NBA 2K13 Association Mode Details

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Posted September 29th, 2012 at 11:30 am

For the second straight year Association mode in NBA 2K has taken a back seat to other initiatives. With NBA 2K13 the focus has shifted to developing MyTeam mode while continuing to build on MyCareer (previously known as MyPlayer). The reasoning for lack of advancement back with 2K12 related to incorporating Online Association so a number of additions couldn’t be implemented at the same time…unfortunately OA was tragically flawed making that trade-off a bust. This year however it appears primary resources went to what 2K has claimed is the most popular mode, MyCareer, and the revenue-generator Ultimate Team clone MyTeam.

Still that doesn’t mean Association went completely untouched. There are a number of minor improvements that may be recognized by those who play the mode on a yearly basis. The new CBA rules from last season following the lockout have been enacted, there’s a “Start Today” feature using that day’s rosters to begin, All-Star Weekend is integrated for those who pre-order (or buy it later), and various logic has been adjusted along with some bug fixes. Online Association receives some new commissioner controls but with a number of questions remaining about whether what was necessary was done to make that a viable mode. 

Offline Association
•New NBA.com interface. Information is more accessible now.
•Total Sim Control
•New CBA rules
•‘Start Today’ feature
•All-Star Weekend integration (if All-Star add-on content is installed)
•Revamped Team Building logic
•All-new lineup/rotation logic
•Improved trading logic
•Other smaller fixes (improved draft generation, etc.)
•Bug fixes! (based on community feedback from last year)

Online Association
•Customizable Sliders
•Adjust League Speed
•Advance League (1 week at a time)
•Advance to Next Round (in the playoffs)
•Pause/Resume League
•Unlock All Games (flex schedule)
•Reset Games / Force Winner

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1116450184 Brandon Anthony Short

    Awesome. They made te game smarter, made trades make more sense, and integrated All-Star Weekend

    • kjjnesb

      Someone on OS who has the game reported seeing Lebron getting traded to the Clippers in yr 3 for “Caron Butler Shannon Brown and a pick” So I wouldn’t get my hopes up for smarter trades

      Also they removed the D league…

      • rwm

        yikes

      • da_reaper333

        Source?

      • offline man

        Bron will be in his early 30s tho.

        • Skopin

          Caron Butler is 4 years older than LeBron, and Brown is one year younger. So that doesn’t matter. Kobe Bryant is 34 now. Do you think the Lakers would trade him for that nonsense?

  • kjjnesb

    Hopefully people don’t let 2k forget that both OA and offline Association are in need of some heavy lifting for 2k14

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRNYYXZW5CPECODQZM2VGFZKI4 Jwaan

      It was the same thing for 2k12, and 2k11, etc…

      • 2k10, 2k9……

        • offline man

          Not 1 not 2 not 3

  • mbrink12

    I spend more time in this mode than anything and am disappointed it got put on the back burner again for other modes. Shame.

  • mbrink12

    I spend more time in this mode than anything and am disappointed it got put on the back burner again for other modes. Shame.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRNYYXZW5CPECODQZM2VGFZKI4 Jwaan

      With Live seemingly out of the picture, this is how it will be for 2k fans. Trust me, when you got reviews like the one IGN gave (9.1) and people saying it’s the best basketball game every year, they don’t have a reason to make sure everything is improved. People will be satisfied anyway, so why not leave it the same? They won’t lose many sales, especially since they’re the only B-Ball game on the market.

      • and that’s exactly the problem with no competition.. although it’s nobody but ea’s fault live sucks so much ass. now 2k sports are becoming complacent in where their game is. don’t get fooled by these brand new ‘updates’ and ‘improvements’.. at it’s core, it’ll still be the same game it was the past 2+ years.. a 2k basketball game.

        • daley7199

          Well if you stupid fucks stop ragging on live all the time perhaps EA would actually release a game and you would have the competition you want. You jackasses complain about games not having competition and then you go and ensure that you don’t get any. Elite 11 would have released if it weren’t for the mass amounts of 2k fanboys railing constantly about the game. Same thing goes for Live 13. You got what you got now live with what you get. 2k is flawless in your eyes right? Don’t you dare complain about 2k.

          • the stupidity police

            do you ever shut the fuck up? live sucks, deal with it.. 2k is a far superior game, but that doesn’t discount their atrocious treatment of association and other gameplay flaws over the past couple of years. go whine elsewhere. even with their deficiencies they blow live out the water.

            and you’re a live ‘fanboy’ faggot anyways, who cares what you have to say about anything basketball related. if you really think that elite 11 or live 13 was gonna hold a candle to 2k13 then go play live 06-10.. fuckin moron.

          • the stupidity police

            and furthermore games don’t get cancelled because they’re ‘great’ or ‘good competition’, dipshit.

          • vic

            Ha! Well said, well said indeed.

          • sim gamer

            the words “nba 2k” are the proverbial dick that tim daley just cant seem to take out of his mouth. that is all.

          • Amen_Ra

            Damn Daley you know that was out of line

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279852421 C.j. Duncan

    wait wait wait, all this time it was being reported that the all star weekend was already incorporated into the Association mode, but now it’s only if you get the DLC? Wow way to go 2k..=/

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRNYYXZW5CPECODQZM2VGFZKI4 Jwaan

      ASW IS in Assoc. mode. It was being reported that if you get the DLC, the updated one with the Dunk Contest, 3PT contest, and updated courts/jerseys and such would be incorporated. If not, you would get the old ASW from last year with no dunk contest or 3PT contest. Still sucks that they couldnt just put it in the regular game though.

  • Mr W

    Am I the only person that has an issue with potential ratings in association? It leaves you with way too many superstar players, bloated contracts, and free agents in the mid 80’s because no team can afford them. Also, I would love contract buyouts added in.

    • Ben

      I have this issue as well. I don’t get it. Within 5 years it isn’t even fun … Demarcus cousins and Derrick favors each became 97’s … Are you kidding? When the game starts Kobe and Dwight are 94’s.

  • offline man

    I guess it’s a good thing that I just got into my player last year. I was always the offlIne assocIatIon person. My player In 2k12 got addIctIve and added lIfe to my 2k experience. But still.

  • aKK

    2K loves gimmicks instead of substance. When they design something they ask “will this trend on twitter?” rather then “will this be something gamers appreciate?”

    • daley7199

      2k is a well orchestrated highlight reel. The game is designed to be an offensive intensive game. There is little to no defense in this game. If you can’t on ball defend then you will have no defense at all. From what I saw and played on the demo and what many others have said, the on ball defense is quite difficult. It is very difficult to stay in front of your guy especially when going up against a good point guard like Russell Westbrook. Unfortunately 2k concentrates all its efforts on dribble moves for the offense but the defensive movements are robotic and lack responsiveness. More than likely that is by design so that they can showcase all their pretty animations in the paint. NBA Elite had “The Crucifixion” while 2k has the “Moses Effect”, meaning make a drive into the paint and watch the defense part like the Red Sea.

      • Jonathan

        Name 5 current nba players that have a fairly easy time staying in front of russell westbrook.

        • H-Town

          Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Avery Bradley, Tony Parker, Micheal Conley.

          • offline man

            D.Rose

          • H-Town

            Tony Allen

          • offline man

            Jason Teague

        • modman

          Name one person on the Heat who can stay in front of him should be the question

        • modman

          Name one person on the Heat who can stay in front of him should be the question

      • Amen_Ra

        Pretty accurate

  • rwm

    after not playing it in forever, i popped in NBA 2k12 today. man, i forgot how bad this game is. it’s nothing but a huge headache.

    The graphics aren’t as good as you guys keep saying they are, the players/jerseys look terrible. Player movement is so restricted it isn’t even funny, the game doesn’t even let you move where you want to move. The game is super stiff. The AI in MyPlayer is absolutely awful, i mean seriously they don’t pass when you are open, they miss wide open shots when you pass it to them, and they only pass to you when you run right in front off the guy with the ball. The computer makes any shot, defense doesn’t even matter in this game. There are way too many offensive rebounds/put back dunks/crazy alley oops. I am a SG in MyPlayer, somehow i never play SG no matter what team i am on. I’m usually in at SF or PF. Everytime you go to shoot a free throw the ref holds it for a minute and you can’t do anything about it. The net is just weird looking. The presentation is bad, it doesn’t even look like a real NBA game. Create-a-player is just horrid. There are way too many missed layups/open shots. You get stuck on players all the time when running. The game is super scripted, the computer comes back no matter what. The passing is the worst. The game is laggy as hell, and i wasn’t even online. There are some crazy steals, sometimes the cpu steals the ball from you and they aren’t even looking.

    i really don’t see what you guys see in this game.

    • rwm

      the NBA 2K13 demo is more of the same. Boring/scripted gameplay, terrible/non-realistic presentation, bad graphics/jerseys, and stiff/restricting movements. another headache from 2K.

      • CLEfan4LIFE

        you sir, are just terrible at nba2k.

  • BengalFan18

    ok so does anybody know with total sim control if you will be able to jump in and out of your game like in mlb 2k11 or madden or if it will just give you complete control on how the game plays out? I wish we could have gotten more detail into that and some of these othernew features.

  • H-Town

    In my opinion it just seems as if they took all of their time on adding to MyCareer, and MyTeam and just sort of kept Association the same. However I love the things they did with the online association, in my opinion makes it more play able. I’m not complaining though I love playing MyCareer.

  • Riposte

    Wonder what the new NBA.com interface looks like, because the one used in 2K11 – 2K12 were both fine.

  • Keith.

    The early impressions from guys over at OS who have already picked up the game are very enthusiastic. And it’s refreshing to see such glowing praise come from regular forum posters, rather than a bunch of Game Changers who’s opinions have been paid for.

    • H-Town

      Why do you think that?

    • emaN

      What does that have to do with lack of attention to Association?

      Matter of fact, go to the thread about this same info, and see if they’re just as enthusiastic. (For the record, Association COULD be fixed, but looking at this it doesn’t look like it, since the same stuff was practically “fixed” last year).

      I should have known you’d try to spin this into something positive. This has been the same story for, what, 2-3 years PLUS (I haven’t played before 2k11) with Association. Same bugs, same trade logic issues, same glitches, same potential issues causing a ton of 99-rated players after 3 years, same shit. Yet you refuse to even ACKNOWLEDGE these things.

      As soon as Pasta posts an article on EA though, you’re the first one to comment, posting BS about sales and how you think the game is completely broken because YOU don’t like it.

      Hypocrite.

      • Keith.

        Dude I don’t even know what Association mode is — I’ve always been a My Player guy — but if you’re complaints aren’t being fixed, then I feel bad for ya. I was just pointing out that the early word over at OS is that the game is great, and that in this case it’s not a bunch of Game Changers giving it false praise.

  • Travis

    I love franchise mode. All I ever play. But why the hell should I have to pay extra fr all-star weekend? It’s not like its an optional thing ever other year! It’s a huge part of the game. God damn money greedy bastards!

    • H-Town

      its not paying extra money its just preordering

      • emaN

        It is paying extra if you can’t preorder it.

        • H-Town

          ok so how does that make since, if you are going to give up 65$ the day it comes out, but you cant order it like a month in advance? if it takes you a month to get 65$ then thats sad.

  • Parker

    Does anybody know if regular Online Leagues will be available again?

    • H-Town

      Nope just online association.

      • Parker

        now thats some BS…. in dont know why they removed it… it wasnt as broken as crew mode in my opinion…

        • H-Town

          lol if anything Online Leagues were better then any other online aspect of the game.

  • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

    I hope this is all true you can really tell if they fixed the issues if you sim 5 yrs ahead. That is when contracts got outrageous. I hope coaches matter 15-20 teams would switch coaches every year no matter what. Should be allowed to hire asst coaches as hc. They should have a respect meter based off of wins that would mean players won’t constantly complain to cpu coaches about pt killing chemistry.

  • T h3

    I like this mode better then any mode

  • RandomGuy

    Bug fixes! Yay! A year later!

  • http://twitter.com/kingsheamus123 Jesus Monriquez

    its a little too late now but i wish u couldnt made it better becaouse i play it more than my player

  • http://twitter.com/kingsheamus123 Jesus Monriquez

    but anyways can u play myteam offline

  • JRod

    I have a though and was wondering if anyone figured how to do it or if it is even possible this time around. I usually do Association mode with my bro, when it’s his game he switches to his profile and when it’s mine I switch again. However, in this game it seems to go back to the home screen when I switch profiles. I was wondering if there is any way around it or am I stuck doing it alone ?

  • SadMonsters

    2K Sports are becoming complacent with 2K basketball in much the same way EA have become complacent with the Madden series. It’s depressing to say the least.

  • jim

    does anyone know whether or not you can have multiple teams on the association mode?

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