Thanks to an impeccable production, NBA 2K22 feels more immersive and realistic than ever. Its gameplay is slower and more true to the game of basketball. Even though the RPG features of My Career are pretty bad, its content is still extremely rich. It all makes for the best NBA 2K in years.
2K is about as bad as it gets when it comes to quality of life for players in its online modes that are clearly designed to syphon extra money beyond the price of admission. However, they do make one hell of a basketball game that will allow you to tolerate these scheme-based game modes if you can actually get on to play them.
Instead of walking into the arena and making a grand statement, NBA 2K22 just plays decent basketball. You'll see a few highlight clips, but none that make you want to keep watching in awe. Still, NBA 2K22 is an improvement over last year, even if it's disappointing that it's not making more significant moves. Hopefully, next year we see more shakeups to the lineup to make the game a little more exciting and feel like Visual Concepts is gunning for that championship title.
NBA 2K22 is not more of the same. It has improved defense, playably is the best in many years, and has added what is effectively an MMO to its MyPlayer. However, the game still feels like early access in certain modes, with bugs that ruin the immersion in MyNBA, and monetization remains a problem for a player unwilling to invest or who doesn't have an edition with some Virtual Currency to use in their MyPlayer.
NBA 2K22 continues to set the standard for gameplay, with changes this year that ensure a much more realistic and satisfying pace of play. But it's the same old story: it's one of the most aggressive games in the industry when it comes to micropayments, and its star modes can't be enjoyed unless you're willing to pay.
It is the best 2k since Nba 2k16 it has a lot of modes that are fun like my career, my NBA, my team and so much more. It also has great graphics even better than the last one and it is a vast improvement to the Nba 2k21.
If you're a franchise player, this is a game for you. Play offline, be happy. It's been almost the same offline for years.
If you play online, don't irritate yourself with this game.
The reason I gave it a 6 because underneath all the showoff, there's a good basketball game.
Update: After playing the game on HOF difficulty multiple times with 12 minute quarters. It's not even better offline. If you're good at the game and wants to play a simulation style basketball game, it's not worth it. If you're new at the game and wants to play offline, maybe.
I can't take away that the graphics are getting even nicer and realistic than before. BUT, playing in Europe, the online servor are horrible and make the game unplayable. Also, the VC system is really killing the MyCareer Mode where either you pay to get a 99 rated player either you don't pay and take a tremendous amount of time to make your stats rise. Please do something.
As someone who plays mostly offline, I enjoy the fun of myNBA, myCareer and other modes. My main go-to is myNBA and trying to take the worst team and making them the best by building up the youth and trying to make a blockbuster trade if possible. All that to say, I enjoy playing offline and against the computer. So, a lot of my complaints are strictly gameplay issues and annoyances which there are plenty.
Shooting has become incredibly difficult this year and even more when you're on the move. Close outs on open shooters have made shots even tougher if you don't have pinpoint accuracy on the new shooting system. Even then the defense can highly affect the shot meter and make shots in the past editions impossible to make this year. Don't even get me started on layups! The mechanics in general are a bit messed up especially with fast breaks, player speed and quickness when running.
Defense alone has been the major issue. I'm not sure how anyone gets past subpar defenders this year let alone some of the most elite defenders in the league. I know one of the things I thought was cool was the ability to block more shots this year. However, that quickly faded when I'm constantly getting blocked in the paint from some help side big that in reality wouldn't be able to make a play on the ball or my player decides to put themselves in a position to be blocked rather than get an easy bucket.
Simply put the gameplay this year is pretty bad and not enjoyable after a certain point. You can sugarcoat it at times and certain elements are fun. But I believe the focus for this year's game has been defense and stopping player speed from being a serious advantage online. This resulting in the gameplay being incredibly unrealistic along with not very enjoyable most of the time.
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