This game is the only game in the God tier of basketball games. When I ran across this in a mall that hardcore gangsters frequent back in 1993, I knew this had to be a classic game. That’s how it is in the culture of gangsters. They do not mess around. They loved Street Fighter 2. They loved Mortal Kombat. And they loved NBA Jam. These are serious games and then they became all time classics where future games emulated the style. NBA Street, certain NBA Live games, NBA In the Zone, NBA Hangtime, Run N Gun series, NBA Showtime, and certain aspects of NBA 2K series all owe something to the legendary NBA Jam. That influence did not even stop at basketball games. Hockey games and football games such as NFL Blitz owe a lot to Jam. Kudos to Midway and the main producer, Mark Turmell, for putting together this groundbreaking landmark title.Read More
We’re finally down to number two. The one basketball series that Electronic Arts produced and it’s not real simulation basketball that cracked all the way to the number 2 spot. NBA Street is better than NBA Live can ever hope. Made by EA Canada, the game breathed new life into a dying genre. I stopped playing Jam-like games for 5 years until this gem came around. What made the game special for me to jump back in?Read More
Konami’s Double Dribble is the easiest simplest basketball videogame you’ll ever play. Don’t get this confused with Double Dragon. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened during the late 1980s, but they were fun times. I was introduced to this game by, who else, my older brother as he borrowed the cartridge from a friend. First you blow into the cart then you pop the sucker in. If you get a blinking blue screen, take the cart out. Then shove it back in, but not all the way in. Push the cart down until it physically “clicks” in. That method usually works. If it didn’t, try again. Or rub alcohol on the connectors even though there’s a warning level behind the cart that said not to do that.Read More
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“Whatchu gonna do? Hang time. You know what I’m sayin?”
That was the line that got me hyped. That got me hooked. Midway’s NBA Hangtime made its’ debut in 1996 at the arcades. This is the next evolution of the Jam series. Why wasn’t it called Jam? Midway had to change the name entirely because the Jam name was acquired by Acclaim Entertainment. Following the new standards in arcade basketball game play set by Konami’s Run N Gun series, Midway followed suit by adding alley oops, team fire, double dunks, and a spin move.
Can you smell 7-11 serving up the popcorn and Slurpees? I can also smell the pizza nearby and sounds of kids talking trash. When all of the popular arcade machines were taken, this was the other game to consider. This series was released during the last golden age of arcades during the early 1990s among the absolute stream rollers known as the many revisions of Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, and NBA Jam. It's unfortunate that in 2010, we don't have arcades like that anymore. At this time around 1993-1996, I've already seen the popular games. When I laid eyes on this one, however, it was a breath of fresh air.Read More
7. NBA In the Zone series
As long time Los Angeles Clipper commentator Ralph Lawler might say, “Oh me oh my!” The NBA Live series doesn’t have anything on this joint. This game also came out during the mid 1990s when Live dominated the simulation basketball scene. Made by Konami, In the Zone had a good mix of arcade and simulation. This game truly ushered in 3D graphics for me. The game rocked the graphics and audio.
8. NBA Live 95
That’s right, fools. I’m back with the number 8 basketball game of all time. NBA Live ushered in a completely new era of stylish lazy finger controlled basketball. Bulls versus Blazers and NBA Showdown laid down the foundation. NBA Live 95 took the framework to another level. This was the game that also introduced the “Live” series branding. The game blew open the graphics with a view that gave us an immersive feeling. It’s almost like faux 3D. Everything had depth.Read More
9. NBA Showdown
This was released in 1993 by Electronic Arts. The games before this had titles like Bulls versus Lakers or Bulls versus Blazers, but this time EA got away from that crap. For the first time, all 27 teams were available. The bench players finally showed up and we can actually call timeouts for substitutions. Michael Jordan was still in the game. The other innovative feature is stat tracking. Yes! They actually kept track of statistics and league leaders throughout the entire 82 game season. That was mind blowing at the time. No basketball game before that was doing the damn business like that. I was hyped as a youngster. I don’t like putting in games that succeed after each year because they don’t truly innovate. This is an exception because the stuff they added was a huge evolution in basketball games. The much needed additions kept me playing almost 24/7.Read More
The next best thing to actually playing basketball is playing virtual basketball. When the conditions are too cold, windy, rainy, snowy, or you’re just plain lazy, virtual basketball is great to pull off things against competition that you cannot do in real life. I’m bringing the heavy hitters from videogame classics I personally played, and somewhat mastered, from the late 1980s till current times. I haven’t played every single basketball videogame known to man because either the game sucked or I didn’t have any money to afford it. If the game made my list, consider it prestigious and honorable. You knuckleheads will disagree with the placement on “The List,” but be thankful that the game made it. Here is the number ten best basketball game of all time according to me.
'This is quite an honor to be named cover athlete of NBA LIVE in just my second year as a professional," Wade said. "When you look back at some of the great players who have had this opportunity, it's exciting to be a part of the EA SPORTS family and contribute to a game I've been playing for more than 10 years.'
Electronic Arts announced today that NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade will serve as cover athlete and spokesman for NBA LIVE 06, scheduled for release this fall under the EA SPORTS™ brand. Wade is in his second season with the Miami HEAT, where he set single-season franchise records for points per game (24.1) and total points scored (1,854) in helping to lead the HEAT to the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
NBA LIVE 06 builds upon the depth and authenticity that the NBA LIVE franchise has delivered for more than a decade and that made last year the best-selling version in the history of the series. With advancements in gameplay and enhanced player graphics, the sport of basketball is elevated to a whole new level in NBA LIVE 06 with the superstars of the game looking and playing more like their real-life counterparts than ever before. Players can feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience with an up-tempo, fast-break, and physical brand of basketball that yields improved play in the transition game and real-life collisions in the paint.
Wade has emerged quickly as one of the most explosive players in the NBA in just his second season, a year that saw him become just the 10th player since 1979 to finish in the NBA's top 10 in both scoring (24.1) and assists (6.8) per game. A unanimous NBA All-Rookie First-Team selection a year ago, Wade was a member of the U.S. National Senior Men's Basketball Team last summer before returning to have an All-Star season for the HEAT this year. Wade, who was selected to the NBA All-Star Game in February, became one of just seven NBA players in history to average at least 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor in a playoff series as he helped lead the HEAT to a recent four-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the 2005 NBA Playoffs. Wade was recently selected as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in an issue that hit newsstands at the end of April.
Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, the studio which is also home to the popular NBA STREET and NCAA® March Madness® franchises, NBA LIVE 06 will be available on the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, and PC. The game also will be available for the first time on the PSP™ handheld entertainment system.
EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, MVP Baseball™, NCAA® Football, NASCAR Thunder™, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®. The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com.Read More