NBA 2K11 brought massive success to the world of basketball gaming. The new-born relative 2K12 has excelled, offering all new play modes and updated team lists from recent times through to yesteryear.
As in 2011, players have the option to take on the challenges of Michael Jordan’s most memorable games played, with the rewards in abundance if you won. This year’s masterpiece offers not only games with Michael Jordan, but also Magic Johnson, Dr J, Larry Bird, even some of the pioneers of the game with George Mikan from the 1951 Minnesota Lakers. Each game takes on the characteristics and styling of an old TV series with film grain and sepia colours matching technology past. Even player movements and skill-sets match perfectly to the legends, hundred’s of hours of stock footage motion tracked and put to great use bringing realism to basketball video games. Several hundred older players can be accessed, except for the likes of Charles Barkley, who perhaps due to current lack of fitness, is excluded.
Game Modes to Play out the NBA Season
Along with the regular ‘Quick-game’ and ‘Association’ game modes allowing use of existing teams to play out the NBA season, players can once again create their own team member and customise all attributes to the finest detail. If there’s a style of player you admire as a fan, there’s a good chance that it’ll be listed to choose from. But it’s more than just style you’re choosing from – its honing in exactly the kind of player you will become and how smart you will be on the court you will be. You only get one opportunity to show your skills before being drafted to the big leagues, so make it count! I found this whole game-mode more addictive, with countless hours of interest and entertainment, climbing the superstar ladder of the NBA, counting my money and doing press conference statements.
It’s a great idea to practise before really thinking about playing online. You always seem to have seasoned professionals online even shortly after a game is released, so getting in those extra few games of training will make those online hours much more enjoyable and less frustrating. Not only can you play online and achieve even more rewards but download exclusive content which effectively adds another completely new game to be included, with 2on2, 3on3 and even a crowd rallying trick shot competition between the legends of the game, reminiscent of a 90’s McDonalds commercial.