That is the $100 question or $60 question more accurately and it seems that it’s a question that 2K sports is about to find out with the release of NBA 2K12 in a few weeks WITHOUT rookies. Since the NBA is locked out, there has also been no free agency moves either. This means that for the most part the rosters that we had in the game last year will be the same exact rosters that we start with in NBA 2K12. To try and soften the blow, 2K Sports has done some major updates to My Player Mode and also introduced “Greatest Mode” but even that can only do so much.
Madden 12 almost had to deal with the same situation but the NFL got its act together just in the nick of time, though it did require a release day update. Madden shouldn’t have to deal with this for another 10 years but as of now we have no idea when the NBA labor situation will be resolved. As sports fans we love our sports games whether it be Madden, NBA 2K, FIFA, or one of the MLB and NHL games. I have a simple question for everyone reading this though. How much do updated rosters really matter and how much of an effect do they have on you picking up the latest installment of your favorite yearly sports franchise?
If they made all the improvements they normally make but the rosters stayed the same, would you still be as excited to buy it? Specifically, in the case of NBA 2K12 this year without the rookies and no free agent movement, has it stifled your enthusiasm for the game? Personally, it just means that I will probably be putting a lot more time into My Player mode this year and will probably spend less time playing Association and Online.