So... how many more months until NBA 2K11 comes out?

Ever wonder how Jordan would fare in today's NBA? With the hand-checking rules on defense changed so that you are no longer allowed to do everything just short of clubbing your opponent upside the head with an aluminum bat, people have long speculated that Jordan could average 40 or even 50 points per game if he was able to play in today's game during hs prime. Well, here is your chance to find out.

For all the fun I've had playing NBA 2K10, I've always wanted to see more than just a handful of old-school players available, and of course we all have heard by now that 2K Sports is delivering just what we want. NBA 2K11 will feature Michael Jordan with old-school teams, old-school players, and even recreating 10 specific games from Jordan's career. However, this article informs us that 2K Sports is taking a step further. After beating all 10 of NBA 2K11's Jordan challenges, you will have the opportunity to play an offline-only, single player game mode called Creating a Legend.

In this game mode that operate in similar fashion the My Player mode that made last year's game so amazing, you are able to draft a raw rookie version of Michael Jordan onto any current NBA team:
"The idea behind MJ: Creating a Legend is that you're going to step into today's NBA with a rookie Michael Jordan," Boenisch says. "He is rated a 79 overall, which gives you plenty of room to improve, but he has all of the physical tools of Michael as a rookie -- the fast speed, the high jumping, the quickness -- but he lacks a lot of the shooting skills and the offensive and defensive awareness. So you're playing with a raw prospect who can do just about anything, but can't deliver in the clutch just yet.

"And the cool thing about this mode is that you're player-locked to Michael Jordan, so you're kind of recreating the career and the legend of Michael Jordan."
Young Michael Jordan? Getting pissed off at inept teammates and punching them during practice? Making ridiculous buckets look stupidly easy? Getting books written about being such a demanding, overcompetitive asshole? Sign me up!

Also exciting is the news that Jordan's physical appearance will transform as he ages in the game. Adds Boenisch: "When you start out as a rookie, you're going to start out with the short fade, the short little hair. Then as he gets older you're going to see him go with the bald look, then the mustache in the middle years, and his body will bulk up a little bit as he slowly becomes the older Jordan. For fans of Jordan, it's really cool to see the progression and play as Michael and see what it is like to relive that skill that he had to takeover any game."
The game will let you play all the way up from Jordan's rookie year until age 40. I guess this means you won't get to wear Hanes t-shirts under your jersey with a weird little Hitler mustache. Also, you don't get to spend a year and a half playing MLB 2k11 because David Stern suspended you for gambling because you are bored of dominating basketball and want to take a baseball sabbatical. Then again, maybe that's not a bad thing. You also are spared the pain of being majority owner of a fairly crappy expansion franchise -- but, hey, if you want to draft Jordan onto the Bobcats so that he can play for them, be my guest. Just don't come crying to me when Virtual Jordan tells you to get bent and demands a trade after playing with teammates like Erick Dampier and Nazr Mohammed. And if you draft Jordan onto the Washington Wizards, you are a sick bastard.

(And Lord knows what happens if you try to draft him with the poor New Jersey Nets...)

And no, there's no truth to the rumor that the game comes packaged with playing cards, a cigar, and a golf ball. Sorry. We can only hope they include a hidden mini-game where you get to play $10,000-a-hand blackjack in Vegas with Antoine Walker until 'Toine goes broke and goes to the buffet to eat away his sorrows.

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34 Comments:
Anonymous kazam92 said...
That's pretty awesome. I just downloaded updated rosters on 2k10 but I know I'm gonna get this eventually

Also loved the Jordan Rules. What an asshole our G.O.A.T. was

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Dopeness.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wait, so I finally get to play as Bill Laimbeer? Oh joy of joys!!!

Blogger DigDoug said...
So will Barkley be in this game too? Or is he still holding out for a better deal too?

Dear former super stars. You're part of the history of the game that belongs to the fans. Get over yourselves.

Blogger Dan B. said...
DigDoug -- I believe that 2K Sports said they have all of the starters and most of the bench players from the teams that are included in those 10 classic Jordan games. (I do not know if you can play as those teams outside of that mode, etc.) So if Barkley was a starter on any of those teams, he should be in the game. If not, that's just turrible.

Sorbo -- FYI I rejected your comment on this because it was kind of in poor taste and didn't really fit the tone we're going for here. No biggie, but just so you know.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
If you want hot Barkley-on-Jordan action, you can always play a little NBA Live 2001

Blogger Dooj said...
Now I'm curious what Sorbo said...

Anonymous mitchell said...
It'd be interesting if you could somehow draft him to the 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers, or even the Cavs of today and see if the lack of supporting cast theory holds true. I mean it's obviously just a video game, but still.

Blogger chris said...
mitchell: Of course, it'd be nice if NBA2K11 then also included "THE DECISION" mode and the option to change the in-game font to Comic Sans...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I'm sorry but what stops you from doing it in NBA 2K10? Just create a new player in "my player" mode, name him Michael Jordan and then use trainer to edit his stats to 79 (boost vertical, etc). His moves are not in the game, but you can use Kobe's (and some other players like Wade) who's his copycat anyway.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/07/the-ten-games-of-nba-2k11s-jordan-challenge/


The 10 games challenge has been posted a while ago.

Blogger Fritos said...
What the hell is wrong with Nazr Mohammad?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I don't get it. It's someone else's subjective idea of what Jordan would be like in today's league. This is not proof, it's not definitive, it's just a game designer's marketing idea. C'mon. These conversations belong in bars, not in places of serious debate like basketbawful.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Check this out:
Track 5 of the NBA 2K11 soundtrack will be by none other than Crazy Pills himself.
Also, 2K Sports included brawling with the fans in the game.

...I made only one of those 2 up:

http://www.2ksports.com/news/nba2k11/402

Blogger Barry said...
I'm still playing with updated rosters on 2k9 - every rookie looks like Patrick Ewing and they have massive salaries.

Blogger Cortez said...
I respect the efforts of the 2k Sports team so much that I am buying this game on every system i own.

(It's the ONLY game I buy all year anyway so damn a recession!)

Blogger Dan B. said...
What the hell is wrong with Nazr Mohammad?

I watched Mohammed a lot when he played for Kentucky in college -- he's the definition of "average," nothing against him. He's just one of the few Bobcats players I know off the top of my head. ;)

These conversations belong in bars, not in places of serious debate like basketbawful.

Wait, this isn't a bar? (Puts down drink)

Blogger Leland said...
i wonder what would happen if you drafted the GOAT onto the Clippers??? does he suffer a career ending injury? how powerful is the clippers curse?

Blogger Dan B. said...
i wonder what would happen if you drafted the GOAT onto the Clippers??? does he suffer a career ending injury? how powerful is the clippers curse?

I'm pretty sure both of his kneecaps will explode with the violence of a supernova the second you take Virtual MJ onto the court in a Clippers uniform.

Blogger Sorbo said...
@Dan B. - Yeah, no big deal. I had a feeling it was in bad taste. I've been reading too much deadspin lately.

Blogger Evil Ted said...
WHEN'S THE LARRY BIRD VERSION OF THIS COMING???

Sorry about the all caps. Larry gets my blood pressure up.

Blogger chris said...
ET: It's too bad that most Association games require that players look "ripped" and "filled out," as opposed to either awesomely lanky (Larry Legend) or overwhelmingly fat (Oliver Miller in a Raptors uniform).

I don't know why, but the idea of an Oliver Miller career mode would be awesomely failarious...trips to donut shops? Simulated huffing and puffing as the quick walk across half-court wears you down? YES.

Speaking of the Raptors...

Of COURSE I had to repost a particular video clip after mentioning them. ;)

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Fuck this shit. Where's the Greg Ostertag version? I want to relive every moment, starting with Shaq bitchslapping him after a shootaround.

Blogger Leland said...
How about a Bawful 2K game? career modes for Oliver Miller, Ostertag, Yinka Dare and whoever else you wanna name...

That game would be like riding a unicorn through the forest and finding a pot of gold with a genie lamp inside of it.

Blogger Sorbo said...
Will I be able to draft a Virtual Scottie Pippen, who I can then grossly underpay?

There's only one flaw in the Virtual MJ mode: Reality. What if my team is the Lakers (or Thunder, or Celtics)? Would Virtual MJ really fall to me in the late first round? If I'm the Warriors, will Nellie bench Virtual GOAT and play his rookie head games? Let's just go super-What if and say that VMJ gets picked third in the 2010 draft, that would make him a Nyet.

Screw it, why don't we make a game called NBA 1K979? Reset the clock and play the NBA seasons during the Golden era of the 1K980s and the Jordan era, the early 1K990s. Greatest basketball game ever? If you get to VMJ Chicago retirement year, the game explodes.

Blogger chris said...
Bawful: Maybe we could relive Levern Tart's two years with the Nyets/Americans. THAT would make epic career mode right there.

Sorbo: What if my team is the Lakers (or Thunder, or Celtics)? Would Virtual MJ really fall to me in the late first round? If I'm the Warriors, will Nellie bench Virtual GOAT and play his rookie head games?

Let's not forget the willingness of stupid GMs (i.e. Ted Stepien, and whoever was in charge of the Warriors and Jazz at the time) to hand out great draft picks to dynasties, such as McHale, Worthy, and Magic Johnson. So in the Jordan era, THAT was realistic!

I'm kinda sad the Stepien Rule exists, because otherwise Zeke could have really hurt the Knicks even more than he already had.

"So, Dolan, whaddya think? We can trade all our 1st round picks from here to 2075 for Steve Francis!"
"DEAL!"

Blogger Andrei said...
I hope that they improved the My Player mode or in this case the GOAT mode for next season. I really liked the mode and wasted a ridiculous amount of time improving my player. Although

I think the idea of giving the player good physical stats and low skills makes the most sense. In my case, I never really understood why the Bobcats would sign a guard who originally ran no faster than Oliver Miller, couldn't dunk or shoot 3s. Also, at first I thought the game designers were geniuses as I watched Tyrus Thomas fire up awful three pointers. Later I realized that all the players had bad AI as Theo Ratliff and Blake Griffin did the same thing.

I think it would also be awesome to decide whether you want to be Jordan or waste away your talents like Derrick Coleman or Glenn Robinson. Maybe if you could choose to gamble, drink and treat all teammates to expensive dinners instead of training your teammate rating would increase while your own talents sunk.

Finally it would descent if coaching had some effect. Like if the coach actually called plays and did not make substitutions where a shooting guard winds up as a power forward for long stretches of time. Or at least have well regarded coaches not do things like that while the likes of D'Antoiny would help kill your career.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Dan LeBatard just accidentally said "deprived blackground" on PTI, regarding Reggie Bush. I have no words for this Freudian slip.

Blogger winnetou said...
@Dan B. & DigDoug: Iirc (checked the old kotaku article as well) the 1993 Phoenix series isn't part of the Jordan Challenges, so we're not guaranteed to have that team available :(

By the way, the next version of Live/Elite will also feature a my player mode which happens to be named become legendary. It will also introduce a completely different control scheme.

Nevertheless, I'll probably get 2k11 first and think about elite after trying the demo. 2k11's release date is October 5th according to amazon.

Blogger winnetou said...
Oh, have to add this regarding the "creating a legend mode" ESPN article:
When gamers start the mode, they can choose to add Jordan to any team in the league. So whether you want to send him to Cleveland to replace LeBron James? And fulfill Dan Gilbert's Comic Sans championship prophecy?

Anonymous Axel Foley said...
if any of you still own 2k9 you can download most of the rosters from 1990 to 1999. The creators gamertag is Portlandtrailblazer. The rosters are so good I have yet to need a new basketball game. You can also check if he created rosters for 2k10. Greg Ostertag was made extremely accurately just for you Bawful.

Anonymous Ben said...
I don't know if anyone else has seen this yet, but a new trailer just came out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Z4atI1GzQ

Be excited. The Supersonics are back.

Anonymous Barry said...
Cheers Axel Foley, I'm already tired of the updated Patrick Ewing-rookies with inflated salaries. Roll on 1995!

You just know I'll be trading for Mutombo, Mhuresan and Rasheed Wallace on my way to beating MJ in the Finals with the Grizzlies! Now there's unicorns and pots of gold.

Anonymous Axel Foley said...
Barry, no inflated salaries. He even took the time to give the players the salaries they earned. Probably used Basketball-reference. Also none of the players look like Patrick Ewing...except for Patrick Ewing. Not all of the players are perfect though, but with some tweaks everything is as it should be.

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