Consequently, I anticipated a difficult experience when writing this NBA 2K22 review. I was not disappointed. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Anyone who is a part of the NBA 2K community is well aware that the people who are the most critical of each installment are also the ones who return first every year, which is well known in the NBA 2K community, and that this is true for every installment. Over the years, they have become all too familiar with the criticisms leveled at them by their most ardent supporters, and as a result, they have established an annual tradition of churning out the same half-baked gameplay year after year, albeit with a different number at the end of it, in order to appease their most ardent supporters, which is well-known in the business world. Even though NBA 2K22 is by no means a perfect game, I am pleased to report that it represents a significant departure from the franchise's previous formula as well as a significant step forward for the franchise as a whole.
It doesn't matter how much our memories of previous NBA 2K games color our opinions (your favorite 2K is almost certainly the one on which you first started playing with your friends), NBA 2K22 is unquestionably superior to the franchise's previous few installments. Despite the fact that NBA 2K22 does not "reinvent the wheel" in the traditional sense, it does an excellent job ensuring that the fundamentals of the game are understood and executed properly. Despite the fact that it is not without flaws, the most recent iteration of the game from developer Visual Concepts feels like some of the routine criticisms have finally been heard, resulting in the best basketball game we have seen in years, perhaps decades.