I think this game is awful. The menu layout is pathetic. It is very disorganized and doesn't make much sense. When you make a choice you often can't go back to the previous screen. Gameplay control isn't very good often not letting you go where you want to go. The graphis could be much better. EA Sports... please come back to basketball.
If you're reading this, odds are you're debating on whether or not to either rent or purchase this game. If that is indeed the case, then I urge you to try this game. The 2k franchise exploded with NBA 2k9, and has only gotten better since. Every year 2k astounds me with improvements. This year, the gameplay is more realistic than ever. Players play like their real life counterparts, and individual teams have their own styles and it shows. And this year with the addition of Signature Skills, players strengths are more well implemented than ever. They are not meant to make great players greater, but further define role players. With infinite contact animations and new physics, NBA 2k13's gameplay is more realistic than ever.
Onto game modes. There is, of course, the return of My Career. And boy is it amazing. From getting drafted and coming off the bench in your first game to leading your team to the NBA Finals, NBA 2k13's My Career mode is a wild ride. As you become more noticed, Nike and Jordan will attempt to sign you, you'll be put onto billboards, and you'll get your own commercials. As you get used to your teammates, your chemistry will increase. And it is very noticeable. Soon it will feel as if your teammates know your next move before you make it. A timely pick, or a great entry pass can be that extra something to win a close game. And all of that comes with chemistry. Franchise is also back, of course, along with My Team (very similar to Madden's Ultimate Team), Create A Legend and more.
Overall, this game is a blast. There are a few animations that are very common and will occur so often you will be able to predict them before they happen. That and the inability to defend dunks can become annoying, but the rest of the game shines so much it hardly takes away from the overall experience.