Sports Games of the Last Generation – Top 10

2. NBA 2K11

The NBA 2K series may have struggled with online modes for much of the generation, but you can’t deny the franchise’s presentation polish, continually improving gameplay, and boldness to introduce new modes. The best of these efforts was NBA 2K11’s Jordan Challenge.

This trip down memory lane tapped the rich historical vein of sports, which for some reason is left largely untouched by most sports series. Letting you relive the biggest moments of Michael Jordan’s career wasn’t only informative; the challenges made you realize that he played the game of basketball like someone cheesing in a video game.

NBA 2K11 also won points for its stellar Association mode, which at the time was the best franchise mode in games.