OFF SEA­SON SLAM DUNK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

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.

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