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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: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    This is, quite simply, the finest sports game ever made, a game that rethinks what a sports game can be – and will keep you entertained for an impressively long time. If you can avoid constantly restarting and rethinking your dream franchise, that is.
  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. Oct 17, 2022
    90
    In the end, NBA 2K23 isn’t a perfect game. But it is the strongest, deepest, smoothest, and most enjoyable showing for the series in some time. With a little less focus on microtransactions, and a little more focus on ramping up other modes, perfection is definitely within reach in the coming years.
  4. Sep 9, 2022
    80
    The gameplay is the best it has ever been, and the live service is the most predatory feeling, but there is enough other content on offer that I’d still recommend this year’s title. It’s stunning to look at, thanks in part to its jaw-droppingly large install size, features tons of classic teams, and far better WNBA integration. If you haven’t played an NBA 2K game in a while this might finally be the year for you to jump back in.
  5. Sep 26, 2022
    80
    Despite his flaws, NBA 2K23 leaves the franchise in a better position than it was in recent years. Microtransactions continue to devour uncontrollably online modes, however, traditional modes are still there with gameplay better than ever. In the end, this year's edition can satisfy all types of players and although controversial, NBA 2K23 is a positive experience.
  6. Sep 15, 2022
    80
    No sports game gets the past right quite like NBA 2K23 – and its present-day immersiveness is incredibly powerful, too.
  7. Sep 14, 2022
    60
    I am heavily conflicted about NBA 2K23. On one hand, the new retro game modes have reached out to my inner sports geek and given me a way to replay NBA history in a way that I’ve never done before. Especially paired with a handful of really strong gameplay changes, like improved spacing and AI, I foresee myself dumping dozens of hours into reliving and reconstructing NBA history. Conversely, I now feel completely and utterly isolated from the MyCareer experience. I have no interest in shelling out additional cash (even beyond the expensive Michael Jordan Edition) or grind for insane hours just to be able to compete on the online court, and the density of The City and its shopping opportunities is lost on me for the same reason. Instead, I’ll take my metaphorical basketball and go home, where I can enjoy the parts of NBA 2K23 that I can fully experience without the repugnant emphasis of its microtransactions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. Sep 13, 2022
    10
    NBA 2K23 is the game that will be remembered for years to come, the measuring stick for what is expected from a triple A sports game. It's theNBA 2K23 is the game that will be remembered for years to come, the measuring stick for what is expected from a triple A sports game. It's the NFL 2K5 of basketball video-gaming. So many things to do and everything is done in ultra high quality. From the gorgeous graphics, to the amazing animations, and the countless signature styles from shooting to replicating a players running animations this game will continue to astonish you each time you power up your console. If you haven't already done it and you're even the slightest fan of basketball do yourself a favor and buy NBA 2K23! It will be the best decision you made all year guaranteed. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2022
    10
    Decided to stop paying for it this year. Much better experience this year without playing the game! Reading a book or playing basketballDecided to stop paying for it this year. Much better experience this year without playing the game! Reading a book or playing basketball outdoors is preferable! Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2022
    10
    Best NBA 2k in years. Gameplay feels a lot smoother. Love the Jordan Challenge.
  4. Sep 13, 2022
    2
    NBA 2K23 is not good, not improving graphics nor gameplay. But :

    How can it get worse ? if you don't do the perfect shot you ALWAYS miss
    NBA 2K23 is not good, not improving graphics nor gameplay. But :

    How can it get worse ? if you don't do the perfect shot you ALWAYS miss it, not joking, you can have a 87 mid range shot rating, if you don't make the perfect green, it will break the rim or the board.

    Come on 2K please, last year it was already awful with the easiest shooting. Now it is the opposite ???

    And of course, in my career, you still have to walk in this laggy city with the laggy skateboard. IT IS HORRIBLE. HOW CAN YOU FIND ANY TYPE OF ENTERTAINMENT ???

    I'm mad because when i was younger i was amazed by the my career mode, when you appear in the NBA commercial ... "Where amazing happens", it was not too much. We were not trying to launch a ridiculous music career or clothes brand. We wanted to PLAY the sport we love.

    Now we have this ridiculous hard game keeping all the bad aspect of the previous ones.

    I won't talk about the VC, the game got doomed a long time ago

    I'm so disgusted.

    (ps : YEAH a jordan career "reminder" with the Last Dance intro music . . . . . . . not enough but +2 pts for the attempt)
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  5. Sep 14, 2022
    0
    Minimal gameplay improvements. They've made MyPlayer even more of a grind than before. The game is more centered on microtransactions than onMinimal gameplay improvements. They've made MyPlayer even more of a grind than before. The game is more centered on microtransactions than on actual gameplay. Expand
  6. Jan 15, 2023
    0
    Worst shooting system ever. I hope nba live will come back... I will never buy a 2k series again, just because of the absolutely illogical andWorst shooting system ever. I hope nba live will come back... I will never buy a 2k series again, just because of the absolutely illogical and overcomplicated shooting system Expand
  7. Sep 12, 2022
    0
    As an only Play-Now Online user, shooting is practically impossible online. There's a noticeable delay compared to 2KU, people are evenAs an only Play-Now Online user, shooting is practically impossible online. There's a noticeable delay compared to 2KU, people are even missing free throws most of the time like they are prime Ben Wallace. Layups are still bad if somebody dares breathes near you in the paint but that's always been the case in 2k.... last year was braindead easy to shoot, but this year you need a PERFECT release or you will miss 99% of the time. There is no real player % for online either now.

    While the shooting in park/rec could make sense, nobody is gonna remember every jumper for every player in Player Control/ Quick Match .... especially with input delays.

    This is coming from a guy that always reaches GOAT tier. Don't ruin the real basketball modes for the 2nd job grind park mode.
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