NBA 2K17 Games: On The 10 Top Of Best Video Games from Amyhe's blog

On September 17, NBA 2K17 will be released Aussie store shelves, and Prelude have been revealed that preparing us for another bout of rags-to-riches fantasies. Let's turn back to the best NBA games ever made,and talk about what made them so special and memorable at the time. Join me as I count down the Top 10 Best NBA Games 1999, Dreamcast While the NBA Live series was heating up the court on PC, Visuals Concepts’ and SEGA Sports’ NBA 2K for Dreamcast set the standard on console, and arguably forced the hand of competitors to bring more sports games to the console gaming market. Its visuals at the time were also far better than what NBA Live was offering, and as such was briefly the preferred basketball game for sim junkies and visual perfectionists. 2003, PS2, Xbox, Gamecube It took long enough, but someone finally decided to return to the ’90s craziness of NBA Jam. Two years after the release of the original NBA Street in 2001, which is a brilliant game in its own right, NBA Street Vol.2 came along and not only managed to better and expand the gameplay insanity of its predecessor, but also brought with it a stack of legendary NBA players and a superb soundtrack, which featured the likes of Nate Dogg, MC Lyte, and Nelly. 1998, Nintendo 64 Kobe Bryant was only 19 years of age in 1998, but he was already dominating the league. When he got his own game, Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside, that year on Nintendo 64, he was the youngest athlete in history to have a game to his namesake. NBA Courtside being a Nintendo 64 exclusive made it a special game, as other NBA games were at the time flourishing on PlayStation and PC. 1993, SNES, Mega Drive Unlike its predecessor in Bulls vs Blazers, 1993’s NBA Showdown had every NBA team and allowed players to play through entire 82-games with full-length games. Tecmo NBA Basketball may be considered the first NBA game to offer a full license of every NBA team, but it was NBA Showdown that really set the standard, and is arguably the spiritual granddaddy of the NBA Live series. 2013, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K14 gets a mention in this list partly because of how well it was able to demonstrate the leap in visual quality between the generations. On top of that, 2K Sports didn’t hold back with the features and gameplay, offering the same core experience that fans had come to love about the franchise, while other sports games from other publishers came to the new consoles with barebones offerings. 2002, PC NBA Live 2003 may not have set the world on fire or reinvented the wheel, but it was a great game because it took the best of NBA Live 2000 and the rising NBA 2K series, and offered a spectacularly balanced and smooth basketball experience for gamers. 1994, PC NBA Live 95 is so special because it blended the best of NBA Showdown and the Playoff NBA series, while bringing mod support and a stack of graphical and gameplay improvements. It being the first entry in the series is fitting, because it set a standard that would help EA Sports dominate the NBA game genre for more than a decade. It may not have been the first NBA sim, but it was certainly the start of something special. 2010, Xbox 360, PS3, PC Anyone that’s played NBA 2K11 knows exactly why this game is so high up on this list. NBA 2K11 continued the fantastic run of brilliant basketball games from 2K Sports, but offered up the greatest basketball player of all-time to propel the series to knew heights. 1999, PC Where does one start with NBA Live 2000! This game offered such a substantial visual, gameplay and features jump over NBA Live 99, that it’s hard to believe they even came from the same developer. NBA Live 2000 was the first game in the series to feature Michael Jordan, who was a playable All-Star character. The game was also ahead of its time technically, allowing players to scan facial expression for use on created players. It had a revamped franchise mode, adding a full drafting, trading, free agency, salary cap, and other management options, and also had a deep Legends mode, in which you could play with Jordan and other classic NBA superstars. On top of all of this, it had one of if not the best soundtrack in NBA Live history. 1993, Arcade On a list made up mostly of basketball sims, NBA Jam has still managed to take out the top spot. There’s a reason for that: despite being more than 20 years old and having multiple sequels and a remake, the original is still the best. How many games from 20 years ago can claim to be just as if not better than the many games made after it in the time since? There’s also the multiplayer factor: NBA Jam‘s reliance on cooperative play was at the time something we’d only previously seen in beat-’em-ups, and in its ability to take advantage of the early-’90s Michael Jordan hype, it helped turn many a neutral fan into an NBA diehard.

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Added Sep 26 '16


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