How did 2K Sports follow up the excellence of NBA 2K11? They took the best of what they had and added more. Jordan was joined by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as cover athletes, showing that the series was diving deep into the history of teams and honoring the greatest athletes of the past.
Many reviewers thought it could be the most realistic basketball simulation in the history of basketball because it seemed more real than previous games. The MyPlayer mode received a major enhancement, making it one of the most played modes in any sporting event. Since rookies weren't included in the original rosters due to the NBA lockout It was a welcomed addition.
There are more ties since three games scored 90. The series was successful in the sense that NBA 2K13 kept up the momentum of the previous installments. The focus shifted from the past to future and featured Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant sharing the cover.
The game continued to feature its iconic teams and even had a innovative idea of hosting both the 1992 and 2012 United States Olympic teams. Jay-Z was the producer, and helped to create the unique atmosphere. The game also had a Shoe Creator mode that included authentic brand names, as well as an All Star Weekend mode.
As noted, NBA 2K16 got a lot of praise for the MyLeague mode that let players move franchises around. NBA 2K17 took this to the next step. This time, all 30 teams that are currently in play could be moved and teams for expansion could be added. Realistically, someone could create their own unique league with their own cities, teams and cities. It is also possible to control and alter the rules of the league, which was previously unheard of. The most praised aspect was the presentation, gameplay, and other aspects. All-Star Paul George was on the cover.