It’s funny, elsewhere on this site, you’ll read a review for 2K’s other sports game dedicated to ice hockey. Shockingly, its spiritual sibling hits almost exactly the same highs and lows.
It would be silly not to reference Electronic Arts’ NBA Live 10, and NBA 2K10 does a far better job than NHL 2K10 at keeping up with its EA rival. A far more technical offering than NHL, NBA tries to match its main rival like-for-like and almost succeeds. On court action is intense and well-paced, and experimenting with the many plays from each team does add a sense of depth. The flick stick shot system has also been refined slightly and is far more intuitive than before. Above all this though is the new My Player mode where you create your own baller and attempt to make the pros. Forcing you through the rigorous task of the training camp as well as summer and NBA developmental leagues, it’s oddly engaging and extremely well structured. Start to find your feet and garner some recognition and it’s incredibly hard to pull yourself away. It’s easily the highlight of the package.
Alas, it’s difficult to stay onside with 2K’s latest basketball title due to an abundance of niggling issues, the worst of which is a slightly inconsistent framerate. It’s not overly frustrating but on the odd occasion it does pop up, it ruins any flow you may have.Even with such flaws, NBA 2K10 is still the best in the series to date and a worthy rival within the genre.