The Best Basketball Video Games For PC

Video games released for PC have been around longer than those for other contemporary platforms, and therefore, retain a more classic feel to them. Any avid PC gamer can tell you that they are reminiscent of the good old days of Atari and Sega; and infuse a healthy dose of nostalgia into your gaming experience. Basketball games, in particular, are reminiscent of the times we sacrificed sleep just so we could keep playing through the night. We've compiled a list of the three best basketball video games for PC, so join us on a stroll down memory lane.

NBA2k11

The iconic NBA 2k series revolutionized the world of basketball video games, and starting from 2009, they were also released on the Windows platform. NBA2k11 featured Michael Jordan on the cover, and many of the game's new features involved Jordan himself. The soundtrack included some big names in hip hop and indie rock, such as Snoop Dogg, Drake, Failsafe, and Two Door Cinema Club. No doubt the best thing to happen to PC basketball games.

NBA Live 2003

Featuring Jason Kidd on the cover, this was the first game to introduce the freestyle control stick, replacing conventional joy pads, and allowed for much more stimulation and innovation with the moves. This game's soundtrack featured big music names Flipmode Squad, Brandy, Lyric, and Snoop Dogg; and was the first video game soundtrack to ever go platinum.

Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs

The first game to be endorsed by the NBA, featuring big players such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Jordan; the game was highly successful and it helped launch the popular NBA Playoffs series. The players themselves were more involved, their signature moves included in the game, as well as voice-overs. This game undoubtedly laid the foundation for all EA basketball games to come.