Today I am going to lay out my predictions regarding the franchise modes in the basketball games coming out in the fall of 2012. Even though these modes are played for the longest periods of time by the most hardcore of basketball gamers, they rarely get any huge updates to make the mode more accessible. With that in mind, take a look at my predictions for Association and Dynasty modes for NBA 2K13 and EA NBA 13.
NBA 2K13: A New Interface
Association mode has been a consistent mode year after year for the NBA 2K series. The NBA.com Homepage has been the biggest interface change in the past few years but I feel like it will be completely changed again. I honestly don’t know what they will change it to, but predictions don’t necessarily need to be that specific do they?
EA NBA 13: Same Old Same Old
EA’s Dynasty mode surprisingly doesn’t change too much year after year, or series to series. The mode in Madden looks and acts a lot like the mode in NHL which looks and acts a lot like Dynasty mode in all the NBA Live games. All are stat and text heavy and not very pleasing to look at unless you are interested in the raw stats of your players. Since this style has yet to change in current EA Sports games, look for it to continue into EA’s next NBA simulation game.
My wishlist item for these franchise modes is similar to the community site support 2K had for 2K10 and 2K11. I want stats, screenshots, videos, and box scores to be exported to a blog where the user can create and share their own stories. Not only does having a feature like this please hardcore gamers that populate these forums, but it helps promote the game after its release, much better than any patch or post-release trailer.
I almost wanted to include the FIBA/Euroleague teams from the last article as my wishlist item for this one, but I think the community aspect of this idea is much better. Tomorrow I am going to talk about the special teams in each game, but feel free to comment on this article below.