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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Doraemon farming game demo now up
Pre-order bonuses released
The free demo for Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom is now available across all platforms.
The upcoming Bandai Namco title which is the latest in the Story of Seasons series is slated for a November 2, 2022 release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Steam.
Details of the bonus content available for players of the demo have also been released. This will be a start-up set which will help players in their tasks in Illuma once the game releases officially. It includes:
- Soft Wood x 20
- Normal Wood x 20
- Hard Wood x 20
- Stone x 20
Friends of the Great Kingdom
In the latest chapter of the Story of Seasons series, players get an upgraded feel of the game’s world wherein natural light, wind, and environmental sound effects have been added.
In addition to the quests found in the previous games such as raising crops and caring for animals, Doraemon-themed activities using the character’s famed secret gadgets – such as Farm Restaurant and Gro-Quick Powder – have been made available to enjoy.
There will also be an inspiring new story for the title. For those who will pre-order the Digital Version and Deluxe Editions of the game, bonuses are in store.
The Digital-Exclusive Pre-Order bonuses include:
- Summer Wear set
- Home Furniture set
- Sweet Seeds set
The Deluxe Edition includes:
- Main game
- Season Pass (Costume and Furniture Sets 1, 2, and 3)
- Season Pass purchase bonus (Premium Crops Seeds set)
- Digital Soundtrack
- Seasonal Vegetables Seeds set
Cyberpunk 2077 is already getting a sequel
Without a doubt, Cyberpunk 2077 faced one of the world’s most controversial launches for a video game. Though CD Projekt Red released several updates to fix the game’s reputation, the developer is already moving on to bigger projects. In a new tweet, CD Projekt Red has already confirmed development for Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel.
Earlier today, CD Projekt Red announced that the next Cyberpunk 2077 game will have the codename Orion. Unfortunately, the announcement doesn’t reveal much else about the upcoming project, except that it will “take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark future universe.”
Orion is a codename for our next Cyberpunk game, which will take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark future universe. pic.twitter.com/JoVbCf6jYZ
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) October 4, 2022
Following a smattering of bugs and glitches on launch, Cyberpunk 2077 further progressed through its redemption story through patches and an upcoming DLC. However, that’s as far as the story goes. With the sequel’s development underway, it’s hard to imagine much more coming for the first game. Unlike No Man’s Sky (which suffered a similarly controversial launch), Cyberpunk 2077 is calling it early.
Besides the cyberpunk title, the developer also announced more updates for the future of the Witcher universe. The next major entry in the series is codenamed Polaris and will precede two more entries to create a new trilogy. Outside of the main series, the franchise is also getting Canis Majoris (a spin-off from the main series and developed by an external studio) and Sirius (a multiplayer game with a single-player campaign).
Finally, CD Projekt Red also teased a new franchise called Hadar. Unlike Cyberpunk or Witcher, Hadar will be an original setting, marking the developer’s first following the success of the preceding two franchises based on past properties.
Horizon Zero Dawn is likely getting a remaster
For the PlayStation 5
How many remasters is too much? With newer hardware coming out, several developers have decided to update their old games to function more smoothly and gorgeously on modern consoles. However, there’s still an unresolved issue on where the industry should draw the line. Pending a resolution to that conundrum, here’s another remaster: Horizon Zero Dawn is likely getting a remastered edition.
According to sources in VGC and MP1ST, Sony is planning a PlayStation 5 remaster for Horizon Zero Dawn, the first game in the franchise. The upcoming edition will likely bring updated graphics and a few technical tweaks to the 2017 title.
For a while now, Sony has found a new obsession in remastering and remaking its old titles for the new console. The company has already released similar editions for the Spider-Man duology, for example. Besides remasters, PC ports are also making their way to Steam, creating a new market for Sony’s former exclusives.
Of course, one can argue whether Horizon Zero Dawn truly needs a remastered edition. For a 2017 title, the game still looks gorgeous even on newer hardware. Though there are graphical differences between the first title and its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, Horizon Zero Dawn is still a beautiful game.
That said, the remastered edition is still likely coming, albeit at an unknown time. Also, the same source speculates that the franchise is getting a new multiplayer game sometime in the future. With the franchise’s success over the years, Sony is unsurprisingly going all-in on more Horizon titles, including a confirmed VR-exclusive game for the upcoming PSVR 2.
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