E3 2011: NBA 2K12 First Look Preview

It's never too early to start talking about next season's basketball game.

Despite the fact that the NBA Finals are still ongoing, 2K Sports is at E3 2011 showing off NBA 2K12. Unfortunately, the team doesn't want to show too much of the game right now, but we did have the chance to check out a brief demo of NBA 2K12's version of the current NBA Finals matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. What's immediately apparent is the enhancement of the presentation elements and the way the game captures the drama of playoff basketball in the same way television does for the real thing. In fact, there was even a pregame roll of "footage" (using in-game models) showing dramatic clips of individual players of the two teams before the game transitioned into some super-slick starting lineups.

As for the game itself, it looks just as good as ever. The character models have apparently received a significant enough boost in detail that you can actually see their facial expressions from the default camera view. Additionally, 2K Sports is promising that animation will be improved to the extent that it affects actual gameplay--there will be less canned animation, making it possible to keep more control over your players while in the midst of a move to the basket. But perhaps most importantly, there are plans to improve the AI by giving it more situational awareness in certain scenarios. This should help AI opponents use weapons available to human-controlled players a little more effectively than the game has done previously.

And finally, the big question: How do you top Michael Jordan from last year? His Airness and the content focused around him was an enormous part of NBA 2K11 and its success, and while 2K Sports is undoubtedly going to try to match that with NBA 2K12, it's not quite ready to talk about it just yet.

We'll have more on NBA 2K 12 as we approach its release later this year.

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7 comments
slonekb05
slonekb05

i hope they work on the AI more. it has gotten better in past years. but being a ball player, i still see many things that a middle school player wouldent do.

luke_3011
luke_3011

Any news on My Player this year??

la_sek
la_sek

I hope they can add more features to my player. 2k11 had a lot of improvements but still lacked a few elements. excited for this game!!!!

blackace
blackace

They should do Bird & Magic this time around. I'd be happy with that, but they definitely need to keep Jordan and maybe a view other players as unlockable players that you can add to your team. I would like to see Julius Irving, Kareem, Russell, Wilt, Oscar Robertson, Barkley, Pippen etc.. as unlockable players. That would be cool. I'm glad they are fixing the A.I. as some teams still cheat. When you have a Rank 28th team shooting 60-70% for a half, there's a problem somewhere. I almost never shoot 60% anymore. My team average have been between 45-55% as of late. Free throws have been between 85-90%. A new theme every year would be nice. I don't know how they can job 2K11 except for fixing all the bugs and some A.I. issues. Also fix all the lame steals. It wouldn't even be a problem is the CPU player moved at realistic speeds when they try to steal, but their speed increases by 2-3x's instantly when they go for steals. It's total BS. You can see it on instant replay.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Jordan should be a mainstay now they have introduced him. But maybe a classic NBA moments mode for Bird, Magic, etc. would do.

Wakkawipeout
Wakkawipeout

They should have a theme every year for 2K. '11 had the Jordan stuff, maybe 2K12 could do Lakers vs. Celtics, Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain, or Dr. J's greatest moments. Just more classic NBA moments.