At first blush it doesn't seem to stand out: NBA 2K11 cracked the top 20 of most played titles on the Xbox 360 for the week of Jan. 16. But when you peel it back, that's actually quite astonishing, to see an old version of a sports video game resurface more than 15 months after its release.
Though recently promoted to Electronic Arts' chief operating officer, EA Sports' old boss, Peter Moore, still is involved with products coming out of that division. And in an interview with IndustryGamers, he said he doesn't expect their next NBA simulation, due in 2012 after a two-year hiatus, to compete with NBA 2K…
About this time last year, at E3, I was chewing the fat with a 2K Sports representative about NBA 2K11 which already looked to be the monster it would become. Long dominant in the pro basketball genre, the game with Michael Jordan on its cover was going to be 2K's Sunday punch to EA Sports. "That's the idea," the guy…
2K Sports ran a simulation of the remaining rounds of the NBA Playoffs - the conference finals and the NBA Finals - and found the Chicago Bulls defeating the Dallas Mavericks in seven games.
Kevin Harlan, the play-by-play voice of NBA 2K, told KNBR-AM's Damon Bruce (also a voice in the game) that former NBA executive and player Steve Kerr will join the series as analyst next year. Kerr will replace Clark Kellogg; he was formerly the analyst in EA Sports' NBA Live series.
Caught by a gamer at the recent NBA All-Star game, here's Miami Heat superstar LeBron James talking about which games he plays (and why he doesn't play online).
Remember our foul-mouthed Street Fighter IV friend? Anything he can do, our NBA 2K11 player can do better. Both spew words of the F- MF- (and N-) variety, but our hoopster does it to DMX. Bitch, eat that. Ho. NSFW.
It was a contentious fight: Which game of 2010 was the absolute best of the year? But we've reached a conclusion and have, at last, a clear winner.
We have four finalists in our 2010 Game Of The Year awards. All worthy contenders, but as has been pointed out, all are also either sequels or continuations of older series. So let's take a look at how far they've come.
Sports titles just aren't supposed to be game-of-the-year contenders. Their annualized nature sends the message that this year's game, no matter how great, won't be worth owning in 365 days. If anything could rise above that, it is NBA 2K11.
Selecting the best game of the year should be the result of a thoughtful process, not a rush to the finish line.
As Kotaku's chief sports writer, my most memorable gaming moments of 2010 come entirely within that genre. No spoilers here, but then, the human drama of athletic competition follows no script.
Hint: They're 3-8, have no hope of making the playoffs and fired their coach. But Tony Romo doesn't have a busted collarbone in cyberspace either, and the Dallas Cowboys are still the preferred side for thousands.
San Antonio Spurs all-star Tony Parker and Eva Longoria got dee-vorced last week, around the time it was discovered that Parker was doing some dribble-drive penetration with a former teammate's wife. NBA 2K11's latest roster update factors in the breakup.
Those who dug out their 3D glasses for the last post, my attempt to show you Madden's 3D mode fell flat. Here to save the day is Operation Sports' MessenjahMatt, with a 3D presentation of Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11.
NBA 2K11 will ship a 3D-enabled version for PS3 beginning Nov. 16, and a free patch enabling 3D presentation for all versions will go live in January, 2K Sports said yesterday.
The incentive for completing NBA 2K11's "The Jordan Challenge" is "Creating a Legend," which allows you to take Michael Jordan through the game's career mode. If you can't beat all 10 challenges, an unlock code out there will bypass it.
Few video games reach trending topic status on Twitter. It's the sort of thing normally accorded to disasters, celebrities, and global news. NBA 2K11 has been a trending topic every day since Monday, for 57 hours straight at one point.
Preordering NBA 2K11 via GameStop delivered a free Chicago Bulls road jersey for your avatar; NBA 2K11 now has six different pairs of classic Air Jordan sneakers to help complete the look.
Michael Jordan returned to the NBA in 1995 with a famous two-word statement. He returns to video games with NBA 2K11, a deeply compelling narrative of both the league in present day and the feats of its greatest player ever.