NBA 2K23 arrived with a lot of news. Challenges based on key moments in Michael Jordan’s career, the ability to relive legendary NBA eras, plus a new and revamped career mode.
ON Canaltech spent the last few days on the court to find out whether or not the Visual Concepts edition of the basketball simulator is worth buying. See our impressions below.
A current/next generation problem
ON NBA 2K23 it is divided into two versions: Next and Current Gen. The current generation includes PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. While Next Gen, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. According to Visual Concepts, the game’s developer, the reason PCs were left out of “next gen” was to focus on optimizing titles for Xbox Series X and S and PS5.
Which seems like a very odd choice, given that some PCs are already very close to next-gen console specs. However, we understand that some players cannot be left out on PC. But it cost nothing to offer both versions for PC. In any case, if you want to enjoy the full experience of the game, only on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S.
That said, we tested the game on PlayStation 5, with a copy kindly provided to us by 2K Sports, and we have to say that, overall, the experience remains great if you’re a basketball fan.
Unlike the FIFA franchise, for example, where the career mode is limited to a single-player experience, the NBA 2K23 brings the ability to compete against other players online while maintaining a solo experience when playing NBA games.
In this version, the story is simple but competent. Your character is chosen before the darling of the town, Shep Owens, and your entire experience revolves around proving you’re the best. The rivalry that becomes present during the missions of the mode, where you have to conquer the City, a fictional city that is the center of the missions in the online mode.
While 2K Sports continues to abuse the VC system to make life miserable for players in the mod, it remains excellent when it comes to expanding what should have been expanded a long time ago. The immersion in Next Gen mode is wonderful, even more so with the ability to expand your character’s horizons beyond basketball, turning them into a music icon or a fashion icon.
If there’s one hit to the mode that limits player evolution, it’s the ability to spend a lot of time completing missions to get extra cash to upgrade your athlete. In a situation where in-game currency is essential for character evolution, every VC helps.
MyNBA more interesting
MyNBA has received very interesting attention in the NBA 2K23. With Eras mode, the player can create his dream season for his favorite team. You can start the Michael Jordan era in the NBA by selecting a player for the Detroit Pistons, for example. One of the great rivalries after Jordan was Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. The situation between the two became drastic and Shaq left the Lakers after three championships.
The new mode allows you to keep the winning duo together on the team or completely change the lineup of the team after O’Neal leaves. Besides being able to change the story, you’ll also have to play by the rules of the generation you choose. From regulations to personalized streaming for each historical period, the new mode is a must-have for basketball fans.
Unfortunately, the mode is not available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, if you have the next-gen version, consider giving MyNBA Eras a try, it will be very interesting. It is even possible to create your own character to play the mode, and it is possible to be present in Kobe’s Lakers or Jordan’s Bulls.
But after all, is NBA 2K23 worth playing or not?
I would like to say that your experience on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be just as good as someone else’s experience on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. However, they are completely different games. If you have a new generation console, the situation changes.
The price of the game doesn’t help basketball fans either, as R$349 for the basic edition and almost R$500 for the Michael Jordan Edition drives away those who can’t keep buying games. So if you’re not such a fan of the franchise that you want to play it at launch, consider waiting for the promotions. Usually during the NBA playoffs, the game goes on sale and is always more affordable.
I won’t deny NBA 2K23 it’s addictive, fun, challenging and gives you so much more than the game of basketball itself. However, the difference between the versions, and also the value, has every right to keep you away from the game. So buy at full price only if you are a big fan and play MyTEAM and MyCareer. If not, wait for the promotion and enjoy this excellent title.
It’s worth it in the end, but it’s up to you to pay the full price NBA 2K23 or not. Even if you buy after launch, it will still be a great basketball simulator.
NBA 2K23 is available for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and Xbox One.