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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that NBA 2K11 is a straightforward simulation of the National Basketball Association. Players can choose one of the league's teams and guide them to a championship, or create their own superstar. Players also get a bit of a NBA history lesson with a series of modes recounting the career of legend Michael Jordan. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable online commuication features for preteens.
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What's it about?
NBA 2K11 is a simulation of the National Basketball Association. Players can control one of the league's team and guide them to victory in a single game or start a franchise and win multiple championships. Players can also create their own superstar and lead them to a Hall of Fame NBA career. New to the series are a group of modes dedicated to legend Michael Jordan. In The Jordan Challenge, players relive key moments in Jordan's career such as his 63-point performance against the Boston Celtics or the NBA Finals game against the Utah Jazz where Jordan played while battling the flu. Once players complete all 10 challenges, they unlock the MJ: Creating a Legend Mode. Players control a rookie Michael Jordan, place him on any of the current NBA rosters, and lead him to legendary status.
Is it any good?
NBA 2K11 is fantastic because it is a stellar simulation of the sport and league while subtlely doubling as a lesson in NBA history. Players not only see what made Michael Jordan such as spectacular player, but they explore some other notable players and teams during his era, such as Larry Bird and the classic Celtics teams and Magic Johnson's Lakers. Although the rest of the game hasn't changed as much compared to previous years, it maintains the impressive depth in controls and game options that have made the series so popular. Add authentic visuals and players have one of the best sports game of 2010.
Online interaction: The game does feature online basketball games with open chat.
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