NBA 2K12 Brings the Legends Showcase DLC Today

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NBA 2K12 Brings the Legends Showcase DLC Today

Hey all! Several weeks after launch, everyone is still talking about the NBA’s Greatest Mode where we ask fans to play and debate the greatest NBA teams of all time. Some remarkable reviews have been pouring in, including a 9.5 out of 10 score from one IGN critic who said that NBA 2K12 “takes everything I love about last year and makes it better. Then it takes nearly all the parts I didn’t like and turns them awesome. Hey, other sports games, you just got schooled. Again.” For those of you who don’t have a copy of NBA 2K12, this is the perfect time to get in and take advantage of the all new DLC – Legends Showcase.

All the conversation about the greatest team of all time made us wonder about matching up the greatest players of all time, even taking that wonderfully fun My Player mode (which, as you can see from my stats, I can’t get enough of) and facing off against the likes of our NBA 2K12 cover athletes Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird along with current greats like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, and more. Wanting to give you guys more info, I got together with Producer Ben Bishop to discuss and asked him what we can look forward to in Legends Showcase.

Ben Bishop here, one of the producers for NBA 2K12. I’m going to get into some of the details regarding our latest addition to the game, the Legends Showcase DLC. This is a project we’ve been pretty excited about for quite some time. We felt like with all the great things we were doing with Legend players in NBA’s Greatest mode, there was still room for more. We really liked the idea of the NBA’s Greatest teams helping to end the debate about the greatest team of all-time. But that left open a pretty big follow-up question: who is the greatest player of all-time? And with that, the Legends Showcase was born.

NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase DLC for PS3 (PSN)

As I’m sure many of you have already heard, there are over 150 Legends to choose from in the DLC. Obviously you’ve got the best of the best available, with players like our three NBA 2K12 cover athletes: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. And along with them come all of the biggest names that were a part of our NBA’s Greatest feature.

NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase DLC for PS3 (PSN)

We also felt it was important to include as many of the other all-time greats as we could that weren’t a part of NBA’s Greatest for whatever reason, so that means players like George Mikan, Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, and Alex English are a part of this experience too. Further, we wanted the Legends Showcase to include, not just Legends in the standard sense, but also players that were simply memorable or would be fun to play with. That means you’ll also see guys like Shawn Bradley, Dan Majerle, Craig Hodges, Gheorghe Muresan, and Kenny Walker there for you to do your best with (or against). While we couldn’t get every single player from NBA history that we would have liked, the available pool is quite extensive and offers a wide range of play styles and personalities that give Legends Showcase a lasting appeal simply due to the sheer amount of match-up possibilities. Oh, and as an extra nice touch, all of these players have the uniforms that go along with the team they were a part of in the peak year we assigned for them (you can see the full roster here). So you’ll see a ton of new uniforms (both home and away) in Legends Showcase, which was one of the bigger undertakings for our art team once development on the main game finished up.

Before talking specifically about each of the available modes, I wanted to single out some additional visual and presentation aspects that are a big part of the Legends Showcase. First, as you’ve probably seen, all the games are played on a fantasy court in New York City’s iconic Times Square. Since we are already stretching the boundaries of reality a bit by bringing together all of these Legends in their primes, we thought it was appropriate to give them a unique and exciting environment to compete in. Second, we created a special cel-shaded effect that gets applied to everything (from the environment, to the crowd, to the players themselves) to really help set the experience apart from anything else we’ve ever done. Presentation has always been a strength in our games, so we made sure to extend as much of that to the DLC as we could. Legends Showcase has completely new overlays, wipes, and replays, all designed to fit in with the cell-shaded Times Square atmosphere. There’s an emcee calling out the action as it happens, introducing players, pumping up the crowd, highlighting key plays, and even getting as specific as talking about the various unique shots in H-O-R-S-E. All in all, we took significant steps to make sure that the Legends Showcase had its own special visual and presentation package that not only fit in with the impetus behind the mode, but that also achieved the same level of quality people are used to seeing in the NBA 2K series.

And now for the available gameplay modes. We’ll take them in order:

NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase DLC for PS3 (PSN)

2v2 Teammate Challenge

Find out who the greatest teammate pairing of all-time is. You choose from one of 15 preset duos and try to take out the rest in games to 11. From MJ-Pippen to Bird-McHale to Wilt-West, you can try your luck with some of the best individual players paired up or go with a team like Stockton-Malone that is best known for playing together. Or maybe you have a soft spot for one of the more recent pairs, like Kemp-Payton, LJ-Zo, or Hardaway-Mullin, all of whom are tons of fun to play with. And let’s not forget my personal favorite team of Shaq-Penny. With all the different styles of play and interesting strengths and weaknesses of the teammate pairs, there are so many ways you can challenge yourself when approaching this mode. And as an added bonus, once you’ve beaten the 2v2 Teammate Challenge, all of the players in the NBA’s Greatest mode become unlocked for use in NBA: Creating a Legend mode. Much like you were able to bring MJ into today’s NBA in NBA 2K11, you can now see how Bill Russell or Oscar Robertson would fare in the current game.

3v3 Era Challenge
The 3v3 Era Challenge is structured a lot like the 2v2 Teammate Challenge. Here, however, players are grouped by era, with two teams of three players from each decade of the NBA represented (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s). Again, you choose from one of these teams and battle it out against the rest to see which era comes out on top. You can go old school with Russell-West-Oscar, well-rounded with Robinson-Pippen-Stockton, or stay a bit more current with Duncan-Dirk-Kobe. Once you’ve made it past each of those teams, you get one final test against the newest generation of NBA stars. Take those last two teams out, and you’ll unlock the ability to use the NBA’s current stars throughout the Legends Showcase.

NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase DLC for PS3 (PSN)


H-O-R-S-E is one of my personal favorite parts of the DLC. It’s pretty much exactly what you would think – use the Legends players in a game of trick shots to see who can come out on top. What’s most exciting about this mode is that it’s something very different from anything we’ve done before. Not only did we motion capture a wide variety of trick shots (some of which are standard H-O-R-S-E shots and others which are a little more creative), we also allow you to move freely throughout the environment and shoot from pretty much anywhere. If you want to try a desperation heave from over 100 feet away, go for it. And to take it a step further, we even added several specific locations for shots where you are interacting directly with the environment, like on top of the basket stanchion or on top of the stage used intros. We leave it up to you to discover those spots as you’re exploring the environment.

Because of the nature of H-O-R-S-E shots being so different from regular jump shots, we wanted to use a completely new mechanic here that better reflected the difference between an easy shot and an extremely difficult one. First, you decide which shot you want to take and from what part of the environment. Then, determine the shot’s arc (anything from a flat beeline to a steep rainbow). And finally, as your shot is initiated, follow the power meter as it travels along the arc and stop it in the designated sweet spot. The general difficulty of the shot, the distance from the basket, and the players’ abilities all factor in to how fast the power meter is moving, so make sure you’re prepared to react quickly if you decide to do something like a drop kick from the other end of the court. And just like on the playground, you can call a bank shot or a swish (or the vaunted bank/swish combo) to add some additional flair to your shot. Bank shots will be more difficult to make, of course, and you better get your arc and timing just right if you want to hit nothing but net.

NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase DLC for PS3 (PSN)

Of all the modes in the Legends Showcase DLC, H-O-R-S-E is probably the one where we stretch the limits of simulation basketball the most to have a little fun. While all of the shots you can take are generally physically possible, you’ll see them go in more than you would in real life. But hey, these are Legends after all, right? Think of it like the old Jordan vs. Bird McDonalds commercial come to life, only with a Times Square cell-shaded twist and way more competitors to choose from. All in all, it’s an interesting departure from everything else that’s available and more centered around standard basketball and it’s a mode we had a lot of fun putting together.

Game of 21
With all of the Legends available in an outdoor fantasy environment with a street sort of feel to things, we felt like it made a lot of sense to include 21 as one of the available options. With all of the standard rules from needing to hit 21, it’s a fun representation of the classic playground game we all remember playing as kids. And with the opportunity to pit MJ vs. Dr. J vs. Kobe vs. LeBron or whatever insane match-up you can think of, there are all sorts of possibilities. One of my favorite things to do is take a player like Kobe and go up against Russell, Olajuwon, and Mutombo. Just seeing those three guys lined up, knowing you’ll have to beat of them to get to the hole, is pretty intimidating.

Pick-Up Game
Pick-Up Game is pretty much what it sounds like. This is the mode where you have the most freedom to create whatever match-ups you want with plenty of customizable rules option to select from. You can play from 1-on-1 up to 5-on-5 with the ability to choose what you want for things like Difficulty, Game Style (Casual or Simulation), Winning Score (5-50), Clear Ball (On or Off), Win By 2 (On or Off), and Winners Outs (On or Off). This is the best place to really determine who is the best player of all-time. Once you’ve unlocked the current NBA players, you can do things like pit Kobe vs. Jordan, Howard vs. Wilt, or Oscar vs. LeBron. One of the other things I like to do here is play all-time franchise teams against each other. For example, you can run out a Lakers Five of Magic-Kobe-Worthy-Gasol-Kareem against a Bulls 5 of Rose-MJ-Pippen-Rodman-Gilmore. And if you really want to mix things up, try a trio of Shawn Bradley-Gheorghe Muresan-Mark Eaton against Muggsy Bogues-Spud Webb-Nate Robinson and see what happens.


It’s also important to note that, while the Legends Showcase takes place in more of a street environment in Times Square, it’s still a simulation at heart. While we captured some fancier passes, dribble moves, and dunks to make the Legends stand out and differentiate the gameplay, it’s all still grounded in reality. Think of it as a sort of a street simulation. We even made sure to spend a significant amount of time honing the AI for this type of game. We want 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 games to feel special not just because of the Legends involved, but also because the game is being played the way you’d expect it to be.

And finally, don’t forget that with the Legends Showcase, you will open up a new option in the Online portion of the main game called Classic Quick Match. This gives you a chance to play online with all of the NBA’s Greatest teams in a standard simulation setting. This is completely outside of the Times Square, cell-shaded DLC environment and with only these all-time teams to choose from, it will hopefully help maintain an even playing field. Additionally, you’ll also now have full roster control over all those NBA’s Greatest teams, so if you want to bring them into Association mode, or edit, trade, and release players, you can do all that too.

With the debate about the greatest team of all-time hopefully being settled with NBA’s Greatest, one of the coolest elements about the Legends Showcase DLC is that it gives you the opportunity to answer a few more of those burning questions. Who is the greatest individual player of all-time? Who is the greatest teammate duo of all-time? Which era is the best of all-time? Who is the greatest trick shot artist of all-time? To put it simply, our main goal with Legends Showcase was to create an entirely new experience centered on the Legends. We feel like there’s a ton of content here that can be appreciated, whether you’re a hardcore basketball historian or just a casual fan.

NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase DLC for PS3 (PSN)

Before I finish this up, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one other key piece of the Legends Showcase: Where do YOU fit in against the greatest NBA players of all-time? That’s right, you can import your My Player (as Ronnie2K has done here) and see if you can compete with the best of the best. Want to find out if you can take MJ 1-on-1? How about teaming up with Bird and McHale to see if you can take out an Isiah Thomas-Joe Dumars-Bill Laimbeer or Magic Johnson-James Worthy-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar trio? Or what about trying your hand against Pete Maravich in H-O-R-S-E? Any match-up you can think of with almost all of the significant players in NBA history is right there at your fingertips.

I could keep going on about some of my other favorite things to try (Shaq vs. Mikan, Thompson vs. Gervin, Wilt vs. Russell, Chris Paul vs. Isiah, to name a few more – sorry, I couldn’t resist), but it’s probably about time I wrapped this up and left the rest of the fantasy scenarios to everyone else. Keep an eye out for the Legends Showcase on the PSN Store this week – it’ll be available on 11/29. — Ben Bishop

That’s a ton of content to look forward to, and for just $10 on the PlayStation Store this Tuesday! I want to thank Ben for his in-depth description of Legends Showcase and the people at PlayStation for giving me this time to tell you more about NBA 2K12’s hottest DLC. Let me remind you to follow us on Facebook to see the most new and exclusive info for the NBA 2K Franchise.

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  • Can’t wait to try this out. Could you tell us the file size of the DLC?

  • I am completely disappointed with this DLC.

    I’m not talking about the actual Legend’s Showcase. That as DLC doesn’t bother me so much. I mean, the little i’ve played so far is garbage. The cel shading looks really bad, you can’t change the camera angle… it’s not over the top in any way… It’s merely normal 2k12 gameplay in 2v2.

    What angers me is that we couldn’t take classic teams online from the start. Why is that? All summer we heard that 2k heard us and were adding them to online and then the game shipped without it.

    But now it’s here, if you want to pay $10 for it. The only problem is that it’s only online in 1v1. Want to do teamplay quickmatch with classic teams? Well, you’re out of luck. Do you often get together with your friends and play non-ranked games? That’s pretty much all me and my friends do. No can do.

    So even after paying $70 total for this game, I can’t hop on with a handful of friends and play 80s celtics vs 90s bulls.

    Complete waste of money if what you want is more classic team play.

    • That’s not entirely accurate if I am understanding you’re beef correctly. You’re able to play 5 v 5 in the main game in classic quick match in team up. All the details on that mode are above under Classic Quick Match. Let me know if you have questions on it and I can walk you through.

  • What I would like to know is: Does the NBA 2K12 game have varying difficulty settings, such as Easy, Medium, Hard ?? Because I tried playing last year’s game, NBA 2K11, and could not find where to change the setting down to easy. And after playing for several hours and continually losing and making no progress whatsoever, way after it stopped being fun, you give up on a stupidly frustrating game. Not everyone is a veteran or super-gamer. You need a tutorial or beginner’s mode like most decent games. I like basketball and enjoy watching the NBA, but these games apparently aren’t for the casual gamer or fan.

    • Yes, before any quick match you can change your settings from Rookie, Pro, Superstar, All-Star, and Hall of Fame difficulties. Simply press Triangle in the quick game screen or you’re able to change it in the pause menu under Gameplay Settings once a game begins.

  • When will the DLC be available? I have been waiting and checking all day… lol

  • I don’t play sports games, but that cell shading looks dope! …at least in the stills.

    the only thing more boring than playing a sports video game is watching a sport on TV!

    While watching sports, guys wear jerseys for the teams they’re not even on. That’s like me watching “Grey’s Anatomy” in scrubs. – Whitney Cummings .

  • Will the new added legendary players be available outside of the cell-shaded form?

    • They’re available in Classic Quick Match in the main console version of the game. Cell Shading is only for the Legends Showcase modes.

  • I have been supporting the NBA2K franchise ever since 2K went multi-platform. I have bought every one, every year. I have bought every PS3 version of the NBA2K franchise.

    But this DLC I AM NOT BUYING!!!

    Why you ask??

    Cause the Devs over at 2K are very LAZY!!

    How many times do I buy a game to see that trophies are glitched. So far every year! 2K10’s Plat was unattainable, 2K11’s, I had to pull my hair and teeth just to get the Plat, and here we are again with 2K12.

    Not only that, the 1st month of launch on-line was a huge mess, and so is the game-play I feel is just broken on-line!

    You know I love the 2K Franchise, but when stuff like this happens every year, there is a limit.

    • The trophies aren’t glitched this year. The only one that didn’t work was the NBA Today 5 game win streak. The reason? Because the NBA Today mode is based on NBA games happening and those haven’t started. With the lockout looking like it’s coming to an end, you’ll be able to grab this trophy after Christmas. We pride ourselves in matching up with the leagues.

      Now as far as online, undoubtedly we had launch week issues. But we have been working tirelessly on getting those resolved and by most accounts, peer vs peer online is extremely strong now.

  • What about the trade-logic-fixing patch??? Is it coming soon?
    Online association is also having many problems… I keep getting “Failed to communicate with server” about 95% of the times I’ve tried joinning OA’s, and also when I try to start one / mid-game!

    • Trade logic is on the top of the list of remaining issues that will be addressed by a future patch update.

      Please tweet me any OA issues (http;// and I’ll get them looked at.

  • I’m probably going to pick up the Legends Showcase DLC. However, I can’t get friends to play on 2k12. I’ll invite my boy into the ‘Locker Room’ to play private, and it’ll say “This game session is no longer available” and the same happens when he invites me. I don’t wanna get DLC if I can’t play with my friends…I even deleted all my files and it didn’t help, and I lost the Nike Lebron 9 Shoes (I hope I can get ’em back).

    • You’ll be able to pick those shoes back up as you rebuild your My Player to a high rating. Don’t delete shoes, you’ll only delay your rise to greatness :-)

  • I don’t really play sports games at all. I love basketball but don’t really watch it on TV or any other sport for that matter. But for some reason I really really want/need this game. I can’t explain it lol.

    • That’s how a lot of people feel, this game transcends any love for basketball. It’s just a great video game and has proven it with all of it’s accolades the past couple years.

  • BTW, anyone notice I am beating down Jordan in 21??? You know it.

  • @Ronnie, alright thanks man. I’m gonna restart MyPlayer anyway so it’s good to know I can get the shoes back. But what about inviting friends into the locker room? Is there a workaround or is it a known issue to be patched? “I’ll invite my boy into the ‘Locker Room’ to play private, and it’ll say “This game session is no longer available” and the same happens when he invites me. ” If it’s just a known issue to be patch i’m gonna pick up the DLC but if I got a problem on my end I wanna fix it before I buy it, you know what I mean?

    • Recommendation if I may… wait until the Rookies sign their NBA contracts and play My Player with the rookies in game. It’ll probably be a lot more fun.

      I have only heard that issue one other time. Would you mind dropping me your ID and friend’s ID? Can do it here or on my Twitter (

  • thanks for answering.

    Is the patch coming in less then a month? I just can’t wait to start My Player :)

    and I have tweeted you a few times but you didn’t reply… I’ll tweet u again once I’ll start a new OA (after the patch, if it still won’t work properly) – what should I include in it?

    • It’s with QA which means as long as there are no major hiccups, a month is a good estimate.

      Let me know ID and the exact issue. I miss them sometimes cause I get tweeted a lot.

  • I have a feedback…ps3 should let its users listen to all their music while play their games. ALL GAMES

  • Alot of people are having trouble finding the DLC on PSN in Canada. Any thoughts on this, Ronnie? or is it only available in the US (not North America) now, Canada and Internationally within 24 hours?

    My friends and I have been looking forward to this too long to wait more!

  • I’d buy this if it was sold on it’s own

  • @young_bricks talk to the developers. This topic is old now.

  • Ronnie, re: your reply to famousmortimer’s post, are you saying we CAN play 5-on-5 in team play with the legends? In other words, a traditional game of basketball, 5-on-5, with multiple human players on each legends team? Because that’s what I’m looking for (and I think what famousmortimer was looking for). If that’s in there, I’ll gladly pay the ten bucks. If it’s not… I’ll pass.

  • Now if Curtis Blow can’t sell you onto getting this nothing will glad I just picked this game up for $35 I guess it wouldnt hurt to give you $10 more for this nice looking DLC

  • the DLC isnt in the PSN and i cant access it through the legends showcase menu in the game either. i live in Canada.

  • The Admiral!!!

  • I can’t find the add on anywhere. Not in game and not in the Playstation Store. I live in Charlotte, NC and I thought that it would be available by now. How did you download the add on Ronnie? Any info would be helpful!!!

  • Have you never played the team play mode in NBA 2K11 or 2K12, Ronnie?

    Up to ten players can play online with each other–each of them assuming the role of one player. So, I play as the PG, my friend is the PF, and we play against three other friends who are playing as the other team’s PG, SG, and C, for example. It’s the multiplayer mode my friends and I always play–the only mode, in fact. But we’d like to be able to play it with Legends teams, and we can’t as of now. Does the DLC offer that?

  • it’s not live yet it will be up when the store updates

  • Kinda unrelated but RONNIE PLEASE ANSWER!!

    How do we keep the My2kAccount from deactivating everytime I turn on 2k12? It always tells me to activate the account via email, but even though I did, it didn’t do anything to keep it from deactivating and having to manually do it everytime I start 2k12

  • I want to buy this but I am waiting on Ronnie’s answer to mik’s response in post #24.
    Quote: “Have you never played the team play mode in NBA 2K11 or 2K12, Ronnie?

    Up to ten players can play online with each other–each of them assuming the role of one player. So, I play as the PG, my friend is the PF, and we play against three other friends who are playing as the other team’s PG, SG, and C, for example. It’s the multiplayer mode my friends and I always play–the only mode, in fact. But we’d like to be able to play it with Legends teams, and we can’t as of now. Does the DLC offer that? ”

    We all want to play online team play with our friends at the SAME time online with the Legends!

    What’s the work around for this in the new DLC?

  • why cant i put on the original air jordans on my player ?? (jordan 1, 2 etc.) and for the my player signature shoe that is given to you.. it always changes back to the generic shoe for some reason and the +attribute seems to disappear every once in awhile.. example. my players 3pter is 84. the shoes give him +4 in 3Pt. i go to skill points and he is at 88, play a game, go back and he is at 84 again and the shoe changed to generic

  • @ronnie

    I don’t think you were understanding my beef correctly. I meant team up as in a bunch of humans. As #19 (mik) pointed out… we are talking about having more than 2 humans playing at the same time.

    For instance, for the last year + with NBA 2k10 (and now 2k11) there has been a group of 6-10 of us (depending on the night) that hop on and setup a private, unranked match where we split up and play 3v3 or 2v5 or whatever (the actual game is 5v5, of course, with the CPU taking the other slots). We have a ton of fun doing this… but it’s been absolutely bewildering why we couldn’t do this with the legends teams. The argument that legends teams would mess up ranked matches had absolutely no bearing on us as we weren’t playing ranked matches. You would think in unranked you would allow people to set up the game however they want. I mean, isn’t that kinda the point of unranked?

    Anyway, i played this DLC this morning and there is, as far as I can tell, no way to play with legends, online, with more than 2 human players. So anyone who does quick-rank teamup or private unranked matches like me and my friends are still left out in the cold.

  • Hi Ronnie, do you know if the NBA Today games in 2K11 will work when the season starts up again?

  • Ronnie first of all 2k12 is the best ever bball and i just bought the legend showcase so i was wondering if i can play the legend showcase online?

  • Me and my friends all bought the DLC today and I like anything NBA 12k come out with, and although its a nice feature we are disappointed that we can not play against each others My Players. What happend to My Crew? Y did you guys take that out? Are we not gonna be able to play against each others My Player this year???

  • 2K did such a beautiful job on this game and the dlc. Superb!

  • Can someone please help me is nba legends showcase out i seriously am strugling to find out how to get it and where to get it from some one help me please

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