The GameNBA 2K22 is the latest version of 2K Games and 2K Sports popular basketball game. This version has seen some major overhauls to the mechanics of how the game plays out, especially within the defensive mechanisms. Gone are the days of just breezing through the zone as if the defenders were nothing but mist as pump your way to that layup. Now blocks and box outs really do get in the way and the player must use tactics and creativity to penetrate the zone and find those keys passes to open up lanes or distribute the ball to players in a better position. As with previous versions of the popular NBA gaming title, players get to choose from various game modes to take on and tickle any and all of their Basketball fancies. These modes are; Play Now – get straight into the action and play a quick game in any league, with any team that is available in game. MyTEAM – a collector’s area where you open card packs, and have the option of buying more, to build your very own team to play with and compete against other teams online. The card packs include players – both new and legacy, ball parks, uniforms, coaches, logos, balls, and playbooks from top teams in the NBA and WNBA. You start this mode up by naming your own team and then opening your starter packs. Daily logins give you a pack a day to add to your ever-increasing collection. There are micro-transactions available for those who want to build quickly and don’t mind spending a little extra. MyCAREER – following a story line, you take on the role of your custom built myPLAYER and forge a pathway to your destiny in the NBA. Make real life decisions that have very real outcomes on your journey to the top, including where you start your career – college, G League or straight to the NBA. Each choice comes with its own adversities. MyLEAGUE – a sort of fantasy team area where you build your own roster and see how you match up to other players online. This mode includes a full WNBA season as the new and improved myGM mode where you see how you would cut it as an NBA team general manager, including keeping players, sponsors, and fans happy. 2kTV – an ongoing talk-show that you can tune straight into from NBA2k20 Play your cards right – either in MyLEAGUE or MyTEAM, and you could find yourself with a powerhouse team consisting of Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James. Imagine that… Players who feel like a break from the grind and want to try their hand at something a little more creative can spend time creating their own custom kicks in the shoe creator are. Choose brands like Nike, Jordans, Adidas and Under Armor and then select your low, mid or high cut and then go crazy as you take control over every aspect of the shoe design, from the lace eyelets to logo placements and more.
MYCAREERThis year’s career mode sees the player take on the role of someone who has gained internet fame across various social media platforms since leaving high school. This is a bit of a different start to your conventional high school hero baller story, and it adds it’s own interesting twists and turns to the story as your motives for pursuing a career in the NBA are questioned from the outset. As with previous career modes, before you dive in you must first build your character in NBA’s very detailed, yet highly daunting (especially if it’s your first time) MyPLAYER. This looks very similar to previous years as you choose what your player looks like in looks, build and stats. AND you get to choose their jersey number as we all know how important that is! If you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing here, feel free to look at guides and builds to get you started as you get to know the game and mechanics a bit better. Throwing numbers into skills here just because it sounds good really can have an adverse effect on how you play later on as height, weight and wingspan have as much impact on your ability to play in the position you choose as handling, passing, shooting and defence does. As previously mentioned, you start your story with your manager, Ricky, who also just happens to be your long-time best friend. In the opening dialogue you choose your next step to either go to college and play for some of the top college teams, grind it out in the G Leagues, or skip all this and go straight to the NBA. We’d recommend not going straight to the NBA as the other two options have some serious perks as they help you assign new points to your attributes and gain a bit of top tier game time before breaking onto the NBA scene. Both the college and G League routes have their own advantages and we’ve dropped them in here for you; College:
- You’ll have a selection of ten schools, each with differing rewards for Badge Points.
- Playing in the national tournament, and possibly winning it, will net you a large boost in Fans, which will help secure future endorsement opportunities.
- Even if you choose to go to college, that doesn’t mean you can’t go to the G League; if you’re not satisfied with your projected draft status, you can elect to sign with the G League and then participate in the NBA Combine.
- Unlike in college, playing in the G League will immediately reward you with Virtual Currency; VC is used to increase your attributes and purchase items throughout The City or Neighbourhood.
- Receive a permanent five percent boost to MyPOINTS, which upgrades the max overall for your player.
- Includes the post-game interviews that will be featured throughout your NBA journey.
- Play against tougher competition than college.
- More basketball focused.
- The larger agency that rewards performance on the court; if MP performs well for his team, then he’ll see many sponsorships rather quickly.
- If you perform poorly on the court, it’ll be difficult for you to advance.
- While performing on the court is desired, Berry and Associates also look to expand MP’s marketability through music and fashion.
- The smaller agency that provides more attention to MP and its clients.
- Even if MP doesn’t perform well for his team, Berry and Associates will still focus on making MP a social star
Final ThoughtsHaving skipped NBA 2K21 and last played 2K20, the defensive changes were immediately noticeable as my usual rush and layup to bolster the score board before settling in and playing for assists didn’t work. I had to radically change my play style, which at first was highly frustrating but once I got over myself and rose to the challenge, NBA 2K22 is worth the buy to get those improvements and experience a more real feeling in this top-notch basketball title. As usual, defending is not just one button and I enjoy the tactical approach of choosing to box out, block, or try and poach the ball while applying pressure without getting a personal foul. Defence has never been my strength in games like this and I usually rely on a swift counter and high point conversation rate to keep me ahead of my opponents but I did take the time to improve my defence – although chasing my man around the zone still proves difficult for me and many match rating points were lost due to my man shaking me and scoring a 3-pointer with enough space around him to park a fleet of jumbo jets. All in all, I enjoyed the time spent on NBA 2K22, including getting my butt handed to me on a silver platter in online games (I will return and avenge myself) and feel that 2K Games has once again risen to the task to give us a challenging yet rewarding, interesting, fun, and engaging basketball game. Here's the gameplay trailer to see for yourself the best that this game has to offer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcUzwnA569M I award NBA 2K22 a solid drive of 8 out of 10 stars.
Thank you to our friends over at Prima Interactive for giving us the chance to review this game!