The Evolution of Basketball Video Games

NBA Elite 11 (2010)

For better or worse, EA's NBA Elite 11 earned its place on this list when all of its touted gameplay innovations crashed and burned spectacularly. It was a disaster from which EA's basketball brand has still not recovered. Its controls were supposed to be revolutionarily intuitive, but instead they were revolutionarily difficult to adapt to when EA dropped the demo. And that doesn't even touch on glitches that had Luol Deng hitting every shot he took from a particular spot on the baseline and-of course-Andrew Bynum doing a tribute to Soundgarden's "Jesus Christ Pose" at half-court. But for all of its missteps, NBA Elite 11's failure was ultimately a tragedy in a genre of sports game that thrives on competition to drive innovation.

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