NBA 2K23 Gameplay: New Shot Meter, Dribble Mechanics, Animations and Trailer

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We've received a to of updates surrounding the NBA 2K23 gameplay but today, the Jordan Challenge dominated the headlines.

We're going to take a look at how 2K changed the gameplay to fit significant moments in Michael Jordan's career.

More importantly, what can you expect this year?


LATEST - Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K23

NBA 2K23 is trying to bring the most to its fans with the Jordan Challenge. You'll play through eras as Michael Jordan and earn rewards the whole way.

Perhaps the thing we're most excited about is how each era will have different NBA 2K23 gameplay functions. Things like game speed will be slowed down to match how the NBA was in the 80s.

You can expect a mixture of former broadcasts to really tune up the immersion of the Jordan Challenge while you complete the top moments in Jordan's career.

If you'd like to check out the Playable Moments for the challenge, follow this link.


NBA 2K23 Gameplay Latest News

As we near the release of the game, more NBA 2K23 gameplay news continues to surface. The first thing we hope to see is the new dribble mechanics.

Now, the first-look trailer didn't reveal much but several accounts have "leaked" that NBA 2K23 is much slower this year than it was in NBA 2K22.

Check out the first-look trailer here:

The trailer stirred up talks surrounding what players would like to see from the NBA 2K23 gameplay and the most notable conversations included dribble spam.


The good news is that if the game is slowed down, those dribble spam moves are less likely to work, providing a more realistic experience.

PRE ORDER NOW: Secure your copy of NBA 2K23 before it arrives

(Reported) New Shot Meter Leaked

Considering we haven't seen the reported new shot meter ourselves, we're going to stick with it being a reported leak.

The new shot meter has a slightly circular form to it versus the sharp edges of the NBA 2K22 shot meter. As always, the fill rate for the meter will depend on the jumpshot animation.

This leak was courtesy of NBA 2K23 Leaks & Intel on Twitter and they've been fairly reliable in terms of leaks so we assume that this is real.

Now, let's take a look at some of the new animations we've seen from the latest NBA 2K23 gameplay trailer.


New Animations in NBA 2K23

Within the trailer that we provided above, you can see that there are a few new shove animations and contested shot animations.

Along with that you can see that the Nighty-Night and the Griddy celebrations are both in the game, bringing a new dimension to the NBA 2K23 gameplay.

NBA 2K23 gameplay
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CELEBRATIONS: We wonder if there will be activated celebrations in the game

What would be really cool is if these celebrations can be equipped to your NBA 2K23 MyCAREER player, adding an extra level of customizations.

We'll have to see when the content reveals for August detail everything new we can expect.


NBA 2K23 Release Date

Now that we've covered what we know surrounding the NBA 2K23 gameplay, let's go over when the game will actually be released.

The official release date for NBA 2K23 is September 9, 2022, which is just around the corner. The pre order rewards for the game are pretty incredible, especially with the Championship Edition.

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JUST LIKE MIKE: Takeover the court with Michael Jordan in the Championship Edition

Coming in at a whopping $149.99, the Championship Edition of NBA 2K23 delivers a 12 Month NBA League Pass Subscription* (redemption rules apply) and more.


If you're looking for a more frugal option, you can purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99 or the Standard Edition for $69.99 on next gen systems.