NBA 2K12 just came out this week and of course, gameplay footage isn’t hard to come by if you do a quick YouTube search. I watched a short clip of a game played between the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. I don’t think the game captured the essence of the rivalry, but overall I was very impressed.
The thing that grabbed my attention off the bat was the commentary. I’ve always loved Kevin Harlan’s voice, and I easily associate him with NBA basketball. Paired with Steve Kerr, playing the game is actually like watching a game on TNT. They even throw it to Doris Burke for some sideline reporting. It’s a real NBA experience complete with insightful comments and stats.
Some quick hits on other things I liked about the game. I feel like they captured player tendencies and mannerisms well. I think they accurately portrayed the atmosphere of the AT&T Center. Also, I really like how you even get a little bit of player chatter from the floor.
One problem I have with the game is one I’ve always had with 5-on-5 basketball games. The movements just don’t seem fluid to me. It doesn’t look like a natural flow of guys playing basketball. But hey, that’s just my opinion. One other thing I don’t like is that the players almost look kind of comical. Channing Frye looks like Barack Obama, I don’t think I would even recognize Coach Pop if it weren’t for the context and there’s one part in the video where Alvin Gentry looks like he’s going to leap out of the game and stab me. I think we’re at a point in technology where we can make the characters look a little more realistic.
All things considered, I really like the look of the game. I don’t usually like to play the 2K series, I’m more of an NBA Jam guy myself, but I might give this one a shot.
What do you think Spurs fans? And if you do own a copy, what have been your thoughts on the Spurs in the game?