Lovers of classic basketball, you are in luck. NBA 2K12 will feature "NBA's Greatest" mode, a feature that will allow players to reenact the greatest basketball games of all time, with classic teams made up of old-timers like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, among others.
You'll be able to pilot 15 historic NBA teams, complete with tiny shorts, high-socks and afro hairstyles galore. Not only that, but you'll be able to pit the throwback squads against current line-ups of NBA teams and settle long-running barroom arguments once and for all.
"We've always talked about that age-old debate across all of sports, especially basketball, the debate that asks, 'Hey, what if today's NBA teams could play some of the historic NBA teams? What if Kobe or Lebron took on Jordan in his prime?'" said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing at 2K Sports.
From a gameplay standpoint, the Greatest mode will attempt to recreate every detail of an old-school basketball experience, necessitating an almost OCD level of detail management from the game's developers.
"One of things we've gotten known for over the last couple years is that broadcast style presentation, as if you're watching a game on television," Argent explains, "If you go back and look at old game footage, it's not the way TNT is covering it this year. We spent so much time going back and trying to look at how camera angles were and all that. We tried to be as true as possible, so your shot clock, your bottom scoring box, all that stuff, we tried to create exactly as it was in that day and time. Even the game rules. Everything is true to that time."
NBA 2K12 and its Greatest mode, will be on store shelves on October 4. Are you going to be picking it up?