NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12 Stuff: GameInformer Review, Chat with MJ, PlayStation Move Blog

With NBA 2K12 finally here, things are set to get really busy around these parts. Reviews, blogs and feature articles are pouring in, here are a few you may be interested in checking out.

First of all, ESPN.com’s Jon Robinson conducted an interview with cover player Michael Jordan, who spoke about his influence on the game, his satisfaction in how he is represented and his thoughts on the inclusion of the other legends involved in NBA’s Greatest. MJ notably expresses disappointment that Charles Barkley could not be included in the game.

GameInformer have posted their review of NBA 2K12, awarding it a score of 9.5/10 (the same score IGN gave the game) and dubbed it “the best basketball sim ever”. It does note issues with online play and bemoans the lockout’s effect on the game’s current rosters, but as the score would indicate it is an overwhelmingly positive review on the whole.

Finally, Ronnie 2K has also posted an entry over on the official PlayStation blog, detailing the PlayStation Move controls in NBA 2K12 and touting some of the key features of this year’s game. Discuss all of these articles in the NBA 2K12 section of the Forum and don’t forget to check out JaoSming’s impressions of the game right here on the main page, as well as share your opinions here.

NBA 2K12 Launch Trailer

2K Sports have released a new trailer to celebrate the launch of NBA 2K12.

If you can’t view the embedded video, click here to watch it on our YouTube channel. Feel free to post any thoughts below in the comments or here in the Forum; thanks to Phraynk for the heads up.

JaoSming’s Impressions of NBA 2K12

So far I have really enjoyed my time with the PC version of NBA 2K12. Although there are some disappointments, overall the game is still awesome. Click to read more under the video for my full impressions, and feel free to share your impressions as well.

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NBA 2K12 Now Available on Steam

NBA 2K12 has shown up on Steam and is available to buy for $29.99. See below for the system requirements.

Minimum:
OS: XP, Vista, or Windows 7
Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz Single Core processor or equivalent (2.8 Ghz for Vista)
Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB for Vista)
Hard Disk Space: 8.5 GB or more free space
Video Card: ATI x1300 or greater; NVIDIA 6600 or greater; DirectX 9.0c compatible card with Shader Model 3.0 support.
DirectX®: 9.0c
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad

Recommended:
OS: XP, Vista, or Windows 7
Processor: 3 GHz Dual Core processor or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Disk Space: 8.5 GB or more free space
Video Card: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512 Ram (Nvidia(R) Geforce(R) 7900 GT or better)
DirectX®: 9.0c
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad

Important Information Regarding NBA 2K12 PC Version

There are still a lot of key differences between the PC version of NBA 2K12 and the Console version.

  • Online still forces you to play on Low Graphic Quality settings (same as 2K11 & 2K10)
  • The console’s Lighting Engine did not make it into the PC version again this year
  • The Custom Arena Music feature is not in the PC version
  • Courts are inaccurate  for non-US versions of the game
  • There are no alternate control schemes
  • No way to unlock Classic Warriors or Kings teams
  • We cannot edit any of the iff files yet
To expand on the last point, the iff files are using a new compression format this year, meaning none of our tools from 2K9-2K11 can edit the textures and models inside the files.  While these omissions are certainly disappointing, the PC version does have the updated gameplay and other features from the console versions of the game, and it’s half the price.  For more information look around the NBA 2K12 forum.

Da Czar’s NBA 2K12 Play of the Day – Wizards

Da Czar has posted the next video in his NBA 2K12 Play of the Day series, this time spotlighting the Washington Wizards.

Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts here in the Forum. If you can’t see the embedded video, please click here to watch it over on YouTube.

Initial NBA 2K12 Impressions by fjccommish

The following is a write-up by fjccommish, who last week talked about some of the pitfalls gamers encounter when trying to get early copies of a game. fjccommish has spent some time with NBA 2K12 and contributed these initial impressions of the game to be published in The Soapbox.

Here are some initial impressions of NBA 2K12. This impressions discussion won’t go into detail of all the modes or the whole game. It’s not intended as a complete review.

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NBA 2K12 Out Today

The wait is finally over! NBA 2K12 is out today in North America on PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360. Several gamers have already picked up their copy thanks to midnight releases, so no doubt we can expect an influx of impressions, reviews and user videos in the near future. Unfortunately for me it seems Aussie stores are adhering to the street date, so I won’t get my hands on the game until this Friday. However, I’m sure other members of the NLSC Team will be posting their impressions in the meantime.

With the game out, I’d like to invite everyone to join in discussion in the NBA 2K12 section of the NLSC Forum. If you’d just like to declare that you’ve picked up your copy, you may do so in this thread. To post quick thoughts on the game or post a question for folks who have the game, please use this thread. For anything and everything else, by all means feel free to create new threads as appropriate. If you’ve got any content you’d like to share, be it a review for The Soapbox or perhaps a video, please drop us a line.

NBA 2K12 categories added to Downloads Database

As we prepare for a new “season” of modding with NBA 2K12’s impending release, we have expanded our Downloads section to include categories for NBA 2K12. To start things off, you can find the official game manuals released by 2K Sports here.

For those who are unaware, our new Downloads section allows user uploads for anyone who has an active Forum account, which means we can provide 100% free file hosting to the community along with a listing in our database. Files will not be deleted after any period of inactivity, so you don’t have to worry about anything going missing as time goes by. Whether you’re planning on making updates for NBA 2K12 or still updating an older basketball game, all submissions are most welcome. We hope that you enjoy the facilities of our Downloads section and find them easy to use, if you do run into any issues or need hosting for a file larger than 100 MB, please drop me a line.

Updates to NBA 2K12 & NBA 2K11 Forum Sections

In preparation for NBA 2K12’s release, we’ve expanded the NBA 2K12 section of the NLSC Forum to include our standard subsections for the modding community: Patching Help & Requests, Releases & Previews, Total Conversions and Tutorials. All other topics of discussion belong in the main NBA 2K12 section. We’ve also moved our NBA 2K11 section to the Previous Games category, retaining all of its subsections.

We’ve also made a small change to user profiles to reflect our new focus on basketball video games and not just NBA Live. The “Favourite NBA Live(s)” field is now “Favourite Basketball Video Games”, so for all those who like to list that kind of info in their Forum profile, you may now want to update it accordingly.

IGN NBA 2K12 Review (9.5/10)

IGN have posted the first video and written reviews of NBA 2K12, awarding it a score of 9.5 out of 10. The video review asserts that NBA 2K12 is “better in every single way”, while the written review touts the improvements to defensive AI, player models and My Player along with the addition of NBA’s Greatest.

If the embedded video doesn’t work, check out the written review to watch it over on IGN. Post your thoughts on both reviews below or join in the discussion here in the Forum.

NBA 2K12 coming to iOS Devices

NBA 2K12 is coming to the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad on Tuesday for $4.99 on the iPod/iPhone and $9.99 for the iPad.

The game features “classic” controls with manual movement, shoot, and pass buttons, or a one finger control scheme that has you tapping on teammates to pass to, tapping on your player to do moves, and holding down on your player to shoot.  It contains a Play Now, Season, Playoffs, Practice, and Situation mode, as well as NBA 2K11’s Jordan Challenge mode.

Feel free to comment on this preview of the game by CNet and discuss in this Forum thread.  Thanks to Forum user natch21 for the heads up.

Paying more for less; early copies of NBA 2K12

The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is fjccommish.

It’s the Commish up on the Soapbox. The subject is buying NBA 2K12 early through eBay and Craigslist. They say a sucker is born every minute, but the Commish isn’t one of them.

People are spending $100, $200 or more to get a copy of the game early. It’s bad enough they can’t wait until Tuesday, but some of them are spending that kind of cash for a game that won’t ship until the release date, if ever.

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NBA 2K12 Developer Insight #13 – Online Association

The newest Developer Insight for NBA 2K12 has been released and it focuses on the new Online Association.

To combat the issues of online leagues from last year, there is a new flex schedule system in place which simulates the game time 3 days for every 1 real life day.  You have the option to play against the CPU if your opponent doesn’t show up for their game, and if neither of you play, the game gets simulated instead of hanging up the entire Association for everyone.  There are trade protests, a new off-season period, and different sizes and lengths of seasons you can customize.

For all the information, check out the Insight.  Feel free to comment or discuss in the Forum.  And if you want to participate in an NLSC Online Association, claim your team in this Forum Thread.

Da Czar’s NBA 2K12 Play of the Day – Lakers

The new Play of the Day from Da Czar has been (properly) released into the wild.

Check out the Forum thread for all discussion about the Play of the Day series and be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the new video.