Wait is this next gen? Holy shit, man. Looks like current xbox one. Not wanting to be a dick, but this looks like shit compared to what 2k did. It is comical how awful this shit is. So with a more powerful system you can't even put refs back? Jerseys still seem painted onexactly the same cartoons... Geez man. Perhaps I'm being a bit overly critical, but yikes. The mouth pieces are still lacking, I saw screen shots of them and they were all wearing the exact same white ones and other players were not. There wasn't anything in this that I don't think could of been done by current gen. Nah you're right. They deserve the criticism following years of poor work. Too much memory space is required though! Another year of having a lifeless sideline. There's not any excuse besides laziness. Before they can blame it on computer screen limitations but not anymore.
They really know how to catch that realistic playoff atmosphere. I feel this. I know that it's probably dumb to most to be big on immersion but immersion is a huge key for me. To see how 2k took actions to bring the seat, courtside, and lower bowl of a stadium to life and also compare it to the lifeless madden sidelines? I just don't get it. I do not even think referees come back in there. They're not making massive improvements year over year. The only shred of hope people had was"maybe they're saving resources to create next gen as good as you can" but it looks like they added nothing lol. 2k8 had interactable sidelines which were believable af. Meanwhile at the year 2020, the sideline does the same dumbass jumping animation if another team has a positive drama.