1. NBA 2K22 Review
  2. WWE 2K22 Review
  3. Heres Why NBA 2K22 Is The Best 2K Launch In Recent Memory
  4. NBA 2K23 Review – The Final Verdict
  5. NBA 2K22 Review – The Final Verdict
  6. WWE 2K22 – Before You Buy
  7. WWE 2K22 Review – The Final Verdict

NBA 2K22 Review

when a basketball player gets into the,zone people say it can feel like time,slows to a crawl they can see things,before they happen every little detail,about their opponent stands out and the,rim seems to get bigger and more,inviting nba 2k 22 never quite makes it,all the way to the zone but the improved,gameplay and breadth of content get it,closer than the series has been for the,past few years from important changes to,how stamina impacts shooting to a city,filled with diverse ways to improve your,my player character 2k22 feels like a,breath of fresh air compared to 2k 21.,[Music],out of the gate nba 2k 22 is a new game,on the hardwood gone are the days of rim,running through traffic and curry,sliding into open threes instead youll,need to play a more controlled style of,basketball to come out on top visual,concepts has introduced a new way to,handle stamina loss which has a huge,impact on your shot meter if you try to,sprint around the corner stand at the,top of the key hitting dribble moves,youll run out of stamina and start,breaking shots left and right instead,the offensive game is much more focused,on good team basketball that means the,pick and roll is your friend whether,using it to blow by a slower defender or,waiting for the defense to switch and,then letting your big man go to work on,a guard 2k22 rewards you for smart,patient play and for fans of the deep,ball dont worry youll still be,splashing threes like youre playing for,the golden state warriors youll just,have to play smart with your shots using,picks and more thoughtful dribbling to,get the space to unleash from deep as,long as you keep your stamina up,shooting is even easier this year giving,you the chance to go on a bonanza,now heres buckets,on the other side of the ball 2k 22 is,more balanced than its been in years,thats mostly because visual concepts,has fully redone the shot contest and,blocking system making big men feel even,more dominant in the post this leads to,times where taller more athletic players,feel a bit overpowered but it also means,youre not getting stuck in weird,animations that lead to points for the,opposing team that doesnt mean a few of,those legacy animations wont pop up,time to time but theyre less noticeable,in this iteration improved gameplay,doesnt mean much if you dont have good,places to take advantage of it but,fortunately visual concepts has provided,plenty of things to do throughout its,selection of modes whether you want to,build your player up in my career build,a dream team of past and present stars,in my team take over an entire franchise,in my nba or conquer the womens game in,the w nba 2k 22 has you covered,[Music],my career on next gen is highlighted by,the city this gigantic area is where,youll take your own budding superstar,through his pro career while also,balling out on the streets however one,of the most notable focuses this year is,the off-court activities your brand,manager ricky has been putting in the,work to help you build your personal,brand that extends far beyond the nba,the world is your oyster youll meet up,with celebs like the game engage in,shameless product placement with jake,from state farm become a fashion icon,and perform dj sets on the street as you,start up a burgeoning rap career or heck,you can forget it all and just breeze,around kick flipping over napping,pedestrians,it really does let you experience the,full breath of the nba star lifestyle or,it would if not for so many bugs and,weird design decisions quests routinely,bug out and the off-court physics are,finicky to say the least also when,youre actually playing basketball in,the city you often get penalized for,reasons that dont make any sense you,might get randomly switched to a new man,on defense and need to sprint across the,court if you dont make it in time,congrats on your downgrade little issues,like this have been in nba 2k for years,and continue to frustrate,my team is home to similar highs and,lows the good news is that visual,concepts has provided more than enough,content to keep you busy which means you,dont need to open your pocketbook for,pesky microtransactions if you dont,want to however new features like the,shoe builder and card grading system,feel mostly tacked on and dont add much,to the gameplay,my teams biggest problem though is the,multiplayer modes what was once triple,threat online is now the 100 which hurts,good players because giving up points,kills your chances at rewards limited,and unlimited remain unchanged which is,disappointing seeing how unrewarding,they felt in 2k 21 the one saving grace,is perhaps the draft mode though even,that feels the sting of monetization as,you have to pay real money to enter once,you run out of the limited tickets you,get from playing my team,my nba has spent the off season making,improvements to how you build your,coaching staff and train players these,are neat additions for those who want to,really dig into running a franchise but,are hardly game changers and the w feels,like an afterthought of my career sure,you dont have to go through the,ridiculous grind to build up your player,but visual concepts essentially took all,of its ideas from my career and turned,them into basic menus it certainly isnt,the send up fans of the wnba would want,[Music],nba 2k22 makes some welcome changes to,its on-court action the new stamina,system is a game changer leading to the,series best offensive flow in years,defensively the two weeks to blocks and,shot contests make the paint a dangerous,place to be however the technical issues,and questionable choices and overuse of,microtransactions in several of the,modes keep it from being a real,contender theres a high quality,basketball sim here but it makes more,unforced errors than youd expect for a,series thats been iterating for so long,for more check out our reviews of wrc 10,and madden nfl 22 and for everything,else stick with ign,[Applause]

WWE 2K22 Review

coming off the heels of the disastrous,wwe 2k20 2k games and developer visual,concepts smartly decided to sit one out,in order to refocus and essentially,reset the series and its a good thing,too because the resulting wwe 2k 22 is,by far the most polished and freshest,take on the franchise since it began way,back in 2013. to be clear that isnt to,say that its entirely free of bugs,awkward collision detection server,disconnects and a few other,long-standing problems but most of them,are under control now and its evident,that the team truly took many major,points of feedback to heart the controls,are less convoluted at the ground level,the wrestlers all look fantastic,mostly and there are no confounding loot,boxes ruining the career modes,progression on top of that the total,revamp of the strike grapple system is,the kind of shakeup wwe 2k has been in,desperate need of as big he would say,its a new day yes it is,its clear that one of the key focuses,for wwe 2k 22 was to simplify what has,become over years upon years of,iterations just an overwhelming amount,of systems governing the fundamental,wrestling mechanics theres no more,stamina meter no more multi-tiered life,bars no reversal stocks no more chain,wrestling minigames no more rest hold,mini-games and every character is down,to just one special payback ability that,might sound like throwing the baby out,with the bathwater but really its a,trimming of fat thats paid off wwe 2k,22s wrestling feels much faster more,arcadey and is more pick up and play,friendly for newcomers than ever theyre,almost all universally great changes and,whatevers lost in the pro wrestling,simulation department is more than made,up in the this is fun to play department,the camera does a much better job of,framing the action commentary is much,more accurate,suplex very nice hes looking a little,off balance,he had to be prepared to take some,damage,and best of all theres this giant,interconnected backstage area for,backstage brawls and falls kind of,anywhere matches the one change that im,a little torn on is the removal of,reversal stocks they were added way back,in 2k16 to eliminate the problem of,matches between two experienced players,devolving into a contest of who misses,the most crucial reversal first it can,certainly be fun to trade reversals,early on in a match,but it doesnt feel like the timing,window on them ever gets any tighter as,the fight goes on which makes actually,ending a match against a skilled,opponent exhausting because you can,basically trade finisher reversals back,and forth forever at the same time i get,that there are arguments for and against,reversal stocks so i wish there was at,least an option to turn them on or off,to let people play how they want,the other big change to the fundamentals,of wwe 2k 22s wrestling is the overhaul,of the strike grapple system which is,much more combo focused than previous,years and also borrows a few mechanics,from more traditional fighting games wwe,2k 22s combo system uses three buttons,for light,heavy,and grav and have a progression system,that allows you to continue a string by,pressing a button of equal or higher,strength with a maximum of four button,presses in any combo pressing the,highest strength button a grab will end,the combo with whatever unique move is,tied to that specific combo string this,is important to know because only the,first hit of a combo is reversible after,that you must predict what button the,attacker is going to press next and,match them before their attack comes out,to break the combo if youre wrong,youre locked out and are going to eat,the rest of it but if you can get into,your opponents head and predict their,moves its fantastically rewarding and,an extremely good motivation to avoid,falling into a pattern yourself its,essentially like a mini version of,killer instincts combo breaker system,minus you know the announcer yelling,combo breaker,another fighting game influence on wwe,2k 22s wrastlin action is a segmented,special meter that you can use for a,variety of offensive or defensive,techniques spend one bar and youll be,able to immediately get up off the mat,as though wrestling was fake or,something spend two bars and youll be,able to use your characters equipped,one-time use payback special move which,range from stealing your opponents,finisher to use against them to a low,blow to the ability to spit poison mist,in your opponents eyes,if you manage to fill up the whole thing,you can execute your signature move,which if it hits will instantly give you,a finisher charge that you can use to,attempt to land your strongest move,paybacks and signatures have obviously,been part of the series before but being,able to spend some of that same resource,that governs their use on a valuable,defensive move that lets you get,yourself out of a bad spot is a hugely,welcome addition id like to officially,welcome our newest recruit to the start,of his wwe journey,from a single player perspective the,main attractions of wwe 2k 22 are the,career and showcase modes with the,career mode seeing the most dramatic,changes my career now called my rise,ditches the linear story of prior years,in favor of a much more open-ended one,that lets you chart your own path,through the wwe theres a great degree,of freedom here you could start off on,smackdown as a crowd favorite get,wrapped up in a number of story lines,suddenly decide to turn heel get traded,over to nxt and open up a whole,selection of new storylines that werent,available to you before there are also a,number of smaller choices that you can,make to affect what wrestlers you become,friendly with which ones you make your,rivals and what match types youd prefer,to throw down in compared to prior wwe,2k career modes my rise does much more,with much less with three brands each,with their own roster and titles to,pursue unique storylines depending on,whether youre a heel or a face and two,completely different campaigns depending,on whether youre a male or female,created character my rise will keep you,busy for a long time if your goal is to,see everything and collect every title,best of all theres no awful progression,system standing in the way of you,customizing your character however you,want its super easy to boost your stats,and customize your look entrance and,move set without having to unlock,anything that you dont already have,access to outside of that mode that said,the actual story content lacks the wwes,bombastic flavor most of the dialogue is,delivered via unvoiced social media,posts and text messages there are far,fewer promos and cutscenes than weve,seen in previous years and while there,are a few amusing story lines like,riddle getting in trouble with goldberg,for the disparaging social media posts,that he actually made in real life,theres nothing that truly stands out,there are a handful of wwe superstars,that lend their voices to the story but,the majority of the performances feel,stilted and uninvested okay,easy now time to flip over onto your,back now,hey what the hell,its also clear that some of the voice,over recording happened during,quarantine because,the audio quality is kind of all over,the place whos ready to come out and,face me come on lets see what this,locker room is made of so while the,execution doesnt meet the ambition my,rise is focused on meaningful choices,and the sheer amount of content within,are definite steps in the right,direction showcase mode this time around,highlights the legendary career of rey,mysterio which is an emotional ride that,explores how closely tied he is to the,late great eddie guerrero along with,other highlights of his career whats,really cool about showcase though is how,it transitions between the wwe 2k engine,and actual footage of matches during the,big moments,[Music],as always wwe 2k 22 is overflowing with,content and that cant be understated,theres a customizable sandbox that is,universe mode the roster of more than,160 characters to the in

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Heres Why NBA 2K22 Is The Best 2K Launch In Recent Memory

[Music],and with mike wayne confirming that,there will be no significant changes to,the launch day version of nba 2k22s,gameplay combined with the initial,reaction of the community cnn can now,project that nba 2k22 is not only the,best 2k launch in many many years it,will likely be competing as one of the,greatest 2ks in recent memory without,wasting time lets get into why gameplay,lets just start here this is what,everyone cares about this makes or,breaks any 2k game sans all the extra,stuff they do with the environments the,features if the gameplay sucks the game,sucks nba 2k22s gameplay as its been,released does not suck and to back that,up breaking tradition im actually going,to start with whats positive this is,one of the greatest year-to-year jumps,in gameplay quality that i can remember,as it pertains to nba 2k games it starts,with your ai teammates which has,actually become a meme amongst the,community on twitter because most people,are playing my career you play my career,offline and you quickly realize tj,mcconnell is basically gary payton now,that sounds like it would be trash and,in my opinion its one of the very few,things that need to be tweaked in this,game however it speaks to the broader,point of the defense in the game being,better overall at least so far gone are,the days where your opponent could get,online spam pick and roll break down,your stupid teammates and end up beating,you to really no fault of your own upon,testing out the 515 gameplay online that,was the first thing i noticed pick and,roll defense is much improved and unlike,many previous years your computer,teammates seem to understand what youre,doing with the controlled player on,defense say maybe you want to cheat over,and leave a guy open because he cant,shoot and you want to clog the paint,well depending on how the offense moves,it really does seem like your teammates,are moving according to what youre,doing rather than moving in a set,pattern that eventually leaves somebody,else open of course you can still break,down defenses such as a part of,basketball but right off the bat it,really did seem like my computer,teammates had my back and better,understood what it was i was trying to,do rather than it being five independent,minds out there moving in a sad pattern,speaking of moving if your build or,whatever player youre using has good,defensive attributes you can actually,play defense yes you can stay in front,of the ball handler thats not to say,there arent demons on park that are,going to zigzag you to death and dribble,gods that are going to get open for 3 no,matter what you do but even against them,you have a better chance when i played,nba live 19 on stream a couple of months,ago one of the two things i liked about,that game was yes the defense did seem a,little bit arcaded it was almost like,playing a mini game to guess where your,opponent was going however i had the,ability to stay in front of him 2k has,been notorious for having defenders just,slide all over the place thus making it,easy for your opponent to do whatever he,please get to the rim green from the,hash and its so improved as a matter of,fact it almost feels too good sometimes,i have run into builds on the park and,they are clearly running a certain badge,where as long as they press square they,can likely rip you there is a camp out,there just saying learn how to dribble,learn how to protect the ball but the,amount of steel somebody can rack up,with whatever badge theyre using it i,think its excessive i also dont want,2k to touch it because once they update,something they break something else all,of a sudden nobody can play defense i if,theyre going to tweak something that,might totally ruin the improvements they,made i just dont want it leave it how,it is on the contrary people who should,not be able to guard you or theyre in,positions that are vulnerable they cant,guard you gone are the days where youre,missing layups under the basket because,somebody was just standing close if the,player youre using has the right,attributes or the player that youve,built youve upgraded his close shot or,layups if its where it needs to be as,long as you can get position or seal the,post you can take advantage of the post,and the online game i played with the,celtics i had a nice drop step laying,with al horford i dont believe i would,have ever gotten that to go last year,but i had the position and just because,wiseman was there did not mean it was,going to clink off the right side of the,rim it went in i played against the nuts,and i kept giving up position against,marcus aldridge he was getting right,under the rim sure he might be 100 years,old yet hes a big guy he should be able,to finish layups under the rim last year,i felt like that same maneuver resulted,in a miss to the point that using the,post was worthless as it has been in,many previous 2ks so whatever they did,to the post bravo its beautiful youre,forcing people to play help defense and,possibly create a shot for another,teammate speaking of which that takes us,to shooting shooting is so much better,it feels fair right now my build does,not have a great three-point shot so if,i dont green im not really making it,but greening feels significantly less,difficult and thats a cross modes its,not just in my player you go on my team,im assuming or the mode that ive been,playing will play now online and you,will pay for leaving players open its,not like last year where if you were in,the streams you know it basically became,a meme that the dallas mavericks,couldnt shoot you could play somebody,who was using dallas and as long as they,werent a demon with luca you could,always beat them by just leaving,everybody open you make mistakes now and,you leave people open they will dodge,you some think that making shots is too,easy i will admit that with my build,having maybe a 75 three-pointer i feel,like i was greeting but maybe a little,bit too many shots but i dont want them,to touch it if you get a good high,percentage look with a high percentage,player you should not have to spend,hours mastering this game before you,become a good shooter the simple fact is,most of us dont have all day to play,these games most of us dont want to,play these games all day simple,basketball should result in simple,buckets and oftentimes it does i dont,think the percentages are out of whack,and the last thing id say about,gameplay is the pacing in the video just,last week saying goodbye to nba2k21 i,made sure to know how just slow and,sloppy that game felt it always felt,like you were running in mud you could,never quite get to the spot that you saw,was open in time and i feel like the,pace across modes right now is pretty,perfect that was a big factor because,amongst other things in 21 it just felt,boring running in place so when youve,got a good paced game that allows you or,gives you a chance to play defense and,play multiple forms of offense you have,fun its a simple calculus fun gameplay,equals fun game theres features by the,way lets talk about what they did with,the city in my opinion they improved,everything that was wrong with this mode,almost everything of course were in the,first week so technical issues are,plenty right now very hard to squad up,very hard to send invites but those are,all things that you you kind of just,come to expect with video game launches,sadly sure thatll be smoothed over in,another two weeks or whenever they drop,that update but the city itself okay,first of all its more compact areas,dont feel like they are a lifetime away,you can always fast travel back to your,apartment and it does not feel like,youre in the middle of nowhere not only,is there an abundance of players but,there are many many npcs all doing,different things some are laying in the,grass others are throwing frisbees when,you go to the shopping center theyre,walking around with bags it feels,significantly closer to the open world,experience that we were expecting rather,than just

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NBA 2K23 Review – The Final Verdict

[Music],[Applause],the nba 2k series has had its ups and,downs but for the most part it still,enjoys a relatively solid reputation,among its core players which is more,than can be said for other comparable,game franchises for other sports with,the newest offering from the nba 2k,series that shouldnt change much as the,multiple ways to enjoy the core,mechanics of the series do a good job of,making sure there are at least a few,things here that just about any,basketball fan will enjoy,from the old to the new and the casual,to the expert the biggest thing this,game gets right is its inclusive,approach to all potential players while,it does end up with a few fouls by the,end the net result of this one is a game,that doesnt shake things up a lot but,makes enough tweaks around the edges and,includes enough variety of modes to,deliver one of the more solid games the,series has had in recent years out of,the relative wealth of modes on display,here you might be tempted to first jump,into the jordan challenge mode first,like i was this mode goes all the way,back to michael jordans north carolina,days in the early 80s and builds from,there with a nice selection of iconic,games from the goats career appropriate,filters are applied that do an excellent,job recreating the feel of those older,games as well as the retro style camera,angles that almost feel like an ode to,nba jam aside from regulations of the,era being reflected in these games and,the whole thing looking like its,recorded on an old vhs tape which you,can turn off if you want to its still,largely the same core nba 2k gameplay,mechanics at work and thats perfectly,fine its a neat experience and,definitely scratches a unique itch in,the sports game world better than most,recent attempts at similar things in,other games that said some janky,animations and stiff interactions,continue to persist between players and,it can take you out of the experience a,little more often than i would have,liked but thats an issue throughout the,game and not really related to this mode,the developers clearly know that theyre,onto something here as you can also dip,into other iconic errors of the sports,history in the my nba franchise mode for,different flavors of the same type of,nostalgia,if thats not your thing though youll,likely be diving into the my career mode,first and likely spending a lot of time,there selecting from a pretty standard,selection of character models and an,equally standard set of strengths for,your custom player my career can provide,some pretty entertaining moments,character models are inconsistent with,their levels of detail and,expressiveness but aggressive camera,work and some pretty decent voice acting,help keep the many scenes together and,working fairly well here you can play,out a custom career mosey around your,apartment as well as an outdoor world,that is not at all fun or interesting to,be in although it is made slightly more,fun when youre skateboarding slightly,roaming around completing quests is an,odd thing to want to cram into a,basketball sim and i appreciate the idea,but it didnt quite come together for me,as a format for this type of game,especially considering the frame rate,drops about as much as the sluggishness,of controlling your character seems to,go up,hey how you doing mp nice to meet you oh,you know my name,it would be weird if i didnt yeah,thats thats a good point,either way this is one of the beefier,modes of the game and if you want your,moneys worth theres a lot of content,here graphics and animations are,certainly improved from previous,versions sweat beating on players skin,shorts wafting from the sudden speedy,movements of the legs inside of them and,a host of other things will definitely,stand out from time to time it is,inconsistent though as most modern,sports games have become known to be,side characters and audience members,dont look particularly good and seem to,lack quite a bit of detail at times,while star players often occupy the,polar opposite end of the spectrum so,while id say this is an improvement,its just not in a way that makes this,game look on par with other fully priced,aaa offerings outside of the sports,genre which is interesting as i remember,a time when sports games were the best,looking games around but perhaps thats,a conversation for another day one thing,that stuck in my craw a bit more was,just how bumping into other players or,out maneuvering them rarely triggered a,convincing reaction from them so while,the opponent ai might be smarter on,paper i feel like that the game is,leaving a lot of the potential for that,on the table when opponent players,arent illustrating those improvements,to me in a convincing way another thing,that seems to be widely accepted as,normal despite being completely asinine,is the always online barriers baked into,the experience for seemingly no reason,the game warns you that some progress,wont be saved unless you register your,email with the game and go online which,is just weird even worse some modes,cant be played at all without the user,registering a connection to the internet,i can understand that for some features,perhaps like the connected overworld,where players cross paths with each,other but why not just have an offline,version of that for those that might be,experiencing an outage or just not have,good internet yes its 2022 and most,folks have decent internet now but,millions still dont and outages are a,thing so for a full priced game like,this to make such few accommodations for,offline play it does rub me the wrong,way in this case,wnba modes also make a nice showing with,a similar suite of modes that closely,mirror the nba offerings this mode,honors the differences between the two,sides of pro basketball pretty well with,different cutscenes while also feeling,like its still part of the same game i,gotta say i might actually enjoy the,feel of wnba more as it just felt a,smidge more arcadey from some neat new,ideas to some much needed upgrades nba,2k23 makes a solid effort to feel like a,holistic basketball sim and probably,will be more than enough to justify,dumping dozens of hours into for long,time series fans better graphics smarter,opponents as well as some notably cool,ideas like the adrenaline boosts that,make sudden movements easier and an,addicting badge system do indeed add,some much needed depth,great for the players having guaranteed,games and minutes and it gives ample,time for teams to evaluate,they have no answer defensively inside,the warriors trailing,and here in the second with about a,minute and a half gone by and its,weisman,the other side of the coin is that,aggressive micro transactions,inconsistent performance and rigidly,always online functionality continue to,bog the series down,thats all for now if you enjoy what you,saw please hit the like button and if,youre new to the channel now is a great,time to subscribe we upload brand new,videos every single day after,subscribing dont forget 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NBA 2K22 Review – The Final Verdict

[Music],the defense ready for him on that,possession they had to be because he is,so strong in the paint,and here we go brooklyn fest break yeah,we all know rick barry can create for,himself but we get to see there what,kind of passing skills he also possesses,what a sensational feat,heres randall,the stupendous,[Music],theres been no shortage of criticism,surrounding many annualized sports,franchises in the past few years from,games like madden becoming increasingly,controversial to the wwe 2k series,taking at least a year off and the nba,2k franchise is no different,especially with 2k 21 the annual changes,felt less like crucial editions that,made the game that much better and more,like lateral changes replacing one my,career or shot meter for another with,little in the way of tangible,improvements,with 2k22 visual concepts has upped its,game a bit more than in the past years,with a host of very noticeable,improvements primed for the first native,release for the next gen consoles even,though it doesnt hit on every attempt,some of the changes to structure,especially in my career feel forced but,all in all gameplay feels much more,refined than ever and some broad,streamlining has made the game feel more,cohesive when it comes down to it 2k 22,hasnt been topped in the on the court,gameplay or presentation so its still,an easy buy for anyone who knows what,theyre getting into,the most substantial mode changes from,last year appear in my career which is,not only revamped with its new annual,story but completely redesigned in,structure the story this year involves,your my player uncreatively called mp,who isnt a normal rising star in the,basketball world instead hes a social,media sensation with hundreds of,thousands of followers who has only,played organized basketball for a few,years before deciding he wants to go to,college or play in the g-league ignite,league,i chose the college path to ultimately,play in the ncaa tournament where my 8th,seed yukon huskies lost in the opening,round after which i decided to enter the,nba draft,there is a good amount of variety even,in these opening choices as you can,decide to go back to school or skip it,entirely before getting drafted theres,a full-fledged story being told both,before the draft and once you enter the,nba with some decent voice acting for,the series and what feels like many more,cutscenes than usual including some,interesting cameos,unfortunately the story in a lot of,places feels even more contrived and,unrealistic than usual,theres a point soon after youre,drafted that you sign with an agency and,your first decision is whether to,complain about your playing time which,you can technically choose not to do but,the game almost bullies you into doing,keep in mind my mp was drafted in the,second round and was getting about 10,minutes a game out the gate so youd,think hed be ecstatic about his playing,time for a 60-something overall,there are a few of these storylines that,border on the absurd and the story takes,itself way too seriously to be,self-aware about it though it is easy to,ignore or look past if youre just,trying to play some basketball,where previous 2ks have had their own,independent neighborhood modes where you,can play pickup against other players in,wander 2k22 bakes a brand new,neighborhood or city into my career for,past gen and current gen consoles,respectively i played on xbox series x,and experienced the city which turns my,career into an effective open world,basketball game where you can play just,the critical path or run around focusing,on non-basketball activities like music,or fashion or playing pickup against,other real players,i didnt find too much enjoyment in the,open world which doesnt capitalize on,the strengths of what open worlds allow,and instead causes a lot of tedious,running or bafflingly skateboarding from,point to point without much to do in the,meantime if you dont want to play a,pickup game,there are some side quests that you can,complete but i never found much,motivation or reward in doing so and,ultimately ignored a lot of them with,that said im interested to see how,visual concepts can build on this idea,in future installments but for now i,found myself ignoring a lot of the,extracurriculars and wishing we were,back in the linear structure of past,games,gameplay on the court seems to have,gotten a similar level of attention and,it pays off in most ways as this is the,smoothest most fluid and dynamic,gameplay 2k has ever had defending feels,tighter and more precise to give better,defenders more of an edge though its,still just as easy to accidentally press,too hard to one side and create an open,lane to the basket,on the offensive side of the ball,everything feels a touch quicker and,more responsive,there is a noticeable number of new,animations that make every step back or,dribble move feel somewhat different,from the last and easily transition,between each other,as usual the shot meter has changed and,this time is more dynamic to increase or,decrease the size of the optimal release,point depending on stamina skill and,coverage,also as usual it takes a while to get,used to especially since it feels less,defined and harder to see where the,optimal point is but eventually i began,to get the hang of it a change i like,less is the inclusion of timing for,dunks and alley oops which caused me to,miss more than my fair share of open,shots,it feels like an unnecessary inclusion,that makes a seemingly easy part of the,game much more difficult and brings in a,much smaller margin for error that gives,a much higher risk for something that,rarely happens in real life,to correspond to the new consoles the,games presentation has gotten both an,improvement and a bit of a facelift in,some areas,character models look as crisp and,lifelike as ever including both the real,stars and the fictional ones in the,story load times are significantly,improved despite some frame drops within,loading screens and its as painless as,ever to navigate through menus which,have been revamped in a lot of areas to,consolidate some game modes and make,things look a little sleeker and,streamlined,other modes though are disappointingly,unchanged from past years when compared,to the huge revamping of my career,there are seasons again that affect the,city or neighborhood in my career as,well as my team but are effectively the,same idea as they were when they were,introduced last year though luckily its,mostly free of microtransactions,my team itself has a couple of upgrades,such as an online draft capability but,is overall a very similar experience to,previous years and its disappointing,that theres no cross say between,console families and that the micro,transactions are as prevalent as ever,and while the menu changes are enough to,make other modes like blacktop and my,nba feel fresh for a bit underneath the,hood theyre the same experience as,before with few changes to their,formulas,its probably better to think of nba 2k,22 as a revamp of the series rather than,either a fully new experience or a,simple roster update the changes it does,make to both its gameplay and my career,mode are substantial and offer at very,least some new and interesting ideas,well the integration of the city into my,career isnt executed perfectly i,appreciate the innovation and the,attempt to create something more,exciting than a simple basketball story,and on the court where it matters most,gameplay feels as smooth and satisfying,as ever even if i do miss the occasional,breakaway dunk 2k is still a world-class,basketball sim that offers some of the,best sports gameplay the industry has to,offer and while not everything new is on,target 2k22 brings out some new tricks,that complement its best-in-class,balling nba 2k 22 makes some appreciated,improvements to on-the-court gameplay,and try some refreshing if not entirely,successful innovations in my career that,makes this years version feel like a,bit more than just a roster upd

WWE 2K22 – Before You Buy

(retro game music),- [Jake] And were back,with another episode of Before You Buy,,the show where we give you some straight up gameplay,and our first impressions of the latest games releasing.,Today, were taking a quick look at “WWE 2K22.”,Now, weve been covering these games for quite a while now.,And last year,,the yearly franchise actually took a year off.,This newer style of 2K wrestling game was never perfect,but it felt like it was seriously starting to drop off,,with the quality and the amount of content,kind of roller coastering with each release.,”2K20″ was really rough.,Thankfully, it seems like taking a year off,did them some good because this one is much more solid.,Its not perfect, but its on its way back.,It also has a lot of micro transactions.,So, yeah, lets just dive in.,At the base level, the real meat,,you know, the gameplay,,this is where the game is much stronger.,Just base level wrestling matches are so fun to play now,,where previous games leaned hard,into realistic technical simulation,,in some aspects of the gameplay,,it wasnt always fun.,Now, it takes some of those concepts,and makes it faster and more engaging.,Grappling is more simplified and less awkward,,reversals are still in the same way,,but striking is vastly improved,,with cool combos and the ability to chain those,into insane over the top grapples.,Most of those annoying submission mini games,and like weird little extra things,you gotta worry about on the HUD,,by your health bar,,all that stuff is gone,,which is great,because I did not like a lot of that stuff at all,,and it just works to keep matches,still very much like push and pull and give and take,,but way more entertaining to execute.,I wouldnt say its dumbed down,,but slightly streamlined and a better balance,of the technicalness,and just good old arcade style brawling.,Theres still a level of mastery required,,but its much easier to just jump in,and get doing cool shit.,To me, it feels like the best playing modern WWE 2K game.,You know, that might not be saying much for some people,but I found it just way more straight up fun,compared to other reason games.,Its still not perfect.,Some aspects like positioning stuff can be frustrating.,(floor thudding),(crowd cheering),(wrestler groaning),Theres some clipping sometimes,with some weird glitchiness,,but, overall, the raw gameplay is the best part of the game.,Then of course, theres all the modes,,all the content.,Now, we dont have time to get into all them too deeply,but its notable to point out that GM Mode is back in.,Its called My GM.,Its been a while.,This lets you kind of manage out a whole WWE campaign,by picking a character,,forming a roster,,organizing fights and lineups and rivalries and marketing.,And it might be cool if youre a big wrestling nerd.,I dont know how much depth it really has for longevity,,but its there if you want it.,Then theres also Showcase Mode.,This time around,,its focusing on the complete career history,of Rey Mysterio.,Now, I love these modes.,I really love the Stone Cold one a few years back.,Showcase Mode is like a sequence of matches,based on real matches throughout wrestling history,that are broken up with documentary style clips,with Rey Mysterio actually narrating the whole thing,and talking you through his career.,The way it flips between gameplay,and classic wrestling footage,,just straight up, for me, never gets old.,And the curated matches are fun.,The only problem is that, this time around,,it really, really focuses,on like wanting you to do exact specific moves,and positions to progress,,and it kind of breaks the flow a little bit sometimes,because sometimes that stuff,is tricky or finicky to pull off.,But, still, the Showcase Mode,,even just as a concept,,continues to be pretty awesome for me, personally.,Ive kind of found myself like,,even with a lot of these games having problems,,always just looking forward to seeing,who theyre gonna highlight in the next showcase mode.,Also, My Rise is here again,as kind of like a career progression story mode,with cut scenes and decisions to make,,a morality system and customization,,and its way less cringeworthy than it has been in the past,,but, you know, its still not great.,There are now separate career paths,for both male and female fighters,,which is really cool,,and the character creator is once again here,to make whatever weird character you want.,Its not quite as deep as I was hoping,,and loading in the items takes way too long,and kills the fun a little bit, but, yeah.,Still, the ability to create a bunch of stuff,,more than just your character, is nice.,You can spend a lot of time in all that.,And, once again, if youre into it,,its mostly worth it.,Now, that My Rise mode itself, like I said,,is really for die hard WWE fans who just love the whole,,I dont know, corporation or whatever,,but its really ugly to look at.,The voice acting is okay, thankfully,,but characters are awkward and glitchy,,and sometimes, its just painful.,And thats a shame because most of the time,,like, in just regular old matches,,the visuals are pretty decent.,You know, in certain lighting,,it can still look a little off,but, mostly, characters sweat,,they get bruised,,they have muscle definition,and some really good animations,,and, yeah, every so often,,characters like will float a little bit off the ground,or clip,,but most of the time,,there are some really impressive moves going off,and seamlessly chaining together,,all while the camera angle will like sometimes shift,from more cinematic views.,The presentation is simple and good,and technically wise,,even if its got some bumps here and there,,its not a complete disaster like previous games.,Then theres My Faction mode,,which is kind of like an NBA 2K My Team mode,,I think, its called,,or like FIFA Ultimate Team Mode.,So yeah, thats what you need to know.,Its basically micro transaction mode.,This stuff, straight up, does not appeal to me at all.,Like, it just wants you to spend more money,and Im not really interested in that at all.,Micro transactions here,and like some wrestlers,being able to be unlocked in a store,,just really sours the taste here, man.,I thought we were getting better about this stuff,but I guess not, at least not for 2K.,This makes the game feel like kind of a step backwards.,And its a shame,because they finally figured out that core gameplay,and made it actually fun.,So I do think “WWE 2K22” does go beyond,being another just yearly release.,They took feedback and made a significantly better game,but it still has more to go.,The micro transactions are not good.,And as much as theres a bunch of modes,and the ability to create your own stuff,,your mileage with each individual mode or thing,will vary depending on what type of player you are.,If they keep going from here,,it can only get better,,but will it ever reach the heights,of those awesome THQ games?,You know, all those awesome wrestling games from N64,up to like PlayStation 2?,I dont know.,That is of course me as an older school fan,with different wants and expectations.,I think theres a lot of different types of people,that enjoy wrestling,and probably want different things out of the games.,So this is how a Before You Buy works,,we give you some pros, some cons,,and some personal opinion.,Now, that you know about the game,,we wanna hear from you in the comments.,Like, what are you thinking?,Did you jump in?,Have you been burned too many times by WWE 2K games,and youre still holding off?,I totally understand where youre coming from.,There has been some rough ones in the last few years.,If you have jumped into this one,,do you think its done enough,to really kind of win you back over,as a customer, as a fan, as a player, whatever?,Are you okay with the micro transactions,or do you dislike them as much as we do?,Lets talk about anything WWE 2K down in the comments.,Wed love to hear your favorite,of the 2K franchises, really anything.,So let us know.,- [Commentato

WWE 2K22 Review – The Final Verdict

[Music],uh,[Applause],after a brief hiatus following the,disastrous launch of wwe 2k20 developer,visual concepts has now returned to,slamming superstars across the four,corners of the ring with wwe 2k22 while,the updates to the games engine havent,addressed some long-standing issues with,the franchise the extended development,time has certainly had an effect on the,end product making wwe 2k 22 one of the,strongest entries in the franchise for,quite some time immediately upon booting,wwe 2k22 you are greeted with the,tutorial match that takes you through,the basics of wrestling gone are the,overtly complex combos of buttons and,taking their place is a simple and,effective button layout on the,playstation 5 the square button is used,for light attacks and the cross button,for heavy attacks and the circle button,for grapples you can use any,permutations and combinations of the,three buttons to achieve different,results,reversal comes in two ways using the,triangle button in a short time frame to,parry or pressing the appropriate heavy,or light attack button when tussled in a,grapple in a similar vein the health and,stamina system is also simplified,executing successful moves while,maintaining some decent variety will,fill up a three segmented special meter,once two bars are full you can execute a,special payback move or you could pummel,down your enemy until the meter gets,fully charged to unleash the characters,finisher its an effective and simple,control scheme that works well within,the context of the game and it manages,to do so without putting the unneeded,strain of remembering a bazillion button,inputs making it a lot more inviting to,newcomers than prior entries in the,franchise much like previous entries in,2ks franchise wwe 2k 22 is chock full,of varied wrestling content for players,to fulfill all their fighting desires,players can battle it out in a range of,modes including anything from a standard,1v1 to royal rumble to hell in a cell,and what have you however the biggest,highlight is definitely the returning 2k,showcase mode its a tribute to the,legendary cruiserweight champion rey,mysterio as he makes his way in,wrestling beginning from a nobody in the,mexican wrestling circle to facing the,biggest superstars that wrong and,smackdown have to offer players get to,partake in many of reys career defining,matches each starting with a history,lesson from the man himself about what,matches meant to him his opponents and,his career the showcase matches require,you to execute the same moves as he did,in those matches as objectives upon,completion the gameplay neatly,transitions to actual footage of the,match which makes these matches,immersive completing them will net you,rewards such as superstar and arena,unlocks and additional attire however,limitations on character moves in these,matches can make them frustrating at,times especially if you jump into this,mode straight away as i did on the flip,side you do get to explore the entire,width of a superstars moves which will,be beneficial when you move on to other,modes another returning mode is the mygm,mode in mygm you will be assuming the,role of a general manager at either raw,smackdown or nxt as the general manager,its up to you to select superstars from,a roster and book matches amongst them,to run the show on a weekly basis on a,strict budget the main objective is to,garner more fans for events like,wrestlemania and before the season ends,youll need to pair superstars with a,positive persona against those with,negative ones giants against,cruiserweights and so on and so forth,you can also hire legendary superstars,such as the likes of the rock john cena,brock lesnar for a handsome amount to,gain traction as the season progresses,rivalries and relationships amongst the,superstars will develop accordingly and,its your job to thrive off of them by,booking those matches on the prime spot,should you want to make these matches,even more tense youre free to play as,the superstar of your choice instead of,simulating the match its a fun and neat,little mode thats markedly different,from others on offer although it wont,likely be interesting enough for casual,fans who want to engage with it in the,long term the biggest problem i,encountered in this mode was the menus,glitching out constantly which made,making selections which by the way forms,the majority of the gameplay in this,mode an exercise in pain and then,theres my rise a standard career mode,where you create your custom superstar,and undertake a journey from the bottom,there are multiple life paths to choose,from such as the likes of an,entertainment actor or an underdog,wrestler youll be interacting with a,ton of fellow wrestlers and choosing,different dialogues will impact your,public persona and your relationships,with them character progression involves,investing points into your character,points tree which you get by completing,storylines which are basically quests,such as taking part in a match against,an iconic superstar the whole system is,not as fleshed out as a fully fledged,rpg but its serviceable for the job and,a big step up from past offerings and,then we have the my faction which is an,online mode where players have to grind,out star cards or pay up for a virtual,currency required to obtain those cards,to make their rosters more powerful i,havent spent time playing this,particular mode so im reserving my,judgment for the time being however,given the micro transaction fueled,nature of this mode fans should exercise,caution unfortunately for wwe 2k 22 the,game suffers from underwhelming visual,presentation with embarrassing dialogues,hilarious facial animations and other,graphical glitches topping the list of,technical inefficiencies these problems,have existed for a long time with the,wwe 2k games and its sad that an engine,overhaul does very little to address,these issues on the other hand the,soundtrack is composed of a sizeable,collection of appropriately head-banging,tunes tucking all the heavy strings to,the adrenaline-fueled entertainment,sport looking at the big picture wwe 2k,22 is a much needed improvement over the,disastrous wwe 2k20 the revamped control,scheme makes the entry a lot more,inviting to newcomers and the showcase,mode is a great nostalgia trip for fans,of the sport the returning mygm mode has,surprisingly deep simulation gameplay,but it caters to a very niche audience,however underwhelming visual,presentation and other glitches remain,an issue with the latest entry but it,has a solid enough foundation for whats,to come in the future,thats all for now if you enjoy what you,saw please hit the like button and if,youre new to the channel now is a great,time to subscribe we upload brand new,videos every single day after,subscribing dont forget to enable all,notifications by clicking the bell icon,thanks for watching this video and well,see you next time right here on,gamingbolt

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