Conclusion: I have plugged hours and hours of my life into "MLB 12 The Show" and was thoroughly convinced that it would be the sports game from 2012 that sucked up the most of my free time. After playing "NBA 2K13" for just an hour, I wasn't so sure any more. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy .
Excerpt: Do you ever glance at your old consoles and reminisce about the countless hours spent playing EA Sports NBA Live? Yeah, neither do I. 2K Sports has had a lock on the console basketball simulation market for some time now, and after last year's stellar performance in NBA 2K12 fans can only wonder how 2K13 can outdo its predecessor.
Summary: I knew I made it when, after one of the biggest matches of the season, I got no negative Twitter messages from the fans, despite a performance that, by the standards of superstars like LeBron or Kobe Bryant, was rather mediocre. NBA 2K13 is a basketball simulation at its core, but the game, without competition this year once again, adds a lot of extra bells and whistles to the game, including a strong social media angle, in an effort to make the player care not only...
Conclusion: With the Live series from EA Sports still missing in action due to quality problems, NBA 2K13 is the only option for the basketball fan that wants to complement watching games with some virtual recreations of seasons. The developers and publisher 2K Games could have taken this as a sign that they can breathe a little and put less effort into the game, but there’s a clear improvement, both in terms of presentation and in terms of gameplay, over the previous title in the...
Conclusion: All in all NBA 2K13 is the complete package, delivering anything a fan of NBA hoops could ask for. No matter how you like to play your game, either as a fantasy coach, GM, or player, you are in control of your game on any facet. To tack on the fact the game looks, plays, and sounds so lifelike you could fool onlookers is just the added bonus.
Excerpt: Every time I play an NBA 2K game, I’m reminded of how much more predictable the entire sport is compared to competition such as baseball or football. Great teams stay great for a long time and there aren’t too many surprises when the playoffs roll around. Some call it a lack of excitement, but I see it as reliability. I know each season will bring plenty of thrilling moments, and that same logic applies to the NBA 2K series.
Pros: My Career mode is even more expansive, Top notch presentation, Same great game mechanics from past entries
Cons: Little in the way of meaningful changes, Needlessly complex menus
Conclusion: NBA 2K13 is the unrivaled (literally!) champion of NBA action despite some struggles with implementing a user friendly interface. Jump right in with you own player or run the court with any of the dozens of legends included.
Excerpt: I have to admit, after opening up the review copy of NBA 2K13 that was provided by 2K Sports, I had my first experience with this basketball franchise in several years...the last time I spent much time with NBA 2K was around the 2K9 season, long before the series really expanded and brought in all the Michael Jordan-based features.
Pros: Excellent game flow emulates the real thing, New right-stick controls make slick moves easy to pull off, Signature skills enhance player depth, TV-realistic graphics and animations, Lively, varied play-by-play
Cons: Confusing interface, Overblown Jay-Z production