Summary: this game was real fun while i had it. I believe that this game was better than NBA 2k12, so last year i just played this game instead of 2k12. Mechanics are great, and the ability to put the legendary players in your association mode was really cool. But i have to admit, that 2k13 is the game to get if your looking for the best basketball game out there.
A game worth getting the yearly update to. Gameplay diff than years past
5 April 2012
Summary: I've only played it a couple of times so far. As I read in others' reviews, the gameplay feels very different than past years. It is less of an "arcade" style basketball game, because you can't make careless passes and expect to get away with it. Offensively, you can't just muscle your way into a basket. It requires more strategy to score. The good thing is that it is NOT made by EA, therefore the online play is completely free and doesn't require an online pass.
Summary: Not one for playing sport games, as I prefer FPS, but wanted something to play with my 14 year old son that didn't involve shooting people (or aliens) and this was an excellent choice. Renderings are spot on and game play is fantastic - controls are intuitive. Several classic NBA squads are represented meaning that you can play as Jordan, Magic, Bird, Hakeem, etc. Highly recommended!