NBA 2K12: 2K Sports announces new ‘Greatest Mode’

By Posted 4 Aug 2011, 17:10

If you are a fan of the hugely popular ‘Jordan Challenge’ mode that’s featured in the NBA 2K11 game, then you’ll be pleased to know that the publisher 2K Sports has just announced something similar for the upcoming NBA 2K12 title. However, rather than just concentrate on one specific player, the ‘Greatest Mode’ will focus on a number of legends.

In fact, according to a recent article by Nunzio Ingrassia over on the cbsnews.com website, the ‘NBA Greatest Mode’ will highlight some of the greatest moments from a total a 15 NBA legends. The only legends that have been confirmed by 2K Sports so far are Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

This of course means that there are another ten legends that are still under wraps. Players will be able to relive memorable games from each of the 15 legends, which will then unlock the two teams that participated in that specific game. Once players have unlocked the teams, they will then have the ability to pit them against current day teams.

Jason Argent – vice president of marketing for 2K Sports – said that the unannounced legends could possibly be from any time period, which gives a little hope to fans that may want to see legends that played before the 1980s included in the game. This means that icons such as Bill Russell, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain could still be featured.

Argent also explained that if the legendary game was originally played before the 3-point arc or shot clock, this would be reflected in the ‘Greatest Mode.’ Just like NBA 2K11’s ‘Jordan Challenge’ mode, the legendary games will be played with a grainy-film visual quality and time specific commentary. Another subject that Argent touched upon is the upgraded NBA Today feature.

The upgraded feature will update both roster and player ratings throughout the season. This year, when a player gets a new tattoo, changes his hairstyle or debuts new speakers, this will updated in the game. The NBA 2K12 game will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 4th. We’ve embedded a video below this post so you can see the mode for yourself.

Are you looking forward to the NBA 2K12 game?