One the one hand, you%26rsquo;ve got EA%26rsquo;s shiny but occasionally flawed NBA Live; on the other, a game that doesn%26rsquo;t look quite so polished, but is built on a super-solid core that has consistently outplayed the opposition for years. If you%26rsquo;re a casual fan of the sport, then either title will probably serve equally well, but if you really know what you%26rsquo;re doing when it comes to tactics, you%26rsquo;ll appreciate the extra depth of 2K10.
It has a great system for accessing complicated moves on the fly, via combinations of triggers and joysticks. Getting a few basic feints and body-swerves is simple and intuitive, while more advanced players are going to run rings around you online with the full range of athletic skills. Most importantly, the advanced stuff doesn%26rsquo;t seem out of reach, given how easy it is to get started, and it%26rsquo;s clearly not just for show. Master a new trick, and you%26rsquo;ll find it doesn%26rsquo;t take long before you%26rsquo;ll learn an effective use for it in-game.
My Player mode gives you a single player to groom from amateur matches in summer camps to a starting position in an NBA team. It%26rsquo;s basically EA%26rsquo;s Be A Pro mode, and after spending time learning the nuances of playing in one position, we found it a little jarring going back to the normal %26lsquo;control everyone%26rsquo; style of solo mode.
Luckily you can continue your specialisation online, where you%26rsquo;ll no doubt have to argue in the pre-game lobby to select your ideal role if you%26rsquo;ve chosen the most popular centre position. To make sure everyone sticks to their position, the game rates your teamplay like EA%26rsquo;s last two NHL games. Play selfishly and you won%26rsquo;t get matched with folk who take it seriously. Another feature is dynamic online stat changes %26ndash; if you%26rsquo;re having a great time scoring loads of points with a player who was overrated but he turns out to have a stinker of a season in the real world, he%26rsquo;ll be downgraded in-game.
This is the serious baller%26rsquo;s basketball game. It doesn%26rsquo;t look as nice as EA%26rsquo;s offering, but it has it where it counts.
Oct 12, 2009