With 2K handling the video games for NBA over the last decade or so, there have been a lot of hits and a lot of misses. More recently, 2K games have been criticized a lot more because of the changes (or lack thereof) and the poor implementation of features into the game.
Many fans look back at older games from the NBA with great fondness, with the EA Sports being a particular favorite for fans. While EA Sports has been more known for their games with FIFA and UFC, the NBA games were a fan favorite for a long time, especially during the 2000s.
The NBA 2K games have become more popular over the last few years, mostly because of them expanding the gameplay parameters a lot more. But the initial blueprint for basketball games was set up by EA Sports.
One of the most unique features of EA Sports' NBA Live games was the player intros. EA would reach out to several NBA stars to get them to repeat the company's catchphrase into the camera.
The most successful version of this is without a doubt from NBA Live 2004. The game came out in 2003 and had several young NBA stars like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Antawn Jamison, Al Harrington, and Kirk Hinrich among many others.
In a recent post by ThrowbackHoops, these intros were uploaded and fans got a chance to relive some of these intros that played before the game would start. As always, fans sounded off in the comments. Check out some of the best and most hilarious comments from fans below.
These games were most popular on the older gaming platforms like PC, PS2, and X Box. As the video game industry became more popular, these games continued to gain notoriety. On top of that, advancements in technology and software for game developments helped these games get even better.
The NBA Live franchise lost popularity over the last few years, with more fans leaning toward NBA 2K instead. The last title in the NBA Live series was in 2018, with the release of NBA Live 2019.
The game series was eventually discontinued as 2K established itself as the leading distributor of NBA games. But for fans, those NBA Live games from the past will always hold a special place in their hearts.