Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 4:06 pm  |  27 responses

Preview: NBA 2K13, Part 2

A list of new details surface.

by Adam Figman / @afigman

Late last week, SLAM previewed NBA 2K13 for the second time. While our first glimpse last month gave us a look at specific gameplay details, this one provided a peak into the various game modes 2K13 contains, along with some other miscellaneous tidbits. Below are a list of said tidbits—in bullet-point form, because, c’mon, who doesn’t like bullet points?—of what we learned while checking out the widely anticipated video game.

• It’s been (very) reported that Jay-Z curated the game’s soundtrack—which is true—but that’s far from Hov’s only influence here. In the game, moving the left control stick determines where the player a user is controlling goes, while fiddling with the right control stick determines specific dribbling moves the player can make. (So: If the player is dribbling with his right hand, moving the right control stick to the left performs a crossover, or moving it to the right performs a stutter step to the right.) Jay didn’t exactly have a hand in the technical aspects of making this happen, but we were told he had the idea behind the philosophy of separating the motions of the hands and feet between two different buttons. Smart guy.

• More Jay-Z: The Brooklyn native assisted with getting the Dream Team into the game by recruiting guys who have held their names out of video games for years—Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen—and convincing them to get in. Seriously, imagine not wanting to do something, and then having freakin’ Jay-Z personally ring you up and be like, “Yo, come on, do it.” Good luck saying no to that.

• Speaking of the Dream Team, there’s a special anniversary court that is used whenever the Dream Team faces up against 2012′s Team USA. This will come as no surprise, but both the Dream Team and Team USA have 99 ratings for offense, defense and overall.

• The game’s intro is very clearly influenced by the Nets’ part-owner as well. It includes NBA highlights—in the 2K graphics, naturally—spliced between concert footage of Jay performing “PSA (Interlude),” and eventually leads into an introductory menu screen, which resembles a stage: also a Jay-Z idea, we were told.

• Basically anything you do in the game earns your created player (see the next bullet point) Virtual Currency, which you can use to “purchase” a ton of different items, from insanely customizable sneakers (see two bullet points down) to off-court clothing to accessories to on-court Signature Skills to plenty more. You earn that currency through advancing in the different game modes in basically any way, but you may also purchase that in-game currency with real-life scrilla, for those of you with some money to burn who want to get ahead in the NBA 2K world.

• Onto the game modes. Last year’s My Career mode has been split in two: My Player (which refers simply to the creation/customization of a created player) and My Career, in which a user guides said player through his career. Unlike in last year’s version, though, the My Player, err, player—can be selected No. 1 in the Draft. Association mode is very much still present, with most of the same great features as in 2K12. (We were also told the trades made by computer-controlled franchises will be a little more realistic this year, too.) And there’s a new mode called My Team, in which a user is given a deck of random digital trading cards that display the players on his/her roster, and then one can earn currency by playing with that team and trying to build the given roster into a better one. There’s a fantasy basketball element at play, too: The players’ real-life NBA stats are uploaded into the game, and their value changes as a result, so like in fantasy bball, a user may trade for guys he/she feels will soon break out (buy low) or trade away guys he/she thinks are finished (sell high). Make it through the Playoffs and win the Championship and earn a gift in the form of one Michael Jordan, which will make a user’s My Team squad damn near impossible to beat.

• Back to customizing in My Player mode for a second. There’s a new feature called the Shoe Creator, which is exactly what it sounds like. A user can literally customize every single millimeter of a sneaker, from the laces to the sole to the color scheme to the, just, everything. Tons of sneaker brands are in there and usable, too, including Jordan Brand, Nike, adidas, Under Armour, Spalding, Reebok and Converse.

• There’s no longer any kind of specific mode for the legends teams, but each of those old-school squads in 2k12 is still playable, including one new one: The Allen Iverson-led ’00-01 Philadelphia 76ers. There’s also a celebrity team, starring Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, Wale, JB Smoove, Jersey Shore‘s Vinny and Pauly D, Bow Wow, Sean Kingston, Mac Miller and Brian Baumgartner (Kevin from The Office).

NBA 2K13 drops October 2 in the United States, October 5 worldwide.

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    ILLMATIC BRAVO: Xbox live user name

    Add me and get smoked……….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ima find a way to do mycareer with Brian Baumgartner.

  • justin05

    you lucky i got a ps3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I second that

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Sounds like they just stole the dribble controls that NBA Live first created since Live is no longer around to call foul. Lol. I’m not complaining because I always preferred Live’s dribbling gameplay, but I am stating the obvious.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    basically. but they kept the shot stick. — Live is still around btw, they are digitally releasing Live 13 for $19.99 — it’s also called a dumpster fire.

  • danpowers

    come to pc and i show you some…

  • Caboose

    You have no idea how long I spent trying to get drafted #1 in 2k12…I might’ve once dropped 50 in the Rookie Showcase.

  • Mike Jones

    I am with you Allen P, bring back the dribble stick is just moving the 2k game franchise backwards, instead of creating new and innovate methods of controlling a players dribbling moves, it is quite upsetting to think that Jayz has been brought into the production of this game, is he a expert in game development ? no he is just a name that owns a team. His inputs to the game mean nothing, awesome put some jay-z tracks in the song list, that’s sick. this is the third time i have tried to post negativity about jay-z but slams new posting methods have prevented me from stating my opinion. Dont get me wrong i am extremely excited about the game, but just all this jay-z hype is killing me. why do i care if he is on board, i dont and i would like to think this is just not my opinion. jay-z jay-z jay-z blah blah blah

  • http://www.facebook.com/kwenton.walker Kwenton Walker

    Thr guy that created the freestyle controls “mike wang” is back over at 2k

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man I went for 40-11-13-11(stls) in the showcase game (I downloaded a share roster that defaulted my myplayer to a 76 overall idk how). And still got drafted 6th

  • PippenAintEasy

    I’ll destroy Bieber in 2K13. Gonna be a fun game.

  • MFG

    They even poked fun of that fact in the article. So lighten up, nobody makes you click the links.
    “It’s been (very) reported that Jay-Z …”

  • http://twitter.com/KingofKushSmoke PimpMaster of yo Hoe

    They should have Hov and Wiz on the celebrity team.

  • Boing Dynasty

    *IF* Jay-Z really did swap out the shotstick and replace it with dribble moves, like NBALive from a few years back – im going to have some issues im going to need to work out. In my head.

  • Fat Lever

    It’d be awesome if you could import all the time spent into getting your MyPlayer ratings up in 2k12 into 2k13. Unless I missed that part?

  • Nicolas Fleming

    Patrick is wearing the same style of shoe as Kevin Love…does that mean Marty McFly is unlockable?

  • slim74

    u dont have to use the dribble stick u can switch back to default

  • iceman

    y’all need to chill out about the dribble controls like Kweton said they brought over the man Mike Wang who invented those controls for live so its only natural that they would be brought over and if you dont want to use the new controls they also gave u the option to go back to the default controls so u can play it either way and unlike live 2k has thrown it down hard which is the main reason why live is fading to black will see if they bring back crew bc if they do its truly a wrap,p

  • AA

    stole? even if that were tru, who g.a.f. ? Consumer wins when features are inspired from competition.

  • Brion

    I always hated playing online against dudes who hold one player back cherrypicking the whole time….its imposssible to stop. does anyone know what im talking about?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.calvert.188 Chris Calvert

    Where is Kevin Hart? The best celeb B-Ball player since Questlove.

  • http://www.facebook.com/morris.onique Morris Jevaughn Onique

    i hate jay z.. but without him we wouldnt have the full “dream team” the entire clothing aspect of my player had his touch.. yes this whole jay z thing is overhyped.. but he made the game a lil bit better.. its not like he messed up the game.. we have a dope ass soundtrack..a deeper my player.. and a full “dream team” and u complaing about it being overhyped.. be greatfull.. every year 2k tries to do something extra.. just appreciate it

  • http://www.facebook.com/morris.onique Morris Jevaughn Onique

    mike wang was the guy who worked with live that made those controls.. he works with 2k now.. so its only natural that he would mix 2ks shot stick with his drible stick.. no one stole anything.. they just mixed to ideas together

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  • http://www.facebook.com/IcliqXquisitgdr Romie Rome

    Great game. I was a live fan so I love the new controls. I loved live but 2k did they thing. With 13. Celebrity should have been fans instead of players and myplayer should transfer.overall I give it a 9.5. Gotta thank live for paving the way.

  • Jeither

    plss help me how to be online in NBA2K13 the online association plss help :(