GamesRadar NBA 2K12 Review (10/10)

GamesRadar have posted a review of NBA 2K12, becoming the first publication to award the game a perfect score of 10/10. The review praises NBA’s Greatest, enhanced gameplay, improved My Player and presentation in this year’s game, though the reviewer notably has not spent time with the game’s online modes.

What’s your take on the scores NBA 2K12 has been receiving? What are your impressions of the game? Join in the discussion in the NBA 2K12 section of the NLSC Forum. The modding community is also gearing up to create updates for the game (at this time some tools still need to be updated), so stay tuned to the Releases & Previews section and look out for the first file additions for NBA 2K12 to be posted here soon.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition DLC – Time is Money

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is out now on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network at a cost of 1200 Microsoft Points or $14.99. Downloadable content is also already available for the game in the form of the “Time is Money” pack, which allows you to unlock every legend, mascot, privilege and 12+ special teams along with a bonus 10,000 JAM Bucks to continue unlocking content from the in-game JAM Store.

The DLC costs $4.99 on PSN and 400 Microsoft Points on XBL. Additionally, if you have a save file from last year’s game, you are instantly rewarded with 15,000 JAM Bucks and level up to Level 10 straight away. If you’ve picked up the game, we invite you to share your impressions in this thread in The Virtual Hardwood.

Da Czar’s Strategy Session: Practicing Your Plays

In addition to his Play of the Day feature, Da Czar has also started a new Strategy Sessions series of videos. The first one offers tips on practicing plays in NBA 2K12.

You can discuss Czar’s videos in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Also be sure to check out his blog here.

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 Jam: On Fire Edition Demo (GameSpot)

GameSpot have posted a video offering another preview of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, including a chat with producer Cody Sawatsky.

Check it out here if you can’t see the video. Look out for my impressions of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition to be posted soon.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Launch Trailer

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition was released yesterday on the PlayStation Network and is out today on Xbox Live. As such, EA Sports have released a new trailer to celebrate the launch.

Click here to watch the video on the NLSC’s YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. Remember you can discuss the trailer and all aspects of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.

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.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Out Today (PSN); Quick Look & GameSpot Review

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition comes out today on the PlayStation Network and will be available at a cost of $14.99. Xbox 360 users will be able to get the game tomorrow for 1200 Microsoft Points. I’ve actually received a copy of the game and will be posting some impressions within the next day or so.

In the meantime, you can check out a Quick Look at the game courtesy of Giant Bomb, which includes a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks. GameSpot have also posted their review of the Xbox 360 version, awarding it a score of 8.5 out of 10, praising several aspects of the game but opining that there is still some cheapness to the AI. Don’t forget that you can discuss NBA Jam: On Fire Edition in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC 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.

REDitor II v2.3 Now Available

Vl@d Zola Jr. has released v2.3 of REDitor II for NBA 2K11 and NBA 2K10, the final release before NBA 2K12 comes out. The latest version adds some new fields for the NBA 2K11 Xbox 360 roster tables, adds the ability to use Association and My Player files from the Xbox 360 version with the Roster Exchanger and fixed a glitch which caused all names to be blanked on rare occasions.

You can get the latest version here in our Downloads database. Be sure to check out Vl@d’s release thread for REDitor II here in the NBA 2K11 section of the NLSC Forum for support and additional release notes.