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NBA 2K13

I'll admit it... I've been addicted to NBA 2K13 since it came out last October. I was asked to do a review for my buddy Ronnie Singh (AKA Ronnie2K) who handles social media and online marketing over at 2K Sports about the My Player mode, so this will be a pretty detailed read.

The one feature that I like about the game is the "My Player" mode because it simulates a real life NBA prospect's career coming in as a rookie and what not. It's a much better improvement than last year's features, including post game interviews and drills to increase your player's skill points. With that having been said, it's probably better if I show you through pictures.

In the beginning, you'll have to play the Rookie Showcase. It's the game where you play against the other 2012 rookie prospects and try to up your stat line in order to get picked high in the draft. It's pretty hard to rack up a decent stat line because they start you off at a really low rating, so you end up missing easy shots and creating turnovers. From what I hear, it takes a really good stat line to end up in the top five picks... but as long as you're a lottery pick (1-14), you should be able to get the achievement trophy.

I was interviewed by the Cavaliers, Raptors, and Pistons who held the 4th, 8th, and 9th pick respectively. The scouts will ask you a few questions determining whether or not you're a fit for their teams. If you don't want to be picked, my suggestion is to answer in the "thanks, but no thanks" categories.

After the interviews, you'll see yourself placed in a mock draft. It's really extensive and detailed, so you should read it and get a feel for where you stand amongst the other prospects. You can see that I had a decent all around game in the Rookie Showcase with 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists... but like I said, the first top 5 picks are set in stone. I'm projected to go 7th overall, so let's see where I ended up.

The day of the draft! I was picked 4th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers! It's a lot higher than the mock draft said I would be, so hey... I'm extremely happy with it. Like I said... this draft is pretty comprehensive, and David Stern actually voices himself in this game, which I thought was pretty neat. Here I am shaking the commissioner's hand.

The thing that I like about this mode is that they treat you like an actual player, which means... ENDORSEMENTS. The first thing you get is a billboard, and I have to admit... it looks pretty dope! In my rookie contract, it says I'll make about 2.02 million over the next two years, but I'll only be providing limited bench minutes. I'm fine with that! I got drafted where I wanted, and now I'm here to make a difference in the league.

After building up my career and player up to a 70 overall rating, my player was immediately inserted into the starting lineup. From there, the stats kept racking up! The great thing is that as your career progresses, the endorsements and skill points will follow.

Rookie Year: I'm averaging well over 57 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists in my rookie year (82 games), and I made my first All-Star game appearance. I'm a beast in the playoffs and I won the 2012-2013 NBA Finals MVP honors against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Rookie of the Year isn't much competition when you figure that it's pretty much competing against you. With my ridiculous stat line at the end of the year, it was a lock. Depending on your performance through the first half of the season combined with the league wide popularity meter, there's a great chance that you'll make the All Star team.

In the meantime, keep winning those finals and meeting the president!

A new "key game" selection feature helps make hoop dreams come true faster. Instead of pounding out 82-plus games every season for your player's career, a new option allows those pressed for time to skip to the marquee match-ups for their star. This means that those monotonous games against the Sacramento Kings will be passed in favor of taking on LeBron and the Miami Heat, or whoever your team's rival is.

Working your way up to Hall of Fame status is pretty much a list of milestones that you have to complete (both individual, team, and career wise). When you feel that the right time to retire is now, then you have the option to hang it up and go down with the legends.

At the end of my nine year career, I retired with 50,047 career points, 6,837 rounds, 7,575 assists, and 8 championships. Worthy of the Hall of Fame, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed my review of NBA 2K13's My Player mode!