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NBA 2K11 for PS3: Michael Jordan, PlayStation Move Details, and Much More

Ronnie Singh's Avatar Posted by Sr. Community Manager, 2K Games

Hi guys! Ronnie here from 2K Sports. I am the Community Manager here and the point person for our fans. Have feedback on a feature for NBA 2K11? Want to get an idea in the game? You have my ear and can always reach me on Twitter. Drop me a line anytime!

You probably remember me from my PlayStation.Blog posts on NBA 2K10 last year. This year, we decided to blow all the doors off and introduce MICHAEL JORDAN to the 2K Sports family as the cover athlete for NBA 2K11 (in stores everywhere 10/5/2010). Like most of you basketball fans, Michael Jordan is my idol and synonymous with basketball greatness. You can read about how you will get the chance to relive his career in 10 of his most iconic games in The Jordan Challenge.

Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11 for PS3 and PlayStation Move

In MJ: Creating a Legend, you can put Michael Jordan on any modern team you want! Kobe and MJ on the Lakers? Teaming him with Wade and LeBron on the Heat? Putting him on the current Bulls with my buddy Derrick Rose? You can build his abilities (the killer instinct that came later in his career over his always brilliant athletic ability) as well as the chemistry with that team in this mode.

But NBA 2K11 also has an exclusive PS3-related feature and that is, of course, the use of the PlayStation Move motion controller. Recently, I got the chance to interview one of our engineers, Mark Horsley, to provide some exclusive info to those that follow the PlayStation Blog. Mark was influential in getting this feature to be a thing of beauty for the game and in no other game is PlayStation Move as fitting. After Mark gives you some background on the use of PlayStation Move, I will share some other features to be unveiled in NBA 2K11. So without further ado, here are highlights from our conversation:

Slam Dunk Contest with PlayStation Move

Mark Horsley, Gameplay Engineer, NBA 2K11: It was critical for us to showcase the full range of abilities of the PlayStation Move motion controller, so we started with the Slam Dunk Contest. The dunk contest input interface was significantly revamped for PlayStation Move, allowing the ability to pull off dunks much easier than in years past. When you get your hands on this mode with the PlayStation Move, start by pulling and holding the T button to pick up a ball from the ball rack. As your player runs towards the basket, start the gestures for the dunk you wish to perform. For analog-stick-based controllers, the input is done by twirling the stick. The stick commands translated naturally to gestures using the Move controller. A counter-clockwise circle on the stick translates to moving your hand in a counter-clockwise circle, and similarly translates for other commands. By completing a gesture while running towards the basket, and then quickly completing another gesture prior to takeoff, you choose which dunk you wish to perform. To complete the dunk, simply release the T button to time the release of the ball. Props are placed on the court by pressing the Triangle button on the Move controller, just like in years past with the standard controllers.

NBA 2K11 for PS3 and PlayStation Move

Gameplay with PlayStation Move

For regular gameplay, we started with the single most important aspect in basketball: shooting. Our goal was for fast, responsive shooting, with no lag. All of the different types of jumps are in there: drifters, leaners, and fade-aways. Based on how your player is moving, simply flick the PlayStation Move motion controller up and you’ll spot up and shoot the appropriate jump shot. Similar controls are done for dunks and layups. Running towards the basket while holding the T button results in a dunk, as opposed to a layup if the T button isn’t pulled. Unlike the analog-stick-based controllers, you get flashy or power moves based on what is happening. Kobe running free on a breakaway? Pull up on the Move controller and witness an amazing flashy dunk. Garnett in the paint? Flick the PlayStation Move motion controller up and unleash a crushing dunk.

Here is the breakdown in more detail:

With the T button pulled, flick the PlayStation Move…

  • Up = Smart Dunk
  • Right = Power Dunk
  • Left = Flashy Dunk
  • Down = Reverse Dunk

Without pulling the T button, flick the PlayStation Move…

  • Up = Smart Layup
  • Right = Hop Step Layup Right
  • Left = Hop Step Layup Left
  • Down = Spin Layup

For Passing, we wanted to make sure the gesture was as intuitive as possible for the sophistication of the PlayStation Move motion controller. Pressing the large Move button, in conjunction with pressing the left stick in the direction of the intended receiver, will result in a quick pass. Holding both L2 and the T button while passing will throw a devastating alley-oop pass. You will find that passing is quick and accurate with this method.

NBA 2K11 for PS3 and PlayStation Move

Dribbling using the PlayStation Move falls into two categories: standing and moving. Holding the L2 button, flick the PlayStation Move to perform many different dribble moves to blow past a defender. If standing, you will receive a variety of Sizeup moves, based on the direction of the motion. If dribbling, here is breakdown:

While dribbling towards the basket, hold L2 and Flick the PlayStation Move…

  • Up = Behind-the-back dribble move
  • Right = Crossover if ball is in right hand, an In-n-Out Move if ball is in left hand
  • Left = Crossover if ball is in left hand, an In-n-Out Move if ball is in right hand
  • Down = Stepback

Successful defense relies on quick, decisive action, and so the PlayStation Move defensive controls were designed for quick, simple motions. Flick the PlayStation Move up for a block; flick it right or left for a steal. Player swap is an important aspect of defense, and the Move button is perfectly positioned for this. Setting a pick is assigned to the Circle button: it’s easy to access but not something that you’ll press by accident, making it perfect for picks.

I want to thank Mark Horsley for taking the time out of an insane amount of game engineering to give us insight on how to get the most out of using the PlayStation Move motion controller. I gave it a whirl last week and I had a great time playing with PlayStation Move. It worked smoothly and seemed to do whatever I wanted it to in the game.

Now I do want to mention a few other features that are making waves in the gaming industry. I discussed the use of Michael Jordan in our game at the beginning of the blog and there are many features (a few still undiscussed) that will be a great showcase for the world’s best player. In the meantime, here are some other things to look out for when the game hits stores October 5th (make sure to click the links for even more information):

NBA 2K11 for PS3 and PlayStation Move

My Career Mode – Live the entire life of an NBA star. Get drafted into the NBA, fight for a roster spot, work to get minutes, fit into the team, and emerge as a starter, perhaps even a player that will go down as one of the greats. This year, however, your accolades go beyond the court. Participate in Press Conferences, sign Endorsements, be on the cover of magazines, and create Signature Shoes that can be worn as kicks by other players in the league.

Historic Chicago Bulls Teams – Ever wondered how the Lakers of today might fare against the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls? Get the chance to play as some of the greatest teams in NBA history like the 1985-86, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, and 1997-98 Chicago Bulls squads. These teams along with several other historic teams, are put at your fingertips in Quick Game mode.

ALL-NEW IsoMotion Dribbling Controls and Shot Control – Delivering the most realistic feeling and reacting dribbling system to date with seamless transitions between ankle breaking moves coupled with an all-new gesturing system allows users to intuitively translate thought to motion and dominate, like Michael Jordan, from the perimeter to the paint. Take your offensive game to the next level with an unprecedented amount of control via the enhanced Shot Stick. Dozens of new shot types, from layups to jumpshots to dunks and everything in between, are completely under the user’s control with the flick of a stick. The new Shot Branching system also allows the adjustment of shots on the fly in mid-air.

Look for more news soon about great enhancements coming to other core features like Online Mode, Blacktop, Association mode, as well as one of my favorite modes from last year, NBA Today. In this mode, audio was given context to real-world NBA happenings. All of these features packed along with the NBA 2K realistic simulation that you all love.

Well, I have probably gone on way past my time! I want to thank the people at PlayStation for giving me this time to tell you about NBA 2K11. Let me remind you to follow us on Facebook to see what’s the most new and exclusive info on the NBA 2K Franchise. As an added treat for you Sony fans, I would like to announce that the demo release date will be announced on the FB page tomorrow! So look forward to that! Until then, feel free to drop me a line below or on Twitter and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP. Thanks for reading!

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JnF_Gho5t said:

September 8th, 2:42 pm

This will own Elite 11. Thanks for giving this info and i’m glad to see that the PS3 will have Custom Soundtracks!

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    Ronnie Singh said:

    September 8th, 4:22 pm

    Glad I could help.

JnF_Gho5t said:

September 8th, 2:42 pm

I hope the online isn’t laggy compared to 2K10

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    Ronnie Singh said:

    September 8th, 4:22 pm

    A major focus to make online be amazing. We’ll speak to that soon.

stlcardinal9 said:

September 8th, 3:27 pm

OMG Michael Jordan on the cover..Michael Jordan in the game.. First day buy for me…I will buy two copies and never open one of them just because Michael is on the cover! AWESOME

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    Ronnie Singh said:

    September 8th, 4:23 pm

    MJ23: His Airness. What else can be said?

KAPADO said:

September 8th, 4:10 pm

The Church of Sony would like to welcome his airness,jack Tretton’s name be praised

Unbreakable21 said:

September 8th, 4:19 pm

serious question, when this game comes out, will it actually be finished or will it be a broken price of trash like the NBA2k10?

BigPoppaB said:

September 8th, 4:20 pm

Dude, why are you replying like this… do it with the actual posts in red lol

kingmagic718 said:

September 8th, 5:09 pm

This 2k is going to be the best ever

ColeBeans said:

September 8th, 5:40 pm

-_- maaaaan, I’m probably FINALLY going to switch over to 2K this year :( and I was so excited seeing the newest NBA Elite trailer but….WOW, you guys have some pretty amazing stuff…and MJ!! haha, at first I said ” thats stupid putting MJ on the cover and in the game! wtf” but now I’m Super Hyped for this game. :) and the My Career mode is awesome(endorsements, Shoes!!!, Press Conferences!)
all I can Say is..WOW you guys really put in work on this game.

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    Ronnie Singh said:

    September 9th, 10:51 am

    I am glad we have impressed you. Think you’ll never go back once getting your hands on the game.

HJayZ91 said:

September 8th, 6:14 pm

Will this game have a background in the XMB when it is highlighted, the past several years, it only had the rectangular box, but not a background, plz make it happen. reply please!!!

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    Ronnie Singh said:

    September 9th, 10:51 am

    Where do you want this to happen?

Buddha-park said:

September 8th, 7:30 pm

Two terms that are not clear.

1.”flick the Playstation Move”
Does it mean flick the right trigger or left trigger because it seems like “the Playstation Move” does shooting and dribbling.

2.” Pressing the large Move button, in conjunction with pressing the left stick in the direction of the intended receiver, will result in a quick pass.”
What on earth is “the large Move button”?

2K..please clarify these terms..

raadoo said:

September 9th, 12:42 am


I have to ask that question. What about Sir Charles and the best playoffs PHX-CHI ever? 2K11 with classic mode will be great this year, but without that finals still not complete. Is there any chance for DLC during the season?

Kchow23 said:

September 9th, 2:19 am

Well I skipped out on NBA 2K10 after purchasing almost every single NBA 2K game… but man you guys outdid yourselves to get me back ;)

phade2blaq said:

September 9th, 4:54 am

I’d like to see Dr. J on the cover ! I also hope “My Player” mode is finally fixed and playable ! I sure hope the 2K servers are more stable and reliable this time around ! I hope the camera angles on pickup games gets a more favorable angle besides the choices we had in 2K10 !

Lastly, I hope the lobby situation is fixed because in the past the lobby situation is horrible in terms of communicating with others since there’s no text chatting available and not everyone has a headset or at least they don’t plug em in all the time !

There’s simple to invite non friends to pickup games except sending them random invites which may or may get a response !

ajhall79 said:

September 9th, 8:30 am

hey is there a possibility that the whole all star weekend be included in the association and is the fiba league included in the association too

BigPoppaB said:

September 9th, 11:19 am

Getting this day one… but

1. I really hope you guys have fixed online. It was unplayable last year. It’s hard to convince my friends to pick it up when last year’s was so laggy

2. Hope you continue with the player specific trophies… love those

3. Try not to make my Raps too brutal this year… even if they will be in real life haha

4. Will the announcers say the classic player names (apart from bulls)… and will they ever banter about time specific stuff? Not a deal breaker, but itd be nice

ibchuck33 said:

September 9th, 2:30 pm

My buddies and myself have what I guess you can call a video game fantasy league, using NBA 2K basketball. We even have a salary cap. We do this utilizing the create a team feature. Will this feature continue on in 2k11? Thanks.

lottegirls said:

September 9th, 6:41 pm

Hey, Ronnie, I am from China.
In my opinion, maybe in most people’s opinion, the biggest question for the basketball video game is SLIDING. Players on the court is like sliding on the ice. Even though this problem has been sort of solved, it still be a HUGE problem predominantly among all problems. Could you please give me some insight about your improvement on that point and future plan for solving it? Thx

DRUSKii24 said:

September 9th, 11:23 pm

I got 1 big question i am a huge fan of team-up dat is wat i play the most over anything and I was just wondering if they actually keep the stats for team-up this time like pts,rebounds, assist etc.

biscuit07238 said:

September 10th, 8:54 am

I have to admit, I’m intrigued by this concept but not 100% sold on it. I have both a 360 and a PS3 and I reserved my copy of NBA 2K11 back in May, so I am pumped about the game. Just not sure about the Move integration. There is a thread regarding this on a forum I post to regularly, I would love to get the PS Nation to weigh in on this because let’s be honest, you guys are much more qualified to comment and give valid information on it. Plus, if you are a fan of the game, you are probably a fan of the sport and we would love to hear your thoughts on other things as well. here is a link to the actual thread but feel free to comment and post on any other topics that interest you.

jcee6dastar said:

September 12th, 2:42 pm

when does the demo come out?

KILLA_KING_007 said:

September 12th, 8:15 pm

heheheh I see yall added Shawn Kemp also Nice Nice

introvoys said:

September 27th, 11:42 am

hi! Ronnie2k
when nba 2k11 hit in stores in a few weeks…my concern is,is there another format like; a ps3move compatibility of nba 2k11 will come out or the regular stuff whenever a new game comes out?

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