Basketball Games

Another popular genre of sports video games that takes a cue from the real world is basketball games. From those games with an official NBA license to others that use variations on the formula to create something new, basketball video games are not tied to the strict rules of the sport and are often more freestyle in form than baseball or football titles.

From the first ever title Basketball on the Magnavox Odyssey to the NBA Jam sensation in the arcades of the 1990s, basketball video games are some of the oldest titles around and are a true mainstay of the video game industry. Part of the enduring popularity of this genre is that, in addition to being one of the world’s most popular and fastest growing sports, basketball also has maintained a stable of luminaries and team’s that inspire devotion despite the changing tides of fan taste.

In fact, many games in the genre have traded on just this type of fandom with titles like Jordan versus Bird: One on One kicking off the tradition in 1989. The 1990s were a true high point for the genre with Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and the aforementioned Michael Jordan each contributing a game of some kind to the genre.

The true hit of the era was the NBA Jam arcade game which eventually made its way to every system known to man and is a force even today. From the NBA to street hoops, basketball games encompass a nimble variety of schemes in terms of gameplay and presentation.

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

A more light-hearted take on the NBA 2K19 formula, the downloadable title NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is a game that suspends physics and simulation in favor of an arcade-style basketball game. What you get ...

NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19

OOne of the longest-running sports game franchises in the world, the downloadable NBA Live 19 is the latest edition in the NBA’s own video game series from Electronic Arts and features improved ...

NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19

Developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, NBA 2K19 (a downloadable basketball simulator) is available for every modern video game console and format including Microsoft’s Xbox One and ...

NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 is a simulation game based on the sport of basketball. The game is developed by Visual Concepts and was published by 2K Sports. Released on 29th September 2015, NBA 2K16 enables players to ...

NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17

Based on the sport of basketball, NBA 2K17 is a video game with the Visual Concepts studios as its developer.  It was released in September 2016 and was designed for the platforms of Microsoft ...

NBA 2K18 Download

NBA 2K18 Download

NBA 2K18 is a downloadable game (also on mobile!), the seventh successor to the 1999 Dreamcast NBA 2K console game that simulates basketball. The 2K18 version brings in a number of changes and ...