|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Visual Concepts||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: 2K Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 6, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-7 (10 Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
My Player Mode let's you try your luck as an NBA wannabe upstart. After setting his looks, attire, size, and style you are set on your journey to make it to an NBA roster. But first you have to prove you're worth it by playing in summer leagues, getting in practice time, and working drills. Along the way you are guided by your own personal, highly opinionated mentor. This mode is a bunch of fun; where you are forced to control just your own player in game situations and work on adding skills and abilities as you have strong performances on the court.
During games you are constantly graded for how well you are playing as a teammate. Taking a good shot, even if you miss, is rewarded as much as dishing for an assist or snagging a rebound. Try to just focus on getting the ball in your hands as much as possible will lower your grade for being too selfish; ditto on the defensive side of the ball. Slack off on covering your man and you'll be penalized for giving open shots or failing to block out on a rebound. The grading isn't perfect and can be overly harsh at times but is enjoyable, regardless. My Player Mode is loads of fun as it is, but it has even more potential over the next few years as 2K Sports fleshes it out further.
Graphically the game is beautiful. Players look great and are full of detail. Tons of unique animations make the players feel more than skinned versions of the same person, as everyone has their own tendencies and movement and shot styles. Arenas and crowd graphics are also strong and only enhance the top notch presentation. Announcing is strong but suffers the same eventual repetitiveness all sports titles have to deal with.
NBA 2K10 is a fantastic, fun, and deep representation of the NBA experience. While it may be too much for a very casual basketball fan looking for an arcade experience and instant gratification, 2K10 will certainly appeal to longtime fans. Game modes like the dunk contest, 3 point shootout, 21, and pickup games give a nice variety while Association Mode and My Player Mode give plenty of reasons to keep coming back. I hate to leave you with such a tired cliché, but 2K Sports' NBA 2K10 is a slam dunk.
CCC Freelance Writer