Ever wonder who’s better, Michael Jordan in his prime or Kobe Bryant? 2K Sports will allow you to find out, at least virtually. With the NBA lockout hanging over the new season, gamers will have plenty of new content to explore in NBA 2K12. One of the big new features expands upon the Jordan Challenge mode from NBA 2K11, which allowed players to relive 10 different epic games from the Hall of Famer’s career. The new mode, NBA’s Greatest, will take things a step further and let past legends like Dr. J go head-to-head with current greats like LeBron James.
The new mode focuses on 15 NBA legends, including cover athletes Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dr. J, and others to be announced later will also be featured in this new mode. Each player will feature interactive highlights from their careers.
As gamers take on these challenges, they’ll unlock each player, as well as their classic team. Once unlocked, these players and rosters can be pitted against current teams like Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks and Bryant’s Lakers.
The final roster of this mode is sure to stir debate, as 2K Sports is calling these players the 15 greatest NBA players. Picking a roster of 15 can’t be easy for developer Visual Concepts. But being able to settle which team is best in a best-of-seven series should keep things interesting if the NBA players and owners can’t come to an agreement like the NFL and NFLPA recently did (just in time to save Madden NFL 12).
With NBA 2K11 selling over 5 million copies to date and no direct competition from EA Sports this fall, 2K Sports should have another hit on its hands. But having a real NBA season is important for fans. The NFL lockout would have cost Electronic Arts half of its sales, according to video game analyst Michael Pachter.
2K Sports will ship NBA 2K12 on October 4 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.