This latest bit of news on NBA 2K12 comes courtesy of Jerson Sapida, Gameplay Producer for NBA 2K12. When the team started working on NBA 2K12, one of their biggest goals was to create a new game mode where players could learn both the basic and advanced moves in the game in an easy and fun way. They wanted it to be a mode that somebody new to the 2K franchise could jump in and master the controls will relative ease. Now I don’t want all you veterans to start getting upset thinking they have dumber things down for the casual players because they haven’t. At the same time, Training Camp mode all had to offer veterans of the series something engaging and deep to give them a little extra edge to dominate the competition. Finally, in order to make players want to say with it and make learning the moves fun they implemented a Feedback System. The system works in two parts, first you watch the computer do it while being shown the buttons and/or stick input you need to do. Then you get to do it and the feedback system will detect your inputs and tell you what you are doing wrong on a particular move. I can dig that, should make it much simpler to master the subtle moves that can really help you take over a game.
Training Camp takes you through all the facets of NBA 2K12’s gameplay. The moves are categorically broken down by Lessons. There are a total of 9 lessons in all:
- Jump Shots – Shots such as the fadeaway, escape dribble pull-up, stepback jumper, spin jumper, etc.
- Layups and Dunks – Master the Shotstick with moves such as hop step layup, reverse dunks, change shot, etc.
- Triple Threat – Learn the moves at your disposal pre-dribble; jab step, protect, and dribble launches.
- Dribble Moves – Moves with a live dribble; crossover, in-and-out, behind the back, etc.
- Post Offense – Learn the all new post system; spin fake, aggressive drive, shimmy shots, etc.
- Post Defense – How to counter and defend post moves.
- Off-Ball Offense – Moving without the ball; moves such as screens, jukes, spin cuts, and stutter cuts.
- On-Ball Defense – Learn how to shut down the ballhandler.
- Passing and Offense – Advanced passing such as give-and-go and alley-oop.
To help you dominate even further, NBA 2K12 Training Camp mode assigns you a Mentor for each of the 9 lessons. The role of a mentor will be to you all the moves from that lesson and provide you with tips on how to master them. For instance, in the Jump Shots lesson, Kobe Bryant will be training with Michael Jordan. You will be in control of Kobe during training. As you progress through Training Camp, new Player/Mentor pairings awaits you. Dwight Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon is another one.
The Mentor’s role in Training Camp is the following:
- Show you how to do each particular move
- Provide you with additional tips that can be applied in competitive play
- Challenge you to a test after each lesson
As soon as you begin training and practicing a specific move, the Mentor will first show you how the move is performed. During this, you will notice a controller graphic on the screen. While the Mentor is demonstrating, the controller will actually mimic his movements. Think of it as watching someone who has mastered the game showing you the commands. The on-screen controller displays the following:
- Buttons/Stick required to do the move are highlighted to show you the gesture
- A step-by-step description of the command
2K Sports thinks that the controller graphic will be really helpful since it will give you visual feedback on how the move is actually performed. If a particular move requires a half-circle gesture with the Left Stick, you will notice the Mentor move his stick in that direction. This is very helpful since it will also show you where it needs to start and end from. There is no more guesswork required. If you run into a move that comes off as particularly difficult, the Mentor will be there to give you some pointers. For instance, when you fail a move, the Mentor might give you a tip to steer you in the right direction. You may be pushing your stick too soon or too early, not holding a particular trigger, or flat out just not listening to a word he says. Either way, he’ll be sure to let you know. This seems like it could be really awesome or really bad depending on how responsive and accurate the mentor’s guidance is, though if they are pushing it then you have to believe it will work well. At any point during training, you can ask your Mentor to show you the move again. Use the Mentor Assist when you are having any trouble performing a move.
At the end of each Lesson, the Mentor will want to make sure that you remembered everything he taught you. In order to pass the challenge, you must use the moves you learned during the lesson. There is a required score that you must meet in order to pass. Once you accumulate enough points, you can then move on to the next Lesson. At any point in Training Camp, you can quit out and resume it again at a later time. The game will save your progress to your Profile save file.
This definitely looks like something work checking out, whether you’re a grizzled veteran like me or somebody new to the franchise coming over from NBA Live/Elite. The game features new post moves, dribble moves, shotstick controls, and defensive controls, just to name a few. And as an added bonus, there will apparently be a special reward for those of you that finish training camp though they didn’t reveal exactly what that would be. Guess we will have to just wait and see. NBA 2K12 is in stores October 4th.