NBA 2K11 (2010)
The announcement that Electronic Arts was shelving their rebranding of the Live series as NBA Elite 11 in 2010 could have led to 2K Sports taking a victory lap. After all, NBA 2K10 had been a tremendously successful and critically acclaimed game of basketball. But 2K Sports stepped it up into another stratosphere when they put Michael Jordan on the cover and gave you the opportunity to replay some of His Airness' greatest moments from "The Shot" to "The Flu Game." It was wildly popular when it came out, but almost three years later now, it's possible to see just what a revolution the game was for basketball video games. Suddenly, history was on the table in a way it had never been before, and 2K Sports has kept pushing each year since with more all-time teams and Hall of Fame players.