Written by Afroson
The NBA season was in doubt as one month of basketball had been cancelled. The owners and players had come to terms on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on November 26, 2011. The thrill and excitement that basketball is returning on Christmas Day has made this year a special Christmas not only for me, but for basketball admirers all over the world. However as this lockout was imminent, this didn’t stop 2K SPORTS from releasing their annual basketball game to the public. Well as another year has gone by, what were the critical changes from NBA 2K11 to NBA 2K12?
One, there are no rookies on the current roster. But since the lockout becomes uplifted, there will be an update to finally play as former UConn star Kemba Walker and Congo’s Bismack Biyombo. Two, the online matching is much improved from last year’s game. Waiting the most of 5 minutes to play against another player to 20 minutes of last years version is convenient to time but lag still ensues between games as a few players I competed against had to quit. Three, My Player mode is very broad, more depth but challenging. In this mode the customization is in vast detail: assigning signature brand shoes, changing the player’ style to be a 3-point shooter or an athletic star. I had a difficult time trying to upgrade my athletic player with the few minutes given during games and if I demanded the ball alot from my teammates, my grade level would falter from a B to a C. Four, the jump shot functionality is much easier in this year’s version than last year’s. With selected players, there is a blue ring to give an indication to release the shot of that particular player’s jump shot. In NBA 2K11 that wasn’t implemented and players such as Dirk Nowitzki and Ray Allen were among the most difficult shot releases in the game thus creating multiple brick shots. And finally Five, more added NBA past team rosters dating from Magic Johnson’s Lakers of the 70s to Chris Webber’s Sacramento Kings 1999-2000 team. Now the reputation can be put to the test to see which roster fairs in a epic match-up.
The gameplay doesn’t have a polish feel. The defensive mechanism just has a loose feel to it. For the past three years I was hoping for the developers to tighten the defensive configuration with players properly closing in on shooters and not have them glide on hardwood, which becomes irritating and frustrating. Another issue I’ve experienced is the referees’ inconsistency of calling fouls. There were times when I would have Brandon Roy drive to the basket for a dunk, next thing he gets hit with contact and no call. This was happening repeatedly through matches with non-calls on contact plays.
Overall this game is a temporary buy until the real NBA season starts at 12:30 pm on Christmas Day with Celtics and Knicks headlining the first of five games.
The overall score of this game is a 7.5 out of 10.