Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by in News
What to do When NBA’s Greatest Join the Roster
Ever since gaming has come into the era of high definition there has been one major issue on the minds of sports gamers, to play as legends of old in their respective sports games. For basketball fans, that dream is finally becoming a reality in NBA 2K12 with the NBA’s Greatest feature. Age old personal questions like “How would I have played this legendary game?” or questions on everyone’s minds like “Who’s better, the old legend or the new one?” can finally be answered with the skills of the person holding the controller.
Originally, 2K Sports announced that the game would have a line-up of 15 legends of the NBA for NBA’s Greatest. Five of the roster slots had been set and announced rather quickly, bringing back superstars like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, but these players weren’t even the best part. To choose the other ten players, 2K Sports took the advice and suggestions of fans into account giving a final line-up that also included superstars like Bill Russell, Jerry West, Patrick Ewing and seven more legends to the table.
The Design Aspects
2K Sports is not just presenting a new or in this case, old set of line-up to play as for the NBA’s Greatest feature, they are also going out of their way to make the feature as realistic as possible. They are using era specific graphics to give players the feel of a classic game of legend that many players are too young to remember, if they were even alive. Aspects like the player uniform, the arena and even the announcement systems have been tweaked to help players get into it and have fun.
The Clash of the Legends
Now, we all know where the real fun begins is not in playing the legendary games, sure, they are legendary, but they do not answer the real questions on all of our minds. It is really a shame that you need to unlock the teams in classic mode by winning their NBA’s Greatest challenges, but it makes it even more rewarding when you can finally answer your real questions. The big question of “Who is better? Kobe or Michael?” is probably the biggest on every player’s mind, and after taking the time to perfect your skills playing as the old legend by playing and completing their challenges to unlock them in classic mode, you can finally put the two to the test in a match against each other. After unlocking them in classic mode, you can finally pit older legends against each other or pit old against new to see what would be considered a legendary game if it were possible to see it in real life.
With a few extra features like trivia and such, NBA’s Greatest is good fun and offers all sorts of challenges and knowledge that previous installments of the NBA 2K series have never given before. Players will be able to play in legendary line-ups as they go through games of legend the way they were supposed to be seen and then pit legend against legend in their own fanciful way to answer questions that they coul never have answered before. What will you do when NBA’s Greatest join the roster?