NBA 2K12 hits the iPhone and iPad for the first time this Tuesday

Mon, Oct 3, 2011


Above is the video trailer for NBA 2K 12. The game looks amazing, and we’re really digging the inclusion of old school ballers like Larry Bird and Magic as well. What’s more, and we’re not sure how this will translate over to the actual game play, but the video footage of each classic player incorporates the same tint and color as the video footage from that era. Now that’s attention to detail, so put that in your pipe and smoke it, EA Sports!

If you’re a B-ball fan who happens to game, this title looks like a must-have. It’s scheduled to drop on October 4, which as you probably know, is the same date Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at Apple’s Cupertino campus and finally announce Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

But here’s where things get interesting.

NBA 2K12 marks the first time the popular Basketball title will be available for iOS devices. Yup, iPhone and iPad users will be able to download the game this coming Tuesday. The game will cost $9.99 for the iPad and $4.99 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

CNET was able to get an exclusive sneak peak at the upcoming iOS title and they were thoroughly impressed.

What’s most important is the gameplay, and 2K12 plays smoothly; players on the floor are well spaced and the animations are great. Basketball is more than just dunking, and its not that easy get to the rim if you want to show off. The broadcast-TV-style presentation really separates it from other iOS sports games, with full commentary and replays that add extra polish.

There’s so much content and different game modes in 2K12 that it’s worth the price of admission. You have the standard Quick Game; there’s a full 82-game Season Mode with player transactions; Playoff Mode, where you’ll skip the regular season and jump right into the games that count; and Situation Mode, which allows you to create custom scenarios where you can try to comeback from 5 points down with a minute left.

The game also features something called the “Jordan Challenge” where players are tasked with playing as MJ in 10 famous games and delivering clutch performances a’la his airiness. This feature was present in last year’s NBA 2k, but it’s nice to see the mobile versions of the game getting the same love and attention to detail as the console versions.

And in case you were wondering, the soundtrack to the video above is none other thanĀ Eminem & Royce Da 5’9′ singing “Fast Lane.”



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