This year in basketball gaming might possibly be the most important one. The NBA Live series is making a comeback after their forgettable attempt at 'delivering revolutionary gameplay' with NBA Elite 11. Most basketball sim fans are now NBA 2K fans, after losing almost all respect for the NBA Live series. NBA Live 13 needs to deliver and hope NBA 2K13 does not. In order for NBA Live to keep their sales, they have to make 3 key improvements.
STEP 1: Improve main weaknesses in Online and Passing
NBA 2K's passing and online have brought in the most complaints from gamers. It is almost impossible to play one game without a problem online as it has even gotten worse from 2K11-2K12, and the passing has been sluggish for a while as well. I cannot give advice for online improvement because sometimes it is the opponents fault for bad online gaming (pausing the game often, trying to make you quit, trolling etc.), and the online connectivity is something the 2K team needs to figure out. The passing can be fixed by making the ball travel faster on passes and also making the game understand what the better pass is if the pass is being directed in the line of two players at different distances. Things like openness and player's strength's should be incorporated in the passing logic. If the NBA 2K franchise wants to be the greatest, it has to what their 2 year cover man Michael Jordan did to become the greatest, work on their weaknesses.
Step 2: Increase gameplay advantage against NBA Live even more
This is NBA 2K's strength. This is where NBA Live has struggled for years. This is where the NBA 2K team can deliver the knockout blow. As impressive as NBA 2K's gameplay is, there is always something they can change for the better of the game. Things like making blocks feel more realistic, modifying animation dunk ons, increasing variety of layups, dunks, alley oops and crossovers. Even though these small details may not be as important to others, these small details are almost the only thing gameplay wise that they have not perfected. Right now the game feels equal when it comes to the perimeter game and the post game when it comes to player domination, but the post game feels more realistic. If there can be an improvement in realism in the perimeter game with the small details I explained above, the balance will be there, giving another amazing gameplay experience filled with improvements that are noticeable.
Step 3: Continue adding extra features in the game
Last year, NBA 2K upgraded the Jordan Challenge with the NBA's Greatest game mode, letting you play with 15 of the greatest players who ever played in with authentic broadcasting in whatever time period you are in. That's probably the main mode or feature people think about when it comes to new features. What people probably don't think about is the fact that NBA 2K12 let you customize Nike and Jordan Brand shoes with NIKE ID, had bench players for all classic teams, and the My Player improvements such being able to only play key games so you can possibly finish your career. Those extra features are what made NBA 2K12 a success. If they can continue to add more, that will be a huge add-on to NBA 2K13. These features are all things that people aren't expecting and isn't necessarily needed, but adding them is also adding on buyers for the game.
Improving their weaknesses, continuing their gameplay dominance, and also adding extra features is the minimum NBA 2K13 needs when it comes to completely knocking the NBA Live series out of the basketball sim world. Unless NBA Live comes out with one of the best basketball video games of all time, which is highly unlikely, these 3 steps can put NBA Live right back down again. It's time for NBA 2K13 to bring the bully mentality to NBA Live 13 by not letting the franchise get back on their feet again