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Shut down your game like the NBA Lockout!

With all due respect to Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def.  The NBA heads straight towards no games this year.  In fact the only NBA action we may see is Visual Concepts NBA 2K12

Well, NBA 2K12 has brought the heat with the ability to unlock some of the greatest players ever in NBA history. Not only do you get Jordan, Magic and Bird (the cover athletes), but you also get the ability to unlock, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Jerry West, Bill Russell, Shaquille O’Neal, and a host of others for a total of 15 player moments unlocking over 30 teams. The players feel are scarily accurate. Hakeem’s fluidity of moves feel authentic. The footwork, the speed, the body control, it’s all there. Shaquille O’Neal plays heavier, his mobility more limited, but the power behind his moves are there.  The game designers and developers had to have gone over as much video as actual NBA coaching staffs.  Now the non-stars aren’t as authentic.  For example Dennis Scott guarding Anthony Mason in the post should be an easy two for Mase, but Dennis Scott found a way to play defense and small wonders will never cease.  Overall the NBA greatest feature is top notch with only a few issues for the offline player.

The My Player feature is the 2K sports franchise’s bread and butter.  It allows you to build a player from pre-draft rookie and attempt to take him all the way to the HOF.  The feature set for building a face is still somewhat limited, but the breadth and depth of the experience is well worth the price of admission.

Simply put this game wins the championship.  9/10 trophies.

.Edit –

Well what a difference a day makes.  The NBA and the NBPA have reached a tentative agreement and it looks like there will be basketball being played come Christmas.

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Just a geeky dad talking about the things that interest him: Games, parenthood, sports, friendship, comics and marriage.

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