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NBA 2K11
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Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Series NBA 2K
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 2,PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, PC
Release date(s)

PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2

  • NA October 5, 2010
  • (October 20, 2010 [Wii])
  • EU October 8, 2010
  • AUS October 8, 2010
  • JP October 14, 2010
Genre(s) Sports
Rating(s) ESRB: E (Everyone)
Media Blu-ray Disc (PS3), DVD (360, PS2, PC), Wii Optical Disc,Universal Media Disc (PSP)
Series information
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NBA 2K13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 2, 2012 in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Wii. A version for the Wii U was also released as a launch title in North America. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls are the cover athletes. NBA 2K13 is the successor to NBA 2K12 in the NBA 2K series.


Around mid-June 2012, 2K Sports announced a 'Uncover the Cover' where the more tweets #NBA2K13 got the more clues would be revealed about the cover athletes. 2K also announced NBA 2K13's compatibility with Kinect for the Xbox 360. Two of the legends from NBA 2K12 have been removed: Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. On May 3, 2012, 2K Sports announced that as a bonus for pre-ordering the game, buyers would receive downloadable content for an All Star Weekend, which would feature the Slam Dunk Contest, Three Point Contest, Rising Stars Challenge, and the NBA All-Star Game.[1] Also a shoe creator was developed, with Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Spalding, Reebok, Converse, Under Armour, and generic shoes available to create and edit.[2]

Rapper Jay-Z serves as executive producer of the game. He has been credited with the idea of having both the 1992 and 2012 United States men's national basketball teams in the game. Additionally, he appeared in an introduction, picked songs for the game's soundtrack and contributed to the design of its in-game menus "and other visual elements".[3][4]

Initially, Scottie Pippen was left out of the game due to the inability to secure use of his likeness. However, after widespread disappointment from fans over his absence, he was then added to the team roster.[5]

The soundtrack was announced in August 2012 including songs from Jay-Z and artists like Nas, Kanye West, and U2.[6]

In 2013, 2K added NBA 2K13 Lite (in addition to the previously release NBA 2K13) to the iOS platform.[7] This version of the NBA 2K series of games is free, and appears to be a cut down/demonstration version of the full NBA 2K13 iOS title.

Two days before the October 2nd release, 2K Sports announced via a reply to a fan on Twitter that the downloadable PC version was delayed to October 16.[8] The release date on Amazon was subsequently changed to October 30.[9] The game was also distributed as a limited disc-based release and was found to have been missing some key features from the console versions. Within 24 hours of going on sale, the game sold 9.5 million copies in the U.S. Online matchmaking with friends is unavailable and "Blacktop 3 vs 3", and "MyTEAMs" modes have been removed. The game's virtual currency system and the features associated with the currency system (such as unlockable Blacktop Stars and MyCLOSET) have not ported over from the console versions. In addition, advanced lighting features available on consoles, such as self-shadowing are also unavailable.[10]

Benefits of 2K13[]

  • The game features both the 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 USA Olympic Team.(You can play as both teams to determine which is the greatest of all time)
  • NBA 2K13 has the same legends as 2K12(Jordan, Bird, Magic, West, Russell, Wilt, Mailman, Ewing, Hakeem, Pippen,Isiah, Oscar and Stockton)but it added Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal to the legends roster(they removed Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for reasons that remain unclear).
  • You can make your own sneakers on 2K13 via the Shoe Creator, with Nike, Adidas, Air Jordan, Reebok, Spalding, Converse and Under Armour available to create and edit.
  • NBA 2K13 also made Signature Skills for each player to individualize them and highlight their skill sets.
  • The game also has MyTeam mode, which is based on the idea of having a virtual basketball card team that is available for use in-game. The cards are ranked upon multiple in-game skills with "letter" grades.
  • You can edit player ratings to make them better or worse, depending on your opinion of them.


NBA 2K13 has received generally favorable reviews and has a Metacritic score of 88 out of 100. IGN gave it a 9.1 out of 10 and said that "Even when left with a clear, unobstructed path to the basket, 2K13 throws down a monster jam with this year's edition," and that "It's obviously the best hoops game out there, and it might even be the best sports game of all, period."[11] GameSpot scored the game a 9 of 10 saying that "Enhanced realism and a great new control setup make NBA 2K13 a fantastic recreation of pro hoops."[12] Game Revolution gave the game a 9 out of 10 and said that, "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."[13] GameTrailers gave it a 9.1 out of 10.

However, Joystiq and GamesRadar gave the game mixed reviews. Both publications lauded the game's on-court experience, while criticizing the game modes. Joystiq called the MyCareer and MyTeam modes "uninspired and lazy"[14] while GamesRadar lamented the absence of the Jordan and Greatest challenges modes from previous installments.[15]


  1. "All-Star Weekend Coming to NBA 2K13 as Pre-Order Exclusive; Wii U Version to Release in Console Launch Window, and is going to be coming with high expectations.". 2012-05-30. 
  2. Mazique, Brian (2012-12-11). "NBA 2K13: How to Unlock Under Armour Torch Shoe". Bleacher Report. 
  3. "Argent said Jay-Z's influence would be felt immediately in the game, starting during its video introduction. Jay-Z also handpicked the game's soundtrack". CNN. 1 August 2012. 
  4. "Jay-Z NBA 2K13: Rapper Announced As 'Executive Producer'". 
  5. Good, Owen (August 28, 2012). "Scottie Pippen Changes His Mind and Will Appear on The Dream Team in NBA 2K13". Kotaku. Gawker Media. 
  6. David Greenwald (2012-07-31) Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for NBA 2K13 Soundtrack.
  7. NBA2K 13 Lite – Apple Store
  8. "Digital Version of NBA ashtob blisher=NLSC". October 1, 2012. 
  9. "NBA 2K13 Digital Download Pushed to October 30th?". Operation Sports. October 13, 2012. 
  10. "NBA 2K13 PC Differences from Console Versions". NLSC. October 2, 2012. 
  11. Mccafrey, Ryan (September 27, 2012). "NBA 2K13 Review". IGN. 
  12. Todd, Brett (October 12, 2012). "NBA 2K13 Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive, Inc.. 
  13. Charles, Devin (October 10, 2012). "NBA 2K13 Review". Game Revolution. 
  14. Hinkle, David (October 9, 2012). "NBA 2K13 review". Joystiq. AOL Inc.. 
  15. Grisham, Richard (October 5, 2012). "NBA 2K13 Review". GamesRadar. Future Publishing. 

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