As previously outlined by Andrew, basketball gamers have a lot to look forward to in the coming fall of 2012. The return of EA’s NBA simulation game and yet another iteration of NBA 2K should destroy our free time and cause many sick days for working and student gamers.
Following my “successful” predictions about NBA 2K12 last year, I thought I would make another run at predicting what features the upcoming basketball games will have this coming fall. Although this year I plan on adding in some personal wishlist ideas as well.
Just to get it out of the way, I will first attempt to predict who the cover athlete will be for both games. I still feel that some basketball gamers put too much emphasis on the cover athlete to decide which game they buy. But if I could look past NBA 2K10’s Kobe Bryant cover, then I hope everyone else will decide by the game itself instead of the cover.
NBA 2K13 Cover Athlete: Michael Jordan
NBA 2K did a great job showcasing Jordan in 2K11, and then again in 2K12 with Magic and Bird as alternate covers. With two consecutive games looking to the NBA of years past should 2K change it up and put a current player on the cover? Well if you think the unlockable NBA 2K13 cover in this year’s My Player mode was a hint, think again. 2K has some brand recognition with Jordan on the cover the past two years with no other simulation NBA game to run against. So I do think NBA 2K13’s cover will be graced with Jordan’s presence once again.
EA NBA 13 Cover Athlete: Kevin Durant
EA’s NBA Live had some great video game athletes on its cover year after year. Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas…Tony Parker? They redeemed themselves with Dwight Howard for NBA Live 10 and would have had a great cover athlete in Kevin Durant for Elite 11. Two years have now passed since that terrible demo and the Jesus Bynum meme so I think that is enough time to have Kevin Durant on the cover once again. He has certainly proved himself worthy on the real courts of the NBA, so I feel he deserves to have a good game to his name instead of the cancelled NBA Elite 11 or March Madness 08 (with no neck).
Wishlist: Bring Back NBA Live
My only wishlist item dealing with the covers of these games is the return of the NBA Live series. NBA Elite will forever be tarnished by what happened two years ago and no reboot will be able to shake that off in its first year. EA needs to bring back the brand recognition it had with NBA Live and play off the nostalgia factor when returning to the simulation basketball video game scene.
Tomorrow I am going to make some predictions on the presentation for each game. Feel free to disagree with all that I say in the comments, and if you want to share your predictions for the fall 2012 basketball games you can do so through The Soapbox or in the Virtual Hardwood Forum.