gamers (87%) found this review helpful
2K Sports has done it again! NBA2K11 was the greatest basketball game ever made until Oct. 4th 2011. That distinction now goes to NBA2K12.
The easiest way to explain it is the word "Tight". Everything is just tighter. The graphics, the player movement, the post game, the animations, everything. They really took last years game and made everything slightly better. My Player is vastly improved also since your rating starts in the 60's and not the 40's.
The biggest improvement in terms of gameplay is the fast-breaks. So fluid. You actually have 3 on 1 breaks. Fast-break points are now regularly in the 20's and 30's per game. Such a blast. Last year, 10 fast-break point in a game was a lot. They really fixed it beautifully.
Also, the game has 34 old-school teams! 34! Unbelievable. I played a game with the '65 Celtics and the game was in black and white, with retro commentary. Need i say more?
If you love basketball, you already have this game. If you love sports, buy this game. If you love technical achievement in videogames, buy this game. If you love Larry Bird, get his cover!
For the second year in a row 2K Sports has made a love letter to b-ball fanatics. Thank you. Now i'm going back to play....
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
This may sound like blasphemy but contrary to rave reviews, I think this NBA2K is inferior to last years. Yes it plays smoother and has a great deal more polish, but it's not as fun to play as 2k11.
-It's overly complicated: dribbling is frustrating, loose balls feel implausible, off ball movement is hard to use because players get tangled with defending players too easily, and yes your still flirting with disaster if you don't use icon passing.
To me it feels like the frustrating things about last year were made even more frustrating, and they subtracted modes like crews, slam dunk contest, 3 point contest, and My player online pick up games (If you were into those modes (hope for some DLC).
- The shot, dunk, crossover, steal, and block animations are beautiful and rewarding when done successfully. This is where the game shines.
-The online...(No Comment) In all fairness it is still being worked on, and 2k sports acknowledges the poor quality.
Bottom line: It still plays like 2k11 but smoother, I think the My Player mode is the reason to rent/buy this game since it is greatly improved. If you are indecisive about renting or buying because of so many other great games releasing around this time, just keep playing 2k11 and wait a while on this one.
Being a huge B Ball fan, I know the die hard will pick this up right away. Just wanted to give people an objective heads up review.