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NBA 2K13

released on October 02, 2012

Platforms: PS3iOSPCWii U360
Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
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NBA 2K13 reviews

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  • 100

    Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)

    (platform: PS3)
    The all-new Control Stick system highlights this year's gameplay improvements, allowing more precise ball handling through the Right-analog stick. [Dec 2012, p.82]
  • 96

    Game Over Online

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 is a love letter to basketball fans everywhere. 2K Sports continues to impress, resist the urge to rest on its laurels, and produce a fantastic product that innovates in unforeseen ways.
  • 96

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 manages to build on the already stratospheric levels reached last year, confirming it as one of the best, if not the very best, sports game around. Unmissable.
  • 95

    ImpulseGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    Without a doubt, one of the best sports games of the year.
  • 95

    Playstation Universe

    (platform: PS3)
    This game is massive. It will easily keep even the most hardened player busy until next season. Suffice to say, this is the new bar that any future basketball title is going to be gauged against.
  • 95

    GameOver.gr

    (platform: 360)
    It seems that 2K Sports didn't rest at all and made even more improvements upon the series and especially in the MyCareer Mode. NBA 2K13 is the only basketball title available right now and it conquers the digital basketball courts with no competitor under the basket.
  • 95

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: 360)
    Another year another win. Visual Concept revitalized some aspects of gameplay, and realized another must buy. The Real NBA simulation.
  • 95

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: 360)
    The NBA 2K series continues to lead the basketball games with this NBA 2K13. Thanks to improved controls, the support for Kinect and a better MyCareer mode, NBA 2K13 is the must-have for basket fans.
  • 94

    Vandal Online

    (platform: 360)
    Once again, the best basketball simulator, beating its only rival –itself. Better animations and some new additions to the gameplay move the game one step forward, even though it isn't any revolution for the series. For the Spanish-speaking players: for the first time NBA 2K offers Spanish commentators, so good news for you!
  • 94

    3DJuegos

    (platform: 360)
    A superb new entry on the NBA 2K saga with tons of options, perfect control and few but fun innovations.
  • 93

    PSM3 Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    A noticeable step-up in class from 2K12, especially on court and in the My Career mode. Only poor navigation spoils an otherwise incredible sport sim. [Dec 2012, p.100]
  • 93

    InsideGamer.nl

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 has improved gameplay and more variations thanks to the trick stick. The amazing commentary and the atmosphere in the stadiums adds even more realism to the sport.
  • 93

    Meristation

    (platform: 360)
    The best of the new aspects of NBA 2k13 are the comments in Spanish (by the expert Antonio Daimiel). These are perfect and very dynamic. The weak elements of the previous version have been improved too. In total, NBA 2K13 is the best basketball simulator ever.
  • 92

    PC Master (Greece)

    (platform: PC)
    Thanks to the online features that work flawlessly, the magnificent commentaries and perfect gameplay, as well as the variety of historic rosters and Olympic teams, NBA 2K13 is undoubtedly a classic hit in the sports games genre. [February 2013]
  • 92

    Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux

    (platform: PS3)
    This year it isn't just about your basketball skills, it's also about how popular you can become. A Twitter feed will let you know what fans are saying about your last game and you can capture some hearts by showing up at charity events. [November 2012, p.74]
  • 92

    GamingXP

    (platform: PS3)
    NBA 2K13 again delivers by far the best presentation of all sports games. The realistic animations let you think one could really see a live NBA game. The commentators and the great audience are also a big part of the game's atmosphere. The change from the shot-stick to a dribble- and shot-stick is amazing and gives the player the chance to play like a real NBA pro. 2K Games and Visual Concepts again deliver the sports game of the year.
  • 91

    PC Gamer

    (platform: PC)
    Gorgeous, immersive and packed with game modes, NBA 2K13 is one poorly designed keyboard setup away from b-ball glory.
  • 91

    IGN

    (platform: PS3)
    Even when left with a clear, unobstructed path to the basket, 2K13 throws down a monster jam with this year's edition – probably the last one developed solely for this generation of consoles.
  • 91

    GameStar

    (platform: PC)
    Quotation forthcoming.
  • 91

    Console Monster

    (platform: 360)
    Despite all its crazy new features, what you know and love about the NBA2K series is all here and it plays better than ever. If you are a veteran fan, an NBA lover or just want a great sports game experience to play with friends or alone, look no further than 2K13. Sure the menus aren't great and there could be a more competent tutorial, but these are very minor points in other wise amazing experience. Make no mistake 2K are still very much king of the court.
  • 91

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    While the shift towards having more control on offense has left the defensive game a bit out of step, NBA 2K13 is still highly entertaining overall, offering enough changes to keep players interested in starting another career, season, player, or franchise.
  • 90

    Hyper Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    There's no need for another basketball game series if the NBA 2K franchise keeps releasing games like this. [Jan 2013, p.74]
  • 90

    Playstation Official Magazine Australia

    (platform: PS3)
    Controls have been upgraded to include a more intuitive feel, with the right stick now used for ball control as well as shooting. The old button controls are still applicable, it just depends if you want to keep up with the times, as well as how much flare you want to add to your floor game. [December 2012, p80]
  • 90

    Eurogamer Sweden

    (platform: PS3)
    Aside from the confusing user interface and the quite ridiculous Jay-Z branding, there are no failures in NBA 2K13. Sure it's not very welcoming to new players and takes a while to get in to, but there is no doubt that EA hesitates to bring out a basketball game of their own when this simply beautiful, realistic and deep simulation of basketball is the competition.
  • 90

    TotalPlayStation

    (platform: PS3)
    NBA 2K13 is the unrivaled (literally!) champion of NBA action despite some struggles with implementing a user friendly interface. Jump right in with you own player or run the court with any of the dozens of legends included.
  • 90

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: PS3)
    True to the series, NBA 2K13 is even better, in terms of production value, content, gameplay, all the while managing to gain in accessibility. It also boasts a new career mode and the Ultimate Team mode. It's probably the best sport simulation ever.
  • 90

    CD-Action

    (platform: PS3)
    Despite introduction of micro-transactions and the lack of a proper tutorial NBA 2K13 is a must-have for every basketball fan. [12/2012, p.66]
  • 90

    PSX-Sense.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    NBA 2K13 proves that soccer games are not the only ones nearing perfection. This game offers a great virtual basketball experience, with smooth controls, a strong graphical presentation and an enormous amount of content.
  • 90

    Eurogamer Germany

    (platform: PS3)
    Even though authenticity-wise Visual Concepts seems to have maxed out this console generation a couple of games ago and big new additions are scarce, NBA 2K13 sits firmly amongst my favorite games this year. I'm excited to see the makers shed the shackles of the old consoles and lead the way into the new generation next season.
  • 90

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    You couldn't get closer to the real game if you had Spike Lee's seats at MSG. The labyrinthine interface, lack of tutorials, and obnoxious Jay-Z production form a barrier when first warming up to the game, but the enhanced right-stick controls, depth, and sheer realism of everything will hook you after logging a couple of hours on the hardwood.
  • 90

    JeuxActu

    (platform: PS3)
    As the years go on, NBA 2K remains the best basket-ball game in the video game industry. With its partnership with Jay-Z as an executive producer, NBA 2K13 is able to offer a lot of new gameplay features and new intuitive game controls that make us think we are facing a different game, compared to previous episodes.
  • 90

    Gamereactor Denmark

    (platform: PS3)
    A terrific recreation of the sport, where everything comes together brilliantly. The new controls are sharp, and you'll find yourself wanting to play just one more game in order to master a certain drible or improve your personal score record.
  • 90

    PlayStation LifeStyle

    (platform: PS3)
    With no real competition in the NBA video game arena, 2K Sports could have phoned this one in and still dribbled away with a boat load of cash. Instead, they took a well designed NBA 2K12 and polished it up, threw in a few more needed additions, added some bells and whistles, and finished what could possibly be the Sports Game of the Year.
  • 90

    Gaming Nexus

    (platform: 360)
    Point blank: NBA 2K13 is the most impressive sport-based video game I have ever seen. Endless customization options, gameplay modes, and a presentation style so realistic you will swear you are watching the NBA on TNT... this is as close as most of us will ever get to the NBA.
  • 90

    GRYOnline.pl

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 shoots and stores - lots of interesting improvements in the gameplay make the new basketball from Visual Concepts into something almost perfect. New game mode and exciting multiplayer matches guarantee additional hundreds hours of gameplay and the improved physics engine works quite well. It's a pity, that there isn't much history of basketball in this game - previous installments were more generous in this area. All in all, competitors aren't needed in this genre - NBA 2K13 is a terrific game.
  • 90

    Game Revolution

    (platform: 360)
    There is no doubt that NBA 2K13 is one for the ages. Without any other true competitors to stand in its way, the sky is the limit. If you haven't already picked up a copy, you are sorely missing out. I can't ever truly say if a game is worth $60, but with this one, it might be worth even more.
  • 90

    Machinima

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 improves upon its already solid foundation of basketball gameplay and presentation, and turns it up a notch. Improvements and additions to MyCareer mode as well as the addition of MyTeam mode will provide for great depth this season.
  • 90

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 is once again the game any basketball lover should own. The gameplay is very refined, it's filled to the brim with authenticity and there are enough modes to keep you playing for a year. The presentation has also been raised to new heights, with the help of Jar-Z, and manages to suck you into the game even if basketball isn't quite your thing. NBA 2K13 is an example for every other sports game and every sports enthusiast should give this game a chance.
  • 90

    BigPond GameArena

    (platform: 360)
    It's a fantastic looking game - but more importantly, it's a fantastic feeling game.
  • 90

    Gameplanet

    (platform: 360)
    In spite of a lack of competition, Visual Concepts hasn't eased off the brakes. Every year the developer continues to deliver. NBA 2K13 isn't just the best basketball game of the year, it's the best sports game of the year.
  • 90

    Planet Xbox 360

    (platform: 360)
    It's ridiculous how Visual Concepts makes a monumental series and continues to improve upon it, even if it's in small and subtle ways. NBA 2K13 shows nothing but forward progress, and continues to be one of the best sports series on the planet.
  • 90

    G4 TV

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13-building on the successful and delightful NBA 2K12-remains a fantastic basketball simulator. With a robust My Player mode, already-great online multiplayer and gameplay that just won't quit, it's clear why 2K is the only name in the basketball video game market.
  • 90

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    Other than improved controls, stylish presentation, and a better MyCareer mode, NBA 2K13 doesn't provide a significant leap forward. But then again, this series wasn't really lacking much in the first place.
  • 90

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: 360)
    This year NBA 2K13 is one of the best sports simulations, and the greatest basketball game to date.
  • 90

    SpazioGames

    (platform: 360)
    Without contenders, NBA 2K13 holds on it's crown. This is the best basketball game so far.
  • 89

    4Players.de

    (platform: PS3)
    Once you get used to the new controls it is hard to get away from this excellent, incredibly intensive basketball experience.
  • 89

    Pelit (Finland)

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 is not only excellent basket ball game, it is one the best sports games of the year. [Nov 2012]
  • 89

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 scores big once again, although it fails to offer little in the way of sweeping changes or innovations. It's still the undisputed daddy of basketball games, but we'd have liked to have seen more ideas being brought to the hardwood.
  • 88

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: PS3)
    NBA 2K13 is another high quality entry into a franchise that continues to find ways to improve and get fans excited from year to year.
  • 88

    Game Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    Niggling complaints aside, NBA 2K13 puts in another solid performance with its unrivaled broadcast-style presentation, improved online experience, and the best single-player mode in sports. None of its new features revolutionize sports simulations, and cutting out the historical mode was a poor decision, but it's still a polished experience NBA fans should enjoy.
  • 88

    Play UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Physical, fast and brutal. [Issue#224, p.82]
  • 88

    NZGamer

    (platform: 360)
    While there are still some issues on the bench and in the locker room, on court, where it counts, NBA 2K13 still dominates.
  • 87

    XGN

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 really proves to be the king of sport franchises. The music, the atmosphere, the total package this basketball palooza breathes NBA and America. All there is left to say is that 2K13 basically is a slam dunk on all fronts.
  • 86

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PS3)
    The voice acting by the announcers is spot on. The animations on the court are smooth and realistic. The online play has perfect netcode and it never takes too long to find a match. It's a hands-down improvement over NBA 2k12 in every way.
  • 86

    AusGamers

    (platform: 360)
    The game looks great and plays extremely intuitively, whether you stay with the buttons or go to the new right stick mechanics.
  • 84

    Games Master UK

    (platform: 360)
    A decent if slightly light upgrade to this thoroughly enjoyable B-Ball sim. [Christmas 2012, p.94]
  • 82

    Worth Playing

    (platform: 360)
    This is still a great game, and sports fans will love this, but for those still clinging to NBA 2K11 or 2K12, you'll want to take the plunge if you really need that roster update or desperately want to play as the Dream Team.
  • 81

    Riot Pixels

    (platform: PC)
    NBA 2K13 is very smart game that offers so many tactical possibilities.
  • 80

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: 360)
    This is a welcome new standard for sports videogames as a whole and with any luck, will generate interest in getting the audio right. There are only so many places left to make it new and NBA 2K13 has crossed another off the list.
  • 80

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    It makes you feel more of a baller than wearing shades indoors. [Dec 2012, p.110]
  • 80

    TheSixthAxis

    (platform: PS3)
    NBA 2K13 is a brilliantly fun basketball game and one for all basketball fans to pick up. Casual sports game fans should also pick this up as it's good to play against others. Sure there are a few things 2K can improve, like the menu interface and the inclusion of a tutorial, but once you get a hang of it NBA 2K13 is a great experience.
  • 80

    EGM

    (platform: PS3)
    NBA 2K13 offers a solid upgrade from last year's installment, but there's still enough unnecessary frustration here to make me believe there's room for something greater.
  • 80

    Polygon

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 sits at the intersection of basketball and hip-hop culture, and Jay-Z's production sensibilities marry the two beautifully.
  • 80

    DailyGame

    (platform: 360)
    The content is there, the presentation is there, the depth is there and so is the pedigree. The controls and unabashed complexity, however, are also there. And the experience (and final score) suffers because of it.
  • 80

    Digital Spy

    (platform: 360)
    Physics complaints, menu screens and minor control issues aside, NBA 2K13 goes above and beyond the rim, packing in an enormous amount of content both on and off the court, providing yet another another slam dunk installment for 2K Sports.
  • 80

    Giant Bomb

    (platform: 360)
    NBA 2K13 is phenomenal, if familiar. Go in with the right expectations, and you'll be enjoying it all season long.
  • 75

    Slide to Play

    (platform: iOS)
    NBA 2K13 is a solid basketball game on the verge of being fantastic.
  • 70

    Modojo

    (platform: iOS)
    NBA 2K13 may be a sloppy mess at times, but it's still one of the more enjoyable basketball games for smartphones and tablets, one that'll presumably get better well into the season as 2K Sports tinkers behind the scenes, as it should.
  • 70

    Joystiq

    (platform: 360)
    The bar has definitely slipped a notch or two, and while it may be the best basketball game you'll play this year, being the best by default isn't enough.
  • 70

    GamesRadar

    (platform: 360)
    For the first time since it went from being a good basketball game to a cultural touchstone, it's taken a step backwards. The controls have become far too complex for much of its audience, and there's no one mode that captures your attention as much as the now-absent Jordan and Greatest challenges.
  • 60

    148Apps

    (platform: iOS)
    Even with the help of rapper Jay-Z selecting a stellar soundtrack for NBA 2K13, there seems to be a vast gap in between what the title aspires to be and what it delivers.
  • 50

    Pocket Gamer UK

    (platform: iOS)
    Sub-par controls and uneven presentation keep 2K's NBA series from finding the net for another year.

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