OFF SEASON SLAM DUNK
Legal wrangling has marred the current National Basketball Association (NBA) season in the US. The deprived fans have an option in the the game NBA. The latest NBA2K12 lets you slam dunk and shoot three-pointers with 15 legends of the game, like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and the one and only Michael Jordan. The legend mode was successful in the 2K11 edition with the introduction by Jordan, but now one gets to take on different challenges and be a part of historical clashes. This mode lets you play 1-on-1 and up to 5-on-5 to “21” as well as 2-on-2 Teammate Challenges and 3-on-3 Era Challenges. You also unlock current NBA players to go head-to-head with the greats, or bring your “My Player”
mode character into the mix.
My Player mode was a big hit last year and 2K12 is a notch better. The all-new Rookie Showcase gives an idea of what a player faces in real life. You get to negotiate contracts and endorsement deals. To be drafted into the rookie programme, you will be interviewed by team officials and based on your answers you get recruited. My only problem with this is that you don’t know which teams are interested in you. So you have to basically roll your dice and take your chances.
The packaging of the graphics and pre-
sentation is mind blowing, to say the least. With a lot more in-game videos and with realistic different camera angles, the NBA game on a console never felt so real. I just can’t get over the mirror accuracy of the players. You even get to know your players’ strengths and weaknesses in certain game situations so that you know exactly who will excel in crunch time. Each player stands out and the details are so minute that no dopple-ganger can sidle past you.
It is obvious that all sport games have improved in making their artificial programmes into reality. This game too scores high points in the legends mode. This NBA installment easily lets us forget the disappointing lock out in the current season and makes you get involved in the game—a fan fulfils his dream of being in the big league.