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Digital Trends has posted their NBA 2K12 hands-on preview.

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There are other new features in the game, such as having the ability to interact with fans, and shot reviews. At one point during one of the games, my opponent went for a three-pointer as the clock zeroed out. He nailed the basket, but it was so close to the wire that the shot went up for review. It was ultimately ruled against the shot was close, but we all saw on the replay that the ball left his fingers after the clock ran out and I won because of it. Its a nice added touch for a simulation that already receives high marks from fans and critics.

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# 1 eko718 @ 08/24/11 06:50 PM
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There are other new features in the game, such as having the ability to interact with fans, and shot reviews. At one point during one of the games, my opponent went for a three-pointer as the clock zeroed out. He nailed the basket, but it was so close to the wire that the shot went up for review. It was ultimately ruled against — the shot was close, but we all saw on the replay that the ball left his fingers after the clock ran out
Shot reviews?? Niiice touch. Pretty cool.
 
# 2 23 @ 08/24/11 07:19 PM
Thats a great addition especially hum vs hum
 
# 3 Da_Czar @ 08/24/11 07:33 PM
NBA’s Greatest mode could go a long way toward getting people who have been off basketball games back into them.

I think some people really underestimate the power of this line right here. People chasing newer and younger sales for games sometimes forget that the older demographic once supported an entire industry all by themselves. I.E you can actually increase sales by catering to them also. It not just about getting 9 year old timmy hooked.
 
# 4 Mr_Riddick @ 08/24/11 07:47 PM
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Shot reviews?? Niiice touch. Pretty cool.
Dang' I guess vc/2k going hard this year. These other companies better look long and hard' this is how it's done. I don't even need to see anymore, my 60 is already spent.
 
# 5 23 @ 08/24/11 07:47 PM
I happen to agree.. in their own right they've actually gone after hardcore fans of the game knowledgable about past and present as well as newer fans that love current players
 
# 6 infam0us @ 08/24/11 07:52 PM
I'm really excited about this game, with no NBA game from elite I thought they might have slacked a bit. Glad I was wrong.
 
# 7 VDusen04 @ 08/24/11 07:54 PM
At this point it kind of feels like 2K is catering to my most precise requests.
 
# 8 RIZDRAVER @ 08/24/11 07:58 PM
As a 30-something, I can personally testify that I know 3 co-workers buying 2K12 because of the Greatest mode. And those 3 people have never purchased a basketball game on the current gen systems. 90's teams ARE the draw. They have no idea what My Player is or even care about any other modes.
 
# 9 Rasco11 @ 08/24/11 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Da_Czar
NBAs Greatest mode could go a long way toward getting people who have been off basketball games back into them.

I think some people really underestimate the power of this line right here. People chasing newer and younger sales for games sometimes forget that the older demographic once supported an entire industry all by themselves. I.E you can actually increase sales by catering to them also. It not just about getting 9 year old timmy hooked.
Absolutely! This "Legends feature" couldn't come at a better time either! The fact that we're going into a lockout year where a partial (if not entire) season loss is considered to be all but certain, the NBA fanbase is as fragile as ever. Adding all the legends and playing on the "NBA Action is Fantastic" glory is a great way to offer something that WILL appeal to a greater audience, and perhaps keep both your fringe and potential fanbase appeased. Now instead of fans focussing their disgruntled (lockout) anger on owners, players, teams, David Stern, media, etc...they have a means to play out and settle the watercooler, friendly beer, and barber shop debates...what was the best squad of all-time?
 
# 10 Shelb @ 08/24/11 08:09 PM
Shot review is a fantastic addition. If only they added Techs, too.

I wish they hadn't doubled up on some Legends (like Pippen, Jordan, Stockton, Malone, West, Magic, etc.) and instead Magic/Kareem were a challenge itself, Pippen/Jordan it's own challenge, Stockton/Malone, West/Russell, etc. If we got 15 "Legends" games with no doubled up, they could've stretched the gimmick even further.

For example:

KAJ/Oscar/Reed/Monroe/Frazier - Bucks vs Knicks
Bird/McHale/Parish/Wilkins - Celtics vs Hawks
Dr J/Moses/Hakeem - Sixers vs Rockets
Ewing/Shaq - Knicks vs Magic
Magic/Worthy/Drexler/Divac - Lakers vs Blazers
Jordan/Pippen - Bulls vs Hornets
Malone/Stockton/Robinson - Jazz vs Spurs
Isiah/Dumars - Pistons vs Bucks
Russell/Cousy/West/Baylor/etc - Celtics vs Lakers
Wilt's 100 point game

That's only 10 games and I only really the Warriors as a team, although I may be off with some. Add a prime Gervin, Iverson, give the Sonics of 96 a game, maybe the 2002 Kings/Lakers (with Webber and Shaq as the "Legends") and add someone else and that'd add to their promo. Maybe next year.
 
# 11 green94 @ 08/24/11 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Da_Czar
NBAs Greatest mode could go a long way toward getting people who have been off basketball games back into them.

I think some people really underestimate the power of this line right here. People chasing newer and younger sales for games sometimes forget that the older demographic once supported an entire industry all by themselves. I.E you can actually increase sales by catering to them also. It not just about getting 9 year old timmy hooked.
Exactly Czar... 80's/90's made the NBA. Why not have legends? Caters to both demographics...
 
# 12 DurtySoufReppin @ 08/24/11 08:29 PM
Shot reviews?

Are You serious?

That's something that didn't even cross my mind


Just imagine hitting a game winner at the buzzer

























Just to have it taken away.. Stoudamire style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2-cIn9Fnjs
 
# 13 flamangatang2k5 @ 08/24/11 08:35 PM
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the Legends mode, but why are poeple acting like this is new to 2k?

2k always had 1950's-1990's players in the game. Up until they added Jordan this year.
Granted you may not have been able to play with the likes of Bill Cartwright, BJ Armstrong, or Bill Wennington, but that's not who people are excited to play the game for.

Young Shaq, Penny, Zo, Run TMC, Hakeem, Ewing, Bird, Magic, Zeke, Russell, Wilt, Dr. J, and all those guys have always been in the game. Some of them even had multiple players (Dr. J 70's with giant fro, Dr. J 80's with mini fro).

It's almost as if 2k repackaged the same feature with a shiny new wrapper and everyone thinks its better. When actually, it's equal to or less than the 2k10 and lower features of all time greats.

the good thing is that 2k isn't just relying on that to impress people, they are actually fine tuning an already great game.
 
# 14 Mr_Riddick @ 08/24/11 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by flamangatang2k5
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the Legends mode, but why are poeple acting like this is new to 2k?

2k always had 1950's-1990's players in the game. Up until they added Jordan this year.
Granted you may not have been able to play with the likes of Bill Cartwright, BJ Armstrong, or Bill Wennington, but that's not who people are excited to play the game for.

Young Shaq, Penny, Zo, Run TMC, Hakeem, Ewing, Bird, Magic, Zeke, Russell, Wilt, Dr. J, and all those guys have always been in the game. Some of them even had multiple players (Dr. J 70's with giant fro, Dr. J 80's with mini fro).

It's almost as if 2k repackaged the same feature with a shiny new wrapper and everyone thinks its better. When actually, it's equal to or less than the 2k10 and lower features of all time greats.

the good thing is that 2k isn't just relying on that to impress people, they are actually fine tuning an already great game.
hmmmm..... this something I forgot about.. Remember we've never had the whole package, arenas, presentation ect. But you kind of have a point.
 
# 15 VDusen04 @ 08/24/11 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by flamangatang2k5
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the Legends mode, but why are poeple acting like this is new to 2k?

2k always had 1950's-1990's players in the game. Up until they added Jordan this year.
Granted you may not have been able to play with the likes of Bill Cartwright, BJ Armstrong, or Bill Wennington, but that's not who people are excited to play the game for.

Young Shaq, Penny, Zo, Run TMC, Hakeem, Ewing, Bird, Magic, Zeke, Russell, Wilt, Dr. J, and all those guys have always been in the game. Some of them even had multiple players (Dr. J 70's with giant fro, Dr. J 80's with mini fro).

It's almost as if 2k repackaged the same feature with a shiny new wrapper and everyone thinks its better. When actually, it's equal to or less than the 2k10 and lower features of all time greats.

the good thing is that 2k isn't just relying on that to impress people, they are actually fine tuning an already great game.
In my opinion, there is a very sharp contrast between having All-Decade teams where legends are available for use on All-Star teams all wearing generic "All-70's" uniforms and what 2K12 is offering this year. For me, it's not the same area code. It's not the same state. It may not even be the same planet.

I suppose I'd pose this question in hopes of creating an understanding: If 2K did not offer 30 current NBA teams and instead only provided a 2011 East and West All-Star roster, would you be satisfied?

Even when 2K opened up those All-Decade teams and allowed each legend to be sent to whatever team we chose, the idea of assigning Julius Erving to the current 76ers with long shorts and a fresh pair of Hyperdunks was still very fantastical and unauthentic. Again, picture if the only Kevin Durant available in 2K11 was one wearing short shorts, Chuck Taylors, and an old Sonics jersey. Technically Kevin Durant would be in the game, but clearly something major would be amiss (and imagine not being able to use him alongside his Thunder teammates). 2K12's approach is the way to incorporate legends. It couldn't possibly be any further from the idea of being a mere "repackaging". This is a revolution.
 
# 16 youvalss @ 08/24/11 08:51 PM
Those 50's-90's teams were worthless. It's as if instead of having all 2011 teams, we would have 12 selected allstars playing on a generic court with generic jerseys...and a generic - you name it.
 
# 17 Da_Czar @ 08/24/11 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by flamangatang2k5
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the Legends mode, but why are poeple acting like this is new to 2k?

2k always had 1950's-1990's players in the game. Up until they added Jordan this year.
Granted you may not have been able to play with the likes of Bill Cartwright, BJ Armstrong, or Bill Wennington, but that's not who people are excited to play the game for.

Young Shaq, Penny, Zo, Run TMC, Hakeem, Ewing, Bird, Magic, Zeke, Russell, Wilt, Dr. J, and all those guys have always been in the game. Some of them even had multiple players (Dr. J 70's with giant fro, Dr. J 80's with mini fro).

It's almost as if 2k repackaged the same feature with a shiny new wrapper and everyone thinks its better. When actually, it's equal to or less than the 2k10 and lower features of all time greats.

the good thing is that 2k isn't just relying on that to impress people, they are actually fine tuning an already great game.
Flamang I see your point but for people who loved that era of hoops just having one off legends with fake uni's and current courts is a far cry from what they are bringing to the table this year. The era specific broadcast packages to boot.

I have no idea of your gaming history fam but for a good amount of us over 30 gamers we kind of got cheated. I mean you had a ton of the best players in the history of the game playing when video games were fairly mediocre.

For us to have our favorite teams with next gen graphics and working crossovers, deep association and season options and all the other bells and whistles that current games come with, but with the players and teams of the NBA back in what most consider it's heyday. It's almost like a rebirth of sorts. A renewing of the reason some of us Love playing games so much.

There was almost nothing sim about those old games in comparison to the AI we are playing with now.

VD summed it up much better than this rambling mess I posted. LOL
 
# 18 youvalss @ 08/24/11 09:25 PM
I still say the same thing I said before 2K11: All these classic teams and stuff is just another mode. Ignore it - and it doesn't exist. I can understand someone who thinks 2K put too much effort into making this mode instead of focusing on other things (which may or may not be true), but I can't understand someone who wouldn't buy 2K12 BECAUSE of this mode (and I'm sure there will be some who would think this way).

But not everyone thinks like me. I think this may be the reason why 2K12 won't sell as well as 2K11. I have no doubt that there are guys out there who are fed up with all those classic teams and players, and for them the game is identified as an old-time NBA game (which they don't care much for).
 
# 19 flamangatang2k5 @ 08/24/11 09:29 PM
@ Da_Czar

I'm 31yrs old man. I am in the same boat as you as far as video games go. I go back to double dribble and Lakers vs Celtics.
I'm not saying that the legends shouldn't be included. I love playing with all of the legends. Me and a friend would make all-time team rosters and put them in a playoff tourney just to battle it out with the legends.

and I see what you and @VD are getting at with adding the entire team roster, but i disagree that it's more exciting. 2k used to have guys like Bird, Magic, Ewing, and David Thompson all wearing their authentic old school uniforms a few years ago. So that's nothing new. I think they made a mistake taking that part away. What I'm not interested in is playing with guys like Doug Christie, Bobby Hansen, M.L. Carr, Michael Thompson, John Salley, and Kenny Sky Walker.
I would prefer more legends be added. Guys like Ronaldo Blackman, Jack Sikma, Kevin Johnson, and Lafayette "Fat" Lever.
But either way works for me. As long as the game play is good and players play like their true likeness.
 
# 20 Da_Czar @ 08/24/11 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by flamangatang2k5
@ Da_Czar

I'm 31yrs old man. I am in the same boat as you as far as video games go. I go back to double dribble and Lakers vs Celtics.
I'm not saying that the legends shouldn't be included. I love playing with all of the legends. Me and a friend would make all-time team rosters and put them in a playoff tourney just to battle it out with the legends.

and I see what you and @VD are getting at with adding the entire team roster, but i disagree that it's more exciting. 2k used to have guys like Bird, Magic, Ewing, and David Thompson all wearing their authentic old school uniforms a few years ago. So that's nothing new. I think they made a mistake taking that part away. What I'm not interested in is playing with guys like Doug Christie, Bobby Hansen, M.L. Carr, Michael Thompson, John Salley, and Kenny Sky Walker.
I would prefer more legends be added. Guys like Ronaldo Blackman, Jack Sikma, Kevin Johnson, and Lafayette "Fat" Lever.
But either way works for me. As long as the game play is good and players play like their true likeness.
Understood fam.

Man I was pissed when they took those uni's out of the game and put the legends in those generic Uni's. I stopped playing with the legends after that cause it just didn't feel right. I MISS david Thompson...

I agree different flavors for different folks. But for me going back in time is the thing ! I would take Uwe Blaab if they put him with the rest of the spurs from that year...LOL

Plus I want the other non stars like Harold Minor and Bimbo Coles. I love playing with the old role players as well as the old stars.
 

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