Because forget gameplay changes.
The 2K Sports team talk about the different shoes within NBA 2K13 in their latest developer insight. Yes, shoes. The “sole” of the sport. But hey, Jay-Z ya’ll. Or something.
Much as we protest the pointlessness, sports games, especially the yearly ones, are not only judged by new features they implement but by the realism they instil in the experience. This means, for better or worse, paying extensive attention to brands and player apparel like jerseys and shoes. At times it means extensive attention to the same. Thankfully, there are enough gameplay additions here as well.