NBA 2K12

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Stellar hoops sim honors league's legends.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydeeblack March 17, 2012
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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byErnestBeqiri March 30, 2012

NBA 2K12 is a masterpiece sport game

Really good game that is really educative, and with some positive messages. The New Player Mode is really good, the gameplay is fun etc...

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

For kids who love playing sports as video games

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