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All aboard the hype train for NBA 2K13.  2K Sports' latest basketball simulation is just over three months from release, set to arrive on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 4th (and on the Wii U when it arrives at retail), and promises a bunch of changes that will certainly make it the most realistic one that the company's released. And to help push the hype further, 2K has chosen a trifecta of current NBA superstars to grace the cover, a step forward from the solo cover stars that graced it previously.  Surprisingly enough, currently crowned NBA champ LeBron James nor series favorite Kobe Bryant are amongst the three stars.


In just a matter of months, the new NBA season will kick in, and teams will challenge the recently championship crowned Miami Heat for superiority.  And in the video game world, the basketball war will heat up once more, with EA Sports’ returning NBA Live 13 going head-to-head against 2K Sports’ winning franchise, NBA 2K13.  We already did a news piece talking about the game in action, but now we’ve gone one step further, chatting with its producer, Erick Boenisch, about what to expect this time around.  Complete with game footage!


After a fiscal report that questioned the future of the Major League Baseball 2K franchise, we were wondering if 2K Sports had gotten a little soft, concerned about how they could compete with their main rival, EA Sports.  Well, we got our answer today with a nice tomahawk jam to the face, in the form of an announcement for NBA 2K13.


Electronic Arts never fails to showcase a strong array of third-party titles for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as other consoles each year they attend E3.  Last year was a huge highlight between such games as SSX and Mass Effect 3, but what does the company have to lean on this year?  Well, besides big sports hits like Madden NFL 13 and the upcoming Overstrike from Insomniac Games, we’ve got a few ideas as to what the company should officially announce at the show.  With that, here are our suggestions…


NBA 2K12 continues to run at a fever pitch in the second half of the shortened NBA season.  The Game of the Year edition is set to hit Best Buy store shelves next week, at a decent price of $49.99; and to help further celebrate the basketball season, Microsoft has added a new jersey to its Xbox Live Avatar line-up that New York Knicks fans in particular will take interest in.  Nope, it's not Carmelo Anthony.  It's Jeremy Lin!


When it comes to basketball simulation games as of late, users have only had one real genuine choice -- NBA 2K.  Granted, there's nothing wrong with 2K Sports' basketball series, as it practically nails everything that the sport is supposed to be about in every way possible.  But we do miss the feeling of competition.  See, at one point, EA Sports was working on a contender with its NBA Live series, but then something happened, and it vanished.  But don't be too alarmed, folks.  The folks at EA are primed for a comeback.


NBA 2K12 has been roaring up the basketball charts over the past few months, mainly due to the lack of a (direct) competitor.  But it's still one hell of a sim, and players everywhere have been dunking and raining three's, even if it's without New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin.  (But, yeah, we know you play as him sometime.  Admit it.)  Now the madness is set to continue next month, as Best Buy has announced a new edition that will be sold exclusively through them.


Up until about late last year, basketball fans were worried that the NBA lockout, which lasted about half a year, was going to doom the forthcoming season.  However, following a last second meeting, both sides eventually came to an agreement, and though we've got a shorter season than expected, NBA games have finally returned.  And 2K Sports is tributing the return of the players, coaches and everyone else with their own special video, comprised of clips from its hit basketball game NBA 2K12.


The NBA season is rapidly approaching, as we're six days from its kick-off on Christmas day.  With that, 2K Sports has been pushing into overdrive to update its excellent sim NBA 2K12 with all the necessary changes and trades.  The company has informed us today that its latest roster update has gone live, and we've got all the changes right here for you.


2K Sports is running full speed on updates for NBA 2K12, in order to prep for the upcoming season, which kicks off in less than two weeks on Christmas day.  And to start things off, it's already uploaded its first roster update, which does feature the addition of a few rookies, as well as some noteable trades.  But not everything is perfect with it...


When developers put some effort into making an iPad game, some try to pull out all the stops and replicate the same kind of experience you’d get from a game console.  The Apple tablet is a respectable game machine, after all, especially if you’re playing something along the lines of Dead Space or the awesome Infinity Blade.  But sometimes you can try to pile on too much, and as a result, it mars the experience.  That’s exactly what happens with 2K Sports’ NBA 2K12.  The company shoots for a quality simulation, right up there with the console versions, but it comes up short in key areas.  It’s like the thrill of seeing someone go for a fast break and then miff the dunk at the end.


Last year's release of NBA 2K11 was a colossal hit for NBA fans, but this year's release of NBA 2K12 turned out to be even better.  Still, there are those who haven't quite converted over to the old game yet, sticking to Jordan's old guns from last year.  But they might want to switch over soon, as 2K Sports is reportedly deadset on shutting down the basketball game's online servers sometime in the middle of this month.


We had previously announced that 2K Sports was, in fact, bringing a new Legends Showcase downloadable content pack to NBA 2K12 this holiday season, priced at a reasonable 800 Microsoft points, or $9.99, for basketball fans to enjoy.  But we had yet to see which legends would be joining the party, only the modes and features coming with the DLC.  Well, rest at ease, as today, we have the full list of legends joining the game with the new pack.


NBA 2K12 has been out for just about a week now, but there's no question the reception behind its release has been nothing short of spectacular.  Basketball fans everywhere love it; critics are giving it high marks and considering it one of the best sports games ever made; and as for us, hey, we could barely tear ourselves away from it long enough to type this article.  And that leaves us wondering...what's left to do for NBA 2K13?  Not much, but there are a few things...


From what we've seen thus far, NBA 2K12 is quite the polished effort from 2K Sports.  It definitely has the representation of basketball down pat, and the gameplay has seen a number of slight improvements that make the game feel better overall.  However, no game is perfect, and a YouTube user has discovered a glitch that have left us scratching our heads.


The PlayStation 3 edition of NBA 2K11 managed to stand out a little bit over the Xbox 360 version, for two main reasons.  First, PlayStation Move support, and while some folks don't think it's a big deal for a game to have motion controls, there are those who really enjoy getting "into it".  But the second is the most noteworthy, as the game featured 3D support.  Granted, you either had to wait for the patch or buy the exclusive Best Buy edition of the game, but it was there.  This year, though, it's automatically available in both 360 and PS3 versions of NBA 2K12.  So how is it?


NBA 2K12 hits stores in just about three days' time, and players everywhere will be able to get their basketball fix without listening to David Stern and Dwayne Wade yell at each other.  Thank goodness, because it's the sport that matters, not the politics behind it.  What's more, you can literally get into the action with the PlayStation 3 version by taking control with the PlayStation Move.  So how's it work?


NBA 2K12 is now just days away from release, and basketball players everywhere can't wait to get their hands on it to see how it fares.  But now you can take your game to the next level, as 2K Sports has announced a promotion with Virgin Gaming and Gamestop, where players can compete for part of a $100,000 prize, just for showing off their skills.


Last year, when it came to deciding on a basketball game to own, there was clearly no contest.  EA Sports, worried about the critical backlash it would receive, canned NBA Elite 11 days before it was set to ship, leaving 2K Sports' NBA 2K11 wide open to dominate the market.  This year, however, EA Sports has an interesting new competitor to take on NBA 2K12, even though it's made for a different kind of audience than those who played Elite.


NBA 2K12 is now ten days and counting from hitting retail, and we can tell that a lot of you fans out there are thrilled to be getting your hands on the only true basketball game in town.  But now 2K Sports is adding some extra incentive to the deal for those of you that are early adopters.  If you buy one of the first few copies that hit shelves on day one, you'll gain access to two additional "legends" teams for download, upping the count to 34 playable teams.  Yes, 34.


This past Tuesday, 2K Sports gave basketball fans a bit of relief from this ongoing drama between the owners and the players by releasing a playable demo for its upcoming dunk-filled opus NBA 2K12, which goes on sale for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and other systems on October 4th.  The demo, which takes about 1.2 GB of hard drive space, gives you an idea of what to expect in terms of gameplay changes, though there isn't much else to go on since it's so limited.  Still, if you were a fan of last year's game, you may appreciate the subtle changes made this time around.