Excerpt: The characters in this year's game move with more faithfulness to their real-life counterparts. The difference isn't huge, but it's there and it's just one of many tweaks that I absolutely appreciate. Other upgrades have also been made to things like the pick-and-roll control, opponent AI, blocking, dribbling, foul mechanics, rebounding, character models, sweat shading (you know you love it when the players glisten credibly), arenas, lighting and everything in between.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Dwight Howard just came up short last year and was picked as the cover athlete for NBA Live 10. Kobe Bryant stepped up big time and was picked to represent NBA 2K10. That could be the story not just for the players, but for the respective games as well. The NBA Live series is back with another game hoping to finally deliver on all the promise and potential shown in the last few entries.
Excerpt: Touch ups for each annual offering of EA Sports NBA Live series are expected. But this year, NBA Live 10 for Playstation 3 gets at least one seemingly innocuous tweak that has a huge impact... and a returning glitch that nullifies it.
Summary: Though it seems like only yesterday that the Los Angeles Lakers were hoisting the O'Brien Trophy for winning the 2008-2009 NBA Championship, basketball season is once again upon us, and, with it, the usual crop of basketball-related games it brings. EA's annual entry in the NBA Live series, NBA Live 10 is here, and it's not perfect, but it's pretty darned fun.
Pros: Improved defense, Improved AI reactions make for a more real game, Fun presentation and deep interactivity
Cons: Players look a little unreal, Occasional gameplay foibles
Excerpt: While the EA Sports brand is not exactly known for being in a position of weakness, its basketball offerings during the previous four years have been more uneven than Ben Wallace's hairdo. Yet the stiff competition has been a good thing. If nothing else, it provided the developers of NBA Live 10 with a clear target to shoot for: the NBA 2K series. The end-result is the closest this series has come to retaking the elusive brass ring.
Excerpt: franchise was clearly laboring while the competition – the yearly offering from 2K Sports – routinely was the better option for b-ball fans. However, EA has made solid strides in the sports simulators since this new generation began and after hitting a low point back around 2005 and 2006, things have been looking up.
Conclusion: NBA Live 10 won't change the way you play digital basketball, but it's a good representation of the sport. Playing through a Dynamic DNA-enhanced season is engaging, letting you live through the peaks and valleys of the real season. There are a few quirks in the action, such as a glitchy ball and sometimes-disinterested teammates, but the action is pretty sharp.
Pros: Dynamic DNA makes the Season mode mirror the real thing, Calling plays is intuitive and rewarding, One-on-one encounters are challenging because of manual dribbling controls, Online play is smooth and fun.
Cons: Glitchy ball physics, Players are often dumb, Mediocre commentary.