Excerpt: It’s almost hard to believe that the NBA 2K series has been around for only ten years. It truly feels like I’ve been playing this franchise for my entire life. What’s even harder to believe is that the franchise has critically dominated any and all competition for nearly just as long. In this day and age, it’s extremely hard to stay on top for as long as 2K has, and with recent editions of NBA Live taking massive strides forward in an effort to compete, it seemed like 2K...
Excerpt: By John Skidmore It's hard to believe a decade has passed since the first incarnation of the NBA 2K series. Though the game (which originally debuted in 1999 with the Sega Dreamcast) has outlasted many updates (and consoles) over the years, and for its 10th Anniversary 2K Sports has delivered its most complete version to date.
Pros: ...you enjoy playing as your favorite NBA star. ...you think you have what it takes to nurture the next up and coming talent. ...you weren't given any real athletic talent, but still want to win in the NBA.
Cons: ...you don't like sports games / are not competitive. ...you are disappointed when your player does not catch fire and soar into the rafters for an out-of-this-world dunk.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is We know basketball and we surely know basketball video games. Having played every NBA Live from the 90s till this day and every NBA 2K since the first Dreamcast game, we know exactly what to look for in our hoops simulators. The time of the year has come were the new season is about to begin and two new basketball games are about to bomber our wallets yet again.
Summary: NBA 2K10 is expected to deliver the most realistic, stylistic, and feature-rich simulation experience ever available in the NBA 2K franchise – from gameplay to graphics, presentation and online features.
Excerpt: NBA MVP Kobe Bryant says that playing NBA 2K10 is "a lot like practice but without the chance of getting injured." But of course he would say that; he's the guy on the cover. As it happens, it's also true.
Summary: While you can make the case that fundamentally sound players like Tim Duncan win championships, it’s the high-flying antics of players such as Andre Igoudala and Ty Thomas that bring fans out of their seats. NBA 2K10 captures the excitement of these breathtaking dunks and acrobatic layups, transforming a typical NBA team into an old-school ABA club that is more intent on wowing the crowd than buckling down to play solid defense.
Pros: Upbeat tempo is exciting, Progress through My Player mode is rewarding, Online play is a blast, with or against friends
Cons: Too easy to get into the paint, eliminating most strategy, My Player mode is plagued by frame rate issues and inconsistent grading, Lots of little bugs
Conclusion: I think 2K manages to keep the title of best NBA game again this year, but not by nearly as wide a margin as the last few years. 2K10 makes some great strides in presentation this year with fewer changes in gameplay. I'm hoping for 2K11 the team focuses more on continually refining the core game, because while it's sharp, it isn't without its holes or flaws.
Excerpt: EA’s attempt to monopolize the sporting games industry has mostly been met with white flags from other developers. While sports games were once everywhere from numerous developers, EA’s money, power and better games have wiped them off the landscape. There are a few proud hold outs though, Virtua Tennis is one, but mainly because EA hasn’t sunk their Scrooge McDuck worthy amounts of cash into developing a tennis game.
Conclusion: I see NHL 2K10 as a transition year and I expect even better things out of NHL 2K11 -- for now though, unless you need a new hockey game for the PS2 or Wii, it's hard to recommend NHL 2K10 when the competition from EA is much more compelling.