My series of prediction articles end today as I discuss some of the X Factors 2K and EA could bring to the simulation basketball video game world. Thank you for checking out all of the articles and feel free to comment on each. If you want to write your own article, remember that we have The Soapbox which allows NLSC members to get articles on this main site.
NBA 2K13: Online Stability
The biggest factor that could decide NBA 2K13’s fate is its online capabilities. If there was an EA simulation basketball game this year it would probably be preferred over 2K12 if it could simply keep its roster updated and have its online features work properly. I almost feel that if Elite 11 wasn’t cancelled and we got an improved version for Elite 12, it would beat out NBA 2K12 simply due to users wanting a change of pace. 2K was lucky they were running unopposed this year.
EA NBA 13: Graphics & Presentation
I think the biggest X Factor for EA’s next game is its graphics and presentation. No, I don’t think its gameplay, nor do I think the overall quality of the game matters. I think if they can wow people with their graphics, animation, and presentation, and put together better trailers and mixes, they will have a nice advantage over 2K when both games hit the shelves in October.
The be all end all though is the customization. This applies to both games. I think that the game that allows the users to customize and take over after the developers start working on NBA 2K14 and EA NBA 14 will ultimately win out. This means custom rosters and sliders online, deeper gameplay customization, special online and offline league rules, create a team, better create a player. If you let the entire userbase dictate – and share – how they play the game, it will always beat out what a development team can do in eight months.
So those are my predictions for next year’s games. I hope you enjoyed reading them and thought of some ideas yourself. I’ll check in after the games start confirming features and revisit these predictions in October.