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Everything new in NBA 2K23

Jordan Challenge, MyNBA eras, more



As we all know by now, NBA 2K23 is releasing worldwide on September 9, 2022 across various consoles, with Phoenix Suns superstar Devin Booker as its cover athlete.

Pre-order is currently available for the following editions:

  • NBA 2K23 Championship Edition
  • NBA 2K23 Michael Jordan Edition
  • NBA 2K23 Digital Deluxe Edition
  • NBA 2K23 Standard Edition
  • NBA 2K23 WNBA Edition (physical, United States only)

Ahead of its release, we have compiled everything new about the game, from its Jordan Challenge and MyNBA eras to vast gameplay improvements to get more players even more ready and excited.

Upgraded Gameplay

To top it all off, there will be more gesture combos to the Pro Stick, including double throws and switchbacks as 2K is focusing on adding new weapons for shooting and ball handling – which kind of reflects the real NBA game that is a guard-centric league nowadays on offense.

This means slashers will be able to perform a better variety of layups. Sizing up and dribble hesitation moves will also be a fun way for friends to family to engage against each other. Post players won’t be left behind either with opportunities for drop steps and hop shots.

New layup packages have also been added for both New Gen and Current Gen, while more combos are available for dunks when driving to the basket while the Sprint trigger is held. In addition, players will also be able to do rim hangs to flex their dunks by keeping the Sprint trigger held.

To prevent over-dribbling, NBA 2K23 will also debut Adrenaline Boosts. For more authentic shooting, shooting attributes will be introduced. Each signature jump shot will now have unique stats: Shot Speed, Release Height, Defensive Immunity, and Timing Impact.

Defensively, on-ball defense, shot-blocking, and steals and ball strips have all been refined to be more realistic. Guards for example will not be able to do chase-down blocks although block targeting has been improved while fly-by blocks will prevent late contests on jump shots leading to automatic fouls when they crash into the shooter.

Jordan Challenge

The centerpiece of NBA 2K23 is the Jordan Challenge, which will enable users to recreate Michael Jordan’s career and play 15 of his legacy-defining games from his college championship up to the game-winner in the 1998 NBA Finals.

It will be a definitive retelling of Jordan’s most iconic games, with 2K employing a unique video filter system to recreate the television experience from the 1980s and 1990s. And it’s not just the feel; the gameplay has also been adjusted to make it more 80s and 90s, which obviously has a relatively slower pace and more physicality compared to today’s NBA.

Also included in each game are pre-game interviews of Jordan’s teammates, coaches, and those who have covered his memorable games throughout his career. This list will include:

  • Marv Albert (The Shrug Game)
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1988 All Star Game)
  • Dennis Rodman (Bad Boys Game)
  • Phil Jackson (Last Dance Game)

Now, for the part fans are anticipating: There will 15 challenges as mentioned, and in each game, there are three goals to hit. Collect 40 stars and you will unlock unique rewards for MyTEAM and MyCAREER modes.

Some of the most notable games to be relived by players in the Jordan Challenge are:

  • 1982 National Championship – University of North Carolina vs Georgetown
  • 1984 Team USA Basketball Scrimmage at the Hoosier Dome
  • 1988 NBA All Star Game – Jordan drops 40
  • 1989 Eastern Conference First Round Game – Jordan’s shot on Ehlo
  • 1990 Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls – Jordan duels with Dominique Wilkins
  • 1990 Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers – Jordan scores career-high 69
  • 1991 NBA Finals Game 5 – Jordan wins first NBA title
  • 1992 NBA Finals Game 1 – The Shrug Game
  • 1997 NBA Finals Game 5 – The Flu Game
  • 1998 NBA Finals Game 6 – The Last Dance

MyNBA Eras

A staple of NBA 2K, MyNBA lets players alter the course of history and have control over players’ destinies in their own alternate reality. What if we told you things are only going to get better?

With MyNBA eras, players will now have the chance to start their MyNBA saves from four different eras: The Magic vs Bird Era, the Jordan Era, the Kobe Era, and the Modern Era (present). 

This way, gamers will be able to answer a ton of “What if?” questions by reliving different time periods.

Magic vs Bird era

The Magic vs Bird era starts in 1983, right before the historic 1984 draft class. That includes Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon even set foot on the NBA.

Jordan Era

The Jordan era begins in 1991, the dawn of the Chicago Bulls’ unstoppable dynasty in the decade. What’s interesting is that now, Jordan may skip the time off. There’s also a certain Shaquille O’Neal joining the league soon, and he will definitely make an impact should he land on a different team.

Kobe Era

Lastly, the Kobe Era will take you back to the 2000s, where the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, and more ruled the NBA. It will start from 2002. That’s right before the 2003 draft class that includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh.

What if Shaq and Kobe never parted ways? Will the Miami Heat still win a title or will the San Antonio Spurs ever win three in the decade? It’s all up to you to decide how everything plays out.

Classic court designs, uniforms, and broadcast presentation layouts will also be featured in each of the throwback eras to add a more authentic vibe to it. When it comes to league rules, the player has control. Teams can rebrand from Seattle to OKC, for example, as early as the 1980s. Expand the league to 36 teams? It’s all up to you.

The W Expanding

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Lastly, on New Gen consoles, you’ll notice an even bigger and better WNBA experience with the addition of an All-Star Game and the Commissioner’s Cup and The W Online community progression.

There will be lots of rewards, including WNBA Jerseys, Logo, and Coach MyTEAM cards. Contact Challenges will also be available wherein players will team up with others through Contact Workouts to progress further through the mode.

Game Changers, on the other hand, allow for Player Boosts for the community to reach their weekly goals. Speaking of jerseys, the game has expanded to 60 WNBA player jerseys spanning multiple seasons.

What will be great about the WNBA side of things this time around is its league expansion which allows players to build the future they want for the W.

Progressing to the maximum level 10 in League Popularity in The W will unlock 2 Expansion Team slots. From here, you can control how the league expands – from picking the city of the expansion franchise to building their home arena, logo, and uniform designs

New ways to play MyTEAM

When it comes to playing MyTEAM, NBA 2K23 has also added new updates. Highlighting the updates is the US$ 250,000 MyTEAM Unlimited Tournament which marks its return this year for each console generation.

Reach the Emerald Tier in the new Unlimited before the first GameDay on October 15, 2022 to participate. Finalists will be brought to an in-person setting to crown the US$ 50,000 Console Champions and US$ 200,000 Grand Champions.

Other new things to look forward to include:

  • Triple Threat Online: Co-Op: Players will be able to partner with friends for a 3-versus-3 online gameplay across different variations (Party Mode, Co-Op, and Competitive Online)
  • Unlimited: Prestige Tiers allow players to reach the top and start over to unlock more rewards; players will earn Season Points with every win or loss to help them advance, while wins provide a vault opening
  • Clutch Time Single Player: A fast-paced mode which includes a 4-point line
  • Starter cards: Players can choose between Ja Morant, Jimmy Butler, or Joel Embiid to be the face of their collections; after 10 games in any mode, a 90 OVR Amethyst Fred Jones card will also be given

Trophy Case: Another new way to earn top tier players from each franchise is by competing a team’s Trophy Case, where one can earn a Pink Diamond player for each team

We’ll update this space every time there’s a new NBA 2K Courtside Report release


Baldur’s Gate 3: Why you should play the 2023 Game of the Year

Now is the best time to try it out



Last night, Baldur’s Gate 3 won the coveted Game of the Year award at the annual Game Awards for 2023. Though the title rightfully got millions of players this year, getting into the 2023 Game of the Year is still a daunting challenge, especially for those who don’t have experience with the turn-based RPG genre. If you’re also scared to commit to a genre you’re not familiar with, I’m here to tell you that you still absolutely should.

Who am I?

When the year started, Baldur’s Gate 3 was not on my radar at all. In fact, I wasn’t a fan of turn-based games. My only experience with the genre was through Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. Though a turn-based game, it’s hardly similar to Baldur’s Gate 3. And at the end of the day, I’d still prefer a quicker-paced action-adventure over a turn-based slog.

I am, however, a fan of roleplaying games. There’s just something appealing about putting myself in the shoes of a game’s protagonist and taking them through their story. Now, most of the big RPGs today have turned into giant collect-a-thons. Playing through them was a chore. That, and modern games just doesn’t allow for a lot of roleplaying.

When I saw people playing Baldur’s Gate 3, I was captivated. You could play as anything you want. You could roleplay however you choose. Every decision and dice roll absolutely mattered. Even if it was still at full price, I had to get it.

Creating a character

Steam has a two-hour policy for refunds. If you’ve played a game for less than two hours, the platform will grant you a refund automatically if you ask for it, no questions asked. As the logic goes, two hours is enough for players to tell if a game is worth keeping. Two hours, however, is not enough to get to the meat of Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s just enough to dip your toes in and get a feel for the game’s mechanics.

I used to laugh at RPG players who spent hours on the character creation menu. I never fiddled around with sliders and customization options. I wanted to get into the game as soon as possible. That changed with Baldur’s Gate 3.

While the game still has a lot of options to change how your character will look (including, yes, genital size), the character creation screen focuses a lot on how you want your character to be. I spent a good chunk of time figuring out the best race and class for me. Should I be an evil monk or a goody-two-shoes bard? Oh, and do these black horns go well with how I want my tiefling’s junk to be?

The prologue

Right after creating a character, the game quickly catapults you into the fire. A mind flayer — a tentacled humanoid that looks like child of Cthulhu — abducts your character and infects you with a parasitic worm that can turn you into a mind flayer like them. Your first job is to escape the mind flayer’s spaceship.

The introductory prologue teaches players the basics of Baldur’s Gate 3 — moving, fighting, and talking. However, one of the biggest aspects of the prologue is the introduction of two vital characters you can add to your party: Shadowheart, a selfish half-elf cleric, and Lae’zel, a brash githyanki fighter. From the beginning, these two characters are at each other’s throats. Unlike a lot of games that immediately portray teams as well-oiled machines, Baldur’s Gate 3 thrives on conflict. Party members are often at odds with one another. A lot of times, you’ll find yourself playing a mediator. Sometimes, you might even do something that causes them to leave your camp for good.

The focus on character-driven actions makes it so compelling to follow everyone’s stories to their conclusion. Every player will have favorite characters and interesting ways to deal with their conflict. They’re not just warm bodies you can throw at enemies. It also helps that Baldur’s Gate 3 has the best voice action and motion capture I’ve ever seen in a game. After you play the game, every other game will pale in comparison.

The moment everything clicked

After the prologue, the game drops you into the meatiest part of the game. The first act is a vast playground. Though there are goals, players are invited to tackle the game however they want — peacefully or with a sword in hand. This is also when the most important part of the game rears its head: the dice roll.

As with the traditional Dungeons and Dragons experience, everything is determined by the roll of the dice. In battle, the swing of a sword is determined by a dice roll. Planning before engaging is important just to account for the randomness. More importantly, dialogue and actions away from battle are determined by the same dice. Want to pick that locked door? Roll for dexterity. Want to talk down a rampaging barbarian from attacking you? Roll for persuasion.

The moment this is all clicked for me was a moment shortly after the start of the first act. My party runs into a dying mind flayer. The game asks me if I want to explore the monster’s mind. Since it was dying (and I felt that I had enough intelligence), I said yes.

Cue the dice roll.

I rolled a natural 20, the best possible roll because it’s an automatic win. However, this encounter was one of the rare moments when the game asks for a second, more difficult roll right after passing the first.

Cue the next dice roll. I went for it. After all, I rolled a 20 beforehand.

I rolled a 1, the worst possible roll because it’s an automatic failure. Unbeknownst to me, this was a death-saving roll. If you pass, you live. If you fail, you die. And I failed spectacularly.

The mind flayer took control and killed me. Fade to black.

Game over.

Aghast, I could do nothing but applaud. I wasn’t even two hours into the game. Though it was a kick to the gut, I was amazed at how willing the game was to let go of your hand. This isn’t an easy traipse through a fantasy land. It’s a complicated maze that will take you through a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I knew I was in for a good time.

Randomness defines the community

It’s understandable that making randomness a feature might turn some players off. If you can’t rely on pure skill, what’s the point?

However, the concept of failure does not mean an end to the game. Yes, my particular experience ended in a game over screen. Most don’t, though. A lot of times, failing a dice roll often means the opportunity to tackle a problem in a different way. Failed to persuade an enemy to lay down their arms? Maybe you can sneak past them. Failed that? Well, time for a battle.

Baldur’s Gate 3 makes failure fun. Every playthrough is automatically unique. It also adds to the community aspect of the game.

After a lengthy session, my first instinct is to go to the game’s subreddit and read what other players did in their playthroughs. Every single time, I would find an encounter I’ve never seen before or a result I haven’t tried yet. I’d immediately want to hop back on to see if I can replicate how they did with my character.

Outside of the actual game, Baldur’s Gate 3’s biggest appeal is its community. It’s almost like sharing war stories around the campfire. Every experience is valid, no matter how good or evil a playthrough can be.

A generational game

The game’s six awards should speak for themselves. Larian Studios created a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a fresh gaming experience, near infinite replayability, unmatched acting, and a supportive community.

Even at full price, the game is worth every penny. If you haven’t tried this year’s Game of the Year yet, there are so many reasons to go for it. It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played.

SEE ALSO: The Game Awards 2023: Full list of winners

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The Game Awards 2023: Full list of winners

Game of the Year and more



Much like your favorite movies and shows, your favorite video games are also deserving of awards at the end of the year. Though a lot of organizations give out awards throughout the season, the biggest event is the annual Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley. If you missed the event, here’s a rundown of the winners this year.

Game of the Year

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4 Remake
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Game Direction

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Narrative

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Final Fantasy 16
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Best Art Direction

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Lies of P
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Score and Music

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy 16
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Audio Design

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Dead Space Remake
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4 Remake

Best Performance

  • Ben Starr, Final Fantasy XVI
  • Cameron Monaghan, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Idris Elba, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Melanie Liburd, Alan Wake 2
  • Neil Newbon, Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Yuri Lowenthal, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Innovation in Accessibility

  • Diablo IV
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Street Fighter 6

Games for Impact

  • A Space for the Unbound
  • Chants of Sennaar
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Tchia
  • Terra Nil
  • Venba

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Best Indie Game

  • Cocoon
  • Dave the Diver
  • Dredge
  • Sea of Stars
  • Viewfinder

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cocoon
  • Dredge
  • Pizza Tower
  • Venba
  • Viewfinder

Best Mobile Game

  • Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure
  • Monster Hunter Now
  • Terra Nil

Best Community Support

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 16
  • No Man’s Sky

Best VR/AR Game

  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Humanity
  • Horizon: Call of the Mountain
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Synapse

Best Action Game

  • Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
  • Dead Island 2
  • Ghostrunner 2
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Remnant 2

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best RPG

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy 16
  • Lies of P
  • Sea of Stars
  • Starfield

Best Fighting Game

  • God of Rock
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2
  • Pocket Bravery
  • Street Fighter 6

Best Family Game

  • Disney Illusion Island
  • Party Animals
  • Pikmin 4
  • Sonic Superstars
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • EA Sports FC 24
  • F1 23
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged
  • The Crew Motorfest

Best Sim/Strategy Game

  • Advanced Wars 1+” Re-Boot Camp
  • Cities: Skylines 2
  • Company of Heroes 3
  • Fire Emblem Engage
  • Pikmin 4

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Diablo 4
  • Party Animals
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Content Creator of the Year

  • IronMouse
  • PeopleMakeGames
  • Quackity
  • Spreen
  • SypherPK

Best Esports Athlete

  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez
  • Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen

Best Esports Coach

  • Christine “potter” Chi
  • Danny “zonic” Sorensen
  • Jordan “Gunba” Graham
  • Remy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam
  • Yoon “Homme” Sung-young

Best Esports Event

  • 2023 League of Legends World Championship
  • Paris Major 2023
  • EVO 2023
  • The International Dota 2 Championships 2023
  • VALORANT Champions 2023

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Dota 2
  • Leage of Legends
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Valorant

Best Esports Team

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • JD Gaming
  • Team Vitality

Most Anticipated Game

  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
  • Hades 2
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
  • Star Wars Outlaws
  • Tekken 8

Best Adaptation

  • Castlevania: Nocturne
  • Gran Turismo
  • The Last of Us
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Twisted Metal

Player’s Voice

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Genshin Impact
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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The Game Awards 2023: Huge trailers you might have missed

Featuring a new Hideo Kojima title



The Game Awards is the pinnacle of gaming events these days. During the annual ceremony, the best games of the year are recognized and awarded. However, it also reveals trailers for highly anticipated titles coming within An enduring franchise for a lot of gamers,

Monster Hunter Wilds

Monster Hunter is ready to take it to the next generation. Kicking off the sixth generation, Monster Hunter Wilds takes advantage of next-gen graphics. Newer and grander monsters are coming. While there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the upcoming game, the trailer reveals a desert-themed map and flying mounts.


Once again, Hideo Kojima is the master of mystery in the gaming industry. We have no way to describe this game accurately. It’s a Kojima project for Xbox. It will also have acclaimed director Jordan Peele, Sophia Lillis, Hunter Schafer, and Udo Kier attached. That’s enough of a reason to check it out.

Marvel’s Blade

Hot off the heels of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Marvel has a new gaming project: Marvel’s Blade. However, rather than Insomniac Games, this project will be helmed by Bethesda and Arkane Lyon, the minds behind the Dishonored series and Deathloop.

God of War Ragnarok Valhalla


One of the craziest drops this Game Awards, one of last year’s best game, God of War Ragnarok, is getting a free DLC in a few days’ time. While it’s not exactly a new game, it will meld the fluid combat of the original game with the dynamic gameplay of the roguelite genre.

Final Fantasy XVI: Echoes of the Fallen and The Rising Tide

Both announced this event, Final Fantasy XVI will get a pair of DLCs. The first one, Echoes of the Fallen, is already available with new chapters. Meanwhile, The Rising Tide will come out next spring.

Zenless Zone Zero


Hoyoverse is back with its next title. Inspired by the ARPG genre, Zenless Zone Zero takes the studio’s iconic style to a new universe with all-new gameplay.

Skull and Bones

Inspired by the success of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Skull and Bones was announced a long time ago without a release date. Now, Ubisoft has revealed when the pirate-themed RPG is coming: February 16, 2024.

World of Goo 2


World of Goo was such an indie hit back in the day that gamers are still playing the physics-based puzzler today. Now, the title is finally getting a sequel. Featuring the same mechanics as the original, World of Goo 2 will experiment with more ways to connect goo blobs. It’s coming next year.


A BUDOKAI TENKACHI game in everything but name. And Bandai Namco has confirmed as much saying this game retains the all the battle and action elements of the aforementioned game. This includes follow-up attacks and timing-based counters, while adding all-new actions. They’re calling this one the ultimate 3D Dragon Ball action battle game.

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