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6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 58
  2. Negative: 9 out of 58

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  1. Sep 20, 2012
    0
    This game is garbage....if you want to play the career mode (My player), avoid it at all costs since you'll just get frustrated. Its scripted, game wins/loses are scripted and there's nothing you as a player can do about it, no matter how well you play. Blocks are scripted, meaning that once you block someone or get blocked, you cant do anything until the blocked player does a 180 around the blocker. Shots are absolutely horrid, there's no sense of control over the player (on average you'll be missing 4-5 out of 10 every time, no matter where you shoot from). Too bad there's no alternative basketball games out there. Guess it makes sense that this game is garbage, lack of competition. I'd give it a -10 if there was such a score. Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2012
    2
    Everything in 2K12 is a step up from its predecessor the presentation, the menu, the legendary games. However the gameplay makes the game almost worthless. For some reason, it's almost impossible to score when you're less than 10 feet away from the basket, but you shoot ( and especially your opponent) about 60 to 70% when you're near or behind the 3 pts shot. You can't defend one on one and for some reason you can't drive to the basket, you're opponent is like a brick wall that the player you control just has to run into. I'm sorry to report this because I would love to play those legends game but I take absolutely no pleasure when I play 2K12 and that's why I buy video games. Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    4
    Been playing My player at the moment. Way too scripted which takes away from realism. You having crap attributes yet you first round pick? Next you start as 7th choice in terms of playing time. After a few games you up to 6th. After 19 games where i've done little (averaging 4points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) I'm the starting SF for the knicks ahead of Carmelo Anthony. Gimme a break! The post match interviews also make little sense when you a bit part player. your responses imply that you are key. Would prefer to have a more than 1 question but only every few games interview. Having crap guards also makes the game frustrating. Every other pg seems to be able to run rings around lin and score 30 or so points a game whereas he charges into traffic and takes bad shots (if you look at his tendencies will see why) I like the presentation re. the half time breaks where they show what is happening in other matches and the news you can get about other teams and your own in between games but this shouldn't be the main focus of the developers.

    Started playing on a harder level and the game gets even worse. On the easiest level your teammates are about right but opponents useless. If you change to hall of fame your teammates are useless and opponents about right. Lost 5 in a row with lakers against crap teams like suns and raptors. Blake shot 0/11 one game as starting pg. Next game Gasol decided to keep shooting 3s and hit none of them and 3/12 fgs overall. Next game opponents got 60% 3pts against and outrebounded 3 to 1 despite lakers having way better rebounders. My Player mode is basicly unplayable unless you just choose a scoring guard and do everything yourself.
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  4. May 21, 2012
    1
    This game looks so fun, and i think it's a great game... for console... this game is **** for pc, and i utterly regret buying it. no game have ever been more frustrating to me. even if you really try to learn some of the moves that you can do, you go in the training camp mode, and they even show you how to do it... on a ****ing ps3 controller! what the hell am i supposed to use that for? also blocking people seem to be near impossible and i still, after around 4 hours of gaming, haven't for the life of me figured out how to dunk... whenever i run up to the net press the buttons that should make me dunk, my player for some reason stops up instead, and holds on to the ball, making me end up hoping to win on 3-pointers. so as a result, this game is one of the worst games i have ever played on pc, and i think if you make a game that is so obviously meant for consoles... do not sell it for pc, or at least have a big fat warning sign when you buy it... Expand
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 16, 2012
    90
    NBA 2K12 is a true act of love for basketball: a fun game with great audio and graphic, and with several gameplay's improvements. Higly recommended.
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    84
    2K's NBA is still the best sports simulator out there.
  3. 80
    Its visuals are perfect, controls are friendly and historical matches are fun. [Nov 2011]