NBA 2K12 Reveal - NBA's Greatest

After the success of Jordan Moments last year, 2K Sports brings 15 of the NBA's greatest players to this year's game.

Two weeks ago when 2K Sports revealed that three of the greatest NBA players to ever take to the court would be gracing the cover of NBA 2K12, we should have figured there was more to it. Today, 2K Sports revealed a new mode coming to this year's game titled NBA's Greatest. Similar to Jordan Moments from last year, NBA's Greatest lets you play as 15 of the greatest NBA teams in history and re-create some of the best matches ever seen.

The mode will play out similarly to last year's game; you will have the ability to re-play various matches and try to complete objectives to unlock additional games. Once unlocked, these Greats and their teams will be available to play against current NBA clubs, opening up the chance to see who is better between Dr. J and Carmelo Anthony, for example.

Matches will be re-created to be as authentic as possible to the time in which they took place. Games will feature commentary that reflects the time frame and that references matches leading to the game in question, and there are promises of extras that should make NBA historians very happy.

Thus far, only five NBA Greats have been confirmed. In addition to Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, the Philadelphia 76ers' Julius Erving and the Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be featured in the mode. The other 10 players and teams will be revealed at a later date. Regardless of that fact, debates should commence shortly as to which teams and players should be included and which are better left in the past.

These two played in a lot of classic matches throughout the 80s
Anyone who enjoyed playing last year as Michael Jordan should absolutely adore NBA's Greatest. With debates running all the time as to who is, in fact, the greatest NBA player ever, this might at least settle the debate in the virtual world. Expect that once we get our hands on this mode, we'll give you more insight on the teams featured and how the mode plays out.

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33 comments
Mamba219
Mamba219

Friggin Kareem! Greatest ever! I always had to create him for My Player mode...until now.

sagharazi
sagharazi

Couldn't you already do this in 2k11? you could play anyone against anyone and a lot of legends were playable. It feels like they're trying to sell an old feature as an innovation.

cr8ive
cr8ive

Just like nba2k11games (the user below..).. I'll be content with just a fix to the game modes.. Don't even need to add new bells and whistles (that might cause even more bugs), just fix the game first! I wouldn't be complaining as much if the bugs were new to 2k11... but some of the bugs were from 2k10 (i.e. Big Z has 8 fouls and the cpu is still playing him against my team).

nba2k11games
nba2k11games

First they should perfect NBA 2k game play because it's realistic in 2K11 and can be much better in 2K12 and then try to add new modes because people mostly play Association and My Player mode. These two modes should be Perfected with many game play issues which can only be noticed by a veteran player of 2K11

xmcstreet
xmcstreet

Side note: if they manage to make My Player even better than it was last year, I'll have a hard time removing this from my disc tray. Love where this game is going.

xmcstreet
xmcstreet

I might be alone here, but I've always wanted to adjust the length of my player's shorts. With them going vintage nba on us, it would be ridiculously sweet for them to add the feature into create-a-player. Among other things - like double striped knee socks. Less than likely, though....

mikeqwerty6
mikeqwerty6

Awesome game that just keeps getting better. I love these classic teams.

fotis52
fotis52

Everything cool with these modes, but the actual game itself also needs improvement and especially the My Player mode....I don't like it when 2K is putting all the effort to the "new mode" and forgets about the old ones...

Celus93
Celus93

October 4, its going down I cant wait to get it

JeremyPhi86
JeremyPhi86

I want this game I am loving what NBA 2k is doing with these games people can now enjoy the classic games that occurred before their time awesome.

sam636
sam636

Commmon Iverson!!!, I'd love to break Jordan's ankles as did A.I I swear these games are becoming re-dunk-ulous every year. Great stuff 2k!!

Uberfinn
Uberfinn

Let's look past the fancy paint and look at the actual game. This game really hasn't been changing much and still needs a ton of improvement. Adding these modes is great but they're slapping features into a game that is not necessarily that sound, fundamentally. This could easily turn into Madden.

alfkb24
alfkb24

Amazing game!!! but I kinda miss NBA Live franchise!! even though 2k has been better in every single aspect, having more option to play is always welcome!

xman91g
xman91g

they got another hit game

EpicNoobOwnage
EpicNoobOwnage

This game looks so realistic to the point that the player models look creepy lol. But even though I am not a sports game fan. I have to admit it'll be pretty satisfying shooting a jay in someone's face with Larry Bird or dunking on someone with my tongue sticking out with Michael Jordan or Taking some one to the hoop with Magic Johnson.......

66Books
66Books

Hopefully, the great Reggie Miller performance against the Knicks in the playoffs will be featured. Just when you thought the game was over, he scores 8 points in 9 seconds -- unbelievable! It's hard to believe that during the 90's, Jordan, Magic, Miller, Bird, Malone, Ewing, and Barkley were all playing at the same time -- I can barely sit through an entire game these days...

slonekb05
slonekb05

You could play as all these ppl last year. Im not saying its not a good feature...but dont build your game on it.

animedude2195
animedude2195

man F this! i want something new! not some classic team ish! i want them to fix all the problems they had in 2k11, like fix online, better my player mode, better street, association all that stuff in reality no ones gunna be playing classic teams we r going to play current teams, improve the game im tired of this old stuff man

decoy1978
decoy1978

Now if only the real NBA can get their act together and give us a season before its too late.

jmkh
jmkh

This is going to be AWLSOME NBA Live is as good as dead at this point. This will be a day one pick up for me when it comes to stores.

godonholiday
godonholiday

Shawn Kemp? That guy had a mean dunk, but maybe not the games? Also David Robinson? Man I loved the NBA in the 90's!

Speuj
Speuj

Excellent... this means that 2k11 will most likely drop in price shortly! I know next to nothing about basketball, but I've always enjoyed either playing it IRL or on a console from time to time. It's about time I try another sport other than hockey! =P

WhiteSoxBud
WhiteSoxBud

I hate to say this but maybe there will be DLC for more great teams. I don't know if every championship Bulls team will be in it but if not it could be DLC

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

I want SIR CHARLES BARKLEY and the 93' Phoenix Suns!!!!

BIGPC2011
BIGPC2011

I'm so looking forward to this game I've only recently got into basketball so can't enter the greatest player debate although no question Jordan is the most worldly name. Graphically incredible I love how 2k plays and can't wait for this release.

TheGreatOldOne
TheGreatOldOne

Wilt, Russel, Magic, Kareem, Bird, Hakeem, Big O, Dr. J, Isiah Thomas, Baylor, Moses Malone, Ewing, DRob, Barkley and for good measure add Shaq who's just retired and Pistol Pete or Cousy for some added flash, or even Payton/Stockton/Millertime.

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

YYEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! maybe we'll see a chamberlain? Dr. J and Oscar R ftw

zay251
zay251

yea hopefully they improve the graphics and gameplay as well again this year , but this is a great addition to nba 2k

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

MJ is the greatest of all time, he won a championship with Luc Longley and Bill Wennington at center... I rest my case lol

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Oscar Robertson NEEDS to be in this!

jammin_syd
jammin_syd

A great addition to the game, that's why 2K is the best