NBA Street was a breath of fresh air for sports gaming. Not since NBA Jam had a game been so fun, so joyful, and so exuberant in its execution and delivery. So, when it came time to deliver a sequel, EA Games must have felt the pressure. How, exactly, do you follow up a classic? Do you keep the essential gameplay, and just update the rosters? Or, do you stake out new territory, and create an entirely new experience?

I’ll tell you what you do—you split the difference, and you create a game like NBA Street: Vol. 2. The fan favorite—widely considered by die-hards to be the strongest in the series—Vol. 2 had substance and history. It did everything properly, recognizing future Hall of Famers while letting us play as our favorite Legends.

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