So seeing a basketball game "starring Justin Bieber" doesn't seem all that promising. That the game claims Jay-Z as one of its executive producers should calm some nerves - but these things aside, how does the game stack up to previous entries in the NBA 2K series?
Quite well, apparently. IGN gives the game a 9.1 and the IGN community at large gives it a 9.0. Aside from a dearth of explanation for the many features and moves available, this game meets and surpasses expectations for a basketball simulator. The pre-game intros employ Jay-Z music videos and baller gameplay footage to get you going in anticipation of play.
If you're looking for a basketball game that's relatively realistic in its treatment of gameplay but just pure fun, you'll have trouble finding one better than NBA 2K13.