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3:00 AM on 10.06.2011

Triplet of super awesome NBA 2K12 launch videos

This is pretty much the best sports game commercial EVER! I may be a die hard Dodger fan, but I love San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson. He's not be my favorite guy to see take the mound when my beloved bums ar...

Kyle MacGregor

10:45 AM on 10.04.2011

NBA 2K12 bounces to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

He flicks...he scores!. NBA 2K12 gets the App treatment, as it's coming for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, set to hit the App Store on October 4, 2011. There's a finger friendly control scheme that offers touch-based ...

Dale North



Becoming a freak with NBA 2K12's My Player mode photo
Becoming a freak with NBA 2K12's My Player mode
by Wesley Ruscher

They call me "The Great." I'm a 6'3'', Mohawk-rocking, inked-up point guard out of Cal State University Fullerton. I have a killer crossover and can drain triples all day. Oh, and one more thing... I'm a future NBA Hall-of-Famer.

Well, that's the dream, anyway, for NBA 2K12's revamped My Player mode, just one of the myriad ways to enjoy possibly the most in-depth basketball simulator ever created. Having covered all of the new tweaks to the game's mechanics and the awesome NBA's Greatest mode previously, the folks at 2K Sports thought it was time to unveil their bread and butter of 2K12.

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Going old-school with the NBA's Greatest mode in NBA 2K12 photo
Going old-school with the NBA's Greatest mode in NBA 2K12
by Wesley Ruscher

It's hard to know exactly where the NBA would be today without the onslaught of game-changing superstars that shaped one of the country's most dynamic sports. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird defined the era of the game we have come to know and love, but they too were influenced by their predecessors. With last year's NBA 2K11, players experienced the thrill of lacing up a pair of Jordan's Nikes, and this year's game looks to up the experience even further. NBA 2K12 isn't solely focused on basketball’s past or present; instead, it looks fondly upon the entire history of the NBA, and really, what better way to celebrate the sport than with 15 of the most dominant athletes to ever pick up the old round ball?

The game's "NBA's Greatest" mode brings the nostalgic b-ball feeling, from camera angles and overlays to those oh-so-styling short shorts of yesteryear, but really, that's only the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to 2K12's attention to authenticity, I really can't think of any game that has scrutinized every last detail in its subject matter as thoroughly as this year's sim.

While I could rehash what Steven said in his preview back in July about all the great new dynamics 2K12 has added to this season's game, I'm instead going to focus more on all the time 2K Sports put into giving fans a sort of history lesson.

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10:15 AM on 08.19.2011

2K Sports reveals full 'Greatest' line-up for NBA 2K12

"Holy s**t, there's a New York Knick in there!"That was Destructoid New York-based sports man Samit Sarkar's reaction to 2K Sports full reveal for its "NBA's Greatest" roster. The 15-player legends roster will be a part of NB...

Nick Chester

10:15 AM on 08.12.2011

Eminem, Travis Barker grace NBA 2K12 soundtrack

I don't really play sports games, but every once in awhile I'll pop one in for its slick soundtrack. Because who buys CDs these days? Looks like 2K Sports isn't going to let me down with NBA 2K12. The complete 28-track music ...

Nick Chester





9:00 PM on 08.03.2011

2K Sports introduces NBA's Greatest mode for NBA 2K12

NBA 2K11 drew mass-market attention by putting Michael Jordan on its cover, but his appearance on the box highlighted the mode that sold many gamers on the title: "The Jordan Challenge," in which players could relive ten clas...

Samit Sarkar



Retrogazing with Karakasa Games: Maniac Mansion & Beyond photo
Retrogazing with Karakasa Games: Maniac Mansion & Beyond
by Allistair Pinsof

For this entry in Retrogazing, I spoke with Karakasa Games’ James Curry about memorable PC games that influenced him.

As it turns out, Curry knows a thing or two about weird-ass, ludicrously ambitious adventure games made by a small one-to-three person team.

Along with experimenting with game design on the ZX Spectrum, he has spent many, many hours playing PC adventure titles that remain relatively unknown. Part of Karakasa’s goal, on its upcoming iOS adventure title Thunderbeam!, is to recapture the scope and sense of mystery in these older games, so it only makes sense that they speak of them so fondly.

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Preview: NBA 2K12 photo
Preview: NBA 2K12
by Steven Hansen

As we reported earlier, NBA 2K12’s cover athletes -- yes, athletes -- have been revealed, but I’m sure some fans aren’t sold yet. After all, we want some advancement in our games, right? Well, I was able to get my hands on NBA 2K12 and guess what? The game plays great.

The team that pulled out all the stops with last year’s bold, Jordan-themed game isn’t ready to just rest on their laurels. NBA 2K12 looks to capture the authenticity of the NBA by adding a plethora of gameplay improvements that help keep the player feeling immersed in the game while simultaneously ramping up the attention to detail in order to properly recreate NBA atmosphere.

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10:00 AM on 07.21.2011

NBA 2K12 cover athletes revealed: Jordan, Magic, and Bird

The folks over at 2K Sports have upped the ante in the cover athlete game once again. Last year’s well-received NBA 2K11 surprisingly sported former minor league baseball player (and professional basketball pl...

Steven Hansen

9:36 PM on 06.06.2011

E3: NBA 2K12 includes PlayStation Move support

Sony has been working hard on getting third-party publishers to support PlayStation Move, and now, they can count 2K Sports among them. The sports publisher trotted out none other than Kobe Bryant at Sony's E3 press conferenc...

Samit Sarkar

4:00 PM on 06.03.2011

MLB 2K11 $1M winner knew 'zero at all' about baseball

The March release of 2K Sports’ Major League Baseball 2K11 came with the fanfare of the publisher’s second annual competition to throw an in-game perfect game for a $1 million cash prize. This time around, 2K twea...

Samit Sarkar

6:00 AM on 03.25.2011

Serena Williams in sexy, forbidden Top Spin 4 ad

[The above video is probably Not Safe For Work.] This is an advertisement for Top Spin 4 that 2K Sports seemingly never wanted us to see. It features tennis star Serena Williams and an actress named Rileah Venderbilt str...

Conrad Zimmerman



Preview: Top Spin 4 (Player Creator, Career, more) photo
Preview: Top Spin 4 (Player Creator, Career, more)
by Samit Sarkar

When I last sat in on a Top Spin 4 demo, I didn’t notice a whole lot that differentiated the game from its predecessor. I recently had the chance to take a deeper look at it in a longer session, and now I’m ready to eat my words.

2K Czech has completely revamped the Career mode and Player Creator with an eye on making the game more accessible without sacrificing depth. From what I’ve seen, they’ve succeeded.

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Preview: MLB 2K11 (Franchise, My Player, more) photo
Preview: MLB 2K11 (Franchise, My Player, more)
by Samit Sarkar

In my first preview of 2K Sports’ Major League Baseball 2K11, I wrote that developer Visual Concepts is working on fixing “underlying issues” to refine what was a solid foundation in MLB 2K10. I saw the game again last week, and Sean Bailey, a designer at Visual Concepts, spent much of the demo going through the numerous tweaks and improvements that the studio has made to the game.

He had to race to cover it all, since there’s a lot to discuss. The impression I came away with was that the changes to the MLB 2K framework have had palpable effects in nearly every aspect of the game.

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10:20 AM on 02.15.2011

MLB 2K11 devs flattered but not impressed by MLB 11 adopting analog controls

For a few years now, 2K Sports' MLB 2K games have featured analog-stick controls for pitching, hitting, and fielding. But Sony's MLB The Show franchise has stuck with simple button presses until this year; MLB 11 The Show wil...

Samit Sarkar