NBA 2K12’s Historic Teams Won’t Be Available Online

Owen Good has posted an article over on Kotaku discussing the impact of the NBA lockout on NBA 2K12, in particular the lack of roster updates out of the box. Owen also confirms that the 34 historic teams will not be playable online, as it was with the Jordan Challenge teams in NBA 2K11.

He also weighs in on the predictions that NBA 2K12’s sales could be cut in half due to the lockout preventing updated rosters and rookies from being included in the base game, suggesting it is an overreaction (an assessment I would be inclined to agree with). For those who are unaware, updated rosters and rookies will be patched in to the game once the lockout has ended, though rookie speech and faces will be available in the game files out of the box which is something we’ll hopefully be able to take advantage of in the modding community.

What’s your take on the situation? Does the absence of updated rosters or inability to take historic teams online affect your decision to buy NBA 2K12? Leave a comment below or post your thoughts in this thread.

NBA 2K12 NBA’s Greatest Screenshot: ’86 Celtics & Hawks

2K Sports have posted another screenshot highlighting the starting lineups for an NBA’s Greatest game. This time, it’s Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics taking on Dominique Wilkins’ Atlanta Hawks in 1986.

Post your thoughts here in the NLSC Forum and don’t forget to check out our gallery of NBA 2K12 screenshots here.

NBA 2K12 Hands-On Preview (Operation Sports)

Operation Sports’ Dustin Toms has posted an in-depth hands-on preview of NBA 2K12 which you can read here. The preview talks about the smoothness of the animations and fluidity of the controls, touts improved AI and signature styles, mentions enhancements to the grading system and the intelligence of CPU teammates and opponents in My Player, covers the expanded post game and also offers a few thoughts on NBA’s Greatest.

It’s well worth checking out, so give it a look and join in the discussion in this thread in our Forum. Steve Noah, who has also had hands-on time with the game, has indicated that he will be posting his impressions next week.

Video: Kevin Hart Previews NBA2K12 (Konsole Kingz)

Konsole Kingz have posted a video in which comedian Kevin Hart plays and previews NBA 2K12. It contains some gameplay footage of a game between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

Watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video and feel free to chime in here in the Forum.

NBA 2K12 PC Minimum Requirements Confirmed

Ronnie 2K has confirmed via Twitter that the minimum requirements for NBA 2K12 PC remain the same as last year. For those who need a reminder:

  • Windows XP/2000/Vista/7
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 10.5 GB free hard drive space
  • 128 MB video card with DirectX 9.0c driver
  • 8x or faster DVD-ROM Drive
  • Sound card with DirectX 9.0c compatible driver
  • Dual Analog GamePad (Recommended)
We will of course be supporting the modding community for NBA 2K12 PC with tutorials and resources as well as hosting in our new Downloads section. Thanks to homicide1550 for the heads up on Ronnie’s Tweet.

NBA 2K12 Demo Coming September 20th (360 & PS3)

2K Sports have revealed via the official NBA 2K Facebook page that the NBA 2K12 demo will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 20th. Ronnie 2K had previously mentioned via Twitter that the demo would be available 7-14 days before the October 4th release. Unfortunately it appears that once again there will be no PC demo.

You can discuss the news here in the NLSC Forum; we’ll also be using that thread for impressions once the demo is released. You can also expect some impressions to be posted here on the main page not too long after the demo comes out next week.

More NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Screenshots

As usual, Friday has brought us another couple of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition screenshots via the official Facebook page. EA Sports continues to spotlight some of the different players in the rosters this year, with this week’s screenshots featuring Al Horford and Chris Kaman.

You can also find the screenshots here in our gallery. Add your thoughts in the comments below or join in the discussion here in the Forum.

NBA 2K12 Developer Insight #9 – Defense

Another new Developer Insight has been posted on the NBA 2K Facebook page.  This time we are looking at Defense.

Seems like there are a lot of subtle changes to defense this year.  In my opinion, the biggest improvements are being able to move while keeping your hands up and a new animation technology that modifies mo-capped animations so that the player’s hands can find the ball better.  Seems like good stuff all around in the name of keeping balance between offensive and defensive players.  Comment and check out the Forum thread for more information and impressions.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Blog – Online Modes

In case the inclusion of the Honey Badgers wasn’t exactly what you were hoping for in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, producer Cody Sawatsky has posted a new blog with details on online modes in this year’s game. The blog includes info the leaderboards and stats tracked by JAMnet, a quick rundown of the online Arena, Arena-specific challenges and JAM Now.

It also includes some screenshots of the menus for those online modes, with the Jam Central screenshot notably featuring a Downloadable Content menu option. Give it a read, check out the screenshots in our gallery here and have your say in this thread.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition – Featuring Honey Badgers…?!

I don’t know whether to laugh, facepalm, or shake my head in disapproval.

Figure I’ll laugh now, shake my head when I unlock them, then curse at EA when I go against them online.  Vote for your reaction in this Forum poll.

NBA 2K12 Developer Insight #8 – Post Game

Another new Developer Insight is up and it details the overhauled post game in NBA 2K12.   Many things were changed from 2K11, so many that it’s difficult to summarize.

There will be a Defensive Insight tomorrow and a Controls Trailer next week.  Post your thoughts in the comments and discuss in the Forum.

NBA 2K12 Gameplay – Clippers vs Celtics (OS)

Operation Sports has posted an eight minute video of NBA 2K12 gameplay footage featuring the Clippers at the Celtics.

The game looks amazing.  Nice touches with the electronic dornas and overlays and Steve Kerr blends in really well.  That intro piece is amazing too.  October 4th can’t get here soon enough.  Comment on this post right here and discuss in the Forum in this topic.

NBA 2K12 NBA’s Greatest Hands-On Preview (G4TV)

G4TV have posted a video hands-on preview of NBA’s Greatest mode in NBA 2K12, including a chat with gameplay director Rob Jones.

Watch it here if the embedded video doesn’t work and add your thoughts here in the Forum or leave a comment below.

NBA 2K12 – Create a Jumpshot

Wow, this might be the most impressive feature yet for NBA 2K12 (in my opinion).  It looks like you can now Create your own Jumpshot.

My Player Career of Ronnie2K – Create your own Jump Shot: Among the many legacies Ronnie left in his NBA Hall of Fame career, he may be most remembered for his ridiculous shooting style. It reminded fans of a cross between Kevin Duckworth’s one handed shot release with the unorthodox pigeon toes of Marcus Camby.

What will your style be?

Bravo 2K.  You can check this out on NBA 2K’s Facebook and discuss in the comments section and the Forum.

NBA 2K12 Developer Insight #7 – Creating a Legend

The latest Developer Insight for NBA 2K12 is up and it covers Creating a Legend.

Essentially it is My Player mode with any NBA Player.  Nothing new was introduced in this Insight about the mode other than that.  There will be a new Insight tomorrow detailing the post game in NBA 2K12 which should provide more new information than this one.  You can comment below and discuss in the Forum here.