A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about the rules of the professional basketball, notice cultural diversity on the court, and experience teamwork. The game puts kids into the action of playing a game either by themselves or with others. Since NBA 2K13 is a realistic sports sim, kids learn the rules of basketball by playing it virtually and can experience teamwork by playing with others.
As with most sports games, they give a positive message to players because it's a virtual reenactment of a team-based sport. Players learn about playing within the rules, teamwork, healthy competition, and city pride.
Positive Role Models
If the basketball players are good role models in real life then it would be fair to suggest their digital recreation would be, too. That said, the game doesn't delve into their character, morals, or ethics.
Ease of Play
The game starts off easy with some tutorials and drills, if players like; plus the game is overall fairly simple to control. On some consoles such as the X360 and PS3, the game is easier to play than ever before as dribbling and shooting is on the right analog stick, while player control remains on the left stick.
Products & Purchases
The game has a lot of product placement from familiar brands like Sprint, Spalding, Facebook, American Airlines, and more. It can be seen on billboards, written on the court, or worn on the players.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NBA 2K13 is appropriate for all members of the family as it doesn't contain any questionable material. Just be aware that those who play online can talk with one another (and strangers) over the Internet -- something parents might not like with younger players.
Is It Any Good?
Quite simply, this is a fabulous NBA game, thanks in part to tweaked controls that feels great (putting a more emphasis on the dual analog stick instead of the buttons); outstanding graphics and animation that may fool passersby into thinking it's a real, television game; excellent play-by-play and color commentary; and an outstanding soundtrack to help keep you engaged. The game includes familiar and new modes ranging from 3-on-3 pick-up games and single game matches to franchise and career games. Despite a few issues with the somewhat convoluted interface, NBA 2K13 is an excellent b-ball sim worthy of the coveted sports franchise.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.