NBA 2K23 Image
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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
Buy Now
Buy on

Trailer

Play Sound
Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
NBA 2K23: First Look Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  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. 90
    NBA 2K23 does a killer job of opening the floor to those that are new to the franchise, or those returning for their umpteenth time. With gorgeous visuals that help solidify this as one of the best-looking games of the generation so far, to controls that let you feel like a pro, there's very little to complain about here.
  3. Oct 4, 2022
    85
    NBA 2K23 at its core is the same great experience that players enjoy each and every year, while also still mired by the unpleasant microtransactions for your MyPlayer. This year's return of the Jordan Challenge, however, takes the game to new heights that it has not felt for a number of years now thanks to the level of authenticity found in the presentation and gameplay surrounding the GOAT Michael Jordan.
  4. Sep 18, 2022
    80
    NBA 2K23 is still the best possible product for basketball fans and the best thing you can ask for in a sports simulation game. The additions of historical content are jaw-dropping and have clearly received plenty of love. However, the online experience that makes the game so long lasting is highly compromised by the absurd need to spend even more to stay in the competition.
  5. Sep 30, 2022
    78
    I would recommend NBA 2K23 for its sheer breadth of material and the fact that it really tries to be a basketball universe unto itself (hence the massive file size). It's certainly not perfect, as I still keep running into odd glitches now and then, and even some strange things that carry over from the last game (Do I really have to keep walking through the Dallas Mavericks shootaround to get to my guys? Why is that still a thing?), but it is and shall likely always be the sports game I play almost every day, no matter what time of year it actually is — even when the fans tell me I stink.
  6. Sep 18, 2022
    75
    Without a focus on MJ’s career, 2K23 doesn’t offer too much more than last year’s iteration. It’s a serviceable experience for newcomers and pros alike, it’s just a damn shame it’s becoming more and more a marketing tool than a game. What concerns me is, where do they go from here?
  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.

See all 59 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 52
  2. Negative: 23 out of 52
  1. Sep 14, 2022
    10
    Game is finally fun again. Park is actually fun since there arent any glitchy moves.
  2. Sep 10, 2022
    10
    Best 2k game in years. Everything about it is better. Its safe to buy it boys.
  3. Sep 11, 2022
    10
    Great AI, Stamina bar and better animations, with better shooting experience.
  4. Oct 20, 2022
    5
    First of all, I want to congratulate 2k for making an excellent basketball simulator. However, I have to say that this year it was not loyalFirst of all, I want to congratulate 2k for making an excellent basketball simulator. However, I have to say that this year it was not loyal to its consumers. NBA2k23 just isn't a dialed copy of last year's game because of Jordan's added content. In gameplay, they gave a very discreet slap. Otherwise, it's last year's version with only updated menus. I expected much more! Next year, I don't know if I'll venture with pre-sales, because I'm tired of seeing the same thing over and over again. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2022
    0
    I'm just so impressed that 2k could have robbed me of the $70, but he gave me a game instead!
  6. Sep 17, 2022
    0
    VC microtransactions have made MyCareer mode pretty much unplayable, the Jordan mode is great but for a full priced game to charge even moreVC microtransactions have made MyCareer mode pretty much unplayable, the Jordan mode is great but for a full priced game to charge even more and more to play a mode I’ve already essentially paid for is just crazy greed on 2Ks part and shows no sign of slowing down with it getting worse each year. Expand
  7. Sep 12, 2022
    0
    MyCareer has become one of the greediest modes I've ever seen in a AAA retail game. They stripped out all of the ways to make decent amountsMyCareer has become one of the greediest modes I've ever seen in a AAA retail game. They stripped out all of the ways to make decent amounts of VC without paying. Way worse than even last year. Don't be a sucker like me and avoid indulging this predatory developer. Expand

See all 52 User Reviews