Honestly after being without NBA Live for a couple years, I can't be more excited. I like NBA 2k12, but Live is still my favorite series. Anyways Live is coming back, and gonna be better then ever. There are a few features that I would love to see in Live 2012.
1. A Full Be a Pro Mode
NBA Live 09 had a Be a Pro Mode, but I want to have the full season. I think a Be a Pro Mode will no doubt be in NBA Live 2012, but how it will be executed will be the question. I think NBA Elite 11 was gonna be the first game with a full Be a Pro Mode. I would love to see one similar to the NHL version, but maybe press conference and specific drills. Also include something like the Jordan challenges that were going to be in Elite.
2. Legendary Teams and Challenges
NBA 2K12 introduced some Legendary challenges. It was very simplistic though, all you had to do is win one game with the legenary team. NBA Elite should expand on this though. Maybe have challenges with certain players, get a certain amount of assists as Stockton, score a certain amount of 4th quarter points with Jordan, and it should be played as your like only the player, not being able to control the entire team, because that kinda ruins the emphasis on it being the player's legendary challenge. Also in 2K12 you weren't actually in the players shoes, the commentators would talk about things like Miami big 3, I would like it if it was actually like you were playing that incredible game, and the commentators should be like the commentators during the game. EA said that they want to nail the presentation and have gotten the full ESPN presentation. I hope they make great use of it. I would also to like to see some modern Era incredible teams. Like the Shaq and Kobe Lakers. Maybe the 05 or 06 Suns which could be one of the best teams ever never to win a championships with Steve Nash in his MVP years. Maybe the Duncan Era Spurs when he was in his prime, even the Iverson 76ERs would be great to see. There are a lot of teams to choose from, and I don't think anyone would complain if we saw some great modern teams. I know I would like to play as these teams, and play as some of the top veteran players today in their prime. Also to build on this how about a fantasy legends mode, which can be online and offline, and its based on the concept of the TNT All Star Special Last year. A group of players, 6 at the TNT special, have a draft mixed with the best Legends, and the best of todays players. There teams didn't get to face off, but it would be cool if they had a concept where it was like a playoff. Maybe change that 6 team number to 8 teams so you could have an organized small playoff.
3. Keep All-Star Weekend
I was dissapointed when NBA 2K12 had no all-star weekend features. Live 2013 should keep all the glory, of the dunk contest, the 3 point contest that NBA Live 10 had. How about add some new ones now, the Skills Challenge, the Horse Challenge, and even just for jokes the Celebrity All-Star game. It would be hilarious just to play as 5 foot tall people. Unfourtunately the Celebrity All-Star games are kinda nobodys, but I would no doubt like to see Vinny from Jersey Shore make a fool of himself, or Justin Bieber have to take a charge. It would be fun, and I would like to see most of the historic weekend in the game.
These aren't really surprises, but those are just the basics I wanna see in Live 13. Tell us about what ideas you wanna see. Maybe some unique online modes? Post your thoughts.