With EA Sports planning to bring back NBA Live this year (unless they don’t) to go head-to-head with NBA 2K14, we’re going to take a look at some personal favorite NBA games throughout the years. The only stipulation: the games have to be (more or less) sims, so no NBA Jam or Arch Rivals. Let’s run down our Top 5. Remember, these aren’t the necessarily best ever or most popular ever, just our opinion.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are my hometown NBA team, and they need help. They have a pretty damn good point guard in Kyrie Irving it’s the trade deadline and they need some more talent, namely at small forward and center. Enter Will and I, heroes of the hardwoo… you know, I can’t even say that with a straight face. Anyway, Will and I pitch in to try and save the Cavs season. Even with some performance-enhancing stat boosts during character creation, this could turn real ugly, real fast.
We don’t cover sports on this site (although sometimes I wish we did), but sometimes they, video games and sports, bleed into each other and qualify for inclusion. Other times, something happens that captures my attention so tightly that I have to make tenuous connections to support writing about them. This one falls in with the latter.
I hate overly praising a game. I don’t feel any game is perfect. However, every once in a while a game comes along that bests all those that have come before it. World of Warcraft, the original Half Life, and now, NBA 2K11. This is the best basketball game in at least 10 years, and a must buy for all those who enjoy digital roundball.
“Buggy, tedious, but with Hidden Fun”
Ok, that line,which originally was my review tagline, may be – officially – the most cryptic tagline I’ve ever written for a review. Heck, I’m not sure what I wanted that to mean. We’ll delve into each part individually and try to make sense of a game that’s not sure what it wants to be, either. Continue reading