I had to take a moment to post some of my thoughts on this new 2K13 game for xbox, and see if you all have had some of the same experiences. So first off, if I had to give it a star rating it would be 3 out of 5. Let me explain.
From a Blazer fan POV, this is the worst game ever, because every single game I play with my beloved blazers, I have to hear the commentators discuss the epic fall of the Blazers and the loss of both Roy and Oden. This is like being Prometheus and having your guts pecked out by vultures, only to magically heal and have to go through it again day after day after day! Terrible. Plus if you are going to say how sad it is to see a career like Brandon Roy's come to an end at such a young age...maybe you should check out the other rosters and notice he has come back to play on the Timberwolves. The two team's commentaries completely conflict each other. They need to update the commentary midway through the season or something to reflect trades and new injuries. Commentators always seem to get it wrong when it comes to Portland though. Remember, 2 years in a row they pronounced Batum's last name like Battem. Where are the new Red Jerseys?
JAY-Z, JAY-Z, and more JAY-Z. This is 2k13, a sports game about basketball players, and instead I am inundated with a million shots of Mr. Z rapping and Beyonce singing like it is a darn MTV video. Also, why is his name more prominent and brighter than the title of the game itself? Jay-Z, you own like 1% of a team, get out of here with your ego. Seriously, this guy has no business producing a sports game.
The new control scheme sucks. Period. I have been playing for a month now and the new added Left trigger to shoot is one of the worst decisions they ever made in this game. It completely destroys the fluid motion of shooting and causes some of the most ridiculous under the hoop antics I have ever seen. A simple lay up or dunk gets turned in to some ludicrous spin around double pump hook shot. I see the potential for more control with the ball, but it definitely takes away from your ability to put the shot up quickly and smoothly.
My Player mode is weak. Too much junk and garbage to buy, load screens for every single point you add on to your skill points, really?
AI is at Forrest Gump level. I have never seen so many over the backboard shots, under the hoop passes slammed into the rim or back of the backboard, ZERO help defense even when you have it cranked up, refs taking forever to hand you the ball, totally random free throw engine (You can make a B- release and then miss an A- release right after?). You go to steal the ball, and if you hit B one too many times, your guy will steal the ball and immediately toss it up for a full court shot. Nice choice of button layout.
I hate to complain, because I have loved this series since 2K when the Blazers were the number 1 team on the game. This year though, they really stuck it to Portland fans and it hurts, literally every time you play.
At least they have our classic early 90's team in there.