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NBA 2K12



Stellar hoops sim honors league's legends.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game shows kids what the world of professional basketball is like.

Positive role models

In My Player mode, players can choose to perform tasks to bolster team chemistry, such as take them out for a bowling night, or contribute to a charity. The game also shows real athletes playing professional ball.

Ease of play

Longtime fans of the series will find this game easy to pick up. Newcomers may see the controls as complex, but a Practice can help ease rookies in.

Violence & scariness
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Gatorade, Sprite, HP and basketball-related companies such as Spalding are among the sponsors. They usually appear in arenas and during broadcasts.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of the NBA. Players can either guide a team or individual to championship glory. There's also a mode devoted to some of the league's all-time best players and teams. The game offers an online mode where players have open, unmoderated chat, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for kids under age 12.

What's it about?

NBA 2K12 is a pro basketball simulation game where players can take one of the NBA's teams and lead them to a championship. In My Player mode, players can create their own character or use a current NBA star and mold them into a Hall of Famer. Finally, a NBA's Greatest mode explores the league's history, featuring stars such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.

Is it any good?


Once again, 2K Play's NBA sim shines with polished, authentic gameplay. On the consoles with high-definition graphics, the game looks fabulous. The NBA's Greatest mode is wonderful at educating players about the history of the league, while the team owner and My Player modes offer players greater control. Overall, it's a great game for any NBA fan.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares to real-world basketball. What's similar or different?

  • The game teaches a lot about NBA history. Do you think video games can be educational? How?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Windows, PlayStation 2
Price:$29.99 to $59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:October 4, 2011
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byPrototype79054 November 18, 2011

Best Basketball Game Ever

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2012

Great game

This is a great game! In the beginning it is hard to get used to the controls, but after a while it's really simple. There is really nothing bad about this game and can help you with basketball.
Kid, 6 years old April 27, 2012

NBA 2K12 Review

This is a really good game nothing bad about if your kids like basketball they will really like this game because it is super fun and they will really enjoy the game and get some good role models from it as well
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