EA’s NBA Live is stepping back on the court after falling into such disarray that it missed the 2010 and 2011 seasons. 2K Sports’ bestselling basketball sim will use the magic of NBA All-Star Weekend to try and win again.
In addition to some new gameplay videos, NBA 2K celebrated E3 week with the word of its All-Star Weekend pre-order bonus. Those who reserve their copy will get access to the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, Three-Point Contest, Rising Stars Challenge Game, and the All-Star Game itself. Houston’s Toyota Arena will host the game Feb. 17, 2013. I suspect it will be available as a paid download if you don’t need the game right away.
Really, the dunk contest is what people are interested in. In its heyday, the contest was the undisputed highlight of the weekend. People still remember Michael Jordan beating Dominique Wilkins in a 1988 contest for the ages. In contrast, I bet even diehard NBA faithful couldn’t tell you who won last year’s actual All-Star game without Google. These days, the league’s best players don’t even participate. NBA 2K13 will let you bring the legends back into the All-Star weekend contests. Sorry, Brent Barry.
The controls are comparable to Guitar Hero. Players need to enter the correct button combination in quick sequence. 2K Sports is planning between 125-150 dunks for the final product. 2K also made by announcing NBA 2K13 will be available on the Wii U close to its launch. There could be some fun ways to implement the dunk and three-point contests with touch screen controls. NBA 2K13 is coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 2, 2012. The Wii U version doesn’t have a definite release date yet.