About the Product
- Wii U Launch Title - As a launch title to Nintendo's new Wii Uconsole, NBA 2K13 will be the first choice for basketball fans on the new console.
- Gatorade Biometric Scan - Think you have a feel for how your player is performing? Think again. The Gatorade Biometrics display provides an up-to-the-second look at your player's mood and fatigue level in the game. A persistent heartbeat and dynamic hot/cold zones will keep you in tune with your player's psyche as the game progresses.
- A JAY Z Production - NBA 2K13 is produced by multi-platinum recording artist and hip-hop mogul JAY Z.
- USA Basketball - Finally answer the question - Who would win a head-to-head duel between the 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 squad?
- My CAREER Mode - Build your MyPLAYER by giving him signature skills, and acquire your very own custom animations using Virtual Currency (VC). Includes all-new GM sit-down feature, new endorsement paths, improved in-game AI, and all-new swag including casual clothing, equipment, custom shoes and much more
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The Wii U's tablet controller has two central functions. It can be used to display coaching options in standard games or MyPlayer statistics during MyCareer games. In the standard games the screen displays three columns dependent on whether the user is on offense or defense at the time: Defense or Offense Strategy, Substitutions, and Defensive Sets or Quick Plays. The coaching options can also be folded away so as to play 2K13 completely on the tablet without even needing to watch it all play out on the TV.
The functions work well and in a way that doesn't distract too much from the action taking place on screen. It's not so much a time-saver, as it's simply moving things from the D-PAD to the touch screen, but a nice convenience. The same goes for during MyCareer games as the screen displays expanded stats, teammate grade, and shot chart for the MyPlayer being controlled. The Gatorade Biometric Scan displays player's fatigue levels and streakiness when the tablet is tilted up. It's a clever feature but ultimately not all that useful during the course of a game.
Naturally it will take some time to get accommodated to the controls. The different mapping of buttons can be confusing for those used to playing on other systems. What is most difficult to get the hang of is having the right stick above and to the right of the buttons instead of below and to the left. It doesn't feel nearly as comfortable to use the stick for dribble moves with the buttons beneath.Read more ›
Now let us take a closer look at NBA 2K13. Accurate game mechanics, check, realistic ball movement physics, check, a rule system that does not favor incessant hitting of the steal button or blatant blocking of layup lanes to stop fast breaks. Those are clear signs of a franchise's maturity, and the natural next-step for the virtual-Basketball genre.
Now, what about the almost godlike accuracy of your AI opponents, that leads to highly unlikely shot percentages...or the almost unstoppable momentum-based fast break comebacks that will wreck all big leads (I'm looking at you, Milwaukee) into empty vestiges of earlier quarters?
Thankfully, there are the online modes, where you get to play against human opponents, and the human efforts to score will be hard earned and deserving, but one can't help but lament about what a pity it is to have such subtle imbalances ruin an otherwise beautiful show of athleticism on the virtual court.
Granted, it has improved a lot on the realism front since last year. The gameplay actually emphasizes a tactical approach to the game this time, and open jumpers actually stand for something. The presence of a shooting opponent's vicinity actually affects shot accuracy as much as jumping up to block.Read more ›
With that out of the way one issue that is a MAJOR problem for me is you pretty much CANNOT UTILIZE THE MY PLAYER/MY CAREER MODES the way the designers intended. I cannot overemphasize how disappointing and frustrating this is. You can get it all set up, play in the rookie showcase, predraft interviews, draft and then blam.... The game will display "saving to the 2k server..." and you're done. After an hour or more you've pretty much lost everything and cannot continue. If you haven't seen the game - all you need to know is this takes away about 75% of the fun.
The menus in this game are horrible and buttons you're used to using one way for just about every other title are backwards. Gameplay is fun. I like the physics of the game. The commentary is awesome and has a good flow with the game. If you take a terrible shot - they let you know about it. This game has loads of potential.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a must have for my son's 8th Bday and he LOVES IT! Very disappointed that the series stopped at 2K13 for the WiiU. I had to go to PlayStation. What a Shame!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by New Orleans Fashionista
I wish I would have known the online service was already canned before I spent 60 bucks on this.
That said, there are plenty of things to do without being able to play it... Read more
nice game and experience for WiiU players, worth the dollarPublished 3 months ago by Anthony Thomas
Only 1 player can play on Wii u system. Not easy to figure out how to play. 10 yr old was frustrated with it.Published 8 months ago by Laura M.