|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: Nov. 9, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
While you're struggling to figure out the interface, you'll be treated to some really odd music choices that range from decent, to terrible, to utterly bizarre. The sound is one of the only relatively decent parts of the game, though. The announcers aren't bad at all. The music, while bizarre, is acceptable, and it features at least a couple decent tunes.
The only bright spot for the entire game is its online system. The game seems as though it was built with online connectivity in mind, as it features several modes, and up-to-the-minute stat tracker and roster updates.
Overall, NBA 2K10 feels like it was snatched from the developer's hands while still severely incomplete and lacking basic tuning and play testing in order to be rushed to market to coincide with the start of the NBA season. The game is flush with different modes of play, but nearly all of them are dependent on the awful core gameplay, so saying there's a lot of modes isn't much of a consolation.
Basketball is a sport that requires lightning-fast reflexes, and a high level of control over not just your own player but the entire team to execute often complex strategies. To the contrary, this game's players have extremely slow reaction times. Instead of feeling as though you're in control of the court, you never even feel fully in command of the player you're controlling.
Across the board, this game fails to live up to the good name of the series, and Wii basketball fans will be very disappointed. It dissatisfying on just about every level, and it should be avoided even if you have no other gaming console and this is your only route to basketball gaming.
CCC Freelance Writer