NBA 2K23 in the test: In the shadow of greed

For many years, the NBA 2K series has represented an ingenious virtual implementation of basketball. However, in recent years the series has also been increasingly criticized for enforcing the games with microtransactions. Has that changed in 2022? Well, to make it short: no, it didn’t. And this time it’s almost even more annoying than in the past, because thanks to a few small but useful gameplay adjustments and expanded game modes, NBA 2K23 is an absolute content monster with outstanding fan service and is probably closer to real sport than ever before . This puts both us and real basketball nerds in a real dilemma. On the one hand, NBA 2K23 plays so incredibly well and shows so much love for this wonderful sport, but on the other hand, two of the biggest game modes only work if you also spend real money on the in-game currency VC. So during the test, we always oscillated between absolute euphoria because of the gameplay and great anger that 2K was only too happy to pull more bills out of our pockets.

NBA 2K games have always had great playability, so it’s not surprising that there aren’t any huge gameplay adjustments. Rather, there are small tweaks that make the gameplay noticeably better. Ball physics and player movements are now even more realistic. You can feel the weight of the players more clearly, which of course makes their movement more understandable. Here the jump shots were worked on again, the success of which no longer mainly depends on the values ​​of the respective player, but also on the movement from which the jump shot is made.




The success of jumpshots now depends even more on the movement from which you execute them.



The success of jumpshots now depends even more on the movement from which you execute them.

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In general, the gameplay is smoother, rounder and more authentic. This is also due to the improved AI. Players break free more cleverly and opposing teams are more adept at adapting to our tactics. While it was still possible in the predecessor to pull off one-man shows with star players like LeBron, Giannis or Steph for a long time, NBA 2K23 pulls us (buy now €89.89 /€53.99 ) here quickly the tooth. Moves are now seen through faster and our stars are doubled. So we’re forced to play with a bit more variety. The AI ​​also sees through constant pick & roll with a pass to the center more quickly, but it is still a bit too powerful a weapon if we have a big man with good values ​​on the court.




The AI ​​now adapts more quickly to our style of play and doubles our star players.



The AI ​​now adapts more quickly to our style of play and doubles our star players.

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But the AI ​​has also learned something new on the offensive. She analyzes our deficiencies in defense and then exploits them. For example, if we have problems defending a certain player, the AI ​​keeps looking for this player. However, if we defend the player well, the AI ​​will no longer pass the ball to him as often and will look for other ways to make life difficult for us. It’s incredibly motivating to look for new ways to the basket or to thwart the AI’s game plan. The game just feels a bit more tactical. We better now dUsing the strengths of our team and knowing how to work around the weaknesses.

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