The Guru Stick has been a staple of 2K basketball for decades and for the most part, has gone unchanged since its inception. In games, you could hold the Guru Stick in any way to have a jump shot. This was limiting us from using the NBA 2K Coins proper stick as a fully featured dribble stick. So we are creating a pretty significant change to how the Pro Stick works.
With this change, we have been able to extend the dribble movement arsenal and provide you access to more motions in a more intuitive control strategy. After a game or 2, it will have you breaking ankles and is going to feel instant nature! Along with the remap, the moves themselves happen to be overhauled to be chain-able and more responsive. Street moves are moved to a tap of the left trigger as well, which means when you are breaking down defenders at the Park that you won't be firing off them by accident. Dribble moves were.
Jump finishing and shooting in the rim have been points of emphasis. We wanted to create scoring the basketball an art from the perimeter and at the bottom, so we prototyped a number of various mechanisms for the game of this year and brainstormed. What we settled on was a notion conceptually much like something we tried in NBA 2K17... Shot Stick Aiming. Aiming did not work that well in NBA 2K17 because it was somewhat buried, did not have much skill built into it, and did not give the user any feedback. We chose those learnings and used them to make a much better solution this time around.
For NBA 2K21, when you shoot with the Pro Stick, the shooter meter varies from a timing bar to a system. So instead of attempting to block the shot meter when you get to the release window that is perfect, you adjust the centre aim point that is perfect to be hit by the Pro Stick in real time. The target window resizes based on player ability, shooting selection, and how well the shooter is contested and can also shift into the left or right depending on the shooter's level of difficulty. Your shot will miss in that way if you miss the goal far to the right or left.
And as I mentioned above with the newest slider places, even the smallest degree may be the distinction between a make and also an airball on Hall of Fame, although it's quite a bit more forgiving on the easier difficulties. You also will not be penalized for using the whole movement to get the sweet spot. In other words, when you are shooting with the Guru Stick, you don't need to time your launch. But if you want to take it to another level and understand your release, you are able to lock on your time and aim by either centering the Pro Stick or by tapping one of the triggers when you reach the apex of the shot. The lock in will be signaled by a flash on the shot meter. If you are able to time and aim well, you will give yourself the Buy NBA 2K MT best chances at making the shot.