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NBA2K22 features new mechanics that rewards smarter teamwork

Visual Concepts and 2K games’ NBA2K basketball sim is back with much-needed tweaks to the gameplay

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It’s that time of year, where Visual Concepts and 2K Games link up to release their long-running basketball simulation series NBA2K.

Initially, NBA2k22 appears to retain the same formula from its predecessor, but as you delve deeper into the gameplay, notable differences begin to emerge that cater to quite a different experience.

There have been several tweaks to the gameplay that make 2K22 feel like a completely better version of its previous self.

Previous 3-pointer strategies aren’t as easy to execute as they were in 2K21, players could easily sprint past the opposition and pull off the shot due to their large shot meter.

This time around your players shot meter will shrink as their stamina depletes making it harder to dominate the court with one player.



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This will force you to actually play basketball, pass the ball and imitate real-life strategies. The game may feel slightly slower than 2K21 but it also feels much more of a simulation than before.

This emphasis on team play will also see players rewarded with a larger shot meter when they take high-quality shots with good shooters.

This just means that getting the ball to a well-positioned Steph Curry is worth its weight in gold.





It works both ways and your shot meter will shrink when players are shooting with a bad shooter or are in a heavily contested situation.

Team play tactics like the Pick and Roll are more important to master than ever. There are several Pick controls to get used to, so learning how and when to use your dribble skills while keeping an eye on your stamina is really important.



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Having a great sense of the game and court awareness really makes the difference here. This smarter style of play is much more tactically satisfying than the “run and gun” play in 2K21.

Defensive gameplay has also seen a massive overhaul, especially the A.I. controlled players, who work much harder than before.

They are a lot more effective at guarding the ball handler, getting around screens and sticking to players with the ball.





Great defensive players like Ben Simmons are able to steal almost anything with good timing at the right opportunity, so having basketball knowledge of key players is really important in 2K22.

Due to the shot contest and blocking systems, there will be several new snatch blocks and volleyball spikes that will not only look great but are gratifying when pulled off.



There are lots of new mechanics in place that have really changed the pace of the game
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NBA2K22 is a much smarter game than 2K21, which will see players will need to really put in a lot of effort to win games but will be rewarded with intelligent play.

There are quite a few modes to tackle that all offer something different.

You can create a new player in MyCareer, build a team of NBA stars in MyTeam, manage your team in MyNBA and take on the WNBA in The W.





Each mode has something for everyone that tries to cover all aspects of the game.

The main mode is MyCareer which follows an aspiring basketball player’s journey into the NBA and you get to do it all again this year.

Taking control of the main character called MP who actually isn’t a rising basketball player but a social media star, who after playing basketball for a few years has to decide whether to go college or join the G-league.



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There are loads of choices that will see you mould your story to how you see fit, however, there are times where the game forces you to make a contrived choice that you probably wouldn’t make in real life.

There’s a fair few cutscenes with some nice voice acting, but the story does tend to take itself a bit too seriously.





MyCareer is a massive RPG with lots of depth that will keep players busy for a while. The most prominent part of MyCareer mode is The City which is an online open-world built for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S players.

Here players can take part in an abundance of activities, develop your personal brand, take on quests and more.



The city is plague with microtransactions at every corner
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You can also play pick up games with other online players in 3v3 street matches. The City is a really immersive experience with lots of off the court experiences to take on, however, this is also where microtransactions begin to appear.

Players will be able to earn the virtual currency based on their performance in each game, which is important if you don’t want to spend real money.

The game does seem to punish players for random reasons and will deduct the amount of virtual currency you earn.





On the other hand, players can opt to pay for items with real money if the grind for virtual currency proves too hard but the prices can be really steep.

In MyTeam mode, players can build a full line-up of past and present NBA stars using cards, these can also be sold and bought at an auction house.

There are a few new features such as the pick-up and skill challenges, Triple Threat Online: The 100 and Event cards.



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There is enough here to keep players occupied for a while, but it feels much more of a grind, as the MT rewards seem less than in 2K21.

So essentially if you want the best players from the get-go you’ll have to pay with real money or put a hefty grind in.







Verdict

NBA2K22 definitely has the most intelligent and rewarding gameplay to date that helps create a realistic experience for fans.

There is also a wide range of modes in NBA2K22 that will allow players to do more than just play basketball and experience the different aspects of the NBA.

But the game is plagued with a lot of microtransactions that may not fully hinder your experience but should just be toned down and not shoved constantly in your face.

NBA2K22 is out now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S and Nintendo Switch




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