The Battle for NBA Video Game Supremacy

Video games play our childhood fantasies even though we're not that young anymore but lets face it, video games are still cool considering the recent technological developments that made them look like the real deal as if I'm watching a live coverage.


I'm not a tall person to say the least but I love basketball even though I don't play competitively. I do know that I am crazy for video games and I've been playing it as far as I can remember. In this way, I can imagine myself as a great basketball player without having a sweat. Really! Video games play our childhood fantasies even though we're not that young any more but lets face it, video games are still cool considering the recent technological developments that made them look like the real deal as if I'm watching a live coverage.


Double Dribble

I was hooked to Double Dribble when I was still playing my long-gone classic NES. It was the hottest video game I ever owned because it was so easy to play and I can taunt my neighbors with my secret weapon. The half-court three point shot...yes, the half-court three point shot. If you'll notice on the court, you can see spots on the floor where you can position your player and make the shot. This exploit allows you to align the ball to that spot by making sure that the ball's shadow fits perfectly with the floor's spot. You seldom miss a shot from there and of course you need a lot of passing to evade defenders.

This classic game is just one of the games that everyone should play aside from Mario, Tecmo Super Bowl, Punch Out, and Super Sidekicks.

Unfortunately, there is no tournament format for it so its all about head-to-head matchups. Sometimes I want to get inside the opponents head and thrash talk till he quits. Oh, the days...


NBA Jam

Though this is not sim basketball, NBA Jam is more of a casual arcade type wherein you can play no-holds barred basketball. There are powerups to allow certain players to dominate the game with their speed, dunking ability, defensive wizardry, and shooting prowess. Its totally fun that I almost cut school everyday to go to the local arcade to play it nonstop.

The latest incarnation of the game features 3D models and current NBA players but nothing beats the classic game. I still play it on emulator from time to time though.

Well those were the classic video games that I really loved but with the introduction of better game technology in personal computers and console gaming, I shifted to NBA Live (now Elite) and NBA 2K series for more basketball action.


NBA 2K

When I had my first personal computer, I really went for EA Sports NBA Live franchise because at that time it was the best basketball video game that I ever played. I tried creating custom teams and make my own Jordan clone because MJ wasn't in the game as far as I know. I even made a video game clone of myself so that I'll play myself in the game. But in later years, the Live franchise have gone bland because of the rising competition from 2K Sports.

I got my NBA 2K9 game when I passed by at game shop in the mall and saw the level of realism that the game is presenting. It was light years away than the NBA Live 09 that I was playing. When I got my own Playstation 3, I never hesitated in buying it over Live and I loved NBA 2K ever since. Now there are a few days to go and the biggest basketball video game by far would be released. Not because it has Michael Jordan but because of the level of realism and immersion that they promised to give to gamers like me.

No more experimenting on clone Jordans since I can get all classic MJ's in various Chicago Bulls teams. I can enjoy building my own dynasty in the game. By the way, I already downloaded both demos. Though I'm kinda disappointed with the NBA 2K11 demo because its barebone while NBA Elite 11 provides a good chunk of the game. However, NBA Elite 11 fails to deliver a bigger challenge on NBA 2K11.

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