The fact that Michael Jordan will be returning to video games in NBA 2K11 is unassailably cool to begin with. But a whole mode dedicated to the legend…? Even cooler.

Jordan will be the cover athlete for 2K Sports' basketball effort this year, which of course means the Bulls superstar and possibly the greatest player of all time will be playable in the game. But obviously, the number 23 tribute goes well beyond that . NBA 2K11 will actually feature a Jordan Mode, which will feature 10 specific games from Jordan's playing career; in each game, you must meet a certain statistical goal…the goal Jordan hit in reality. "[Players] will get a chance to feel how hard it was to actually achieve what he did," said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. So among the amazing accomplishments are:

1990 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan scored a career high 69 points in an 117-113 overtime win.

1992 NBA Finals. In Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jordan scored 35 points in the first half, draining a record six 3-pointers.

1997 NBA Finals. Battling a stomach virus, Jordan scored 38 points in a pivotal Game 5 victory against the Utah Jazz.

…wouldn't it be funny if your stats took a hit because of that stomach virus, and it became harder to dominate? Anyway, this is just a sample of the 10 games and 10 challenges required to fully complete Jordan Mode in the game. It's a great new feature and really opens the door for a ton of possibilities concerning other stars and even other sports. Who wants to try to step to the plate with an injured Kirk Gibson and hit a home run off the best reliever in baseball in the World Series?

Related Game(s): NBA 2K11

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ShadowRunner
ShadowRunner
12 years ago

So Cool!!!

This man is the reason I like basketball, nice to see him return to VGs.


Last edited by ShadowRunner on 7/22/2010 10:58:28 AM

rossinator_99
rossinator_99
12 years ago

the best basketball game (for fun factor) with jordan is still nba jam on n64. i loved that game. he's on FIRE!!!

Button Masher
Button Masher
12 years ago

I'd have to say my favorite has to be NBA Street 2 with multiple versions of MJ from different points of his career.

phade2blaq
phade2blaq
12 years ago

Oh yeah ! Boom shakalaka !

dirdiggler
dirdiggler
12 years ago

Haven't watched basketball since he retired an stopped playing the game all together. This may be the first basketball game i buy since nba jams for sega. 1 of the best games ever i may add…

rjmacready
rjmacready
12 years ago

I'm the same. I haven't watched basketball since he retired, nor have played many basketball video games. I'll definitely be checking this game out though as I used to LOVE Jordan and might be itching for a little basketball.

raiden213
raiden213
12 years ago

looks like 2k11 will beat EA's BB entry again next season. with jordan on the cover alone will mean more sales for 2k11 for sure.

Mavfan321
Mavfan321
12 years ago

Yep it's kind of sad in the sense that maybe (time will tell) the new EA NBA game is adding new features in an attempt to win back fans, while 2k will largely remain the same. If EA fails with this outing they might give up on the NBA license.

nogoat23
nogoat23
12 years ago

This is a cool idea. I'm glad they included the Portland game. That Jordan shrug will live on forever.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
12 years ago

That's pretty crazy. I still remember that home run by Kirk Gibson. Greatest World Series ever.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
12 years ago

Man. I remember everyone of those as I watched them at my grandparents, parents, and my house.

LOL

Jordan is the best player in NBA history. Glad to see this Jordan mode as a feature. So much in fact, that I plan on buying this game now.

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
12 years ago

Does this mean in Fifa '11 we'll play as Maradona and have to hand-ball the ball into the net?

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
12 years ago

Who the f*ck thumbed me down?? Geez all I did was make a joke

nogoat23
nogoat23
12 years ago

Sarcasm is hard in text form, don't take it personally. 🙂

djbool
djbool
12 years ago

Wow this does sound pretty awesome. I haven't purchased a sports game in years, but this one might be worth a look see.

StangMan80
StangMan80
12 years ago

After downloading a BB demo, I had a ton of fun with it. so I was looking for a BB game to pick up when I came across this one. I plan on picking up this game.
M.J. is the best B Ball player ever.

RebelJD
RebelJD
12 years ago

Jordan alone will make me purchase this game. I haven't purchased a basketball game in a few years and getting to own a game with Jordan as a playable character is awesome.

phade2blaq
phade2blaq
12 years ago

I will never forget "The Move" ! Dr. J going baseline vs L.A. and doing a crazy insane reverse layup sweet off the glass that still today seems impossible to make but he did and that's why we call him "The Doctor" !

Oh, I'm sorry this was about Jordan !


Last edited by phade2blaq on 7/23/2010 7:59:10 AM

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
12 years ago

MJ is the greatest basketball player ever, period.

He is the very reason for me to have played basketball for 18 years, started from seeing him in 1992 Dream Team 1. He is not just simply playing basketball and score on the court — every movement of him, every posture of him — is perfect and presents sheer beauty. He is THE ARTIST on the basketball court and in the air. No one has inspired so many people around world to play basketball or play any kinda of sport as the way he did.

Now he will be the reason again for me to buy this NBA 2K11. ( i stopped buying basketball game since NBA Street Vol 2 on PS2, cuz I think all the games were pretty much the same pretty much after )


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 7/23/2010 7:29:46 PM

phade2blaq
phade2blaq
12 years ago

I have to respectfully disagree with you ! There's been hundreds of guys who played NBA basketball some of whom we never seen play because they played BEFORE OUR TIME !

Jordan was without a doubt the best player in the NBA from the mid 1980s through the early 1990s ! His 6 rings to some extent can attest to that but lets not forget that while he won 6 rings, the competition level was down a bit during those years !

Magic and Bird were nearing the end of their dominance as were their teams the Lakers and Celtics ! The Pistons with Isaiah Thomas won 2 rings back to back but they do started declining when Jordan and the Bulls started their run !

To be fair of all the guys who won rings during Jordan's run, Isaiah probably did it without another super star player on his team ! Bird had McHale, Parrish, D.J., Pete Maravich and Bill Walton although injuries had taken their toll on Maravich and Walton by that time !

Magic had the pleasure of teaming with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arguably the greatest center who ever played, James Worthy, Michael Cooper and Byron Scott !

Jordan played with Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper and a host of mostly "role players" !

Isaiah Thomas, arguably the greatest point guard in NBA history, played with one true super star Dennis Rodman and a host of again "role players" !

Unlike some people too young to remember, I actually had the pleasure of watching Julius "Dr. J" Erving play and much like Jordan, Erving could score at will and completely dominate a game but he didn't have to score 40, 50 or 60 points because he played alongside Moses Malone, Bobby Jones (best 6th man ever in the NBA period), George McGinnis, Darryl Dawkins, Maurice Cheeks, Lloyd "All World" Free, and Andrew Toney !

The 76ers unfortunately could never get over the hump against the likes of the Celtics and Lakers but unlike the Bulls, the 76ers had real competition ! The NBA was at its peak from the mid 1970s through the mid 1980s !

oregonshon
oregonshon
12 years ago

Thomas best point guard of all time? Not even close, he isn't in Magic's league. Sorry dude

KNG201
KNG201
12 years ago

JORDAN vs BIRD best ever atari 2600