NBA 2K has started to run away with the basketball simulation genre. After 2K12 was such a big hit, many were wondering how they could improve on the experience.
Well, first you get Jay-Z involved as an executive producer.
The rapper gone entrepreneur has brought a fresh new look to the franchise. Whether it's the addition of once unobtainable legends, or a soundtrack that features U2 and Kanye West—as well as a little Daft Punk—his presence is felt in the game.
As the 2K brand attempts to stay on top of the NBA video game race, here's some of the best new features they're bringing to the table.
Lots of people are polarized about preorder DLC. Either you love it or hate it. But sometimes a deal comes along that is just too cool.
If it was just the All-Star game, this DLC wouldn't really be worth it. But it's not just the game. The DLC is complete with Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and Rising Star Challenge.
Now I'm not sure if you can don a cape or blow out the candle on a cupcake, but nonetheless this is pretty sweet DLC.
Career Mode in sports games is one of those things that's really hard to improve. Lots of games either go over the top, or do nothing—making for a stale experience.
2K13 has taken an RPG approach with their career mode, and there seem to be some pretty awesome improvements.
For starters, there's a bunch of new business features. Your customized player can seek out endorsement deals or enter into tough contract negotiations. You can even be a part of NBA Cares events.
Off the court, you can customize your own wardrobe—such as buying different pregame/postgame suits—and utilize a new social media function. You even get to choose your own pregame rituals.
Topping it all off are the numerous ways you can improve, or hurt, your image. Looking to make a statement? Have a meeting with the GM about firing your coach. Want a chemistry boost? Take your teammates out for dinner.
Yes, shoe creator systems is nothing new. But what if you can actually get your shoe?
In NBA 2K13 you can.
After putting together your custom sneakers, you can then link your design with NikeID. Here other people can vote on your designs, or you can have them actually made and shipped to your house.
Plenty of Legends
The 2K brand really took off when they got Michael Jordan on board. They revolutionized their legend system, and now they're at it again.
Say you want to put Kobe's words to the test and see if the 2012 Olympic team could be the 1992 team. Now you can do that in 2K13.
Keep in mind these legends aren't just available on the Olympic teams. Many will be available on their NBA teams—so you can still play with Scottie Pippen on the Bulls.
Other awesome legend additions include Shaq, Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson.
The one big gameplay addition to the game is the new control system.
Using the left trigger goes into the standard shot stick settings. But now the right stick opens up a myriad of dribble controls. Think of it as NBA 2K13's own "freestyle" system.
This opens up plenty of ways to get around defenders. Even bounce passes have made it into the fold.
While the game has yet to launch—release date October 2—you get the feeling that this is already going to be a fun game.
Most exciting is that career mode. Sports games are beginning to delve deeper and deeper into the control a player has over their customized star. 2K13 feels like it's making a lot of strides, without muddling the gaming experience.
No doubt, 2K13 will remain ahead of the competition with this one.