Luckily, the longer I spent with all the new shot-stick mechanic, the more NBA 2K21 began to distinguish itself. The new shot meter, which requires aiming shots rather than just time them, is used completely with the MT 2K21 ideal analog stick. It needs a straight pull down (or upward, when pushing toward the basket) and then centering the stick inside the sweet spot on the meter. Not only did I find this new shot meter vastly more challenging, in addition, it fixed a few of other issues I've had with NBA 2K for ages.
First of all, I never need to worry about accidentally throwing up a shot when I am trying to generate a dribble move. Pulling back on the analog stick and holding it there will lead to a shot, while some flicks or other faster motions will result in a dribbling move. The new shot meter opens up the right-stick to be used entirely for dribbling moves, which contains the ability to size-up or use escape dribbles. Everything feels a lot cleaner, and it is a nice change for a series where matters were beginning to feel too cluttered to restrain.
The shot-stick mechanic feels like a direct response to issues with latency online. Even though the demo doesn't feature the capability to play online matches, it's easy to find a future where many online players will use the aimed shot meter instead of the older timed meter (that remains accessible via the X or square button). Rather than trying to figure how much latency there will be with every jump shot, it should be a lot more efficient to pull back on the analog stick and aim the shot instead.
Still, aiming shots is certainly the harder of both choices as matters currently stand. I am eager to have a fresh ability to master, but it's very good to have options available.
In only five matches (the maximum the demonstration allows), it is tough to get a sense for exactly 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 experience in major ways. Some smaller issues have seen any improvement, but most of the legacy gameplay issues remain current. It is apparent that this is far from the franchise's biggest step ahead, but the Buy 2K21 MT shot-stick alone is sufficient to open the door for tons of chances.