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  • Summary: NBA 2K23 features a completely rebuilt version of NBA 2K11's Jordan Challenges that had players trying to virtually recreate Jordan's real-life feats. One of these was a challenge to score at least 38 points and grab 7+ rebounds like Jordan himself did in June 1997 during his memorable "fluNBA 2K23 features a completely rebuilt version of NBA 2K11's Jordan Challenges that had players trying to virtually recreate Jordan's real-life feats. One of these was a challenge to score at least 38 points and grab 7+ rebounds like Jordan himself did in June 1997 during his memorable "flu game" when a sick Jordan still put up big numbers and drained the winning basket in the NBA Finals. [GameSpot] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Sep 19, 2022
    95
    Developing a new title in the sports genre every year and improving at the same time is a real challenge for any company, but Visual Concepts managed to create a true 9th generation experience with NBA 2K23, offering solid visuals, stunning animations and tons of content while staying loyal to simulation gameplay. It is safe to say that the king is back.
  2. Sep 11, 2022
    90
    Undoubtedly the best opus of the license released to date. In addition to the already gargantuan lifespan, further improved in solo and multiplayer thanks to a My NBA mode boosted by the choice of 4 eras, the return of the Jordan Challenge, the co-op mode in My Team and the Career Theater, the gameplay in will delight some. The former crazy dribblers are now limited online and must think collectively, the shooting timing is more demanding, but much fairer and a lot of new animations come to shake up the regulars. Graphically impeccable, taking in immersion with old-school skins for period matches, the title enters the Hall of Fame. Only gray areas, the usual desire (or even need) to take out the credit card to get more VC and advance your player, a matchmaking that is still quite unbalanced and some crashes on certain career quests. Even MJ can have flaws.
  3. Sep 27, 2022
    86
    NBA 2K23 is a massive step forward for the series in nearly every fashion. Gameplay, presentation and experience upgrades make this the best 2K in years.
  4. Sep 16, 2022
    80
    It may be easy to accuse sports games of offering the same experience year in and year out, but you simply can’t say that about NBA 2K23. The game still has issues with its overemphasis on microtransactions in MyCareer and to a lesser extent MyTeam, but the new MyNBA Eras mode is a revelation – and the Jordan Challenge campaign is damn fun, too. On the court, 2K Sports has made some nice balancing tweaks and also improved the overall AI to make matches more dynamic and competitive, and when you pair all of that with all the new animations, you end up with a basketball sim that’s the very definition of a slam dunk.
  5. Sep 14, 2022
    78
    NBA2K23 came with some interesting changes by bring back old memories. Jordan's legendary career and the year-based dynasty mode are both very attractive new features. NBA 2K23 is still the best basketball game in the world, even though it's still similar to NBA2K22. I'm glad to see that the NBA 2K series have made some innovations and changes, but there is still a lot of room for further improvements.
  6. Sep 28, 2022
    70
    NBA 2k23 is more of the same thing, but refines the formula for fans of more realistic sports gaming. While its microtransactions are obstructive as ever, Jordan’s Challenge is a labor of love for basketball fans. You’ll get to play moments of history with an authentic flair to it thanks to some beautiful old-school filters. And while the graphics are slightly inferior and it lacks The City, last-gen is still a viable option to experience this brushed-up basketball simulation.
  7. Sep 26, 2022
    50
    Old gameplay mechanics and some minor innovations are not guaranteeing that this series is going in the right direction. Sports games and real money microtransaction don't mix well. Zero respect for the time of the players that don't have fat wallets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 14 out of 38
  1. Sep 10, 2022
    10
    Of course what was coming for NBA 2K23 on next gen, like adding eras, bringing the Jordan Challenge back to make it better, as well asOf course what was coming for NBA 2K23 on next gen, like adding eras, bringing the Jordan Challenge back to make it better, as well as improvement the gameplay and keeping it stable. A lot of things might be worth but it's safe to say NBA 2K23 on next gen is one of the best basketball. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2022
    10
    This is a very good game the physics is good, the graphics look great and the new modes are awesome.
  3. Sep 13, 2022
    10
    Best nba 2k game. Jumpshot creator is very good, skills are better then last editons
  4. Sep 16, 2022
    7
    Good-
    Decent improvements to gameplay mechanics; Iconic Jordan Challenge mode.
    Bad- Inconsistent performance; Grindy progression favoring
    Good-
    Decent improvements to gameplay mechanics; Iconic Jordan Challenge mode.

    Bad-
    Inconsistent performance; Grindy progression favoring microtransactions.

    Thoughts-
    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. The other side of the coin is that aggressive microtransactions, inconsistent performance, and rigidly always-online functionality continue to bog the series down.
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  5. Sep 15, 2022
    5
    Cool improvements, nice new features and Jordan Challenge. But more and more pay to win game.
  6. Sep 17, 2022
    0
    Bugs make this game unplayable. The purchasing of VC has been finely tuned, and 2k put heaps of effort into any game mechanic that allows themBugs make this game unplayable. The purchasing of VC has been finely tuned, and 2k put heaps of effort into any game mechanic that allows them to drain more money off you, but the rest of the game is not designed properly. You'll likely spend heaps of money purchasing VC, only to e counter a game breaking bug, then wk will refuse to support the issue or offer any compensation. Expand
  7. Sep 11, 2022
    0
    This game is utterly trash! Same copy of last year with the cringiest MyCareer story mode. Big money cash grab updating your Mycareer playerThis game is utterly trash! Same copy of last year with the cringiest MyCareer story mode. Big money cash grab updating your Mycareer player with "The City" full of ads banners everywhere.

    I get it, you want your game to have the MMORP-isk feel, but it's bland there is no context to it. People playing Mycareer wants to play ball, We don't want to be rapper, fashion icon., remove that garbage!

    It's cool you want this game to be harder to shoot, that is fine, but 2k never even consider the input lag on this game especially when you're playing out of your region.

    This game is turrrible! - CB
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