Another year, another revamped and repackaged selection of sports games have hit the shelves and we have had some studios losing licenses and others gaining them to their advantage. The playing field for sports titles are ever evolving and can be as chaotic as transfer markets, and it’s during those moments that the ones that stay true to the core mechanics stand above the crowd. Technically sound, compelling visual representation and a decent story to boot, this title seems to have everything going for it for another year running and possibly for many years to come.
There are few games in this category that can compete with this game’s build quality and attention to detail. The natural feel of the players on the court with the equal ease of control makes for an intuitive gaming experience. Although the pesky microtransaction elements still exist, it doesn’t tarnish what 2K Sports has set to achieve: a damn fine basketball game.
Runner-Up: FIFA 19
Honourable Mentions: MBL: The Show 2018, PES 2019