NBA 2K12 Preview - My Player

We get drafted by the Washington Wizards and begin our path to the Hall of Fame in our latest preview of NBA 2K12.

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The inclusion of a personalized career in sports game is nothing new and has been around for ages, so developers need to find ways of changing things up to entice gamers to return to this mode. My Player, NBA 2K12's player career mode, is seeing quite a few changes and additions over last year. We had the opportunity to start a career in the NBA and begin our path to the Hall of Fame.

Yup, things are about to change in Minneapolis

Upon beginning My Player, you will notice a number of changes when creating your virtual self. You'll be able to fine-tune your player with a slew of new additions, including more detailed shooting and movement animations, as well as more options for accessories or hairstyle choices. Your player progression has also been modified. With the inclusion of your standard attributes, which you can adjust as you play, new abilities have been added to give you the option of fine-tuning your play relative to the position you play on the court. Abilities allow your player to become much more individualistic, but they won't necessarily make you a beast because the AI will learn what abilities you have and do what it can to prevent you from dominating. Also, abilities cost significantly more skill points to improve, so you'll be required to save up before you can make your player a more central force. The changes from the first part of My Player go even further than simple cosmetic changes. Rather than going through a series of three pick-up games, which determined your draft order, this time, you'll only have to play in one big matchup and your performance will determine where you land. This predraft "prospects" game will have you still trying to wow GMs, but it won't be the ultimate factor that decides which team drafts you.

This year, a locker room predraft interview is included where three teams will sit down with you and ask a series of questions. You can get an idea on where you may be drafted by the teams you talk with because they will mention where they stand in the draft, but it goes even further. The questions will dynamically change based on your player's position, the city, the culture of the team, and the other players currently on the team. For example, our player was a point guard, and when we talked with the Washington Wizards, one of the questions dealt with not being the star player and having to play behind current Wizards' point guard, John Wall. There are four possible answers, and depending on what you choose, it may sway a team a certain way. The Knicks also interviewed us and when they asked about dealing with the pressure of constantly being scrutinized by the paparazzi and the city, we replied that we liked to keep our lives private. Thus, the Knicks felt that we wouldn't be a good fit as a member of the Knickerbockers. In addition to having a predraft question-and-answer period, the team at 2K Sports has taken the NBA draft to the next level. Re-creating the draft was a goal for 2K Sports in that it managed to not only include current NBA commissioner David Stern in the cinematics, but 2K also had him sit down to do actual commentary. While he won't be able to announce your name when it's finally your turn at the podium, this level of authenticity is quite a treat. Anxiously waiting to see which team drafts you is also quite exhilarating.

Having to play through an 82-game season is another issue that has been addressed. Now, if you don't feel like playing through an entire season, you can play only key matchups, which are based on your player's position, you team's standing, and team's rivalries. Being able to rush through a season allows you to play more seasons and is another addition to this year's game. The ultimate goal in My Player mode is to eventually reach the Hall of Fame, and within My Player, you will have a series of career objectives that will help determine if you are worthy of a place in Springfield, Massachusetts. These objectives are pretty standard stuff, from simple tasks like reaching the play-offs at least four times to more time-intensive requests like scoring over 10,000 points. But if you do reach the Hall of Fame, you'll be able to cater your acceptance speech so your entry is remembered for generations.

However, the inclusion of Hall of Fame objectives isn't just found in My Player. A mode also making an appearance this year is Create a Legend, which lets you take a current NBA player and help him reach the Hall of Fame. Like My Player, you'll take any current player, complete the same objectives, and improve your player as he progresses in the NBA. Some players, like Kobe Bryant or Dirk Nowitzki, probably already have a place in the Hall of Fame set aside for them, but if you're a fan of players who could be on the edge of greatness, you'll be able to take over their careers and help lead them to eternal greatness.

The Interview process can really influence your draft status
There are a slew of other My Player additions that fans can expect to see later this year when NBA 2K12 launches this October. From dynamic goals that change on the fly based on your play to postgame press conferences where your answer can alter your influence and popularity amongst fans or players, the way in which you progress from rookie to NBA great should be engaging, as well as appeal to any sports fan. On top of these additions, the presentation has seen a number of improvements as it continues to replicate actual NBA broadcasts. While we are still waiting to hear what will become of this upcoming NBA season, fans at least know that 2K Sports plans on delivering a basketball experience that should make up for not watching the real thing.

Discussion

32 comments
Jackmouve
Jackmouve

ALL I care about are the Servers. I want to be able to play 5v5 Team Up games WITH mics, ANYTIME!!! That's the only thing I care about. Since the inception of Team UP mode, NOONE I know is consistently able to play 5v5 Team Up.

Droogie_1
Droogie_1

any info about the on-court action? did they revamp the play calling so the same 5 plays aren't called over and over and over? will coaches uses different systems based off the personal they have? will the end game situations (like being down 5pts with 50 seconds left, or down 2pts with 10 seconds left) be taken seriously by your AI teammates? it sucked watching the clock tick away as the PG held the ball for 20 seconds and then jacks up a three while refusing to pass you the ball...when you're down two scores with 40 seconds left. i love 2k11 but there were some major flaws on the court. it would be great to find out if those issues have been addressed. i am assuming they have.

refused99
refused99

I don't know why StromileSwiftee's comment is being downvoted. Yes, 2k is the probably the best basketball video game franchise ever and one of the best sports games but it has its flaws and the ones he named weren't untrue. Come on, don't tell you never experienced in my player that even star players missing uncontested warm up shots from a few feet away and that this isn't frustrating? When somebody mentions facts like this it doesn't mean he is hating on the game but purely stating facts.

Yunggdre
Yunggdre

man what about bout the roster its going to be a desaztor but im a basketball junkies so its a day one buy anyway just wonderin if all those overseas jumpers are booted out the game from will bynum to deron willams? and the rookies too 3 centers left already ? and AI n starbury ?

darkgto
darkgto

3 MORE WEEKS OMG I CANT WAIT!!!!

Celus93
Celus93

I cannot wait for this game to come out

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i love the new mode where you can take a real player and making them a legend. i hate creating a player and not have in depth commentary. cant wait

Mariolle75
Mariolle75

Again, this looks amazing. NBA2k11 is great. If only 2k could do the same with their (maybe) next hockey game. Ton of features. We love that! This looks funny, the 1st pic in the article Timberwolves player with Montreal's skyline...

Defsolidus
Defsolidus

Can't wait to play this, it would've been great if they included college hoops for the my player mode, maybe in 2k13.

garrysempire
garrysempire

@burritocakes lol at that! upredictable is the staple of my player eversince 2010 lol!

Burritocakes
Burritocakes

Really hoping we can actually change my personality type instead of being forced to be "UNPREDICTABLE". Even if I answer all the post-game questions professionally the game still considers me a jackass.

Gizmofather
Gizmofather

just on PC could be better controls, otherwise its just a ripoff. Can't stand those ISO moves and the feel to make them. 2k10 was more simple, but more enjoyable, imo.

lilflex1
lilflex1

oh man this looks so nice it would be even better if i could choose my own billboard pose

chaoscougar1
chaoscougar1

I really hope with all these changes they didn't forget to fix Team Chemistry

evil_devil_mons
evil_devil_mons

i still play 2k11 & 2k12 will be more fun for sure.can't wait

bramdewilde
bramdewilde

Can't wait. im still enjoying 2k11. sure it has its flaws and it can be frustrating at times, but each game has that. im just looking forward taking myself from the draft to the hall of fame. and see how many ways i can dunk on people in the process

iverson89
iverson89

they should make a barber mode so like when you wanna change your players hair in association mode cause seems fake when your playing dirk with long hair and in the real season he just shaved his head..

Uchiha_Nation
Uchiha_Nation

It's about time!! Sounds like these improvements will be a great addition!!!!

StromileSwiftee
StromileSwiftee

Skipped on 2K11 cuz I was unhappy with 2K10 My Player's teammates AI and the computer's ability to consistently make contested shots, even with the shooting sliders at 0. If they can fix that I'm seriously tempted to purchase this. I like how they attempt to include all aspects of being drafted.

EPaul
EPaul

Sounds exciting seeing as My player mode is my favourite part of the 2K series now

nickz_fpk
nickz_fpk

Sounds good but I wanna know more about The Association mode.

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

nba 2k just keeps getting better....i would love to see them make ncaa basketball again......please 2k bring back college hoops.

holtrocks
holtrocks

God i want them to make NFL2K i hate the maddens the last 4 years

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

@Homeboy 101. That an interesting premise but I dboubt people would want to invest that much time in a basketball game where you spend more time doing other things than playing basketball. It almost makes playing basketball a side thing instead of what you bought the game for. There might something there but it wouldn't be for an NBA game. Maybe a fake league that focuses on more of what you do outside the game than actually in it. I'm sure at some point people would just start simming the games during a long season just to do the afterward stuff. But I understand where you coming from. It's almost like an RPG sports game.

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

hopefully they change the"im a PG being subbed in as a SF" deal.. awesome info though looking good!

Homeboy_101
Homeboy_101

They should create a grand theft auto like my player mode. Before you hate, hear me out. You should wake up in a small apartment a few weeks before the draft. You have a pretty crappy car to drive to the prospect games. You eat at cheap diners because you don't have a lot of money. Then when you get drafted, you move to the city where the team is located. Money will soon become a big factor to you. You will want to drive to the team practices and games in a nice car. Your going to want to eat at nicer places and have an amazing house. So when you are going to choose a contract extension or if you become a free agent, money will be a big factor in your decision. Also you can go do enjoyable things in the city you live in or you can hurt your image by drinking to much at the bar or looking bad to the media. This can be sold as a full on game instead of a mode. I only mentioned a few things you can do with a game like this. The ideas are endless.

PSP107
PSP107

I personally find My Player boring/flawed. I mean its quite lame you have to go to the target in order for the AI to move around. Its really stupid. I really don't understand that as during the tryouts and preseason, the AI will pass you the ball when requested but not during the regular season. The grading system is just bad. I hate those dumb interviews after every game. Sports games that focus on one player I find boring. I just like online Pick up games. I hope 2K finally fixes the online quality.Its a shame you can get 400 points max(A+) in online pick up games.

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

1. Hate being subbed in out when my team is already kicking butt and I'm the game MVP, so why should I have to be sent back in when the game is a lock. 2. Tired of PG's who either waste so much clock there isn't enough time for me to do something with the ball, or waste a lot of clock and then chuck up some crap shot when I've been open all day. Please check out those issues 2K for the My Player Mode.

ballplayers-2-3
ballplayers-2-3

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andrewrosati
andrewrosati

These all look like awesome improvements..but uh....will my teamates still play like 12 year olds?