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JaoSming’s Predictions: X Factors

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.

 

Wishlist: Customization

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.

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Andrew
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Andrew

Great series of articles Jon, they’ve been very enjoyable to read. 🙂

I was set to disagree with you on the X Factor for EA’s game and argue in favour of gameplay and game modes, but then I thought about it a little more and remembered we’re talking about X Factors here. While EA’s game needs to deliver in those areas to succeed, that’s something we can take as read. Wowing users with graphics, presentation and slick promotional trailers will go a long way and could get people excited about the series’ return. They just have to deliver on the rest once the game comes out.

As for 2K, I agree once again. The offline stuff will sell the game but they can’t keep dropping the ball with online content.

helios3d
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helios3d

I think EA has a lot of catching up to do against 2K since they didn’t release their basketball sim this season.

Andrew
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Andrew

For sure. I think catching up within a year isn’t feasible and they’re not going to surpass 2K’s game, but the opportunity is there for them to still make up some significant ground and take steps forward from their previous games. That’s a more realistic level to set the bar at.

nixazmixaz
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nixazmixaz

I’ve always liked the EA NBA atmosphere and color scheme. It’s just more aLive . It should beat 2K within this sphere. Actually, I think that the best NBA 2K graphics or atmosphere were on 2K9. They should return to that or maybe totally revamp the design.
Anyways, huge competition awaits.

miklac90
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miklac90

I don’t want to be a negative nancy here but…have you guys ever played Madden?? EA’s Madden series is still playing catch up to NFL 2K5, a previous gen game title which was made seven years ago!!! When I found out that the same developer team of Madden was going to be in charge of NBA Elite, it really made me worried and it still does. Just to name a few, the animation in this game is still very generic and you will see many of them over and over, (similar to live 10, where players celebrated by jumping up and down or point to a team mate after a bucket). Now this wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t lead to glitch or ridiculous plays favoring the CPU. Physics is improving but still not even close to 2K, A.I is still retarded, and bottom line is, Madden 12 still lacks many of the realism found on NFL 2k5 which in my opinion is pretty important for SIM GAME. Madden is only doing this well because EA bought out the NFL license and created this monopoly. If you just search NFL 2K5 vs Madden on youtube, you will understand why I am not keeping my hopes up for NBA Elite just yet.
PS Go Patriots~

Andrew
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Andrew

Same studio, different team. But having said that, I don’t think you’re the only one that is skeptical and given the issues with the last few EA basketball sims, it’s understandable.

I don’t play Madden myself but I recall there was a time when people did praise it and wished the NBA Live series could be to basketball what Madden is/was to football. It seems most people feel the series has declined with the lack of competition brought about by the exclusive agreement, which obviously isn’t the case with the NBA license. Hopefully, the competition will prove to be a good thing.