NBA 2k13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K. It was released on September 19, 2012 for the Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360. A version for the Wii U was also released as a launch title in North America, and in December for the PAL region.
NBA 2k13 is the 14th installment in the NBA 2K series and the successor to NBA 2K12. The game features three cover athletes: Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. The game was executive produced by rapper Jay-Z, who also curated the game’s soundtrack and contributed to its design.
But what makes NBA 2k13 the best basketball game of 2012? What are some of the features and improvements that make it stand out from its predecessors and competitors? In this blog post, we will review some of the aspects and highlights of NBA 2k13.
NBA 2k13 offers a realistic and immersive gameplay experience that simulates the NBA basketball league. The game features various modes and options that cater to different preferences and skill levels. Some of them are:
- MyCareer: This mode allows the player to create and customize their own player and guide them through their NBA career. The player can choose their position, attributes, skills, appearance, equipment, team and more. The player can also interact with other players, coaches, fans and media through various scenarios and events. The player’s performance and decisions affect their popularity, reputation and progression in the league.
- MyTeam: This mode allows the player to create and manage their own team of NBA players. The player can acquire players through various methods, such as drafting, trading, buying packs or bidding on auctions. The player can also customize their team’s name, logo, jersey, arena and more. The player can compete with other teams online or offline in various tournaments and challenges.
- Association: This mode allows the player to take control of an NBA franchise as a general manager or a coach. The player can manage various aspects of their team, such as roster, contracts, trades, draft picks, scouting, injuries, finances and more. The player can also simulate or play through multiple seasons and try to win championships.
- Online: This mode allows the player to play online with or against other players around the world. The player can join or create matches with various settings and rules. The player can also join or create leagues with other players and compete for rankings and prizes.
- Blacktop: This mode allows the player to play street basketball with various rules and settings. The player can choose from various courts, players, teams and game modes. The player can also customize their own court and rules.
- NBA’s Greatest: This mode allows the player to relive some of the most memorable moments and matches in NBA history.
- and teams from different eras and play with authentic presentation and gameplay. The player can also unlock these legends and teams for use in other modes.
- Training Camp: This mode allows the player to learn and practice the basic and advanced controls and mechanics of the game. The player can choose from various drills and tutorials that cover various aspects of the game, such as shooting, passing, dribbling, defending, post moves and more.
NBA 2k13 also features various improvements and innovations that enhance the gameplay experience. Some of them are:
- Control Stick: This feature allows the player to use the right analog stick to perform various moves and actions, such as shooting, dribbling, passing, post moves and more. The player can also use the left trigger or bumper to modify the control stick functions for more options and precision.
- Signature Skills: This feature allows the player to assign up to five unique skills to their player or team that reflect their play style and abilities. These skills can give various advantages and effects to the player or team, such as boosting their attributes, enhancing their performance, affecting their opponents and more. There are over 30 signature skills to choose from, such as Ankle Breaker, Posterizer, Lockdown Defender, Microwave and more.
- Dynamic Shot Generator: This feature allows the player to create their own shots and animations based on their position, movement, defense and timing. The player can also use various moves and fakes to create space and opportunities for their shots. The feature also affects the shot feedback and success rate based on various factors, such as shot quality, difficulty, defense and more.
- Kinect Support: This feature allows the player to use the Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360 to control various aspects of the game with their voice and gestures. The player can use voice commands to call plays, make substitutions, change strategies and more. The player can also use gestures to perform various actions, such as shooting, passing, stealing and more.