In the world of sports video games there is very little competition due to exclusivity contracts with the respective sports leagues. As a result gamers don't really have much of a choice when it comes to choosing the sports games they want to play. However, the NBA is one of the few leagues that allows multiple developers to design games about their sport. The choice for gamers is either NBA Elite (formerly NBA Live) and NBA 2K. The clear winner for quite some time has been NBA 2K, it is 2K Sports biggest seller in their stable of franchises and it continually builds a stronger reputation.
If gameplay wasn't enough to convince gamers to buy NBA 2K11 this coming October would Michael Jordan? Well that's what 2K Sports is betting on, as they brought in the Hall of Famer to be the new cover athlete for the franchise (something normally reserved for current players). Not only will Jordan grace the cover, but he will be a playable character (a rarity even when he was active in the league).
Wait, you're still not convinced? How about the ability to relive some of Jordan's greatest moments? Still no? Damn. Well, how about the fact that you can play with the 1990 Knicks featuring P. Ewing, J. Starks, and Charles Oakley. Yeah, now you're starting to come around, and to put the cherry on top, Snoop Dogg lays the the title track for the game.