One aspect that EA dominated 2K in year after year was NBA Live’s online speed and consistency. NBA 2K10 made a run at Live 10 with its My Player centric Crew mode, but simply being able to handle the amount of players online pushed Live 10’s multiplayer ahead. For the upcoming games EA will have to contend with Online Associations and new additions 2K will bring to the online table.
NBA 2K13: Return of Pick Up Games & Crews
Instead of predicting that 2K will, or will not, fix their yearly online issues, I am just going to assume that it works according to plan to remove that variable. I am also ignoring the complete crapshoot that is NBA 2K online games on PC. Disregarding those aspects, 2K12 has an impressive online feature set with the addition of Online Association. Head to head games have a special presentation that details a specific player at the half, and while the game is loading it tells you your opponent’s tendencies and stats. I am not expecting much to change feature wise, for 2K13, only the return of Crews and My Player Pick Up games.
EA NBA 13: EASBA
My most anticipated feature for NBA Elite 11 was the EASBA, or the EA Sports Basketball Association. Create a player and with your friends join a generic league to rise through different leagues all in a team-up 5v5 environment. It just speaks to me. Player progression, different arenas to play in. I WANT this game mode back.
Wishlist: More Online Integration
I also want a seemless integration of online and single player modes. How awesome would it be to load up EA NBA 13 and see all your other online friends shooting around in the start up gym around you? Or while in Assocation mode you can get ticker updates on how your friends are doing in their offline Associations. Friend stats in online games, offline games, there are plenty of comparisons that could be made. Maybe Autolog from EA racing games will make the jump as well, suggesting new friends and records to beat. The online world still seems to be barely touched in basketball video games; in my opinion, hopefully this year will change that.
Offline modes will still dominate the feature list for each game though, so tomorrow I am going to share my thoughts on My Player and the anticipated Become Legendary modes. Comment, Like, Subscribe….wait wrong site.