The next-gen NBA 2k24 was a decent visual upgrade


    Ultimately though, the biggest changes are on the defensive front. The AI is not messing around this year, and slashers used to abuse the sprint button to score quick layups and dunks are in for a rude awakening NBA 2K24 MT. You’re going to have to practice your pick-and-roll game if you want to consistently score from the paint. Thankfully, it’s not just the AI that’s tougher to get past – NBA 2K22 empowers the player defensively as well. It’s easier to tie up opponents at the perimeter and swatting away shots at the rim feels more intuitive and satisfying. I felt much more in control of my defense in NBA 2K22, but the improved shooting meant I didn’t feel too stymied on offense either. A nice balance has been reached.

    While the action feels better, it doesn’t necessarily look all that different. The next-gen NBA 2k24 was a decent visual upgrade, and it seems Visual Concepts were happy to dust their hands and focus on other things this year. NBA 2K22’s visuals are almost unchanged from last year, and in fact, may look a little flatter due to less aggressive lighting and HDR. As usual, the big stars look great – unsurprisingly, this year’s cover star Luka Doncic has received a makeover – but too many lesser names are still a bit wonky.

    As always, NBA 2K22 is roughly split into three parts – MyCareer, MyTeam, and MyNBA. MyCareer gets the most significant revamp this year, as it ditches the standard star-studded cinematic prologue the series has done for the past half decade (to varying degrees of success). Instead, Visual Concepts opts to fully roll career mode into an expanded and improved version of their online hub, The City. I wasn’t particularly wowed by last year’s version of The City – it felt sterile and superfluous, not adding much aside from longer travel times between the courts and shops already found in NBA 2K’s previous Neighborhood hubs. Thankfully, this year’s version of The City both looks better and almost plays like a mini MMORPG.

    While the movie-like flair is gone, you now have a series of story and side quests to tackle, some of which present some rather interesting choices. For instance, right off the bat, you’ll have the option of going to college or the G League, with both options presenting compelling pros and cons. And that’s just the beginning, as the meaningful decisions don’t end once you get to the NBA. That was always one of my biggest gripes about MyCareer – you’d play through this lavish Hollywood prologue, get to the NBA, and then just… grind through the season Buy MT 2K24. It now feels like you’re getting more of a full story, even if it doesn’t kick off with as much razzle-dazzle as before.