17. NBA Playgrounds
To this day I lament the loss of NBA Street after its lacklustre third instalment, but at least we have Playgrounds; Mad Dog Games' more NBA Jam-inspired take as a tide over.
Staged as a two-on-two match setup, the focus here is on meticulous stat tracking and constant momentum-swings, matching steal stats with oppositional defence, long range three-pointer shots with fearsome sky-leaping blocks.
Amidst all this is an art direction and animation style that makes for some gloriously OTT slams and court-leaping dunks - enough to scratch the age-old NBA Street/Jam itch, whilst also adding a layer of tactility and depth that differentiates Playgrounds as a worthwhile investment.