This system also supplies some much-needed nuance to crime in the paint. Hitting floaters or crafty layups is dependent upon being able to successfully aim your shot, (that is easier to do with a celebrity such as LeBron James than it's with a player away from the bench) and it generates potential elsewhere on the court. I have even found that it helps lighten the blow off of latency issues, which continue to plague online drama, due to fewer problems with time. Perhaps it's because it's one of those few things that feels completely fresh about NBA 2K22 MT, but it stands out as this season's best inclusion.
Shot-stick planning is one of those very few things that feels entirely new about NBA 2K22. As a side benefit, the right stick now includes a full assortment of motion for dribbling, including pressing forward for signature size-ups such as Jamal Crawford's exaggerated crossover and behind-the-back moves. Having the ability to focus on creating space for myself using the proper stick without worrying about accidentally flinging up a shot is a significant improvement. In general, dribbling feels much more responsive and seldom leads to the awkward, uncontrollable animations which have plagued the franchise for ages. Chaining moves like a step backwards with James Harden into a Eurostep, is more natural than it had been earlier. The changes aren't always visually apparent, but it will help enhance the already solid gameplay.
One reason the lack of upgrades is so frustrating is that a handful of legacy issues remain stubbornly present. One of the most bothersome, especially when playing against another person online or offline, is how awkward post-play is. On the flip side, it's far too easy to get the ball to the paint. Outside of awkward plays where the ball only strikes the back of a guardian, passes almost always reach the interior without much disturbance. Even more frustrating is that once the ball reaches the post, the startup animations is much too slow and lacks urgency. Rather than just going right to the hoop for an easy dunk or layup, players will sluggishly move toward the basket or awkwardly hurl up a shot from just a couple of feet off. Whenever there's open space between the player and the basket, the player should always go right to the basket. In NBA 2K22, that's rarely the case.
Buy MT 2K22 does such a fantastic job of appearing like a game of NBA basketball that when things go awry, it is really jarring. Then there is the CPU's mishandling of things associated with clock direction, which happens constantly. For example, sometimes a player will hold on the ball free of urgency, five feet from the three-point lineup as the clock ticks down. One other issue I noticed is that gamers often behave oddly in transition. Whether it be somebody slowing down (even when they have a numbers advantage) for no reason, or three-point shooters falling in from the arc and hammering the inside, there is frequently no logic as to this A.I. decision making in transition play.