NBA 2K12 Legends Showcase Hands-On - Jordan Is Better Than LeBron

We finally settle which NBA player is the greatest. At least in the virtual world.

When NBA 2K12 was released in early October, the highlight mode of the game was without a doubt NBA's Greatest. The mode gave basketball fans the opportunity to play with some of the best teams ever to grace the hard court. But what was missing was the ability to have the best players play against each other for court supremacy. That all changes with the upcoming release of the Legends Showcase, which is a downloadable content pack that will not only let you play as some of the greatest NBA players of all time, but also gives you the opportunity to see which duos and eras had the best athletes.

There will be five modes available in the Legends Showcase. If you just want to pick up and play one-versus-one or five-versus-five matches with the best of the best, the pick-up game option will let you do so. For one-versus-one, two-versus-two, and three-versus-three games, the matches will have you play half court with street-ball rules. For the unfamiliar, that typically means all baskets are worth one point except for threes, which are worth two; you need to clear the three-point line if the ball hits the rim; and you need to win by two points. If you play a four-versus-four or five-versus-five game, then you revert back to the standard full-court play but still retain the rules of the street.

The greatest players aren't limited to simple pick up and play as there are two modes focused on ending the debate. The first is the Teammate Challenge where 15 of the best NBA teammate combos ever to grace the NBA face off against each other. You'll have pairings like Alonzo Morning and Larry Johnson of the Hornets; Shaq and Penny from the Magic; and even Pippen and Jordan. You pick the pairing that you like and then face off against the 14 others to claim the title of best duo.

The best players fighting for court supremacy.

For those who may want to see which era had the best players, the Era Challenge mode provides the answer. Here, teams of three consist of the best players from a given decade. If you're a fan of the '80s, then your team of Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, and Larry Bird will face off against other teams. Here, there are 10 teams to choose from, with two from each decade up to the present.

While the teams and players in the Teammate Challenge aren't exactly balanced, in Era Challenge, the developers chose teams to that ensure one big man, one forward, and one guard is included in each. This balance means that each of the 10 teams available should be able to contend with the others.

The remaining two modes give you the opportunity to play games that are familiar to the street basketball scene. Game of 21 is the standard game that so many basketball players have been playing since their youth. Here, up to four NBA players can get into it with standard rules: shoot for first, sink winning shot or drop back to 11, and so forth. The last mode available will probably be the most competitive: Horse. This is the game of showing off: sink that difficult shot and try to see if your opponent can copy it. If he sinks it, you try the next challenging shot, but if he misses it, then he gets a letter; the first to spell horse loses. Here, you'll be able to attempt a number of different and crazy shots, and the environment in which you're in can alter the ease or difficulty of the shot. Feel like shooting a granny shot from the three-point line? Then do so. Want to sink a basket from 90 feet out? Good luck.

In Horse, you first pick your spot from where you want to attempt the shot. Upon picking your spot, you'll have a number of different shot choices to choose from; the closer you are to the basket, the more options you'll have available. Once the shot type has been chosen, it's time to set up the shot, which means the arc of your throw. Arc will be extremely important especially if you're throwing over an obstacle or from a far distance. Once that's done, then you attempt to sink that basket. Here, you are given a quick glance at the shot's "sweet spot." This marker will briefly appear and then disappear with a basketball that floats along the arc path of your shot. If you manage to stop the ball at the sweet spot, the likelihood of sinking the basket is almost ensured; if you miss it, the shot will be missed.

Of the modes, Horse should be the most interesting to play with others but also the most challenging. It takes a while to get used to the proper arc placement and timing required to sink the basket. But thankfully, the great number of secret spots to take your shot can lead to some really fun situations.

NBA 2K12's Legends Showcase will be a strictly offline affair but will allow for up to four players to take part in the festivities. While there is no online aspect, the DLC will include the ability to play the current NBA's Greatest teams from the game and play them in online quickplay, which is something a lot of fans want. Expect the Legends Showcase to be available this holiday season on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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28 comments
Squire_Ramza
Squire_Ramza

LeBron is nothing more than new Karl Malone. Always fails under pressure.

edubb85
edubb85

The realistic way of doing it would be to make Jordans stats/shooting% go up and LeBrons down in the 4th quarter.

Rafa16
Rafa16

Why would anyone go through all of this to prove that Jordan is better than Lebron. I knew nobody would ever match Jordan from the second I saw him til the day he retired. 23 = 1

bababoss
bababoss

one of the greatest game ever cant wait to get this demo the graphics looks good

Ni6htSorrow
Ni6htSorrow

The sentence is a no brainer, MJ is way better than LeBron. While LBJ is physically gifted, he doesn't have the killer instinct like MJ or Kobe does, which is very evident in the last NBA Finals. Michael is the best and will always be the best, however, I always get annoyed when they compare Michael and LeBron and not Kobe and MJ, for I believe that the closest thing we have to MJ is Kobe, for they have the same body built, same position, same killer instinct, and same game play. And besides, Kobe will be able to hold his own longer against His Airness, for LeBron would just choke like what happened when they faced the Mavs this past June.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Of course Jordan is better than Lebron! There isn't ever gonna be anyone better than the G O A T! Every few years , in the NBA, they try to say a player is the next Michael Jordan, but there can only be one MJ. His son has big shoes to fill now that he is playing college ball. Poor guy.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

they should've had a Lockout Mode in this game.. lol.

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

Lebron, while talented, is not even close to Jordan. Rings aside, Jordan was a phenomenal defensive player as he lead the league in steals 3 times and received All-Defensive First Team selection 9 times in his 15 seasons. On the other side of the court, he was a 10x scoring champion. Lebron was the scoring champion only once in his 8 seasons. Just saying.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I mean, Lebron is simply not as good as Jordan. That's it. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't have a basketball memory, and anyone whose seen both and still says Lebron is better should just be ignored.

nini200
nini200

*Mind Explodes of Obviouousity* X_X

slimskelter
slimskelter

If you believe Lebron excels over Jordan, I'm sure look to Gaga and Beiber as great musical inspirations, as well as Saw and Paranormal Activity as brilliantly executed horror films headed towards the Library of Congress.

NTNinNYC114
NTNinNYC114

Wouldn't it have been smarter for 2K to have this as a new feature in NBA 2K13? I have a feeling that a big chunk of the sports gaming community doesn't even know what DLC is. Plus, that would fill the void of what the heck 2K can do new for their next game now that they've used up the NBA's Greatest Mode idea.

BiggEdd32
BiggEdd32

Lebron is the reason for the lockout, owners want to limit player movement because of what Lebron did. Why do you think Jordan has been so vocal about players getting 47% he stayed and made players around him better and won, and thinks thats what athletes should do.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

1. To the author of the title for this page: Thank you, Capt. Obvious. We already knew Jordan was better than LeBron 2. What is up with the graphics? Cell shading is cool...if done right, and this ain't right LOL 3. What is the need for this? If you already have 2K12 you can already do this type of stuff in it, and unlock even more legends at that once you complete each challenge. 4. Why am I suppose to care to buy this? Are they bailing on 2K12 or something? 5. Why did I waste my time even commenting on this? I actually have probably spent more time than necessary on something from first look I could truly give a damn about.

lyricalholix
lyricalholix

Is this what the DLC looks like? I hope not.

BIGPC2011
BIGPC2011

This looks cool hope it's cheap though I never pay much for DLC as I agree with most ppl on here it's BS

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

this could have made up for there being no rookies in the game...proof they dont give a sht about there customers...also i have a idea for all these companys complaining about used game sales how about including dlc like this when you buy it on launch or new....also i think kobe is closer to jordan than lebron.....lebron has yet to prove himself as a winner.

buckeyenick
buckeyenick

First of all LeBron has never won anything with Wade or without, to whoever said he had to go to Wades team to get one ask Dirk Nowitiski about that one. Also ask Tim Duncan and Tony Parker about LeBrons other chance at a title too. PS Jordan 6 World Titles 6 Finals MVP Part of a team that won 72 out of a total 82 regular season games. I can't stand MJ as a lifelong Piston fan but numbers speak for themselves.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Obviously virtual. Lebron james owns jordan in the real world

SOLlD_SnAkE
SOLlD_SnAkE

We know that! Lebron cant even win a ring with his own team....he had to go Miami (Wades team) ...to get one! lol

lilflex1
lilflex1

why would they even think of a question like that let alone but their names in the same sentence

valdarez
valdarez

Of course Jordan's better than LeBron. Why is that even a question???

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

worthless dlc all this bs should already be on the game...why buy it if your winning online on 2k12 against somebody they will either quit or pause it to distract you...i no longer play nba 2k11 or 12 online,because everybody is a baby online.if its 5 bucks i might think about it... just so i can play with the legend teams in quick match online,i think its a shame i have to buy this to do so.

BiggEdd32
BiggEdd32

put it on pc 2k. its a pretty easy concept