2K Sports' NBA 2K12 has received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of the action and its sophisticated gameplay. One enlightening mode is "My Player," which accurately represents what it takes to get to the next level.
Watching professional players effortlessly throw down dunks and drain three after three, it's natural to assume that the game comes easy to a talented few—and that all they need to do is show up, add to their highlight reel and chill until the next game. My Player mode busts that myth, taking gamers behind the scenes to reveal how much work professional players actually do before they shed their warmups and take the court.
It should be noted that My Player mode is notoriously difficult, even on its easiest setting. NBA 2K12 makes it clear that most players will find it nearly impossible to reach the next level without serious dedication.
But just like in the NBA, your best chance to get playing time comes on the practice floor. Your virtual baller can participate in drills like Knockout and scenarios like the fast break. If you are persistent and perform well, your skills will begin to rise.
You'll also notice that 2K12 places value on being a good teammate. Sure, you get points for monster blocks and jams, but the game also rewards nice passes, good rebounds and the ability to get your teammates involved. Coaches appreciate hustle, so the game gives points for tipped passes, good off-the-ball screens and successful box-outs. While most video games give credit for stats the fans see, NBA 2K12 goes further by highlighting the little things that coaches notice.
Finally, for added realism, NBA 2K12 features post-game press conferences, which illustrate the importance of personal responsibility. Although it can be fun to find out how much drama you can cause in your post-game interview, the consequences of one careless answer can be eye-opening.
Want to find out what a little hard work can do? Play a couple hours of NBA 2K12 in My Player mode. Then get off the couch and start putting in those practice hours on a real court.
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