For basketball enthusiasts, having the game with you 24/7 is ultimately accomplished with the recent armada of video games that make it feel like you are the super star of the court. The top three basketball video games for the Xbox 360 that have created a lot of buzz this year, on the shelves or anticipated are:
2K11, by 2K Sports
2K11, by 2K Sports, takes players through 10 of the best Michael Jordan games giving you mind over matter control of the ball, a realistic dribble (almost as if you had it a real ball in your hands), and a sound track the rocks your soul. The play is not sloppy either. The AI (artificial intelligence) built into the game, it watches every move your player makes and counters easily, any sloppy attempts you make while playing. The sound is great, the graphics are sharp and the play by play is as if you are sitting in the stands for the real game. Jordan isn’t the only a big gun player either. You can start tracking Jordan’s career and its highlights from the beginning, or start your own NBA wanna be player and move him up the ranks of the basketball hierarchy to become a full fledged NBA Super Star.
Gamespot.com ranks most 2K11 most popular for video games and its predecessors remain in the top rankings of video games. Retails for around $54.99
NBA Jam although rumored to have been released October 5th, 2010, actually releases this month from EA (Electronic Arts). It remixes the JAM line franchise in this purely video arcade like game. No SIMS here. Even considering its not a SIMS, the rebuild includes exciting new game modes– 21, Elimination, Domination, 1 on 1 Boss Battles against NBA legends and more. Not the conventional chess game of the courts, this video is filled with smash talk comments notably ‘He’s on Fire!’ the catch phrase that is back as well as the fire seeking basketball that comes after a slam dunk. Not limited, NBA Jam pits your skills against 30 Leagues for a battle to the Jam championship. But it bests itself when you grab three other friends and fire up the court with some hard core 2 on 2 jamming. Play modes include, solo, double it up and co-op style.
NBA Jam offers those new to gaming basketball an easy to use console-joystick. Allows a player to pick up games quickly and easily and offers untold treasures (unlockables estimated around 100). Slam dunks, shatter boards and stomping the floor boards, pick your players and JAM it up.
The one downside – it is an arcade style game. Definitely not for people who love to play SIMS basketball. But for those who haven’t shifted, and for kids just learning the trade, it’s a JAM. Amazon has a release date of November 16, 2010 and from the leader boards it looks to be a solid sell for around $49.95.
For a look at screens, demo video and tips and tricks take a gander over to EA’s NBA Jam website.
Previewing NBA Elite 11
Because the release date has been moved back, one of the most anticipated basketball video games, NBA Elite 11 by EA (Electronic Arts) is in everyone’s dreams. It doesn’t matter though. EA revives its basketball video game by releasing not only completely new programming points to make NBA Elite 11 realistic, it adds in a new joystick console. The combination is lethal. The new console joystick makes you work harder for every play shot you take or for every defense you try. But this game is ludicrous – the new joystick gives you independence between your feet and your torso/hands. It takes a game to get the hang of it all, but once you do, you have a symphony on your hands. Crossovers are the hardest to get the hang of, but once you do it gives you solid game. Lay-ups seem effortless and they programmed in a sweet spot radar that shows up with you attempt a basket. If you work at it, the better your shot, the more you score.
Electronic Arts in an effort to quell the fire of anticipation shot video interviews of actual basketball players previewing the game and their thoughts on the new format as well as the new joystick/console. At Gamespot.com you can take a look for yourself at the graphics, sound and see the controls in their hands as they play. This is for the serious basketball gamer or the serious wanna be basketball gamer.
With the release date pushed until quarter one of 2011, pricing hasn’t been released. Amazon.com will let you sign up for email notification of when the video game will become available.