Yesterday, 2K Sports streamed live the first ever seen full game of NBA 2K13 played between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat.
Ronnie Singh and Chris Manning of 2K Sports were the two playing the game against each other. They also provided commentary during the game and talked about the new features that will be in this year’s title. They also noted the new additions to gameplay as they noticed it in the game they were playing.
The main point that both Singh and Manning were stressing is how much smoother NBA 2K13 feels compared to last year. This is a good sign that 2K isn’t overhauling their game this year and is instead tweaking and perfecting what they already had in NBA 2K12.
Singh and Manning somewhat surprisingly were not very good at this game. They looked like two young kids playing online, no sim whatsoever and mostly running all the time and jacking up bad shots.
Unfortunately, neither of them called any plays from their team’s playbook in the game. The extent of playcalling began and ended with quick play pick-and-rolls.
It would have been nice to see a better gamer playing with these teams to see if there were any new sets or improved offensive looks from the Thunder and Heat in the game.
Singh was controlling the Thunder and losing for most of the game before coming back to win in the final moments. It was interesting that he basically went away from Durant late in the fourth despite even noting himself how good Durant is in clutch situations in the game. Singh instead used Harden as the kind of point guard for the Thunder which was kind of an authentic touch to the game.
The demo for NBA 2K13 will release Sept. 25 and it will feature one 5-minute quarter between the Thunder and Heat. The full game will come out a week later on Oct. 2.