The football season is winding down making way for us to turn our attention to the happenings in the NBA, which – if you’re like me – means it’s about time to actually crack open NBA 2K13. I’ve been playing the game over the last couple of weeks and noticed on every important detail: My Career is still an abomination.
Unfortunately, the 2K series has reached that unimpeachable level of greatness reserved for Lord Of The Rings, President Obama and Nas. If you criticize them you’re just a curmudgeon-y hater. But the fact is, NBA 2K‘s My Career mode is consistently one of the worst features in all of sports games.
Here are five reasons the feature sucks and five ways to make it better.
Suck 1: Your Player Is The Worst Player In NBA History – This is the main reason My Career is so frustrating. You start with a player you’ve made up from head to toe but you can’t adjust his attributes at all. This, of course, prevents you from amping up your skills to 99s across the board like you could in NBA Live 95. However they start your player’s skills so low that he’s easily the worst player in the NBA. Seriously, he can’t shoot, pass or defend. He misses layups and easy buckets on the regular. Honestly, it takes about 40 games for you to have the makings of a player deserving of a spot on an NBA roster. And the journey to making him decent is downright painful to play. I keep finding myself saying “of course he missed it” after damn near every shot.
Solution 1: Way back when Madden was good they had a combine where your incoming skill was based on mini-games you played before the season started. This could easily be implemented here as you could build up your attributes based on how you perform during certain rookie camp challenges. That way you wouldn’t automatically be the shittiest player ever. Also, the rookie camp would hopefully be more fun than the boring ass drills they have now. More on that later.
Suck 2: Draft Logic – There isn’t any. First of all, my player is so horrible yet based on a performance at the Rookie Showcase, he got selected in the lottery. To make it, sillier the player, a shooting guard, got drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks who currently have Monte Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Why would a team use a lottery pick on a kid that will never start a game?
Solution 2: A more realistic AI to make better decisions for teams (this goes for Association mode as well) will go a long way to getting your player on a team that makes sense. Also, it’ll help assure he starts since he is a lottery pick.
Suck 3: Practice? Really? – Improving your player is based on accumulating points to buy skills so he can hit the f*cking rim on layups. And you know the best way to get points? Practice! Drills! Stuff real people hate getting paid millions to do. So why would I want to fake do drills on a video game? That’s like Street Fighter having a mini-game where I make calls to book fight venues.
Solution 3: In Franchise Mode you can just schedule practices and watch your team improve. This should be the case in My Career or at least the option should be available. I bought the game to play basketball games not Figure eight drills.
Suck 4: How Fun It Is When Your Player Is Finally Good – The worst part about My Career is that you will still find yourself powering through countless hours of boring, sh*tty games until your player gets good. Then the games become so much fun but, with the time needed for the grind, you could just scrap the mode and go play Association or something. There is a good payoff at the end of My Career. However, getting there is more chore than game. Point blank: it’s just not fun to get your player to where he’s good. And really, aren’t games supposed to fun?
Solution 4: Back in 2K11 the Jordan career mode had MJ start his rookie year at a 79 rating. The game was still challenging and MJ had room for improvement. That’s a good start. Keep in mind how unrealistic it is for a player to start a season unable to hit a jumper the end the season dropping 40 points. So this goes back to the original solution: make My Player suck less and My Career will follow suit.
Suck 5: Oh, well this makes total sense – While browsing the NBA 2K13 features I saw that you can actually buy Virtual Currency to make your player better. Well, now it makes total sense. The quickest way to earn a ton of points for your player is to shell out a few extra bucks to boost his stats. And honestly that’s the only way he quickly improves at this rate. So a video game that costs $59.99 is essentially making a feature unbearable so you can send them a few more bucks. That’s pretty pathetic.
Solution 5: Don’t be greedy bastards. That’s a start.
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