NBA 2K12 cover featuring Michael Jordan.
|Platform(s)||Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation Portable, Playstation 2, Nintendo Wii, Windows|
|Release date(s)||October 4th, 2011|
NBA 2K12 is a video game by 2K Sports. It is the thirteenth installment in the NBA 2K series and was slated for release October 4th, 2011. It is a direct sequel to NBA 2K11 and will be followed by NBA 2K13 in 2012. On July 21st 2011, 2K Sports revealed that the game will be available with three different covers: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
On March 11th, Pastapadre.com reported that TNT commentator and voice of NBA 2K Kevin Harlan revealed in an interview on Damon Bruce's radio show that Steve Kerr would be joining him on commentary in NBA 2K12. Kerr previously provided commentary alongside Marv Albert for the NBA Live series from NBA Live 06 through NBA Live 10.
On May 17th, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game were confirmed to be on display at E3 2011.
On May 31st, a teaser trailer was released, containing NBA 2K11 footage. It confirmed the release date as October 4th 2011.
In an interview at E3 2011, producer Erick Boenisch touched upon improvements to the presentation in NBA 2K12. The game will feature dynamic game introductions with different clips and highlights rather than standard introduction cutscenes and further efforts have been made to imitate a TV-style broadcast, with improvements to the overlays and commentary track. Boenisch also confirmed a change that the game features a new system for shooting free throws. In a video interview, Rob Jones mentioned that enhancements would be made to the dribbling and post game, as well as a continued effort to move away from canned animations.
The PlayStation 3 version of NBA 2K12 supports PlayStation Move controls, with a control scheme dubbed NBA on the Move.
On August 3rd 2011, 2K Sports announced the inclusion of a new mode: NBA's Greatest. Building on the success and popularity of the Jordan Challenge, NBA's Greatest will allow players to recreate a historic game for fifteen NBA legends, complete with authentic broadcast presentation from their respective eras. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were the first five legends confirmed upon the announcement of the mode, with Wilt Chamberlain, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Isiah Thomas, Bill Russell, John Stockton and Jerry West being confirmed on August 18th. Full team rosters, along with a list of bonus teams, were revealed on August 19th.
For the second year in a row, 2K Sports partnered up with Duck Down Records for a contest to give aspiring producers and MCs a chance to be featured on the official NBA 2K12 soundtrack. Beginning on March 23rd 2011, the first phase of the contest saw producers submit a sample-free instrumental track, with Alex Kresovich's "The Return" announced as the winner on April 14th. Following the second phase, in which MCs submitted a clean track using "The Return", the top ten finalists were be selected by 2K Sports and Duck Down and presented to the fans on May 2nd. Voting ended on May 9th and the winning entry by D.J.I.G., "Now's My Time", was announced on May 31st. The track is available to listen to here on the Duck Down website.
The full soundtrack was revealed August 11th 2011 and features artists such as Eminem & Royce Da 5'9", Travis Barker, Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon, Twista, Cee-Lo, Q-Tip.
On July 20th 2011, 2K Sports invited fans to Tweet #NBA2K12 with the promise that the NBA 2K12 cover would be revealed once 100,000 people had Tweeted. On July 21st, it was revealed that the game would be available with three different covers: one featuring Michael Jordan, one featuring Magic Johnson and one featuring Larry Bird.
NBA 2K12 received Machinima.com's Best Sports Game at E3 Award, also receiving a runner-up nod in IGN's E3 2011 Awards behind EA Sports' FIFA Soccer 12. IGN was the first to post a review of the game on September 30th 2011, awarding it a score of 9.5 and proclaiming it "better in every single way" compared to NBA 2K11.
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