NBA 2K13: Improvements We'd Like to See in This Year's Game
Just like every year, NBA 2k12 was a game nearly impossible to stop playing. But also just like every year, it could stand to improve certain aspects.
I'm sure the hardcore gamers would admit that. I'm sure the biggest defenders of 2k12 would admit it. I bet even the developers would recognize that fixes are needed.
Otherwise, the game wouldn't continue to improve every year like it has in the past.
Let's take a look at this year's wish list.
Fix My Player
My Player mode is easily one of the coolest in any sports game, but much like 2k11, it came up short yet again. The fact that it's so close to being absolutely addictive is what makes it so frustrating.
The biggest gripes I have with the mode would induce small, but very noticeable changes.
First off, your player should either start with a higher rating or be able to improve at a faster rate. I realize a 6'0", 180-pound 24-year-old out of Seattle shouldn't be making the easy leap to the NBA, but the amount of time needed to make your player a superstar is little over the top.
Second, your teammates need to act more like video game players and not real life players. They sometimes run the offense, but they also sometimes stand around for 20 seconds before giving it to you to jack it up as the shot clock winds down.
You might be able to put up some stats if you are playing 12-minute quarters, but most people aren't going to want to play games that are so long. Realistically, you won't be putting up great numbers with such uncooperative teammates.
More Realistic Trading
When I'm doing a franchise, I absolutely love the fact that the CPU offers me trades, and I love it even more that they offer me lots of trades.
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But more often than not, those trades aren't really fair. As it turns out, I don't want to trade a first-round pick for a second-round pick.
Maybe this is just me, but what was supposedly improved defensive play in 2k12 was incredibly hard to execute.
If I tried to get in a defensive stance, I couldn't move horizontally quick enough to stay with my man. If I stood straight up and used turbo, I would get all turned around while trying to move and lose my man.
Either way, if I tried to play defense on the ball, it never worked out that well. I don't consider myself to be a superstar gamer, but I could at least play realistic defense in 2k11.
I want that back.
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