller, Relentless Finisher, Showtime, Deep Fades, Flexible Release, Hot Start, Pick & Popper, Pump Fake Maestro, Range Extender, Quick Draw, Steady Shooter, Pass Fake Maestro, Flashy Passer, Lob City Passer, Lightning Reflexes, Moving Truck.

For the full NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Gameplay Courtside Report #3 - MyPLAYER & AI blog, dribble  here .

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