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NBA 2K10 review

The Kobe Bryant of basketball games

Pros

  • Silky dribbling skills
  • Epic career mode
  • My Player mode

Cons

  • Rammed with sponsorship
  • Doesn't look as good as Live
  • Arguing about positions online

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

More Info

GenreSports
Description<p>While no sports game will ever properly recreate what it&#8217;s like to participate in the activity, they can at least make it look like you&#8217;re watching the sport on the TV. NBA 2K10 does this almost perfectly, with superb commentary and broadcast presentation making every game a big occasion.</p>
PlatformPC, Wii, PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating3+, 3+, 3+, 3+, 3+, 3+
Release date:12 October 2009 (US), 9 October 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Sports
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