NBA 2K13

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Excellent pro basketball sim now with 1992 Dream Team.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybigtone55 July 19, 2014

this is soooo bad!!!!!

Listen I have 2k13&14 they both sick!! There's so many glitches that the whole development team should be fired! Don't waste your money. Where... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 2, 2019


i have it but i dont play it anymore cause its got old but its very fun
Kid, 10 years old December 5, 2013

What's it about?

2K Sports' NBA 2K13 is part of the critically and commercially successful professional basketball simulation series, which has "netted" more than 45 Sports Game of the Year nods. As with its predecessors, players can play as or against their favorite NBA team -- with the game's computer-controlled opponents, or better yet, against a friend or sibling beside you, or online against other players. NBA 2K13 offers new modes and a heavier emphasis on music -- including JAY-Z serving as the game's executive producer who hand-picked the 24-song soundtrack. It also introduces a feature called Control Stick, which gives players more control by mapping all dribbling and shooting to the right analog stick, while the left controls the player on the court. The game introduces something fans have been asking for years: a matchup between the 1992 NBA "Dream Team" and the 2012 U.S. Men's National team. Also new is NBA 2K Everywhere, which gives players the opportunity to access game info via Facebook or a mobile app.

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.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the product placement makes sense within a video game. NBA fans see ads when they go to a game, but should they also see them within the video game? Or is it a case of 2K Sports double-dipping: making money from both the gamer and advertisers?

  • What rules does your family have about video games? How do you select what you play?

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