Dwight Howard soars to NBA Live 10 cover

Orlando Magic's Superman named box-art star of EA Sports' annual pro basketball sim, due this October on Xbox 360, PS3, PSP.

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NBA 2K10 cover star Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were victorious in the first two games of the 2009 NBA Finals, blowing out the Orlando Magic in game one and taking an overtime win in game two. Orlando reversed its fortunes in Tuesday night's game three, however, as the Magic's big man Dwight Howard came alive with 21 points and 14 rebounds to help lift the Magic past the Lakers in a tight 108-104 contest.

Superman is in the house!

With game four of the NBA Finals tipping off tonight, Howard is already leading off the day well, as EA today announced the Magic center as its cover athlete for NBA Live 10. In development at EA Canada, the publisher's annual professional basketball simulation is expected to arrive on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PSP. EA notes that regional cover athletes will be named for France, Germany, Spain, and Italy at a later date.

Having joined the Magic upon entering the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick in 2004, Howard is a three-time All-Star and was named the 2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Howard also lent his height to the 2008 US Basketball Men's Senior National Team, which walked out of last year's Olympic Games in Beijing, China, with a gold medal. The affable center also picked up the nickname "Superman" following his notable 2008 Slam Dunk Contest appearance.

EA expects to reveal gameplay details for NBA Live 10 in the lead-up to the game's launch in October.

Discussion

82 comments
daakness
daakness

its hot but it should be kobe or lebron

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

i have not really bought a basketball game in years. this year will be the first time in ages that i will buy a basketball game. should i buy college basketball or 2k or ea basketball? ill go for whichever game has the better cover

Gerardo1963
Gerardo1963

Hey Patchmaster, how in the world is Howard a jerk? Dont get upset your favorite team got last place in the series!

RajBauer
RajBauer

@ GhostfaceL94 you are f***ing idiot. Sure Kobe wanted to get traded but that is because he was frustrated with the lackluster team he ahd to work with. Even someone as amazing as Kobe doesn't want to have to put up 40 point games all the time to keep his team in the match. And you are freaking retarted if you are a LBJ fan and not a Bryant fan. The two have similar teams where they have to lead by example. Except the past two years Kobe has had major help from major teamates, Fisher, Ariza, Gasol, Odom and now Bynum. Even Farmer and especially Walton were good this year. Now James is in the same position except he had to do what Kobe had to do 5 years ago. Put up big numbers to keep his team in the match. I mean everyone except for Lebron were playing as if they didn't want to win. And James was a dick by not saying hands of players where is the f***ing sportsmanship. I know your team sucked balls but be a man. When Kobe lost last year, he didn't storm off. So maybe you should actually pay attention before makign stupid comments. And I wouldn't be surprised if Lebron wanted out of Clevland after that post season which will also make you sound stupid because if that happens you can't even hold leaving a team against Kobe. Kobe, James, Billups, Garnett etc. are all amazing and maybe when you are as good as them you can say someone sucks.

RajBauer
RajBauer

The last two years 2K have got the cover of the star player of the team that won the playoffs.

RajBauer
RajBauer

I would have preferred a Bryant cover but Dwight Howard is pretty sick and that is one of the best cover arts I have seen for a video game. I don't have any basketball games but I downloaded a demo for all three nba games for 09 and honestly they all seem to play the same. I mean the graphics looked the sharpest in the 2K version but it looked like the shooting mechanics were better in live although there free throw shooting is hard and the vibration doesn't help. I think the worst was inside.

TheRandom6
TheRandom6

Awsome cover art and picture pose by Dwight, ok so does this mean they might pay some attention to fixing the "Dunk Contest" feature or maybe even make a DECENT game? That would be nice.

dont_know_2
dont_know_2

ill get both this game comes out 1 day before my birthday

mvp0069
mvp0069

THIS GAME SUCKS NBA 2K10 IS THE BEST BASKETBALL GAME ON THE PLANET

ashenvail
ashenvail

although kobe will win the series!

ashenvail
ashenvail

woots the cover of nba live 10 is so cool..... Go Superman!!

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Well, they found a way to pick the biggest jerk not named LeBron or Kobe.

daabulls23
daabulls23

If the gameplay is as cool as the cover, then I'll be in.

CTR360
CTR360

i hope e.a sports make a simulate nba game i am boring with arcade basket game style

peace69
peace69

@GhostfaceL94 please know what you're talking about before you make stupid comments. first of all, I hate Kobe, but to say the lakers didnt need him and that he's not a leader is just stupid. Second of all, you said with payton and malone they didnt need him, payton and malone only played one season on the lakers and they lost to the pistons in 2004... When the lakers won their 3 peat it was kobe and shaq all the way. With help from horry, fisher and rick fox. They wouldn't have won without shaq, and they wouldn't have won without kobe. So don't make stupid comments about kobe. Especially don't say he can't lead a team, when he's one win away from the title... Oh, and Lebron led his team to the finals.. yeah in a terrible eastern conference and got swept.. big deal. Where is he this year... oh yeah, making puppet commercials for nike. Until he wins anything, Kobe is still on top.

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

Just like the Orlando Magic, NBA Live will once again be spanked by Kobe and NBA2K10

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Nice. Wicked cover of Superman. Hoping for a comeback from the Magics.

geomyr
geomyr

good for mr. howard but i think the orlando magic is losing to the lakers in the nba finals today , but still nice cover on nba live 010 my favorite basketball simulation since nba live 94 :)

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

3-1 lol.looks like kobe is kryptonite.

GhostfaceL94
GhostfaceL94

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DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Awesome cover though until the gameplay makes huge improvements (like NHL 09) I'm still going with NBA 2K10

Stuffed_Monkey
Stuffed_Monkey

That would be cool if Kobe was the cover of both Live 10 and 2K10

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

the better player got the better game. NBA 2K!0 go ahead with the thumbs down Orlando fans, Lakers are gonna take games 4 and 5. =)

Edot0
Edot0

live sucks but nice cover. 2k games ftw

str8_iLL
str8_iLL

@ DeeCrutch btw, wasn't Dwight on 2K9 this past season??? no sir, it was Kevin Garnett!!

gnbfd
gnbfd

lol Kobe vs. Howard on the court and on the consoles

c11h06
c11h06

i'm a 2k man, but this is a pretty sexy cover

MicroSony24
MicroSony24

after seeing how disapointing the other Nba Lives were i dont see me getting this im sticking with 2k gameplay and presentation is top notch

ballcats
ballcats

IM PROBLEY NOT GOING TO BUY THIS GAME IM BUYING 2K10

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Let's just hope the game turns out as good as the cover is. btw, wasn't Dwight on 2K9 this past season??? As far as comparing the games goes, I rent both of them each year and buy the one I like most. This past year it was Live 09. Typically, 2K will have good bells and whistles but questionable controls and gameplay, and Live will have few bells and whistles but a great control scheme and sometimes spotty gameplay. 09 was no different IMO. Hopefully the 10 versions of both games will begin to fix the problems that have plagued both series for almost a decade now.

blackace
blackace

MajinDante featuring ESPN, now if only it would feature some good gameplay. ***************************************************** I hear ya. Fix the damn A.I. in BOTH games. NBA 2K9 was a piece of crap. I'll never pay $60 for either game again. NBA 2K8 was actually a better game and I didn't even like it the first time I played. It's definitely better then NBA 2K9 though. I'm tired of my players running to the basket and then stopping to catch the ball. The CPU controller teams never does this. The game is bs. I wanted to shove my controller down the developers throat, I was so frustrated with this crappy game.

Takuzi
Takuzi

So it's Kobe vs.Superman.

silverdoe
silverdoe

1 thing for sure. Live's already given up to 2k on the PC battlefield. That's the bottom line, cuz i always play hoop games on PC!

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

@modem22 If you youtube Dwight Howard dunks, you can find a few that are closely similar, haha. I agree though. None of them look as if he is going to break glass. O.o

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I am not that big of a sports guy so I am going to pass on this game.

blackace
blackace

2K Sports got Kobe for their NBA 2K10 game and EA picked up Dwight for NBA Live 10. I'm not buying either game when they come out in October. NBA 2K9 was a joke. The computer cheats (moving twice as fast, ball rubberbanding through your player to CPU players hands, tons of other bogus crap.) throughout the game and your CPU controlled teammates don't play any defense. The CPU team shoots over 60% almost every game. I played against the lousy L.A. Clippers (offense is at 63 rating) and they shot 69% at 1/2 time. The CPU took very few outside shots and kept passing the ball inside for easy layup and dunk, while my teammate watched with their hands by their sides. If one of my guys gets the ball in the paint he's gang rush by every CPU player. The game sucks hard and 365 player attribute feature is severely broken. NBA Live 09 was actually better. CPU still didn't play defense, but at least both teams shot close to their averages. I rarely saw one guy (even my players) shooting 60-70% every game. A lot of missed 1-2ft shots though. They just need to fix the defensive A.I. for your teammates and improve the player animation, and game would be very good.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

I'd rather have Howard on the 2k10 cover =\. Then again I don't care because I won't be purchasing either of them, but the 2k series is definitely the better of the two. No doubt.

spue
spue

@tremor and now shaq plays for the suns=((((

spue
spue

and 2k10 >live10

tremor33
tremor33

@GhostfaceL94 Lakers got it locked. I dunno what you're talking about. BTW Shaq leaving was the best thing to happen to the Lakers. He's a clown and a buffoon who discraces the superman symbol. He's overrated as a player, a thinker, an actor and as a rapper. Dude's got no class and got his honorary sherrifhood taken away in Florida due to a lame freestyle in a club.

spue
spue

@ludacris kobe is on 2k10

vision2020
vision2020

live sucks anyone can shoot 3's and dunk in that game it takes no skill like NBA 2k9 where you can tell the difference in the gameplay and skill and realism

vision2020
vision2020

NBA 2k is waaay better EA needs to partner with them and make a Live 2k game cuz they're not gonna win NBA 2K forever!!!!