NBA 2k11 Michael Jordan Challenge: New Game Mode (Video at bottom)


Video game players finally get their shot to “be like Mike.”

Pro basketball simulation NBA 2K11 will feature a new game mode where players can relive legendary moments from the career of Michael Jordan.

The Jordan Challenge will focus on 10 games from the Chicago Bulls legend’s playing days. Each game will include a series of statistical goals players must complete as his Airness.

“(Players) will get a chance to feel how hard it was to actually achieve what he did,” says Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for game publisher 2K Sports.

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan in ‘NBA 2K11.’
“2KGamers will not only control Jordan, but some of the classic Bulls teams of the ’80s and ’90s. The games have been recreated to authentically mirror the appearance of arenas and players from that era.”

Among the Jordan highlights featured:

— 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.

Additional features integrating Jordan will be revealed closer to the game’s release. NBA 2K11, which also features Jordan as the cover star, hits stores on October 5 for multiple platforms.

This is going to be a great year for basketball gamers all over. All we need now is a limited edition bundle that costs $100.

Here’s the full list of classic moments we have to achieve in this mode

The Arrival
When: April 20, 1986. Game 2, 1st round playoffs vs. Celtics
Goal 1: Score 63+ points
Goal 2: Shoot 50%+ from the field
Summary: Jordan made his mark with this 63 point playoff game against a heavily favored Celtics team.

69 Points
When: March 28, 1990. Regular season game vs. Cavs
Goal 1: Score 69+ points
Goal 2: Shoot 50%+ from the field
Goal 3: Win the game
Summary: This time Jordan gets the win by dropping 69 points and putting a dent in the Cavaliers’ playoff plans.

Shootout
When: Any date in 1990. Regular season game vs. Hawks
Goal 1: Outscore Dominique
Goal 2: Hold Dominique under 25 Points
Goal 3: Win the game
Summary: Jordan and Dominique Wilkins face off in some of the all-time greatest scoring performances of the era.

Bad Boys
When: May 26, 1990. Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons
Goal 1: Score 47+ points
Goal 2: Win the game
Summary: Jordan showed the Pistons and the world that no defensive strategy could stop him for long.

1991 NBA Finals
When: June 2 thru June 12, 1991 vs. Lakers
Goal 1: Average 31.0+ points
Goal 2: Shoot 55%+ from the field
Goal 3: Win the series
Summary: Jordan silenced the doubters by coming back from a game one embarrassment to thrash the Lakers in these Finals.

The Shrug
When: June 3, 1992. Game 1, 1st round playoffs vs. Blazers
Goal 1: Score 35+ points in the first half
Goal 2: Make 6+ threes in the first half
make 6+ threes in the 1st half
Goal 2: Hold Drexler to under 20 points
Goal 3: Win the Game
Summary: Just to prove a point, Jordan sets the tone for the series by dominating the first half of this first Finals game.

Double Nickel
When: March 18, 1995. Regular season game vs. Knicks
Goal 1: Score 55+ points
Goal 2: Shoot 55%+ from the field
Goal 3: Win the game
Summary: After a stint with the bat, Jordan returns to New York to tear up the Knicks for 55 points and an unforgettable pass.

Father’s Day Victory
When: June 16, 1996. Game 6, 1996 Finals (last game of series as Bulls won 4-2) vs. Sonics
Goal 1: Score 22+ points
Goal 2: Grab 9+ rebounds
Goal 3: Win the game
Summary: Michael ran the table over the entire league but this fourth title would prove to be just as special as his first.

The Flu Game
When: June 11, 1997. Game 6, 1997 Finals (not the last game of the series as it went to 7) vs. Jazz
Goal 1: Score 38+ points
Goal 2: Grab 7+ rebounds
Goal 3: Win the game
Summary: A very ill Jordan still manages to both dominate the game and hit the winning shot in the last seconds of the game.

Michael’s Last Dance
When: June 14, 1998. Game 6, 1998 Finals vs. Jazz
Goal 1: Score 45+ points
Goal 2: Get 4+ steals
Goal 3: Win the game
Summary: With one final resounding shot, Jordan seals both his legacy and the fate of the Jazz’s championship hopes.


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