NBA 2K21 is free on Epic Games Store this week

The free game on the Epic Games Store this week is NBA 2K21.

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One of the several enticing bonuses of the Epic Games Store is it’s weekly free game offering. Once every week, a new game is rotated in, allowing any player to download it for free within a seven day period and own it forever. The latest free game has been revealed, and it’s the latest installment in the popular basketball simulation franchise, NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21 was revealed as the newest free game on the Epic Games Store when it appeared in the digital store on May 20, 2021. Epic Games usually likes to keep its free game reveals a secret until they pop up in the store. From now until May 27, 2021, at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET, anyone who has the Epic Games Store installed on their PC can download NBA 2K21 for free and keep it forever. The game is usually priced at $59.99.

With Trailblazers star Damien Lillard featured on the cover, NBA 2K21 is the latest installment in the annual basketball simulation franchise. It should be known that this is not the “next-gen” version of the game that was released exclusively for the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, so it will not feature the upgrades and changes that are included in that version. However, it still features all of the realistic basketball action that’s made the franchise so popular over the years.

We may not have given NBA 2K21 high marks in our review, but a free game is a free game. If sports games aren’t your jam, the Epic Games Store vault will offer up a new free game next Thursday at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET when NBA 2K21 is rotated out. For more on the Epic Games Store, we’ve got you covered right here on Shacknews.

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    May 20, 2021 9:00 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, NBA 2K21 is free on Epic Games Store this week

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      May 20, 2021 8:00 AM

      Epic free game
      NBA 2K21

      https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/nba-2k21

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        May 20, 2021 8:00 AM

        Can't be winners every week I guess.

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          May 20, 2021 9:10 AM

          Last thing I want to do is White Knight fucking Epic, but the latest entry in a major sports franchise is pretty significant even if you (like myself) don't care about sports. The site is crashing hard right now which I don't think I've seen happen since GTA5.

          That said yeah I hope the next game they give away is something I'm more interested in, though it's not like I really play anything I get off of EGS besides Satisfactory or Diabotical anyway,

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            May 20, 2021 9:22 AM

            I get it's a popular game but not my thing for sure. Make it NHL and I'll be interested.

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              May 20, 2021 9:55 AM

              Funny thing is I think I now have this one plus NBA 2K16 and NBA 2K17 and I've never paid for any of them, they just came in bundles or something.

              Oh and NBA2K9. I found it for $0.99 on disc at Micro Center years after the fact and remembering the issues with it I grabbed it. That's the one where they used Steam (not sure if it was their first time or what) and they somehow put it in stores on disc with no Steam key included. They worked with Valve so that "everyone who bought it could use it" or however they phrased it.

              Turns out what that means is anyone who inserts the disc and runs through its Steam installer now has the game, the part where Valve asks for a key doesn't happen. So obviously the loophole here is anyone who gets a hold of the disc, or an ISO, can have the game. In my case I legit got a copy on disc.

              That whole fiasco probably lost them a ton of money since it was so easy to get the game on disc from someone plus they immediately stopped selling it digitally, making it one of the few Steam games you can't actually buy on Steam but that wasn't delisted (it's been delisted since)

              Having that on disc was worth $0.99 just for the story behind it.

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        May 20, 2021 8:07 AM

        This actually looks pretty fun. Been watching NBA a lot more this year.

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        May 20, 2021 8:09 AM

        Noice. They took away the 2k19 servers so killed my 440 something game campaign. This time I'll start an offline career if possible.

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          May 20, 2021 2:15 PM

          No Offline Career. I'mma look at the GM/League I guess.

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        May 20, 2021 8:10 AM

        Epic sale is also started.

        $10 Epic Coupons are back, good through June 17 (good on anything > $14.99, and get a new one for that)

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        May 20, 2021 8:19 AM

        Well, Metro Exodus Enhanced for $6 is a complete no brainer, thanks for this!!!

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        May 20, 2021 8:27 AM

        Checked out some quick reviews on NBA 2K21 and the complaints seem to mainly be: microtransactions; and stagnant gameplay. NOW if someone has NEVER PLAYED an NBA game since like the Commodore 64 days, would this actually be a pretty great game?

        I'm a bandwagon Raptors fan, but I used to watch a lot of basketball in the 90s.

        Baseball for life.

        I did own a few basketball games back in the day, most notably one called Fast Break ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwW0aqGS4Pk) but the gameplay was kinda shit. It looked decent for back then, but the best basketball gameplay back then was probably GBA Championship Basketball (https://youtu.be/l0RSjfKS8RM?t=307). We played a tonne of this.

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          May 20, 2021 8:32 AM

          2k13, 2k17, 2k19 all excellent basketball arcadey-sims. EXCEPT they take away the servers after 2 years. Prepare accordingly. Normal Career Modes are Online.

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          May 20, 2021 9:01 AM

          You'll probably be blown away if you haven't played a basketball game in that long. It will feel kinda stiff and unwieldy at first because of the more realistic physical movement on the players with some animation priority compared to sports games of the past.

          My main complaint for that series is still with the online. The delay based nature makes timing shots and playing defense frustrating as hell, and they can't be bothered to improve that Quake on dial-up nonsense after all these years. If you're mainly playing offline you should be fine there.

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          May 20, 2021 9:35 AM

          I'm betting if you're coming to this year's edition new, right now you will find it fun for a couple weeks. Like all sports games with trading card mechanics (Madden MUT style) the best cards are released late in the year to keep players hooked and playing. So you can probably jump in and stick together a decent (but not great) team in a couple weeks time and then delete the whole mess and go on about your life having spent zero dollars.

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            May 20, 2021 9:37 AM

            I only ever run a Single Player Career. You can still do park and stuff if it's Online. I accidentally went in one of the Card rooms and ran away.

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          May 20, 2021 9:40 AM

          NBA Jam came out 28 years ago and is a better game.

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          May 20, 2021 10:04 AM

          Something to brace for is the 80GB install size (or at least the site says 80GB but I guess that could be the space you need to download and install and the end footprint is smaller)

          Last time I asked how a sports game can take up more space than most AAA FPS games I was told the culprit is likely the textures the series started incorporating once 4K became a consumer thing.

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          May 20, 2021 11:53 AM

          One on One: Julius Erving and Larry Bird

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            May 20, 2021 2:15 PM

            If you broke the backboard it slowed down the game to a crawl until all the particles finished falling.

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          May 21, 2021 2:52 AM

          It’s a good game if you just want to play some championships or against a friend or whatever. build-your-own-team is grindy and so is the career mode, IIRC. The learning curve is actually quite steep these days since there’s a ton of moves/plays to memorize.

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        May 20, 2021 9:20 AM

        Is the site ded?

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        May 20, 2021 10:16 AM

        99.1 GB

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          May 20, 2021 10:25 AM

          I guess that’s what happens when you have a game with full detailed digital re-creations of over 500 players.

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            May 20, 2021 7:46 PM

            but how many of them are accessible without paying?

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              May 20, 2021 7:56 PM

              I assume the entire roster for each team is available without dlc so about 540 of em.

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      May 20, 2021 11:06 AM

      bump cause I almost forgot. Any rumors on the next mystery game?

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        May 20, 2021 11:53 AM

        Wow this is odd. On a pc it was showing me that this thread had no replies

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          May 20, 2021 1:19 PM

          can't see anything above my post in Lamp. All post settings are checked...

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      May 20, 2021 11:49 AM

      I can't find any good games worth buying on this sale. Any suggestions?

      I already have Subnautica: Below Zero.

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      May 20, 2021 11:49 AM

      BTW if you "buy" NBA 2K21, they give you the 10$ coupon for free.

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        May 20, 2021 12:16 PM

        yeah, or you can just claim the coupon alone

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      May 20, 2021 1:28 PM

      How much are they paying me to store this on my hard drive shirif?

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      May 20, 2021 10:22 PM

      ugh i’ve been trying to use my switch pro controller for this game/ egs
      but i haven’t had any luck buttons are just mapped incorrectly.

      anyone else with any luck?

      steam has better controller support.

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        May 21, 2021 12:28 AM

        you can add the game's EXE to steam and then I think your controller settings will work with it.

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          May 21, 2021 6:32 AM

          nope already tried. the game fires up and won’t proceed to the game main menu.

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