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Get back on the court as some of the greatest NBA players of all time in NBA 2K12. Featuring legendary players and teams from NBA history, NBA 2K12 lets you truly settle the argument of who is the greatest.
With over 5 million copies sold worldwide and over 20 Sports Game of Year awards, last year NBA 2K11 allowed you to BECOME THE GREATEST with MJ & the Jordan Challenge mode. This year the NBA 2K franchise is back and bigger than ever, providing fans with the opportunity they’ve always dreamed of – to finally END THE DEBATE as to who are the best teams and players of all time. Featuring such NBA legends as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as well as all of your favorite NBA players of today, NBA 2K12 will be packed with new and exciting features that will be revealed in the weeks and months ahead that, come October 4th, will put fans center court of an unprecedented basketball experience.
- Celebrates the legendary careers of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson with three different game covers
- Features 15 legendary NBA players, including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dr. J and more
- Relive celebrated careers and heated rivalries from NBA history, re-created in meticulous detail
- Offers the most visually accurate NBA game to date by building off NBA Today's real-time stats, rosters, schedules and ratings
- Dynamically update every graphic detail of the game from the shoes to player models and court floors
- Delivers a dynamic broadcast style featuring players promoting their upcoming games and pregame highlight reels set to 2K Beats music
- Shoot, steal, pass, dunk and dominate your opponents on the floor with all-new control mechanics for post play and ball control to offer intuitive gameplay
- Adds more than 1,000 new animations for realistic and life-like gameplay
- Follow-up to the award-winning Sports Game of the Year, NBA 2K11
Relive the league's most celebrated careers and rivalries, re-created in unbelievable detail. Take to the court as 15 NBA legends, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. J, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and more. Dominate your opponents on the hardwood with all-new control mechanics for post play and ball control that let you intuitively shoot, pass, steal, dribble and dunk. Experience the most visually accurate NBA game that builds off NBA Today's real-time stats, rosters, schedules and ratings. Update graphic details from the shoes to the player models and court floors. Immerse yourself in the excitement and thrills of NBA action with an updated broadcast style that features players promoting their upcoming games and pregame highlights set to 2K Beats music. Are you ready to determine who is truly the greatest to ever play in the NBA?
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2K12 improves upon 11 in just about every way with little details from presentation to the career mode. However, those things still don't justify a purchase IMO. The biggest difference with 2K12 is how the gameplay is far more realistic. In 2K11 you could get to the hoop and finish fairly regularly without much trouble even with a Dwight Howard of Joakim Noah guarding the rim. In 2K12 if you use the same strategy you are going to get your shot sent back in your face more often than not. This makes dunks and amazing layups far less common which may deter and frustrate some players who are looking for an arcade type game like NBA Jam. However, for me it makes getting those highlight reel plays all that more gratifying. It is similar to hockey or soccer in that there are few goals scored but when they happen there is more excitement and a sense of accomplishment.
The other significant change I have noticed is that fast breaks are possible in this iteration. In 2K11 it was very hard to get points off fast break opportunities the D always managed to get down the court faster than the offense. These fast breaks seem to be the best place to get dunks and ally oops.
So with fewer dunks being scored you are going to find that the the 3 pointer is going to be key to winning games. This is where my gripe with the game comes in, it is ridiculously easy for a decent player to shoot 75% from the arc and just murder you with 3s and the defensive AI does not help the situation. The AI seems to have a hard time identifying who the player is guarding so they make bad switches which often lead to open 3s being shot which more often than not go in.
Overall 2K12 is a great game just be prepared to play it differently than 11 or you will find yourself getting very frustrated. I would refrain from buying it from Amazon until their download service is fixed and you can decide where to download the files to so that you don't have to shift files around to fit the game on your SSD.
First off, don't reply to this talking about "they have great Mods for PC games if you know the correct site." Well, I knew 3-4 correct sites. What those sites told me was that it took 6 months before a patch was released to repair the dozens of developmental flaws. Yes, the version I played that was so buggy it ruined a revolutionary game was actually the PATCHED version. A typical game goes like this: you score 3 consecutive baskets, get a couple rebounds, maybe a block...then the game freezes up. It's not just me, these "great mod forums" mention these in great detail. So, upon reloading, you don't wait for those baskets, the rebound and block; you get one or two then save mid-game to make sure you retain these, then reload. Make sure you have your 3rd party gaming boosters handy, because every reload slows court action considerably. But if you get a steal and score a dunk on a breakaway, it's save and reload time again. Rinse and repeat until you spend 90 minutes for a 30 minute affair. It's not my system. Again, the forums on the recommended sites have the same, if not more problems that I have had.
Now for the bad part. Oh yeah, there's a cherry on top! 2KSports Online works great...except for the whole online part. I'm not talking about playing friends and strangers online, I'm talking about the 2KShare, where in the past you were able to download rosters, game sliders, rookie drafts, everything you need to hit the ground running. Not ONCE have I successfully gotten past the server. Not only does it say it will not be working, it tells you to check YOUR connection. Go to any forum to find a workaround with the forum search feature will greet you with a dozen threads dedicated to how 2KShare is never online and how they also haven't gotten in.
Perhaps worst of all, the only reason I dropped the 40 bucks was because 2KSports eradicated EVERYTHING for NBA 2K11. Even if you were lucky enough to find downloads 2KSports saw to it they wouldn't work. After all, a new game was out even though I was more than content with 2K11. I couldn't have ever imagined it would've gotten worse by tenfold with the new game.
NBA 2K12 is great. No, it's better than great. But with the developer's seemingly purposeful mishandling of its product it makes the game's excellence moot. Actually it makes it more aggravating; the game is so great that you will spend the time trying to finish it. And you'll try, and try, then try harder until you realize one fact: a bad game with great customer service is 80x better than a great game with seemingly intentionally wretched customer service. Shame on you, 2K Sports. Pass on this.
However, the My Player mode is the biggest draw for me personally, and it fell flat on its face. As with 2k11, there is no option to tweak specific aspects of the difficulty (ie, sliders) so you pretty much have to choose Easy, Medium, Hard and live with it from there. And therein lies the problem, because for a satisfying My Player mode you need a reasonable balance between challenging and doable...but not just on a personal level, on a team level too. I attempted to find a difficulty level where I could help my team win games without my stats looking too ridiculous. After two seasons in the league I wound up putting up 30 points, 15 assists, and 8 steals a game for a 30-win team. Really? A league-MVP performance isn't enough to make the playoffs because of the incompetence of the teammate AI? Simply put, for realism you have to have a teammate AI and an opponent AI that line up, and 2K12 has a ridiculous disparity between the two on any difficulty. A number of other fun glitches also cripple the mode - for example, the draft picks every year are doled out alphabetically rather than by record. Better start forcing a trade to the 76ers now, because they're getting the best rookie in every class for the rest of your career!!
2K12 is still a pretty game, but far from fixing the issues with 2K11, it is instead a shockingly big downgrade.
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I bout it online I could not play it