NBA 2K22 review on Xbox Series X

Reviewed by Carmelo Cianciotta

September is my favourite month of the year, who can blame me? September brings us so many great things to enjoy. This is the month where we get NFL football back, pumpkin spice, and soon beautiful colour changing leaves. Who can forget the new NBA seasons and NBA 2K! September is the month of love.

NBA 2K22 Details

  • Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC
  • Developer(s): Visual Concepts
  • Publisher(s): 2K Sports
  • Genre: Sports
  • Modes: Single player, multiplayer
  • ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

NBA 2K22 makes moves in the right direction

Every year it seems that 2K makes moves in the right direction with respect to improving their games. 2K has brought us so many amazing games so they’re easy to trust. I have the digital version of this game which surprisingly downloaded extremely fast on Xbox.

For every NBA 2K game when the game is loaded, I immediately head to My Career to see the changes made. My Career is all new this year, you can tell the team worked hard to try something new.

My Career

You have the option of entering My Career for NBA or WNBA which is great. My Career has a whole new feel as you are given quests to complete as you explore The city. In The City you can walk around or use the LB button to equip transportation such as a skateboard.

How you choose to play the mode is up to you. Will you go to college? Play in the G league? Or declare for the draft right away. I chose the college route and I was not disappointed. Later, before the draft there is a chance to improve your draft stock at the combine. Here you will have several mini drills to complete, the good thing is you can practice them first. I have put several hours in and I am just getting started. Also, there is an all-new story to experience.


My Team

This mode is still relatively the same as past years. For me there is something exciting about open player card packs and hoping for a hall of famer. My packs were decent. My starting line up is pictured below.

My team is a great mode filled with many challenges. My lineup is impressive don’t you think?


Life like visuals and improved shooting

Playing on Xbox series X the players look life like in great detail. NBA 2K22 runs smoothly and is the most enjoyable game in the franchise to date. Shooting has improved from last year, the sound of hitting the perfect green shot still excites me. After playing for a while just like anything we get better, I am now able to shoot flawlessly. However, if I don’t keep on top of it, I get rusty really quick.

Defense has improved greatly this year which is a good thing. Earning shots just like in real life gives the player a better challenge. Using the pro stick, you can do more with dribbling. Several additions were made with different combos. Keep an eye on player stamina as this will greatly affect shots and even dunks, which are normally easy to do. 

Is NBA 2K22 a swoosh or air ball?

Overall, the game feels more polished than last year. I personally found NBA 2k21 much harder to shoot in, it was extremely frustrating. This year the shot meter is larger so it’s easier to see, depending on a player’s skill the meter will look different. NBA 2K22 feels fresh, in previous years the game felt like a $90 roster update. This year that is not the case.

It is nice to see WNBA in the game and getting the exposure they deserve. I did give My Career WNBA a try and it’s just as good as the NBA. NBA 2K22 is headed in the right direction which is good to see. I personally would like franchise mode to have better prospect scouting next year. Building an NBA dynasty is fun for me, especially drafting Gem players.

If you enjoy basketball this game is a must try. Head to the hoop and get ready for some fun!


  • New shooting and dribbling mechanics
  • Same great level of quality in graphics and gameplay
  • My Career with a great overhaul with quests


  • VC needed for MY Career to make in enjoyable
  • Scouting could use an overhaul in Franchise
  • Some clunky AI