Conclusion: The sheer wealth of options, intuitive controls and excellent presentation make NBA 2K10 the best basketball title on the market by some margin. It simply plays a better game than its competitor and although it falls some way short of perfection - displaying occasional AI tics and a steadfast refusal to get rid of those godawful selection menus - NBA 2K10 still manages to take it all the way to the hole and slam it with authority.
Review: NBA 2K10 Draft Combine (Microsoft Xbox 360)
11 May 2010
Summary: NBA 2K10 Draft Combine is an interesting experiment that pays off overall. Even though it has a few nagging issues, some frustrating bits and a gratingly-repetitive soundtrack, players are still offered a bite-sized simulation that gives them a fully-functional 2K Sports experience. The ability to import a player into NBA 2K10 is a good hook for players that can’t get enough of the hardwood franchise and the low price tag will fit the bill of the casual sports fan.
Conclusion: However, for those of us that have no NBA 2K experience, you will be frustrated by lack of explanation and tutorials. Even if you don't know what you are doing, you can stumble through it and still collect all 200 Gamer Score.
Excerpt: Before I start this review, let me get something out there. Basketball is not my favorite sport. I really wasn't expecting to like the game, and to be perfectly honest, I wasn't really impressed with it. As far as general gameplay goes, NBA 2K10 is difficult to get into if you're A) not a fan of the sport and B) haven't played a previous iteration of 2K's basketball venture.
Excerpt: If I go out and run a mile on the track by myself, I’ll get a decent result (I’m still in pretty good shape), but if I go out and run a mile on the track with someone else who is just a bit faster than me, pushing me to go faster the entire way, I’ll get a much better result. This is the way we work. We are driven by competition—by wanting to match or exceed what others around us are doing. This has a point, trust me.
Excerpt: When I was growing up as a kid, I had one option—or at least one viable option—to choose if I wanted to play a good game of virtual basketball. That one option was EA Sports’ NBA Live series. And then the new millennium came, ushering in a new era of the basketball video game industry—one in which years of competition would push the genre forward in so many ways.
Excerpt: Ten years ago, a game was released that would change the face of basketball gaming forever, whilst providing a little much-needed competition for EA’s dominant NBA Live series. That game was the Dreamcast’s NBA 2k. You can do a lot in ten years, and whilst the “feel” of the way that the series plays hasn’t changed massively, that’s no bad thing. For many, NBA 2k9 ruled the paint against EA’s now challenger-level Live franchise, but that may not be the case here.
Conclusion: However, there is a lot of inconsistency in the grading system. Every individual stat is rewarded, except for the most important of all--scoring. The only time you receive a positive mark here is if you take a "good shot," but just making a basket doesn't help you improve at all. It's also impossible to know what the game will deem a "good" shot and what it will decide is "bad.
Pros: Upbeat tempo is exciting, Progress through My Player mode is rewarding, Online play is a blast, with or against friends., 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., 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.