The NBA 2K13 demo is now available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network. The demo allows players to relive last season’s NBA Finals and play one five-minute quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder or Miami Heat. The Xbox 360 demo is available globally, and the PS3 version is available in the Americas and Europe. So I just finished playing a couple of games both online (if you can get it to connect) and offline and I’d say that my opinion is incomplete. The demo is only one five-minute quarter, so it’s really not a lot of time to get any real impression of the game. The new physics are definitely in effect as the players feel a lot more “solid” and the control stick which I wasn’t sold on initially, definitely has potential. I’ll reserve my full opinion for once I have an opportunity to play the full game and really see what this year’s installment is all about.
For the first time in NBA 2K history, fans that download the demo can play an online quick match, and those who download the Xbox 360 version can also test some of the game’s Kinect for Xbox 360 functionality. Kinect for Xbox 360’s voice recognition in NBA 2K13 allows players to seamlessly call out plays and strategies on the fly, as well as make substitutions (substitution functionality not enabled in the demo), without bringing up menus. The NBA 2K13 demo also gives players their first opportunity to get accustomed to the all-new Control Stick. For the first time ever, all dribble moves have been mapped to the right analog stick, which players can use to string together crossover moves and shots for maximum control on the court.
NBA 2K13 will be available on October 2, 2012 in North America and October 5, 2012 internationally. So for folks who have already downloaded and played the demo, what do you think? I know it’s not a lot to go off of but hit up the comments and share your thoughts.