The Bleacher Report video team was thrilled to be invited to the 2K studios in Novato, California for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the highly-anticipated game, NBA 2K13.
Right away, the 2K team turned on a demo of the game, and within five seconds, let's just say "jaw-dropping" would be an understatement.
The blend of vivid graphics with the clear-cut sounds of players and roaring fans makes for an electrifying game experience.
From my conversations with 2K producers and engineers, I learned that the emphasis this time around was to enhance the connection between users and NBA players. The most distinct area of detail is evident in the game's freshly polished facial rendering.
Users will immediately get a sense of player's palpable emotions on the court, ranging from Russell Westbrook soaring through the air for a huge dunk to Chris Bosh hounding referees about a foul call after the play.
The expressiveness the engineers were able to capture in players' faces adds a new dynamic to this already exhilarating game.
There's also an emphasis on allowing users to connect with the lives NBA players lead off the court as celebrities and brand advocates. NBA 2K13's MyCareer Mode introduces users to the various opportunities real NBA players deal with on a daily basis, ranging from challenging questions in a postgame press conference to how forging a certain path with a sponsor—Nike or Air Jordan for instance—affects their image in the media.
Personally, I grew up playing the ancient, but awesome, Nintendo 64 game Hangtime, honing my skills with the dynamic duo of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. But as much as I relish those N64 memories, NBA 2K13 blows any and every sports video game I've played out of the water.
This game is vibrant and alive from the get-go. As a user, you are given more of an opportunity than ever before to immerse yourself in everything the NBA has to offer.
It's a testament to the hard work and dedication of the 2K team, and Bleacher Report is truly appreciative for this inside look at the making of what will definitely be the hit game of the year!