Video games have come a long, long way in the last two decades, including sports games which now include every last detail, from the tattoos and accessories to the players' mannerisms and beads of sweat. 

With the latest and greatest basketball video game, NBA 2K18, scheduled to drop on September 19th, and with player ratings beginning to be revealed, you can feel the anticipation starting to build.

HoopsHype recently highlighted the evolution of basketball video games over the last 20+ years by putting together a timeline of Kobe Bryant's appearance in video games, and how it has changed, from the year he broke into the league up until the year he retired.

Take a look at the impressive evolution of Kobe from NBA Live 96 up until NBA 2K17.