The new trailer 2K Sports released today for NBA 2K13 is the realization of many a basketball fan’s dream matchup. It showcases two of the most anticipated teams to come with the game apart from the 30 present-day NBA teams – the 1992 and 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball teams.
They’re all there – the players I rooted for (or against) in my boyhood days up against the team that won the Gold Medal in basketball in the 2012 London Olympics. And you see it all in this video, from a no-look pass courtesy of Magic Johnson to that guy you see in the featured photo, “Sir” Charles Barkley hanging from the rim after another thunderous dunk. (This is his first-ever NBA 2K series appearance as he had previously refused to have his image and likeness used in certain video games.) As for the 2012 team, you can see Kobe Bryant driving against Michael Jordan and some heads-up point guard play from Chris Paul. The video closes with the 2012 team up one point versus the 1992 Dream Team, just a few seconds remaining. Michael Jordan has the ball and he’s trying to win the game with a last-second three. Will he make it? Of course that’s something 2K Sports isn’t going to show on the trailer.
Earlier this week, 2K posted another video to discuss the game’s most popular mode in depth. The My Player game mode will now be known as My Career, and it’s been significantly expanded to include GM Sitdowns (a chance to speak to your team’s general manager about playing time, team chemistry and other issues), hundreds of additional Press Conference questions and topics and a deeper integration between what your player does off the court and on the court. You can even design your own shoes, choose your pre-game ritual and purchase your own apparel and equipment with in-game money! Unfortunately, it looks like user-created players in My Career would still have one Rookie Showcase game to show their worth instead of the extensive summer leagues and training camps NBA teams conduct in real life. It’s a minor quibble, though, and like many other hoops junkies, I’ve got October 2 marked on my calendar as the NBA 2K13 launch date.