NBA 2K12 Review
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NBA 2K12 Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC
Dev: Visual Concepts
Pub: 2K Games
Release: October 4, 2011
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Supposedly, every aspect of NBA 2K12 can be updated dynamically—and by "dynamically," I mean "on the fly." If player stats, team jerseys, or even court appearances change, 2K12 can be updated to reflect these changes. It's pretty awesome, but I can't honestly say I have seen this in action yet. Most likely, all the awesome bits of the dynamic update system will happen behind the scenes and will rarely be noticed by gamers. That being said, it's still a nice touch and I can't wait to see the first update when it comes down the pipe.

NBA 2K12 Screenshot

The gameplay itself is largely the same as 2K11's. The A.I. difficulty has been reduced, but only slightly. Some matches are still incredibly difficult, and this can lead to a measure of frustration.

The game's analog stick shooting controls are good on the whole, but in the heat of a match you can certainly screw up. In fact, this has cost me entire games. Is this a realistic shooting setup or just a frustrating non-traditional control scheme? I'll let you decide that one. Most people tend to like it, so I wouldn't feel right about docking any points for something that I just can't seem to get the hang of.


As I said before NBA 2K11 was, in my opinion, one of the best basketball games ever made, and more of the same is welcome. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, 2K12 just made the wheel a whole lot prettier, and that's good enough for me. If you are a basketball fan, there is absolutely no reason not to get this game. Check it out, play it, love it, and just hope that 2K can find another way to outdo themselves when 2K13 comes around next year.

By Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer

The presentation of this game is phenomenal, even though player faces still look like mannequins.
I tend to screw up analog shooting. But everyone else in the world loves it, so who am I to argue?
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Best sports voice acting in any game ever.
Play Value
There is no reason not to get NBA 2K12 if you are a basketball fan. It will keep you busy clear through NBA 2K13.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • NBA's Greatest - Experience 15 of the NBA's most celebrated careers and rivalries, painstakingly recreated in historic detail. Featuring such legends as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. J, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and more.
  • Most Accurate NBA 2K Game Ever - Building off NBA Today's real-time stats, rosters, schedules, and ratings, NBA 2K12 now delivers the most visually accurate NBA game as well. From shoes to player models and even court floors, every graphic detail of the game can now be dynamically updated. Broadcast style gets a boost as well with player interstitials promoting their upcoming games and dynamic pre-game highlight reels set to 2K Beats music.
  • Enhanced Gameplay - NBA 2K12 adds over 1,000 new animations this year and delivers all-new control mechanics for post play and ball control to make the game more intuitive to play than ever before.

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