Basketball fans are a different breed to the rest of the people belonging to the world of sports fanaticism. Not only is basketball one of the most accessible games to play in real life - all it takes for a pickup game to start is a ball - but it's also one of the most popular games to play online.
Big franchise players like NBA Live and NBA 2K have been a staple for basketball enthusiasts and gamers over the years, but with the spread of mobile gaming across the globe, there are more and more games mushrooming online that allow players to experience a game of pickup on their screens instead of having to tough it out.
Here, we wind down a list of Android and PS/PC games that you can play online, ranked in order of user experience:
#5 Freestyle 2: Street Basketball
Developed by Joycity, Freestyle 2: Street Basketball is the most-polished online arcade basketball available on the market. Initially released in 2015, the game features excellent graphics, good sound and responsive controls for engaging gameplay.
One needs to pick a player and a position and improve to move higher in the league. Freestyle 2 focuses on customisation and unique skill moves, ensuring that the gameplay seldom gets repetitive even in the long run. Furthermore, players could team-up with other players online and compete in various tournaments for exciting prizes and rewards.
Freestyle 2: Street Basketball is available for free on Valve's Steam Store.