Last week I wrote about how NBA Live's promoters have gone silent. There's not a peep coming out of EA's HQ -- which may be for the game's best for now.
However, for 2K Sports, this is another big season for their flagship title with some key questions hanging over it's head. After a season marred with unrealistic expectations from consumers and a few key gaffes, NBA 2K13 is looking to meet a more realistic set of expectations this season. Here are four things I'm personally looking for from 2K this season:
Online Play that actually works. The server problems with the 2K series reached a crescendo last season, and I honestly can't think of many other major release games that simply do not work when they launch in their online modes. This has to change this year, it's the one glaring hole that 2K has left open for EA to potentially grab a small but sizeable portion of the basketball gaming audience. Making online play a working and smooth endeavor would put the series instantly on long-term solid ground.
A control scheme that doesn't take a NASA scientist to figure out. I love the depth of NBA 2K, I really do...but the control scheme has gotten to the point that it's darned near impossible to play the game with any skill whatsoever without spending hours upon hours learning the controls. I have a solution to the problem, and that's two different control sets -- one for the hardcore people who don't mind the added learning curve and one for the more casual folks who simply want to play basketball like the big guys without too much hassle. Seems simple enough right?
Another step up on the presentation front. I'd truly like to see an even more refined presentation from the 2K series. It's probably the best Presentation in sports games right now, but it can always be better. I don't want to see a lax approach to this, I want to see real and positive momentum.
Refine the actual basketball a bit. As the detail goes up either via hardware or software, consumers will find more and more to nitpick about. We're getting to that point with NBA 2K. However, I'd like to see a lot of the little things that need refining and tuning to be given just that treatment. At times, 2K just doesn't play as smooth as it should -- but I'd expect for a step generally in the right direction once again this season. It felt like last year's game swam sideways a bit, which was probably the big issue with most gamers. I don't think we'd see a repeat of that this year with Live also hitting store shelves.
So what about you? What are your keys for success for the 2K Basketball series this year?