Console(s): PS2, Gamecube, Xbox

It may seem odd to some to include both NBA Jam and NBA Street Vol. 2 on this list, but if you can't grasp the unique differences between the two similarly-structured games, then you're really missing out on two gameplay experiences that are each worthwhile in their own right. Street is the perfect pick-up-and-play type of game; a title that you can play by yourself or with a friend and have a great time with either way. Forget about the test you just bombed in your organic chemistry class. It's time to ball.