Recent releases from NBA 2K23 and PGA Tour 2K23 have continued the impressive legacy of the 2K Sports franchise. While the NBA branch of the series is the most famous and often garnered the highest praise, there are of course many other great options.
Sony dominates MLB games and EA Sports excels in the NFL, but 2K has historically had strong entries in both baseball and football. There’s also tennis, pro wrestling, hockey, and more from 2K Sports, which have impressive reviews on Metacritic. Only one entry per franchise is included here.
Before 2K Sports officially became the publisher’s name in 2005, the company published some top-notch soccer games. In fact, they received better ratings than the icon up until 2005 Driving me crazy franchise and threatens to take over the sport.
However, EA Sports soon got the exclusive rights to NFL games. 2K tried to counteract this All-Pro Soccer 2K8, which featured a fictional league combined with some legendary players like Jerry Rice and Barry Sanders. Ratings were below from NFL 2K5 but were still pretty solid.
9/10 PGA Tour 2K23 (2022) – 78th
As noted PGA Tour 2K23 was just released in October to rave reviews. It’s already the highest rating in a franchise that has run every few years since the early 2000s. As is often the case, Tiger Woods is the cover athlete.
The game received a lot of praise not only on Metacritic. PGA Tour 2K23 has high scores on GameSpot, GamesRadar+, and several other places. It’s also the first in the series to be released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
8/10 WWE 2K22 (2021) – 78
The fact that WWE2K22 is the highest rated entry in the series, is particularly impressive considering what came before it. 2K Sports took over the WWE gaming franchise in the mid-2010s, but it was well-received WWE2K20 was a disruption-filled disaster that was widely panned.
The company took a year off and came back with me WWE 2K22, which was a significant improvement. The graphics were nicer, the gameplay felt overhauled and it was seen as a step in the right direction. Fans are now looking forward to it with excitement WWE2K23 to see if it gets any better.
7/10 The Big Ones 2 (2009) – 80
While the mainline MLB franchise that put out 2K was ultimately surpassed by Sony MLB The Show series, they found a way to shine with a spin-off. That was the big ones, sort of a forgotten classic baseball video game. It was a more entertaining, less realistic version of the game.
While the first installment was a success, The big 2 was rated slightly better. It featured legendary players like Roberto Clemente and Reggie Jackson, modern stars and over-the-top arcade-style antics. It was reminiscent of them MLB slugfest Series.
6/10 College tires 2K7 (2006) – 82
Fans have been searching for a new video game based on collegiate sports, but it hasn’t happened in a long time. That’s especially true of college basketball, which hasn’t been the focus of a game since the mid-2000s. In fact, after 2K Sports became its corporate name in 2005, it only published three college basketball games.
The one with the highest score was College tires 2K7, which featured JJ Redick, the current host of a popular basketball podcast, on the cover. There were 300+ teams to choose from, several notable in-game coaches, and solid gameplay for everyone to enjoy.
5/10 MLB Power Pros (2007) – 83
Once again, it’s a case where 2K released a baseball video game that wasn’t a direct simulation of what you see when you watch the sport. This was published by 2K Sports but developed by Power Pros Production and was part of a series that was exclusive to Japan up to that point.
MLB Power Pros helped the franchise branch out and was considered a hit. From the uniquely designed characters to the simple pick-up-and-play gameplay mechanics, this was the perfect case for a game that was just plain fun in the best way.
4/10 NHL 2K6 (2005) – 83
Similar to the pro baseball and football franchises, 2K Sports hasn’t released too many hockey games, most recently one in 2014. As with many of their releases, their best hockey game was one of their earliest.
NHL 2K6 was the first ice hockey simulation for the Xbox 360 and was mostly well received. The crease control system was a new gameplay element that critics appreciated, and the $20 price tag certainly didn’t hurt either.
3/10 Top Turn 4 (2011) – 84
One place that doesn’t have enough video games is tennis. The small structure of the game makes it ideal to be played from home and most entries in the top spin Series were well received but ended disappointingly in 2011.
It’s even more annoying that it was the end, considering Top spin 4 had the best reviews of the franchise. It featured big names in the sport like Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, and while the 3D aspect was lackluster, the accessible gameplay was a success.
2/10 WWE Supercard (2014) – 85
It’s not talked about much, but 2K’s most successful foray into the world of wrestling has been their own super card Game. As a matter of fact, super card is one of the best WWE games ever made according to reviews on Metacritic.
The mobile game allows players to collect cards featuring the men and women of WWE and play them against friends or the computer. It’s highly addictive and to this day it’s updated with new maps and game modes for you to try to keep things fresh even almost a decade later.
1/10 MLB 2K5 World Series Edition (2005) – 88
Major League Baseball 2K5 received strong reviews, but the extension edition of the world series, released during the postseason, scored slightly higher on Metacritic. It just added a tiny bit to an already successful game.
The GM mode was a nice touch that grew in popularity throughout the era, and the gameplay was a seemingly perfect blend of simulation and arcade styles. It allowed players to recreate the real sport and have fun. Unfortunately, 2K couldn’t keep up MLB The Show Baseball games over time.
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