NBA 2K18 is the fourth tie-breaking game to have an 87-rated. It's an award on its own, since the lowest score that it got on any platform was an Nintendo Switch score of 74. This is higher than previous games' low scores. The game's cover features Kyrie Irving on the cover.
The game was subject to minor adjustments as 2K was in the "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" situation. Still, they added fascinating things like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett as special guests on the game and many more classic teams. The most interesting part was the introduction of All-Time Teams which assembles teams composed of the top players from every franchise.
There are three games with 89 points each. The first game is NBA 2K3, which is one of the first games in the series. The game was off to a positive start and they kept many of the same gameplay elements that had earned high reviews until this point. They also retained Allen Iverson as the cover athlete.
While much remained the same, there were key changes. Franchise mode, for instance, was upgraded to be more detailed than ever before, but the biggest improvement was in the presentation. NBA 2K3 marked the start of a collaboration with ESPN that made the game more realistic than ever.
The only game in the entire franchise that didn't have the word "2K" in its title was ESPN NBA Basketball, which could've been NBA 2K4. The game was all-in with the ESPN aspect of the presentation and also saw Iverson appear on the cover for the final time.