Excerpt: Magic Johnson is standing at center court, hands extended in disbelief. This can’t be happening , he seems to think. Despite - or perhaps because of – his superhuman efforts, the 1991 Lakers have just lost for the fourth time in a row to their counterparts from Portland.
Pros: Beautiful presentation, Incredibly polished controls, Historic teams are amazing
Cons: Steep learning curve, Long load times, No Charles Barkley!
Excerpt: Just like EA owns the ice hockey genre, 2K Sports is the king of basketball games, and with the release of NBA 2K12 this year, things are looking good for all you basketball fans with the addition of great new features, fifteen NBA legends and the first-class presentation you expect from the studio.
Conclusion: If you're a basketball fan or not, NBA 2K12 is a glorious achievement. It'll undoubtedly have the pulling power to keep players interested until the next instalment, as it's wide variety of modes and excellence on court culminates into a winning formula.
Excerpt: A lockout may be on the horizon for the NBA in real life, but the virtual world of basketball is still in great shape thanks to developer Visual Concepts. The 2K franchise has reigned supreme for years now and the latest entry, NBA 2K12 , is yet another resounding success.
Pros: NBA's Greatest mode lets gamers play as 15 different NBA legends, Streamlined My Player mode is much more accessible, Presentation faithfully recreates real life broadcasts
Conclusion: NBA 2K12 isn't hugely different from last year's version, but enough additions have been included to make it exciting for fans hungering for some hardwood hoops. More vintage players, small gameplay tweaks, and the same great presentation you expect make this the best NBA game around.
Pros: Lots of vintage teams and players, My Player mode is now immediately engaging, Amazing presentation, Lifelike animation, Some gameplay tweaks bring this even closer to the real thing.
Cons: Occasionally cheap AI, Some out-of-place animations.