Goatesque or bidesque? As every year with the new NBA season approaching, Take-Two unveils its basketball simulation with this year’s legend Michael Jordan in the spotlight, along with Devin Booker, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and J Cole. We were particularly distinguished by the release of PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Three different builds of NBA 2K23
A quick reminder of the NBA 2K license, since the launch of the latest generation of consoles, NBA 2K23 offers 3 different versions in terms of gameplay quality, graphical/technical capabilities and content. This test covers the PS5 and Xbox Series version, while the PC version, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One were released in parallel. A mobile version is scheduled to be released on October 18.
Expected every year in the technical field, NBA 2K23 does not disappoint this season. Aside from some app crashes on PS5 during certain tasks, maybe temporary before the first updates, The title at the level of the last generation of keyboards. Last season’s very intense lighting was patched in some rooms, some failed models were revised, and the crash engine still looks flawless on PS5 and Xbox Series. Finally, remember that in terms of sound, every NBA room now has its own spokesperson. 2K has often been criticized for the diversity of its animation, which has been numerous but hasn’t changed for several seasons, it has raised the bar for 2K too high this year. New intakes, new plunges, race-in counters, one-handed shooting in the ave maria, and the possibility to hold onto the hoop for a long time, licensing professionals will be shaken by this point of view.
Changes to gameplay seemingly will force meta addicts to brainstorm to create the best player and career teams to reinvent themselves. No more possession per team (when each player’s abilities are increased tenfold) that can be activated when only one player boils, it is now necessary for every team member to perform well. Also, the dribbler can only attempt the explosive dribble 3 times per possession, otherwise he will be weak in finishing the last attempt. This season it will be necessary to play collectively, not just use the pivotal leader connection. Finally, let’s talk about photography. Whereas previously the fluorescent green animation was accompanied by perfect timing and a shot from the start of the ball, signaling to everyone that the shot was going to go in, now this animation only occurs once the ball touches the hoop or enters. The same for defense indicators and imperfect timing if you specify the option in the parameters. note Timing is more demanding than last seasonWe advise you to remove the Shot Gauge in Settings to get a Shot Bonus in case of good timing, and not to give any indication to the opposing team that will not initiate a counterattack directly if the Shot Gauge is lost. .
The theater of dreams in my career
It is also more difficult this season to develop a perfect archetype. During player creation, some abilities are interrelated, for example in shooting abilities. You can no longer have a three-point shooter without having any free throw or midrange ability, or a good free throw post without having any mid-range shooting attributes. Compromises must be made that reduce defensive capabilities or badges to unlock them, for example, to limit ultra-level players. Once the player is created and the career begins, there is a whole new city, smaller (about 20%) than the previous one. Less spacious but more functional with a metro system, a completely new and more immersive team room (maybe in the arcade!), it’s just as vibrant and fun as NBA 2K22.
In terms of the script, there’s no epic stage like last season, but a rivalry with Shep Owen, a player picked in the middle of the draft like you and in the same position. It’s NBA 2K that has the most scenes, but it’s possible to skip them. Once the NBA entry missions are completed, the player can move on to the missions of several major courses (Fashion, Music, NBA, College Memories). Sometimes these tasks are boring or difficult to perform depending on the job, and these tasks are still a good way to discover the city and its novelties such as The theater. New building adds 6 temporary online game modes, renewable throughout the seasons and a perfect alternative to the park. For the first shot of modes this year just to make it clear to you, we have for example a mode meant for players with less than 75 overall mode, a Clutch mode with possessions for only 12 seconds or a streak at 4 points.
Michael Jordan is back
In terms of the repeat solo part, Take-Two fully respected Michael Jordan’s partial side by taking out the Jordan Challenge mode. Already on NBA 2K11 (with 10 challenges), it’s a series of challenges as we relive the top 15 games of MJ’s career. With 3 objectives to complete in each encounter, it is too Chance to (re)discover the formidable profession of Airness with the rules and TV skins of the time and via the visual effects of vintage TVs. A sort of “The Last Dance” with Sirius music by Alan Parsons Project in the background (Chicago Bulls entry music) with some particularly high challenges (scoring 63 points against Boston, getting 8 rebounds in the league final, etc).
From Bird to LeBron, in My NBA there is something for everyone!
One of the things the game satisfies is its depth in the usually solo mode, but it can be played online, My NBA (the league since 2021 for the former My GM and My League). We embody a franchise manager with a 200% configurable league system, but this season nothing new will go unnoticed for the most nostalgic. Even if we can merge historical players via Fantasy Draft before the season, now Choosing a decade is a must: the ’80s with Magic Johnson and Bird, the ’90s with the Bulls of Jordan, the 2000s with Kobe Bryant, or the modern era dominated by the Warriors. All teams and employees have been adjusted according to the time, TV skins at that time, the visual identities of each franchise … and even drafts that can be implemented! Add XXL and a real pleasure in immersion. What coal for hours on the management of his favorite contract.
Co-op in MyTeam mode
If the MyTeam card game, similar to the “Ultimate Team” games to simulate other sports, does not radically change its formula, it improves in several points. First, it is now possible to play cooperatively in MyTeam in Triple Threat (Match 3 vs 3, first team to 21 points). Each team member plays with a earned NBA player on the card, which is a great step forward and a good career alternative, because we’re controlling the current or historical NBA player this time around. Another novelty is the possibility of “blocking” a center, i.e. controlling only one player throughout the match and leaving control of the computer teammates. Useful if you are not comfortable controlling the whole team, if you want to advance in a position or win a challenge to improve your player card. For the rest, the lifespan corresponds to various online/single challenges, classic seasons where you face opponents of the same level without restrictions (Unlimited MyTeam) or with team restrictions on respect (Limited MyTeam) and thus 3v3 possibly in a fold. We’re a little sorry this season for The W, a women’s exclusive career mode where a WNBA (Women’s League) player joins a franchise and starts at 75 overall before advancing on the games. The latter is almost unchanged from last year, and earns less investment capital.
Where the boot tweaks in this release is, unfortunately, no surprise, at the level of virtual currency. Like the latest licensing titles, It will take more than 260,000 VC to raise the player from 60 to 85 in the general classification, that is, 60 euros in VC. All without spending currency in MyTeam mode! Therefore, the need to find the right archetype the first time is critical. Note that this season’s Rebirth mission allows you to reenact a player and raise them directly to level 90 if you have enough VC by raising their first basketball player to 90 and winning a game of hide and seek with Ronnie 2K. To finish in the gray areas, the job matching of REC or Pro-Am styles is always limited and unbalanced with encounters and combinations of situations that sometimes turn into a nightmare. But with the many satisfactions that authorship brought, we will pass for this time.
- More life improvement!
- Lots of new and fun animations
- Shooting system, more demanding and fair timing…
- …and more than 15 sizes of options
- A perfectly designed city with the addition of theater
- The return of the Jordan challenge
- Best My NBA Licensing Mode
- Graphically and technically at the top
- My team is gaining depth
- XXL and the fun career mode…
- … in spite of some tedious tasks
- Some work accidents
- W hasn’t improved enough
- The need for investment capital has increased
- No matchmaking fix
At the end of a more than compelling episode with NBA 2K22, Take-Two had to live up to its cover athlete. And in the end, GOAT Michael Jordan can be proud: NBA 2K23 PS5 and Xbox Series Edition is undoubtedly the best license release so far. In addition to the already massive lifespan, it has been improved in both single and multiplayer mode thanks to the enhanced My NBA mode with 4 era selection, the return of the Jordan Challenge, the co-op mode in my team and career theater, and play at will delight some. The former Crazy Dodgers are now limited online and should be thinking collectively, the shooting timing is more urgent, but fairer and many new animations are coming to rock regular customers. Graphically flawless, with immersion in the old-school skins of period matches, the title enters the Hall of Fame. Just the gray areas, the usual desire (or even need) to take out a credit card to get more venture capital and develop your player, matchmaking between players is still pretty lopsided and some crashes into some career missions. Even MJ can have flaws.
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