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NBA 2K

NBA 2K23 MyCareer Preview

NBA 2K23 MyCareer Preview

Rejoice!, we are finally rid of grinding out tutorial-level games to start MyCareer.

In NBA 2k23’s MyCareer mode you get drafted directly to the NBA, to a team of your choice, then immediately begin your pro career.

“Everyone in The City, all the pundits, everyone wanted your team to draft this player named Shep. Shep Owens,” executive producer Erick Boenisch commented in a recent interview. “So instantly, you get on stage, Adam Silver’s shakes your hand and the entire audience is booing. They don’t like you right from the jump.”

“They wanted Shep; Shep is the college star, he’s the flashy guy, he’s the athletic guy, he’s the charismatic guy,” Boenisch continued. “And you’ll find that as soon as you go out into The City, the people of The City wanted Shep, too.”

There will be Shep murals on the walls of The City’s buildings; people will be wearing Shep’s clothing labels, too. “So, the major part of the narrative this year is overcoming that adversity of how everyone reacts to you, and winning over the citizens of The City,” Boenisch said.

Boenisch stated that players will have several main and side-quest channels to win over the public.

“There’s a new business section you can focus on; you can do all of them, you can do none of them,” Boenisch said.

“This is hands down our biggest MyCareer story that we’ve ever done in the past; it’s insanely large,” Boenisch vowed. “We had a different actor in mo-cap every day for, like, six months. It’s crazy.” Celebrity cameos this year include J. Cole, along with his Dreamville Records label. Additionally, Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett and seven-time all-star Tracy McGrady show up to mentor the player, representing different professional paths the player can choose. Kendrick Perkins’ player-hating ball returns, with ESPN’s J.J. Redick and cover star Devin Booker involved as analysts.

Sounds like players will have a lot to look forward to in NBA 2K23 MyCareer.

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MADDEN

The Best Defensive Playbooks In Madden 23

Madden 23 Best Defensive Playbooks

If you don’t have a solid defense to stop anyone, it won’t matter how many points you can put up on offense.

We’re here to offer up our picks for the best defensive playbooks in Madden 23.

Best Defensive Playbooks in Madden 23

Most playbooks have the same base coverage’s. However, some stand out from the rest due to having a specific coverage or more plays from a single formation.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs playbook boast the 33 defense from the Nickel package, which is arguably the best defense in the early going. The Chiefs also have Even 61 in the 43 package, Dime Normal, Big Nickel, all usable packages. Dime Normal has the DB Blitz 1, which has been terrorizing offenses so far due to how fast defenders can get to the quarterback.

46

A playbook like 46 is in contention for the top playbook available. The playbook has slightly changed from previous years, but it still has meta formations like 33 Nickel, Big Nickel, and 33 Cub Nickel. Dime Normal is a part of this playbook, as is 32 Dollar. Dollar has a bunch of formations that are good against the run and pass.

Multiple D

Multiple D is always a favorite among Madden players, especially those who play MUT. This defensive playbook features most of the formations that one would expect to see. The Nickel formations are once again at the forefront, as well as Dime Normal and Dollar. The 34 defenses haven’t been the best this year, but Multiple D has a large array of 34 formations that players can try and make use of.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Jacksonville Jaguars

The Tampa Bay Bucs playbook owns a spot on the list this year. The Bucs have a unique defensive playbook, as the Nickel formations are different from what we’ve seen before. The Bucs playbook has 33 Cub, as well as 245 Odd and 24 Double A-Gap, which have great blitz packages. Tampa Bay’s book has 34 Bear and 44 Split available as well. Jacksonville has this exact same playbook.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have the 46 Bear, which is one of the most multidimensional defensive formations in the game. Even 61 in 43, Big Nickel, and a Dollar package called 32 Mug round out some of the better packages in the book.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore comes equipped with 33 Cub and Odd as well as 24 Double A-Gap. 1-4-6 is arguably the best formation out of the Dime, with loads of blitz packages and then there’s 2-3-6, which sets up well to slow down mobile quarterbacks.

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FIFA

Everything to Know About FIFA 23 National Teams

Fifa 23 International Teams

Because of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Fifa 23 players will get a World Cup mode. With that World Cup mode we will also get a slew of new international teams to play with and one big one brought back.

Brazil has returned! In FIFA 19 and 20, Brazil only had generic players in the squad apart from Neymar. In FIFA 21 and 22, there were only generic players. For the World Cup in Qatar, the champions will be back in action with all their stars.

The World Cup will also bring some special cards in Ultimate Team, as EA has already introduced us to the FUT World Cup Heroes. Below is the list of which national teams will be in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23: National Teams
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Island
  • Ireland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia (Maybe)
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • Hungary
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Wales

Should be a great year of Fifa!

 

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MADDEN

Madden 23 Review

Madden 23 Review

Madden 23 is not groundbreaking, but a clear step in the right direction.

Coming off two disappointing years in a row, Madden 23 developers focused on refining the game-play. Visually, Madden 23 did not take a big step forward but improvements to animations and defensive AI make it feel more polished, more enjoyable than the last few years. A respectable step forward for the series.

Game-play Improvements

Madden 23 is filled with advancements that are felt in the games play rather than seen.

A few of the improvements on offense offer a higher degree of control over your players, which in turn make things feel more smooth. On the other side of the ball, the defense is significantly smarter than before, making the experience more realistic.

Perhaps the biggest addition is Madden 23’s refined passing controls, which combine with an accuracy meter to offer more control when putting the ball in tight windows. Those offensive changes are balanced by a pass rush that shows more purpose and tighter zone coverage.

What About the Bugs?

Madden 23 is noticeably less buggy then its predecessors, at least on the field. The developers have stated that they felt Madden 23 was the most polished in recent memory.

Final Verdict

Madden fans will tell you that it hasn’t been a great few years for EA’s football simulation. Madden NFL 23 provides a glimpse of a light with a few smart enhancements to animations, AI, and passing mechanics that make meaningful improvements to the on field experience. It’s not greatness, but Madden 23 takes a meaningful step forward.

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Madden 23 First Impressions

Madden 23 First Impressions

Madden 23 is finally out, here are our first impressions.

There are Noticeable Visual Improvements

Madden 23 doesn’t take a huge leap in visuals when compared to Madden 22, but it does take a noticeable one.

Zone Defense Works Much Better

Being able to trust your A.I. in a coverage you called seems like a given in a football game, that has not been the case in previous iterations of Madden. The defense in Madden 23 makes more sense and in turn, the game is simply more fun.

The New Passing Mechanics Will Benefit the More Skilled Players

The biggest offensive change in Madden 23 is the new passing mechanics. You can still use classic passing, but if you can master the new mechanics it will add another layer to your game. The system is intuitive and adds depth to the experience.

Point of Contact Has Improved

You will notice more animations and more physics-based movement in the new approach EA has chosen. It’s not perfect, there are still issues, however it feels more like real football than previous versions.

Franchise Mode is Significantly Improved

The biggest improvement appears to be to the franchise mode, in line with our observation when beta was released. It is clear EA made the  mode a priority this year.

 

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FIFA

EA Sticks With Loot Boxes For FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

Fifa 23 Loot Boxes

EA has confirmed it’s sticking with loot boxes for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

EA echoed many of its recent comments on Ultimate Team’s card packs, which have come under fire from children’s groups and researchers in recent years for their links to gambling, and from players for enabling pay-to-win in competitive modes.

“We wholeheartedly believe that Ultimate Team and FUT Packs, which have been part of the game for more than a decade, are a part of FIFA that players love – fans love that the game reflects the real-world excitement and strategy of building and managing a squad. Giving players the choice to spend if they want to is fair,” EA’s statement reads.

Last month, the UK government stopped short of taking action on loot boxes, despite finding that players who buy loot boxes are “more likely to experience gambling, mental health, financial and problem gaming-related harms”.

Instead, the government said it does not consider loot boxes to be the same as gambling, and as a result will not make changes to the Gambling Act.

While the government called for stronger protections from across the entire industry and insisted it “will not hesitate to consider legislation if companies do not bring in sufficient measures to keep players safe”, its decision on loot boxes contrasts that of a number of European countries that have brought loot boxes under gambling laws.

For the uninitiated Ultimate Team, which drives hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for EA each year(doesn’t take a lot of imagination to know why EA will be sticking with loot boxes for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team), revolves around the idea of building a squad of players, which you then use to play in matches, both offline and online.

There are a number of ways you can obtain players in the game, but one of the main methods is through packs of virtual cards. These card packs contain a random assortment of items, including players of varying potency you then use out on the pitch. Generally, the better the player, the lower your chance of obtaining them from a pack. Although they’re not described as such in-game, Ultimate Team’s card packs are loot boxes.

You can buy the card packs with either a virtual currency called FUT Coins, which is earned mostly through gameplay, or with a virtual currency called FIFA Points, which is bought with real-world money.

Fifa 23 officially drops on September 30th.

 

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NBA 2K

NBA 2K23 Brings Back the Jordan Challenge

NBA 2K23 Jordan Challenge

Get ready to relive the 15 greatest moments in MJ’s incomparable career.

2K Sports recently announced they were bringing back the popular ‘Jordan Challenge’ for this years installment of NBA 2K, and dropped a pretty great trailer as part of that announcement.

The Jordan Challenge was revolutionary in sports video gaming 12 years ago and will return this year, with an amazing level of detail and presentation.

“In the past 12 years, we have an entirely new generation of NBA fans to retell these incredible stories to,” said executive producer Erick Boenisch. “This generation didn’t get the chance, necessarily, to see Michael play live, to see him play on TV, to see him play in person. So everything that they know about this person is from YouTube, from word of mouth, or their parents. This really is a chance for us to retell the story of Michael Jordan to a whole new generation of NBA fans.

The Jordan Challenge for NBA 2K23 will begin with one of its five new moments, the 1982 NCAA National Championship game between Jordan’s North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgetown Hoyas, starring his future and longtime rival Patrick Ewing. Tar Heel greats James Worthy and Sam Perkins will take the floor in their alma mater’s uniforms. So will Ewing and Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, under the formidable glare of the Hoyas’ coach, John Thompson.

“We’ve tried to get North Carolina for a number of years now,” Boenisch said, referring to the college portion of NBA 2K’s MyCareer mode. “They always had their reasons for not wanting to do it. Pitching them, we said, ‘Here’s our vision for the game this year, Mike’s involved, Mike wants this,’ and they said, ‘OK, great. Sounds good. Let’s do this.’ They were super enthused to work with us to help be a part of telling Michael Jordan’s story.”

Wrapping each of the 15 moments will be interviews with teammates, opponents, broadcasters, and other luminaries.

“We brought Mike Fratello in and he just started rattling off stories,” Boenisch said. “And we had done our research, we prepped the scripts, but we really hadn’t heard this stuff before. This is new. He added a vibe to The Jordan Challenge that I just was not expecting. Just incredible. He really brought the energy to the broadcast, and you will feel that when you play the game.”

“It was a labor of love,” Wang said. “We have a lot of old heads on our team, a lot of our team, a lot of people who got into this industry because of Michael Jordan. So, being able to do it was awesome fun for us, too.”

The Jordan Challenge will be available in all editions of NBA 2K23.

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MADDEN

Madden 23 X-Factors And Superstars

Madden 23 X-Factors And Superstars List

There’s a new group of Superstars and X-Factors in Madden 23, here’s everything we know about them.

X-Factors and Superstars are back in Madden 23. The abilities have been a popular feature since the X-Factor and Superstar systems were introduced in Madden 20.

For the newbies to the franchise, an X-Factor is a player that has a special ability that can be activated during a game while Superstars are given different passive skills to boost their overall stats. Both are valuable and can make the difference between winning and losing a game.

Below, fans can see the full lists of every X-Factor player and their ability along with all Superstars that we know of so far.

Madden 23 X-Factors

The list of X-Factors in Madden 23 is currently based on what was visible in the beta, so things may change before the official release on August 19.

Team Player Position Ability Ability Description
Bills Stefon Diggs WR Rac ‘Em Up Higher chance of winning a RAC catch vs. single coverage
Bills Tre’Davious White CB Shutdown Gets tighter in coverage + has a higher chance of securing an INT on contested balls
Bills Von Miller DE Fearmonger Higher chance of pressuring the QB while getting blocked
Bills Josh Allen QB Bazooka Maximum throw distance is increased
Broncos Russell Wilson QB Blitz Radar Able to identify blitzers at the line of scrimmage
Browns Nick Chubb RB Wrecking Ball Can pull off trucks and stiff arms with greater success
Browns Myles Garrett DE Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Buccaneers Tom Brady QB Pro Reads Highlights the first open receiver and negates pressure
Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Buccaneers Lavonte David MLB Run Stuffer Can block shed more effectively against rushing plays
Cardinals Kyler Murray QB Escape Artist Evades pressure more effectively by increasing sprint speed while out of the pocket
Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Chargers Keenan Allen WR Max Security Higher chance of winning possession catches
Chargers Khalil Mack OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Chargers Joey Bosa OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Chargers Derwin James Jr. SS Reinforcement Increased chance of causing a pass break-up and performing run blocks
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes QB Bazooka Maximum throw distance is increased
Chiefs Travis Kelce TE Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Chiefs Chris Jones DT Momentum Shift The player wipes all zone progress away from on-field opponents or knocks them out of the zone
Colts DeForest Buckner DT Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Colts Jonathan Taylor HB Freight Train Higher chance to break the player’s next available tackle
Colts Stephon Gilmore CB Shutdown Gets tighter in coverage + has a higher chance of securing an INT on contested balls
Commanders Terry McLaurin WR Ankle Breaker Higher chance to dodge an opponent’s tackle when performing a skill move after the catch
Cowboys Dak Prescott QB Blitz Radar Able to identify blitzers at the line of scrimmage
Cowboys Micah Parsons OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Dolphins Tyreek Hill WR Rac ‘Em Up Higher chance of winning a RAC catch vs. single coverage
49ers George Kittle TE Yac ‘Em Up Higher chance to break the first after-catch tackle
49ers Fred Warner MLB Zone Hawk Higher chance to make an INT in zone coverage
49ers Nick Bosa DE Relentless Pass rush skill moves don’t require points
Packers Aaron Rodgers QB Dots Allows for a perfect pass on any throw
Packers Jaire Alexander CB Shutdown Gets tighter in coverage + has a higher chance of securing an INT on contested balls
Panthers Christian McCaffrey HB Ankle Breaker Higher chance to dodge an opponent’s tackle when performing a skill move after the catch
Raiders Davante Adams WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Raiders Darren Waller TE Yac ‘Em Up Higher chance to break the first after-catch tackle
Raiders Chandler Jones OLB Fearmonger Higher chance of pressuring the QB while getting blocked
Rams Cooper Kupp WR Rac ‘Em Up Higher chance of winning a RAC catch vs. single coverage
Rams Aaron Donald DE Blitz Blockers have their resistance bars wiped away
Rams Jalen Ramsey CB Bottleneck Higher chance at winning press attempts in man coverage
Rams Bobby Wagner MLB Avalanche Hit-sticks while running downhill cause forced fumbles
Ravens Lamar Jackson QB Truzz Tackling doesn’t cause a fumble
Saints Alvin Kamara HB Satellite Higher chance to win RAC possession catches vs. coverage
Saints Cameron Jordan DE Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Saints Tyrann Mathieu SS Reinforcement Increased chance of causing a pass break-up and performing run blocks
Seahawks D.K. Metcalf WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Steelers T.J. Watt OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Steelers Cameron Heyward DE Fearmonger Higher chance of pressuring the QB while getting blocked
Titans Derrick Henry HB Freight Train Higher chance to break the player’s next available tackle
Vikings Dalvin Cook HB First One Free Increased fakeout rate on a juke, hurdle, or spin when entering the zone
Vikings Justin Jefferson WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Vikings Danielle Hunter OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Madden 23 Superstars

As of the time of writing, we don’t know each Superstar’s ability, but we do have an idea of the players that will be Superstars in Madden 23. We’ll update the list when the abilities are officially released.

Team Player Position
Bengals Joe Mixon HB
Bengals Ja’Marr Chase WR
Bengals Jessie Bates III FS
Bills Micah Hyde FS
Bills Jordan Poyer SS
Browns Amari Cooper WR
Browns Wyatt Teller RG
Buccaneers Tristan Wirfs RT
Buccaneers Ryan Jensen C
Buccaneers Vita Vea DT
Buccaneers Shaquil Barrett OLB
Cardinals Rodney Hudson C
Cardinals J.J. Watt DE
Cardinals Budda Baker SS
Chargers J.C. Jackson CB
Chargers Austin Ekeler HB
Chargers Justin Herbet QB
Chargers Mike Williams WR
Colts Quenton Nelson LG
Colts Shaquille Leonard OLB
Commanders Jonathan Allen DT
Commanders Chase Young DE
Cowboys Ekeziel Elliot HB
Cowboys Tyron Smith LT
Cowboys Zack Martin RG
Cowboys Trevon Diggs CB
Dolphins Terron Armstead RT
Dolphins Xavien Howard CB
Eagles Jason Kelce C
Eagles Lane Johnson RT
Eagles Darius Slay Jr. CB
Eagles Fletcher Cox DT
Falcons Kyle Pitts TE
Falcons Cordarelle Patterson HB
49ers Deebo Samuel WR
49ers Trent Williams LT
Jaguars Brandon Scherff RG
Jets Mekhi Becton RT
Packers David Bakhtiari LT
Packers Kenny Clark DT
Panthers D.J. Moore WR
Panthers Brian Burns DE
Patriots Matt Judon OLB
Patriots Devin McCourty FS
Ravens Ronnie Stanley LT
Ravens Mark Andrews TE
Ravens Marlon Humphrey CB
Ravens Calais Campbell DE
Saints Michael Thomas WR
Saints Ryan Ramczyk RT
Saints Marshon Lattimore CB
Saints DeMario Davis MLB
Seahawks Jamal Adams SS
Steelers Diontae Johnson WR
Steelers Minkah Fitzpatrick FS
Steelers Myles Jack MLB
Titans Jeffrey Simmons DE
Titans Kevin Byard FS
Vikings Adam Thielen WR
Vikings Eric Kendricks MLB
Vikings Za’Darius Smith OLB
Vikings Harrison Smith SS

 

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EA Charging Big Fee to Upgrade Madden 23 on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Madden Upgrade

The standard edition of Madden NFL 23 won’t include a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S upgrade.

If you purchase the standard version of Madden 23 on PS4 or Xbox One, for $59.99, you won’t be able to upgrade to its PS5 or Xbox Series X/S version later.

Only those who buy the Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition, which will run you $99.99, will qualify for a next-gen upgrade.

This matches what we saw last year with the release of FIFA 22. Those who bought the standard edition of EA’s flagship sports game weren’t able to upgrade to next-gen consoles, and instead had to buy the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition to play across both generations.

In an industry seemingly trying to squeeze every penny out of players, this actually strays from the norm among video game publishers. Most next-gen upgrades are given away for free or sold at a small fee. Few publishers make players buy an entirely fresh copy of a game they already own, just to move between console generations.

Looks like you will have to pay up to play across all gens in Madden 23.

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NBA 2K23 Drops First Trailer

 

With a little more than a month to go before its official release, 2K Games has released the first official trailer for NBA 2K23, giving fans a glimpse of what’s to come. The clip showcases gameplay sequences featuring some of NBA’s biggest stars, including LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Ja Morant and Stephen Curry.

Specifics surrounding game modes and changes remain pretty scarce at the moment, but 2K will be releasing more information in the next few days.

NBA 2K23 will drop September 9, with the Standard Edition going for $60. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will go for $70, while the Michael Jordan Edition will sell for $100. There will also be a Championship Edition for $150 that includes a 12-month NBA League Pass.

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