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.

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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.

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IGN NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Review (9/10)

IGN have posted their review of the Xbox 360 version of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. The review praises the addition of Team Fire, new career mode and Real AI, going so far as to call the game “better than any of the previous games in the series’ history” while awarding it a score of 9 out of 10.

Check out the review and post your response below or in this thread in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be available on the PlayStation Network tomorrow at a cost of $14.99 and released on Xbox Live the day afterwards with a price tag of 1200 Microsoft Points.

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NBA 2K12 categories added to Downloads Database

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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.

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Updates to NBA 2K12 & NBA 2K11 Forum Sections

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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.

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Five New NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Screenshots

With the release of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network right around the corner, EA Sports have released five new screenshots. The latest screens highlight some of the special players and legends that will be unlockable in this year’s game.

You can check them out in our gallery and join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition – Unlocking the Unlocks

There was a blog posted on Wednesday by the NBA Jam: On Fire Edition crew talking about how we will be unlocking everything in the game.

But how do I get all this awesome stuff? Lemme tell ya, it ain’t secret codes kid. 2 words: JAM Bucks… Every game you complete you’ll get some. You get them for completing JAM Challenges, picking up doubles, and literally dozens of other in-game actions. These are both XP and Cash. That means you earn them to level up, which will unlock stuff, and then use the same points to buy stuff from the JAM Store so you can use it in-game.

You can unlock over 40 legends, over 25 teams, privileges (filters, custom rules, different balls), and custom JAM Card titles, backgrounds, and icons.  Read the entire blog here and discuss it in the Forum here.

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

Author: Jemar Bagacay (Blake_Bryant)
TNT Loadbar Patch

Author: BAYAG
International Classic Teams Demo

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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.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Author: #jetsfool
NCAA Elite 12 Patch #1

Author: Zeller
2011 NTeams Jerseys

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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.

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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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New NBA Jam: OFE Screens; Another Secret Team Revealed

ScrewAttack have posted a series of exclusive screenshots for NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. They reveal a new secret team available in this year’s game: the Sad Pandas, featuring Karl, Emma and Emo. It also appears as though there will be Ninjas team in the game as they are featured in a few of the screens, along with several of the NBA team mascots that will be playable.

Check them out and feel free to leave your thoughts below in the comments or add them here in the Forum. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be available next week, coming to the PlayStation Network on October 4th and the Xbox Live Marketplace on October 5th.

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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.

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