It’s the return of the...wait… no wait… another NBA 2K game? Yes, NBA 2K22 is the latest in the popular annual sports title and returns with a fully-fledged next-gen (current-gen?) experience, while also catering to the previous-gen consumers with a solid offering all round.
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The last few editions of NBA 2K have really suffered from a number of similar issues. The shooting felt random, skills and stamina felt unbalanced, and defending felt like a complete mess. It’s great then to report that NBA 2K22 has addressed most if not all of these elements with a huge update to the almost-stale gameplay that has preceded it.
All the items tie into each other somewhat. Defending opponents feel more controlled and no longer has your players stuck and failing to respond in time leading to frustrating defensive plays, while on the other side, getting past the AI or opponent player defence is far more balanced. Previously you could repeat the same plays over and over as you exploited defences, but this is no longer the case. There’s a much higher level of skill required to get past a defence, but you are highly rewarded for getting a bit of space either outside the paint, inside or when driving for that dunk or lay-up.
The biggest change relates to the shot metre which has seen a huge change in terms of function and aesthetic.
One place NBA 2K22 does not skimp on is it’s expanded City mode which now incorporates the much loved MyCareer mode.
The movement of the players, the stadiums, the crowds and the general likenesses of players and coaches is simply astounding...
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
10 September 2021
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