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2.0 out of 5 stars Fun until you get to the end of a game, February 14, 2012
This review is from: NBA 2K12 (Covers May Vary) (Video Game)
To start, this game has the nicest graphics of any basketball game I've ever played. The controls and moves are well integrated and make sense, and the game's depth of modes and presentations are spectacular. That being said, it is sad how buggy this game is. Issues that were apparently fixed in a patch still prevail. I will go through a few:
1) First and foremost, if you play against the computer, the AI is ridiculously dumb. The computer will essentially dribble the ball in one spot for about 10 seconds before finally settling into a shot. I can live with that for the duration of the game, but at the end of games is when you begin to wonder what the point of playing this game is. The AI is not programmed to play smart end game basketball offensively. I can't stress how many times I have had a 3 point lead and the computer had the ball with 20 seconds to go, and did the following: either dribble the ball down with a non-shooter and attempt a horrible shot at the buzzer, take a TWO POINTER at the buzzer, or just dribble the ball down and not even attempt a shot. This is simply inexcusable. The ends of close games in basketball should be exciting, not frustrating, leaving you to wonder why you just spent a half hour playing the game if the ending will not be realistic, or even challenging.

2) The game is extremely buggy. On screen season team statistics are inaccurate; apparently my team leads the league in every category by a wide margin. Also, I have had the commentary "break" in two game modes. About 30 games into My Player mode and Association, all color commentary that really enhances the presentation of the game just stops. You just stop hearing the commentators talk about individual players, teams and coaches; it gets reduced to bland play by play commentary. I've also had Associations where the computer is signing players with asterisks instead of names. Other bugs include getting fouled while shooting (and missing the shot) and only getting one free throw, amongst many other bugs and glitches. If I have already invested several weeks into a game mode and something "breaks" or becomes buggy, why would I waste the time and start over? It is frustrating.

All in all, this game could have been great, possibly the greatest sports game ever. I suppose if you play exclusively online, it is amazing. However the offline bugs and glitches render the game frustrating and after a while, a waste of your time. In the end, this makes it a grand disappointment.
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