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.
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: 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.
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
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: soon became a staple in the hoops genre. The series has provided an enjoyable playing experience for casual gamers while presenting a good enough challenge for those with insane stick skills. The franchise has also been known for dishing out a realistic NBA experience that allows basketball junkies like myself to live out their hoop dreams through our gaming consoles.
Pros: Presentation, My Player, Reduced Turbo
Cons: Play Calling, Excessive Alley-oops, Jump shots under rim
NBA 2K10 Review
19 December 2009
Excerpt: When 2K Sports released NBA 2K back on the Dreamcast a decade ago, it was a revelation not just in basketball games but sports games in general. It set a new bar on graphics, gameplay and recreating the authenticity of the sport on screen. Its first foray on the X360 was NBA 2K6 but that was a lacklustre first effort until NBA 2K7 showed us what next-gen hoops was supposed to be like.