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