NBA 2K13

With more than 5 million copies sold worldwide and more than 25 Sports Game of the Year awards won, NBA 2K12 was another monster release for the biggest NBA video game simulation franchise in the world. This year, 2K Sports has joined forces with the legendary JAY Z as Executive Producer to transcend sports video games and take virtual hardwood to the next level. Featuring an enhanced MyCareer mode and all-new gameplay features, NBA 2K13 will let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent. A Jay-Z Production NBA 2K13 is produced by multi-platinum recording artist and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who presided over both the soundtrack and in-game elements such as menus, art and gameplay cameras.

NBA 2K13 is a simulation basketball video game set in the National Basketball Association. The fourteenth release in the franchise history, it has been the most popular NBA video game in recent years, and is the first to feature multiple players on the cover – Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. Additional features include: current and past NBA superstars, optional Kinect sensor support, new mapping of player/character moves to the right analog controller stick positions, dynamic shot generation, signature skills, a revamped passing system, and more.

Prepare to throw down as you take the battle of the hardwoods to the next level.
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Take the Battle of the Hardwoods to the Next Level

NBA 2K13 represents all things basketball and takes the virtual battle of the hardwoods to the next level. Featuring an enhanced My Player mode and all-new gameplay features, NBA 2K13 lets gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent.

Key Game Features

  • The Control Stick – For the first time ever, all dribble moves have been mapped to the right analog stick, as well as shooting, passing, and post moves. String together devastating crossovers and clutch shots for maximum control and effectiveness.
  • Dynamic Shot Generator – Shots are now dynamically created on the fly, with all-new collision physics created in real-time.
  • Signature Skills – Each player has unique abilities that can alter the course of a game. Players are modeled to impact the game in their own unique way, from Derrick Rose as a “Floor General” to Kevin Durant being “The Closer.” Learn to use each player’s unique ability and change the game on your terms.
  • Revamped Passing System – Improved fast break passing gives players more control. Fire a bounce pass to a cutting teammate or go “Lob City” in transition.
  • Better With Kinect – Optional support for the Microsoft Kinect sensor extends the action on the court.

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Historic downloadable content.
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A revamped passing system.
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Moves matched to the right stick.
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$ 49.99


  1. 55 of 66 people found the following review helpful

    Like the game but 2K sold out with the VC add ins, October 4, 2012
    K. Thomas (Tacoma,Wa.) –

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    I like the direction the game is taking, the presentation, features, commentary, etc.. all great. But 2K sold out trying to be like madden, Having to purchase an armband or headband for 1000 vc points and still trying to build up your my player is plain stupid. I’m sick of games taking out content that is SUPPOSED!! to be part of the game and making us pay for it like its extra. Like i said the gameplay is great once you get used to the controls, but nickle and diming us with this VC crap is nonsense that should have never happened.

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  2. A. Griffith says
    25 of 30 people found the following review helpful

    Finally they made the game better!, October 6, 2012
    A. Griffith (Central Illinois) –

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    This game is much better than the last 2 years’ offerings.

    1. You can now drive to the hoop and do some dynamic shots. This is all some players can do in the NBA. Not being able to do it in the game in the past took away from the true sim feel. If you are a true sim fan then you should appreciate the game more now. That being said it does seem a little over powered.

    2. Players seem a tad smarter then in the past. This should be the case every year though.

    3. Dream Team! All 12 of them are in the game and on the team. That includes Scottie Pippen who wasn’t going to be included during the announcement of this feature. The 2012 Team USA is also on the game. Neat bonus to have both but almost pointless as there is not game mode for them. Other Olympic teams would have been nice or at least the 96 and 2000 USA teams. Don’t really care about the 2004 bronze team.

    4. Menus are nicer. Soundtrack is nice.

    5 Jay-Z… Not really sure why he’s in the menus or what he actually contributed to the game. If you’re into that you probably like it.

    6. Graphics are better but not.. It’s weird sometimes the graphics look amazing and other times they look really bad. Overall I think it’s better but some people look like they were hand drawn and others look photo realistic.

    7. There are some bugs that need squashed and I’m sure in time they will be. The score overlay during the game does disappear. It has happened to me once in about 6 hours of game play.

    8. I can’t speak for Online gaming or MyPlayer mode. I’ll give MyPlayer mode a try in the next month or so.

    9. VC. Not Vince Carter but some weird Virtual Currency in the game. You earn it for doing different things that let you spend it on MyPlayer. If this can help my make MyPlayer better I’m all for it. But I don’t like the idea of having to play the game for 4 hours just to earn enough VC to unlock a wristband.

    10. I’m terrible a reviews so I just made a list of what I though.

    The game is just fun now. Last year it just wasn’t that fun. This year it’s really fun and it doesn’t feel like an arcade game. Buy it.


    11. Started playing MyPlayer. It’s much better than last year. Your player is much better from day one. The game is a little more forgiving when you make a mistake as well.

    12. The VC is crazy. You can earn it for just about anything but it doesn’t always award you after the mode is over. Play 1 v. 1 and win 150VC for playing 10VC for winning. Do a rematch or another game and earn ZERO. Play again earn 10VC for winning. Play again nothing. Play again 150VC. The only thing I can think of it has time limits on how much you can earn in a specific amount of time.

    13. Design your own shoes…sorta. Now you can take one of the in game shoes and change the color and texture and save it so that it can be used and swapped out as you go. It’s a nice addition to the game.

    14. Call out plays via the Kinect. I find this feature more of a demo feature or wow factor. In actual game play it kind of works but it’s too slow to in reaction to really be useful.

    15. All-Star Weekend, if you pre-ordered or went with the Dynasty Edition then you have this mode. If you’re thinking about purchasing it, I’d think twice. See if you can find someone that has it and try it out. I would not have paid for it. I received it because I pre-ordered. I’d prefer people didn’t purchase it to show 2K that kind of business tactic is extremely greedy.

    16. Roster Updates. Roster updates are up and going now. Previously I thought they were manual downloads but they are automatic. And better than before. Now it gives you some brief details of what was changed and adds new players with their real likeness if needed. Ex. Rasheed Wallace. Also it downloads court updates. So each team plays on their updated court. Nice feature I never thought of.

    17. I went to play a game and wasn’t connected to Xbox Live and it would not let me earn VC or do things that require VC such as play as D-Rose in Blacktop mode (which I mention next.) Once I signed in to Live it was all available. So if you lose your Live connection some features could be limited. I’m curious what would happen if I didn’t have Live at all.

    18. Blacktop mode. I’ve never been a huge fan of this mode but this year they made the dumbest change I’ve ever seen in a game. You have to pay VC that you earn to use the best players in the League. Almost every team has 1 to 4 players you have to pay VC to be able to use. That’s crazy.

    I’ll add more if I can think of anything.


    Updated #16 above.

    19. There is a bug that made my MyPlayer season end at the all star break. How a bug this big makes it into the final…

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  3. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful

    NBA 2K13: Another incremental step towards greatness, October 29, 2012
    pianoBrad (Nashville) –
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    I was a big fan of last years NBA 2k12 release. As fun an revolutionary as 2K11 was, I felt like I was getting a more grounded and realistic game of basketball from last year’s release. Having said that, things were still far from perfect. Namely, the control scheme was overly complex and defense was a chore and oftentimes impossible. I would find myself getting sucked into animations left and right, and there seemed to be no way to fight back.

    Enter NBA 2K13, with a revamped core control scheme, and the difference is nearly night and day, in terms of gameplay. Moving the dribble maneuvers to use the right stick instantly improved my ability to take control of my character. Tutorials are still tucked and hidden away inside of a convoluted menu interface, but this is finally a control scheme that allows you to master it simply through use. With a new collisions system, on-ball defense has become much more honest and manageable. So much so, in fact, that I actually look forward to that side of the floor. This year, it’s just as fun making a solid defensive effort (locking down a shot, boxing out for a rebound, swatting a shot from behind) as it is scoring points.

    Jay-Z’s contributions are superficial, at best, so if you’re buying this on name recognition alone, you’ll likely be disappointed. However, I recommend picking this game up, even if you own last year’s release, as it contains substantial improvements in a place that counts beyond anything else: the gameplay.

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