NBA 2K12 is a sports game about basketball; it is set in the popular North American NBA (National Basketball Association (NBA) league. Users control the different players on their team and compete against another team with the aim of scoring the most points to win the match; the game uses all the rules from the real sports game, and basketball moves are the center point of most game types.
It was developed by Visual Concepts and Virtuos also worked on the PlayStation 2 version; the game was published by 2K Sports and released in 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Playstation 3, Wii, PlayStation Portable and also PC. Some features of the game are also available for iOS devices.
There are a variety of game types in NBA 2K12 for players to select from, including two career orientated modes; My Player mode and Creating a Legend.
My Player mode allows users to create a character by designing their looks and also adjusting their skills. This character is used in the career campaign where the aim is to become a high tier player and reach the top of the league; there are 82 games which can be played however it is possible to skip games which are not important. After completing games, the player can then upgrade their characters skills or to raise their popularity.
The Creating a Legend mode allows the user to control a current NBA player as he goes through his career; this mode lacks many of the features seen in My Player such as press conferences.
Association mode allows the player to take the role of team manager; it allows players to build their team, train them and create strategies for them to use during the match. Players can be assigned to different roles on the team, and each character has a different skill level. It is possible to purchase new players for the team and to scout new talent.
Outside of these main game types, players also have a Quick Play mode where they can select from all teams in the game and create a quick custom match. This mode can be played against the computer or another player; it's possible to play with local co-op or online. In addition to this, there is also a practice mode.
 What's new
The biggest addition to the game is The Greatest Mode; this mode allows users to play with some of the greatest basketball teams and players in NBA history. It allows these teams to play against modern teams or other classic teams; this mode also includes a black-and-white historically accurate presentation of the games.
It features the expected upgrades to AI, animations, and graphics, however, the game types have also seen some improvements to give them new features. The biggest new feature for an established game type is the Online Association mode; players can take their team online to trade and scout for new players.
My Player mode – Create a character and take them to the top of the league by winning matches and upgrading skills
The Greatest Mode – Control some of the greatest teams in NBA history and play matches with historically accurate presentations
Creating a Legend – Follow any current NBA player on their career and fight to reach the top of the NBA
Association mode – Take on the role of manager and lead the team to victory through various leagues
Quick Play – Select from every team in the game and just into a quick match
Multiplayer – Fight against others online or play against friends locally
 Players liked:
- The Greatest Mode
- Nice graphics
- Good replay value
- Decent commentary
 Players didn't like:
- AI is too difficult and unbalanced
- Delayed animations
- Lazy press conference graphics
- Character face graphics