The Negative-The passing has gone from one extreme to another; why Jason Kidd isn't capable of making a post entry past to Dirk who's wide open more than 50% of the time is not "sim style", especially when I make the dribble towards Dirk to create the passing angle. The computer/AI is a bit weird, sometimes they are extremely stupid and sometimes they are genius... and of course the 3pt shooting is a bit overloaded for the CPU, it's just worth mentioning. And the last complaint would be the "collision detection" when trying to close out and play on-ball defense. The animations get weird and often trying to play on-ball defense (when playing against someone online) causes the guy to easily drive past you, hoepfully a patch will fix some of that.
-The Positive: Best offline simulation style Basketball game created to date. Love playing 12 minute quarters, 48 minute games and having a real box score, real player stats, real FG% (not so much the 3pt%), and realistic scores anywhere from 85-110. No longer do will kids holding turbo non-stop get them anywhere in this game, while using the turbo button correctly and at small intervals is very effective. No longer can you grab a defensive rebound with say, Kwame Brown, and then sprint down the full-court while dribbling and get to the rim successfully; I love how most likely Kwame (and most other PF/C's) will dribble off their leg if you hold turbo and try to act like a guard with them. The My Player gameplay has been improved, rewarding you for correct spacing, good ball movement, etc, and penalizing you more for turnovers and the likes. TRAINING CAMP is a must for all of us, those new to the game and those like me who've been playing since the early 2000's, or earlier for some. It's a great mode to teach you how to play this game correctly, in all aspects of the game. Love how they simplified the pre-draft game and draft, and the interviews by GM's of teams interested in you (I managed to play well in the Rookie Showcase and was able to tell Utah to "F*** off" and tell the Warriors I would love to be their "Franchise Player". Post Game interviews are great, the billboards, advertising, endorsements, all great add-ons. Also, starting as a 60 is a much better thing, since a 60 is still usually good for close to the worse overall on a team; and since I'm a rookie Small Forward that was drafted in the Lottery it makes since to be a 60. But overall the gameplay is great, a pretty big change from 2K11 (which I like for the most part.. just miss my crew) that takes some getting used to. The game is a challenge for me on All-Star, which I absolutely love. No more hop-step cheesing, no more Lebron power layup cheesing, no more pick-n-roll dominance (actually they need to fix that a bit because the passing is so poor for pick-n-rolls), no more half-court alley-oops that go in every time, no more dunking 90% of the time, I'd go on but I think you get the point.
OVERALL: 9.2 / 10