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.
Rather than leading with your best foot forward, lets talk about what I don’t like about NBA 2K12 PC in my first eight hours or so with the game. First off I have run into a couple glitches in my short time with the game. The first being Penny doing a Globe Trotter trick with the ball. Just some simple ball warping, but with all the focus on the “Live Ball” mechanics (which are very good normally), knowing that you can pass out of the speed dribble is disappointing. The second is the funny little spin around the basket by Worthy. I don’t even know what to say about this one other than just getting a laugh out of it.
Online is a travesty again. If you want to play this game online, get it on the Xbox 360 or PS3. You are forced to play on low graphic quality settings again and the game I got matched into ran at half speed and 15 frames per second. It’s just ugly.
The omissions from the console port of the game were sad to see again this year. The PC version does not have the cool lighting effects from the console version nor does it have the realistic self-shadowing on the players. Along with that I doubt we’ll see any DLC for the game with that Times Square legends showdown that contains the rest of my beloved Blacktop Mode. There is no way to unlock the classic Warriors or Kings teams in the PC version, and, even though they were mentioned in the PC manual, there is no way to setup an alternate control scheme for your controller or customize the arena music either.
The biggest change on the PC front is the new compression for the iff files. Essentially none of the current iff editors can open the files. So, in other words, we can’t edit any of the textures in the game….at all. Bummer but hopefully someone in the community can figure this out ASAP.
Now for some of the things I love about this game. I am someone who likes to make mixes so I was very happy to see that the “headless” bug after dunks was finally fixed. Also the scorebug no longer shows up during replays, which will give us back a more cinematic feel to videos.
The AI in this game is a lot better. In close-late game situations the CPU players will actually “walk the dog” inbounds to save time from draining off the clock. Star players seem to play more like star players, in my opinion, by getting a lot more touches than in the past.
And, of course, there are two Rucker Park courts in the game, with a full crowd, just waiting to get thrown away from that travesty of the Blacktop Mode and into a proper Street Mod. Now I just need to be able to edit some uniforms and we can be all set.
Overall, the positives weight a lot more than the negatives and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend someone buying this game (as long as they don’t care about online games). I’m sure the rest of the NLSC team will give you the information and impressions on My Player, Association, and the other modes, but the stuff I listed are the only things that are important to me.