With more than 5 million copies sold worldwide and more than 25 Sports Game of the Year awards won, NBA 2K12 was another monster release for the biggest NBA video game simulation franchise in the world. This year, 2K Sports has joined forces with the legendary JAY Z as Executive Producer to transcend sports video games and take virtual...
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Very Positive (449 reviews) - 81% of the 449 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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About This Game

With more than 5 million copies sold worldwide and more than 25 Sports Game of the Year awards won, NBA 2K12 was another monster release for the biggest NBA video game simulation franchise in the world. This year, 2K Sports has joined forces with the legendary JAY Z as Executive Producer to transcend sports video games and take virtual hardwood to the next level.

Featuring an enhanced MyCAREER mode and all-new gameplay features, NBA 2K13 will let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent, including the much-debated matchup between the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team and the 1992 “Dream Team.”

Key features:

  • A JAY Z PRODUCTION – Produced by multi-platinum recording artist JAY Z, who presided over the soundtrack, in-game presentation elements, and the overall style of the game.
  • IMPROVED GAMEPLAY – Featuring the Control Stick for enhanced ball control, Dynamic Shot Generator for more realistic shot variety, all-new Signature Skills and so much more.
  • MYCAREER MODE – Build your MyPLAYER by giving him Signature Skills, and acquire your very own animations. Includes new endorsement paths, all-new casual clothing & equipment, and much more.
  • USA BASKETBALL – Finally answer the question: Who would win a head-to-head duel between the 1992 Dream Team and today's 2012 squad?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows
    • Processor:Pentium 4 2.4 GHz Single Core processor or equivalent (2.8 GHZ for Vista/Win 7)
    • Memory:512 MB or More (1 GB for Vista/Win 7)
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Hard Drive:8 GB or more free space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Video Card:128 MB or more memory and one of the following chipsets is required: Radeon HD 2400 or greater; NVIDIA 6800 GT or greater; DirectX 9.0c compatible card with Shader Model 3.0 support.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Ram (nVidia® GeForce® 8800 GT or better)
    • Hard Drive:9 GB or more free space
    • Sound:100% DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Input:dual-analog gamepad
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Very Positive (449 reviews)
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Dr.Hands
42.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Great game, if you want a throwback nba game on steam this would personally be my choice. I love the mycareer and prefer this mycareer over nba 2k16's, this game is really helping me wait for nba 2k17, oh also love the press conferences after each game you play.
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The_Golpher
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
Bad Game For PC
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DBZfreakMBB
238.1 hrs
Posted: August 9
Best 2K in the whole series IMO, def worth a buy on a sale.
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CircledCircle
29.5 hrs
Posted: July 11
You know what. I love it. Easy controls and just a fun game.
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Wolffe #TownBidness
198.9 hrs
Posted: July 4
Dropping threes like Curry ✔
No-look dimes ✔
Breakin' records and ankles ✔
Bron Bron ✔
Multi-Player (who cares honestly) ✖
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SciSi
148.1 hrs
Posted: June 22
Simply... Amazing
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cavalierjim02
5.1 hrs
Posted: June 20
waste of space
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beans6680
137.0 hrs
Posted: June 14
I was about to give this game a "not recommend" until I played the NBA2K15. If you don't mind the old roster and all, This is probably a more superior game comparatively. I saw friends of mine playinng NBA2K14 which apparently kept the good qualities I personally enjoyed while without all these new "innovations" that pretty much ruins the game for NBA2K15.
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xHectorx
1,003.9 hrs
Posted: June 8
Honestly, i love this game everytime i watch a documentary, about a nba legend, i play the create a legend mode, this game is really fun and has tons and tons of replayablity with just that one mode, but there is NO Online Play, play some of the newer gen games for the online features
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paddocka
898.6 hrs
Posted: May 21
I have played this game quite a while and have tried numerous settings and on my career mode with several player positions. I maxed the stats out on my first character, a point guard.

Pros
- character development can be engaging
- some people complain about the button controls but I find the flexibility to be interesting and compelling

Cons
- I know 2k tries to make the game realistic and I am sure they have experts but they are missing some fundamental dynamics that really hurt the game. For goodness sakes they dont even know the difference between a screen and a pick.
- While I dont mind the button controls, the actual player movement in the game is a disaster and I cant find a way to fix it. You have mangetic players that stick to one another. What I mean by that is even if you are trying to run in a certain direction the game forces you to face in directions you dont want to face and these crappy animations end up controlling more movement that you do with the controller. Response time is awful. There is a huge delay between when you press a button and when the action occurs. There have been times I tried to lunge sideways to block a pass and the ball is already at half court before my player moves, who was under the basket.
- player AI is aweful. Why on earth would a guard on defense stand at the corner of the key when the offensive player is at the three point line? The number of open 3's in the game is ridiculous and when the guard stands at the corner of the key he obstructs trying to guard the post player.
- 3 second defensive rule is rubbish in the NBA and it is rubbish in this game. If the offensive player is standing at the edge of the paint then you should still be able to stand between him and the basket without getting a penalty called on defense.
- The game is too stats driven. All that matters is what your stat is in a particular area. Success should have more focus on position both for defense and offense. A 7 foot offensive player should not miss a dunk with a 6 foot point guard on him. He misses because the guard has a defense rating of 95 - in that situation size is more important.
- Coaching management is aweful. Why on earth does my 6 foot point guard enter the game at center, power forward or even small forward? Why does my center enter the game at small forward? It makes no sense and there is no coach in the NBA that would be so stupid.

In addition to those issues, the game needs more dynamic interaction. Why cant I yell at that stupid scoring guard during the game who keeps jacking up 3's while guarded and without defenders back to try and rebound? Why cant I yell at that point guard who dances around the half court line and then mysteriously tries to pass across court to a guarded player on the base line? Why cant I hell at the point guard who goes fastbreak up the court when all the defenders are back and tries to drive into 3 defenders?

These comments are based on my career mode and not online play. Online play is a waste of time when people find ways to mod characters - like COD - I will never understand why people still put out money for that crap.

From the reviews I read, neither of the later NBA2k games are any better. They are producing the exact same product with a few minor features with updated rosters and player stats. Dont be a robot fanboy and pay attention to what you pay for.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
238.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Best 2K in the whole series IMO, def worth a buy on a sale.
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123 of 163 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Don't buy this game.

2K shot down all ONLINE servers you won't be able to play it online.
That's right they want us to buy it every year otherwise we can basically GTFO.

Downvoted for sure.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2013
The second best basketball game I have played to date :) Graphically close to photo-realism with a decent game engine capturing pretty much every move you can think of. I find the controls aren't too intuitive but you get used to them; likewise the menu system is a bit confusing. NBA2K13 can be difficult to master but the AI is scalable to your skill level and there is a career mode which adds some variety to gameplay letting you work up the ranks. Looks great on a big screen!


... oh & my favorite basketball game (incase you're wondering) remains the legendary NBA Jam TE! :p


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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
348.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
Completely freaking rad game. I seem to be the only person in the universe who doesn't care about playing a sports game online, so I can't say anything about the online aspect. What I can say is that it is one of the best sports games ever made, up in the tier of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 for the PS2, and Madden 09 for the PS2. The graphics are good enough, the gameplay is great and intuitive, there's a wide selection of ways to play the game, and the commentary is actually good. Seriously, barely anyone talks about the commentary but it's one of the best parts compared to other sports games. Also has complete controller support, which is a must, because playing with keyboard feels like piloting a submarine you know nothing about. The game also is very easy to mod, but don't expect anything crazy, you can only make the game look better. Overall great sports game, would recommend to any sports game or basketball fan. Can't wait for 2k16!
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
293.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
Why does Chris Paul always sign with the Cavaliers?
Good basketball simulator but jesus christ
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
111.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
A great basketball game and overall I would say, one of the best games on steam, the controls take some getting used to (I recommend the use of a third party controller, playing with a keyboard and mouse is brutal) but once you get the hang of them, it is super fun. Compared to the console versions, the PC version doesn't boast as many features, and one of the most notable issues many people have with this game is regarding the inablitly to easily play with your friends online. MyPlayer mode is great and will provide you with hours of entertainment, you can really have a fun time customising your player and helping him rise through the ranks of the NBA. I would not say that this game is enjoyable for all, but if you are a basketball fan, it is a must have. Basically with this game, you are getting what you pay for and nothing extra, but it is still fun nontheless.
I would give it a solid 8/10 overall.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
421.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
I am a big basketball fan. This game has everything I want. Good models, Smooth feel, many game modes, intelligent AI. No need to upgrade to 2k14. I play with xbox controller it's great.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
115.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Great game for the pc especially when mods are put into the mix. Makes the game look a whole lot nicer then its initial release.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
Worth your money.Spent hours on this game and enjoyed every minute.Gameplay is smooth~,graphics and cutscenes are nice(dont expect next-gen graphics though).AIs are smart and will PUNISH you for any mistake you make.The only fault i can find in this game is that the replay or highlight reel sometimes bugged out.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
76.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Since March 31st, 2014 NBA 2k13 servers have been shut down.
https://twitter.com/2KSupport/status/439459728234516481
You can't play online at all so you won't be able to play with your friends.
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