The team at 2K Sports seems to have done it again.
Because of EA Sports’ decision to wait a year before releasing a new NBA title, 2K has literally no competition for basketball video games this year, but this doesn’t seem to have stopped them. Building off of 2k11’s crazy good “Jordan Challenge” feature, 2k12 will feature a new “NBA’s Greatest” mode, where you take control of 15 of the greatest players to grace the hardwood.
The players are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan (again), Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, and Jerry West, plus, if you pre-order, the 1990-91 Warriors (!) and 2001-02 Kings. (
For die-hard hoops fans, NBA 2k12 is a must-buy. No other sports video game has ever offered the kind of respect for the history of a league like 2k has this year. A developer known as @Ronnie2k had an interesting quote from a post on the game’s Facebook page:
So far, the news of our cover and the “NBA’s Greatest” Mode has set off waves in the industry. But OBVIOSULY, the largest part of the game is the 2011-2012 NBA season and players and all the gameplay features that you have come to expect of us. But if last year proved anything, NBA fans care very much about the history of the game, and how it’s influenced the present-day game. We want to pay attention to that and we want people to compare the generations, players and teams and decide once and for all who’s better.
Also, check out this video for some highlights of all the players you can use this game.