Basketball is a thrilling and quick game and healthy for your body and reflexes since one has to take control over the movements, reflexes and aim to make every second of the game count. The sport has gathered fans from all across the world and almost every eye is on the court whenever a great match is played. But that’s not the full extent of the craze of basketball; like every other successful sport, basketball has a video game series of its own – the NBA 2K video game series.
Starting out with the first release of the series, NBA 2K came out somewhere between October and November of 1999, featuring Allen Iverson on the cover. The game was developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega, turning out to be one of the best games that year.
The second game, NBA 2K1, had similar features since it was released by the same publisher and developer, showing a few changes that built the video game series’ prestige. After this, the NBA 2K2 remained the same and didn’t show many changes.
The first three games of the series featured fictional announcers, but once the series started releasing video games for Xbox as well as PS2, it had to up its game (pun intended). This gave rise to the NBA 2K3, released in October 2002. The one major change to be noted in this game and one of the biggest pivotal points for the series was that it featured real commentary by Bill Walton, Kevin Frazier, Bob Fitzgerald and Michele Tofaya.
This change gave the game a realistic feel and made playing it all the more fun for gamers and fans of basketball. Not only is it nice to hear famous and recognizable voices within the game, but it was also great to hear professional commentary while playing it.
The Last Few Years of Sega
This subheading may sound ambiguous since these were in no way the last years of Sega, but we’re referring to the last few years that Sega worked to publish NBA. The installment in October 2003 was called ESPN NBA Basketball and the series didn’t follow the common name pattern due to whatever reasons.
Released in September 2004, the ESPN NBA 2K5 was the last game that Sega published for the series. This game featured Ben Wallace instead of the usual Allen Iverson.
2K Sports Takes Over
From NBA 2K6 that was released in September 2005, 2K Sports took over the publishing wing of the game series and this game itself was also released on Xbox 360. In the following years:
- NBA 2K7 was released on PS3
- NBA 2K12 became available on the app store
- NBA 2K13 introduced the shoemaker feature as well as the All Star Weekend
- NBA 2K14 featured European teams
The series kept building itself and as we all know, NBA 2K17 was simply spectacular. NBA 2K18 is going to release near the end of 2017; we just hope you’re ready for it.