NBA 2K10 Draft Combine: 2K's DLC Gamble

There's several different ways of looking at 2K Sports' upcoming download-only game, NBA 2K10 Draft Combine. On one hand, it can be seen as 2K Sports' answer to the "Be a Pro" modes that have recently popped up in EA Sports' games. On another, it's an easy way for 2K to grab a...

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There's several different ways of looking at 2K Sports' upcoming download-only game, NBA 2K10 Draft Combine. On one hand, it can be seen as 2K Sports' answer to the "Be a Pro" modes that have recently popped up in EA Sports' games. On another, it's an easy way for 2K to grab a few extra dollars from the NBA 2K faithful who are desperate to get their hands on the game. Alternately, Draft Combine can also be seen as a natural extension of the success of the long-running NBA 2K series (which is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with this year's game), as well as a preview of what to expect from the full version of NBA 2K10 coming this fall.

However you look at it, it's clear that 2K Sports is taking a chance with Draft Combine. The game is limited both in scope and duration, and that limited span ties directly into features that will be a part of the full version of NBA 2K10. The game is centered entirely around your created player, as you take him through the drills, games, and shoot-arounds that make up the activities at the NBA Draft Combine.

You start the game first by creating your hoops player. Presumably you'll be spending a lot of time with this guy both here in Draft Combine and in whatever career mode NBA 2K10 has up its sleeves, so thankfully the developers have included robust character creation tools. Nearly everything can be customized--tattoos, clothing, face and head, even down to the color and brand of you're the shoes you were on court, you'll have tons of options to choose from.

More important than your characters look, however, will be his role on the team. You'll have plenty of styles to choose from, all based around the position you wish to play on the floor. Here's the list of available styles, organized by position:

  • Point Guard -- Pass first, scoring, defensive, 3-point specialist, athletic, all-around
  • Shooting Guard -- Scoring, defensive, 3-point specialist, athletic, slashing, all-around, scoring
  • Small Forward -- Defensive, 3-point specialist, athletic, slashing, point forward, all-around
  • Power Forward -- Defensive, athletic, back-to-basket, face-up, rebounding, all-around
  • Center -- Defensive, athletic, back-to-basket, face-up, rebounding, all-around.

Your position and role as a player will affect not just how you interact with your teammates on the court (both in Draft Combine and in NBA 2K10) but also how you will progress throughout the combine. For example, if you choose to play as a pass-first PG, and decide to do nothing but shoot from beyond the arc, you won't be doing yourself any favors, thanks to a point system that has you earning points as you play in the different modes of Draft Combine.

There are three modes to play in: shootaround, drills, and game. Shootarounds don't actually do anything for you, instead they act as a chance to practice with your created player on a court. The other two modes are where you'll look to improve your player's abilities (and thus his NBA Draft prospects). Performing well in those modes will earn you points you can use to spend on your player's attributes--so if you're a three-point specialist, you'll want to dump as many of your points as possible into your player's 3-point shot. As you might expect, attribute points cost most more as you go higher up the scale, so that incremental improvements for specialists will be expensive indeed.

That said, you can spends your points however you like--though the game will caution you against spending unwisely in a couple of different ways. First up, the 2K Insider, who act as your mentor and guide in NBA 2K10 Draft Combine, might warn against spending points for an attribute that won't do your player much good. Also, player role will determine the cost of attribute points--so that a pass-first point guard might have to spend more on post moves than a face-up center player.

Drills are a series of minigames that will test specific aspects of your game, and the drills resemble the training challenges from previous versions of NBA 2K. There are eight drills to choose from: shooting, dribble course, challenge shot, post defense, post offense, rebounds, attack basket, stealing. When you play a drill, you can earn a bronze, silver, or gold star, depending on the amount of points you racked up and earning a gold will automatically give you a "free" attribute bonus as well.

The other way to earn points for your attributes is playing a real 5-on-5 game against other generic draft prospects. It's here that you get a feel for this new way of playing NBA 2K--you're tied to your player in the game and the camera follows you all over the court. When in control of the ball you can obviously pass or take a shot whenever you like, and you can call for a pass when you don't have the ball. However, as this is a Draft Combine game, you'll be judged on your performance. So if you take too many bad shots, or call for the ball once too often, your "team performance grade" will be affected. You'll also earn points based on challenges that are laid out for you before the game begins--such as scoring a certain amount of points, or getting a certain number of rebounds.

How many points you earn, as well as your overall team performance grade will affect your draft status once you import your character into NBA 2K10. In order to prevent folks from abusing the game and creating superstars right out of the gate, you'll be limited to playing six drills and playing in six games with your created character (which, according to 2K producers, is pretty close to the amount of activity in the real NBA Combine). Furthermore, you'll only be able to upload one character at a time to the 2K servers for use in NBA 2K10. So if you decide to try a new character and position, then upload him, you'll erase any previous character you've uploaded.

Set for release in September, NBA 2K10 Draft Combine represents a gamble for 2K--both as a test of what users want from their sports DLC as well as an early critical barometer for both the 5-on-5 gameplay of NBA 2K10 and whatever career mode the full game has in store for its fans.

For more on NBA 2K10 Draft Combine, check out the new screens in our image gallery. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks, and an exclusive look at the full version of NBA 2K10 this Wednesday.

Discussion

48 comments
bendy09
bendy09

LOL@MUZZLE - how bout u play on hall of fame level n hop of that rookie sh``!tttt!!

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

This is coming from an old school Basketball game fan. I was a huge fan of the live series whenit began with NBA Live 95. It was awesome. The last few NBA Live games has gone down hill greatly. The game play is not appealing at all. I will say from playing bot series that the 2K basketball series is much better than the Live series. @Muzzle812 - when you change all the settings to favor your team and players and play a full 12 minute quarter games that can happen. Play a normal game with normal settings and that won't happen.

Muzzle812
Muzzle812

NBA 2k is the worst basketball game. its for people who don't know how to play.. i can get 200 points with lebron by dunking.... That is lame

yessir55
yessir55

will they tell us EXACTLY what day you can go by the 2K10: DLC??? Or has it already been posted? I mean i know they said in Sept. but i jus want to hav a specific day... u knw being anxious n all lol

carleones
carleones

i swear all you dumb f**ks are stupid if you say live have better defense play then 2k10, i mean nba 2k10 is by far the best basketball game simulator ever,stupid a** holes. i mean the engineering on offensive play on live suck so bad !!!come on the characters can do standing dunks while standing at the three point line. ok the game would be good if i was high. the game reminds me of nba jams, how fast it is. you must be on crack if you think live is better then nba 2k10. guess wat guys 2k10 is still gonna sell more then live and is gonna be yet the best all around basket ball game this year and like it has been the past seven 6,7 years. im sorry live fans i was a live fan since live 95, but live lost its grove in 2003. and from the looks of it 2k10 will dominate for years to come. the only way i see nba 2k stopping is if someone create another nba game with different creators. so live fans please hop on the wagon cuz nba 2k has been taking over, and will continue. a** holes

gaiuso
gaiuso

Is NBA 2k10 Draft Combine included in the Full Game??

I3lacK_MaMbA
I3lacK_MaMbA

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BeB1796
BeB1796

I love live and its defense is better. The only thing it needs is a Draft Combine.

I3lacK_MaMbA
I3lacK_MaMbA

yeah live is better if u don't know what basketball is really suppose to be like. i prefer realistic basketball. that game is so far off from the real thing its ridiculous. there's no defense. that game hasn't made any improvements for 10 years now other than its graphics.... noob.

met7
met7

wao can not wait...have to get it

auto_fan
auto_fan

best game 2k9best game bih

ROGUEBEASTLY
ROGUEBEASTLY

So the games are basically like 2K9 online Team-Play. If they are I should do real well in them.

mechberg
mechberg gamerep

@StromileSwiftee -- I wouldn't take that kind of talk from anyone but a Stromile Swift fan. ;)

Excedra
Excedra

Yay Brian!!!!!! Love that dude.

StromileSwiftee
StromileSwiftee

BTW... If me and that Brian Ekberg guy (with his 39 overall rating) are on the same team, I'm SOOOO making him carry my bags and bring me virtual donuts everyday to practice!!! =D

TheFutureofSega
TheFutureofSega

The only thing I cant stand are those BLOOD RED letters on the 2K sign. I HATE THAT!!! It looks like f*cken android sh*t. Make it blue or something. Red is not a good color for their logo.

dark_aprentice
dark_aprentice

my new favourite teams will be magic clevland and clippers czuz of blake griffin

thaflu
thaflu

I just hope they fixed the gameplay. 2K8 & 9 are the worst games I've ever played.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

i have not played 2k since 2k6 not because i dont like it its just so many other games taking my time but i am getting this one because this looks like the one to have if any.if yo can get drafted by someone on XBL that would be the main reason why ill get the dlc if not than i dont know.bring back 2kfootball way better than madden in its day.

lime_93
lime_93

i better get drafted by the rockets so i can play with my fav player T-Mac

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

as long as I don't end up on the clippers.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

I think we all agree NBA 2K is the best hoops game on the market. This is about holding back game elements to charge for them. LAME!

weezyindamuluva
weezyindamuluva

anybody who doesnt like 2k9: a) doesnt know basketball b) doesnt like basketball c) doesnt play basketball d) likes arcadey, over-the-top basketball games As a basketball player, i see some of the suttle nuances of the game, its flow, and its players that i love, but cant get out of live. Thats why 2k basketball is great

edman24
edman24

Cant wait to play 2k10 cause i love 2k9 its only getting better

ps3isabeast456
ps3isabeast456

this is kinda iffy to me i mean im canadian and have NHL09 (cant wait for 10) but ive always loved 2k's basketball games until last year. 2K9 was a good game and all but it felt like i was playing 2k8 or 2k7 but that aside i bought NBA live 09 just to try it out. i hated the gameplay but i loved the club feature online like that was so much fun so i liked live better then 2k last year for the first time and no offence 2k but this isnt new to basketball nba the life has done this for years im sorry 2k but you never come out with anything special in your games so im getting NBA live 10 but i will check this DLC out :D add me on ps3= WickedGamear785 and add me on 360= TENDOLLERBOY

saiyanman5215
saiyanman5215

@LVMVP23 - the expansiveness (?) is what makes most create-a-player modes "great" because of the fully customizable options available to you, so Mister_Awesome's point might have some merit.....still I get the "more doesnt mean better" approach as well

maaly81
maaly81

I might get this if it shows an improvement on the game. i ll wait for the review

kingdandre
kingdandre

5 bucks is a steal for this so this means they r making a spinoff of maddens superstar mode or the nba the life, life mode but this will be better

AndyTSJ
AndyTSJ

Looking forward to the preview of NBA 2k10.

cadahnic1
cadahnic1

First, Kobe is perfect to put on the cover. No one in the NBA wanted the championship more than that guy. He is also the most all-around talented player in the NBA right now. Lebron will have it soon, but that jumper is broken. 2K owns EA sports and I wish they would bring back the college series, but this draft combine will be ok, 5 bucks isnt that bad.

LVMVP23
LVMVP23

Gatchaman23 Posted Aug 4, 2009 3:41 am GMT Love 2K sports, but I don't like this move. I agree for $60 this mode should be included with the game. Also hate the fact that they picked Kobe Bryant for the cover. Can't stand that guy. _________________________________________________________________________ I hate him too.. They could of pickd somebody different

LVMVP23
LVMVP23

Mister__Awesome Posted Aug 4, 2009 5:59 am GMT 2K has better gameplay, but when it comes to player creation and modes I tip the hat to NBA Live. agree 0 disagree 0 = 0 (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator _________________________________________________________________________ I cant tip my hat to EA on that either.. Its more expamsive, but i wudnt say better

patts4life
patts4life

awesome i luuuuuuuuuuuv it sounds great

StromileSwiftee
StromileSwiftee

For only $5 not bad, I'll check it out. I've spent more on worse. The only question I have is by uploading your player, will only you be able to use him in your game or will your player be downloaded by everyone. Would be kinda cool to be a virtual NBA star across many consoles

Mister__Awesome
Mister__Awesome

2K has better gameplay, but when it comes to player creation and modes I tip the hat to NBA Live.

MoonMarvel
MoonMarvel

Sounds ok I guess.......But 6 drills and games? Seems kinda limited to make a good player.

Taylorfest
Taylorfest

2k is so much better than nba live

cazzie2000
cazzie2000

This does sound fun ,but as a DLC, I think its a bunch of b.s. So, were expected to pay around $10 to play this "extra" before anybody else and not knowing if its crap or not. I have been playing the 2k games for years and will probably buy this year too, but I dont think I will buy this DLC. Not much we can do about it but the DLC is getting out of control with stuff they release a week after launch with something they easliy could of put in with the launch of it.

MistaIncane
MistaIncane

i was a person that grew up on live but i think i am gunna break the tradition and get this game it looks really good

Glibota
Glibota

if you read it, you would realize that that this DLC is for the gamers who want to play before the game is even released. they also stated that it would tie directly into features in the main game, so you have to believe that the main game will have the same type of game mode but clearly not as in depth. I must agree though, the world of DLC is a crap way to leave out features in a game and charge extra money, although it is smart. but you are already making $60 a game, jeez

Gatchaman23
Gatchaman23

Love 2K sports, but I don't like this move. I agree for $60 this mode should be included with the game. Also hate the fact that they picked Kobe Bryant for the cover. Can't stand that guy.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Very strange indeed. If 2K were smart... they'd take their LAST sports game franchise people care about and put the kitchen sink in the game for the $60 clams. Especially with NBA LIVE 10 looking much improved. This is a total turnoff charging for DLC before the game even releases... and really an EA type move. To translate... 2K is removing a mode from the game we should get INCLUDED with the game... and are charging for it. Don't turn us off to the last sports game we care about by 2K. This totally is a gamble by 2K... because I'm already turned off by this move and will be giving LIVE 10 a serious look now!

mechberg
mechberg gamerep

There's several different ways of looking at 2K Sports' upcoming download-only game, NBA 2K10 Draft Combine. On one hand, it can be seen as 2K Sports' answer to the "Be a Pro" modes that have recently popped up in EA Sports' games. On another, it's an easy way for 2K to grab a few extra dollars from the NBA 2K faithful who are desperate to get their hands on the game. Alternately, Draft Combine can also be seen as a natural extension of the success of the long-running NBA 2K series (which is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with this year's game), as well as a preview of what to expect from the full version of NBA 2K10 coming this fall.

However you look at it, it's clear that 2K Sports is taking a chance with Draft Combine. The game is limited both in scope and duration, and that limited span ties directly into features that will be a part of the full version of NBA 2K10. The game is centered entirely around your created player, as you take him through the drills, games, and shoot-arounds that make up the activities at the NBA Draft Combine.

You start the game first by creating your hoops player. Presumably you'll be spending a lot of time with this guy both here in Draft Combine and in whatever career mode NBA 2K10 has up its sleeves, so thankfully the developers have included robust character creation tools. Nearly everything can be customized--tattoos, clothing, face and head, even down to the color and brand of you're the shoes you were on court, you'll have tons of options to choose from.

More important than your characters look, however, will be his role on the team. You'll have plenty of styles to choose from, all based around the position you wish to play on the floor. Here's the list of available styles, organized by position:

Point Guard -- Pass first, scoring, defensive, 3-point specialist, athletic, all-aroundShooting Guard -- Scoring, defensive, 3-point specialist, athletic, slashing, all-around, scoringSmall Forward -- Defensive, 3-point specialist, athletic, slashing, point forward, all-aroundPower Forward -- Defensive, athletic, back-to-basket, face-up, rebounding, all-aroundCenter -- Defensive, athletic, back-to-basket, face-up, rebounding, all-around.

Your position and role as a player will affect not just how you interact with your teammates on the court (both in Draft Combine and in NBA 2K10) but also how you will progress throughout the combine. For example, if you choose to play as a pass-first PG, and decide to do nothing but shoot from beyond the arc, you won't be doing yourself any favors, thanks to a point system that has you earning points as you play in the different modes of Draft Combine.

There are three modes to play in: shootaround, drills, and game. Shootarounds don't actually do anything for you, instead they act as a chance to practice with your created player on a court. The other two modes are where you'll look to improve your player's abilities (and thus his NBA Draft prospects). Performing well in those modes will earn you points you can use to spend on your player's attributes--so if you're a three-point specialist, you'll want to dump as many of your points as possible into your player's 3-point shot. As you might expect, attribute points cost most more as you go higher up the scale, so that incremental improvements for specialists will be expensive indeed.

That said, you can spends your points however you like--though the game will caution you against spending unwisely in a couple of different ways. First up, the 2K Insider, who act as your mentor and guide in NBA 2K10 Draft Combine, might warn against spending points for an attribute that won't do your player much good. Also, player role will determine the cost of attribute points--so that a pass-first point guard might have to spend more on post moves than a face-up center player.

Drills are a series of minigames that will test specific aspects of your game, and the drills resemble the training challenges from previous versions of NBA 2K. There are eight drills to choose from: shooting, dribble course, challenge shot, post defense, post offense, rebounds, attack basket, stealing. When you play a drill, you can earn a bronze, silver, or gold star, depending on the amount of points you racked up and earning a gold will automatically give you a "free" attribute bonus as well.

The other way to earn points for your attributes is playing a real 5-on-5 game against other generic draft prospects. It's here that you get a feel for this new way of playing NBA 2K--you're tied to your player in the game and the camera follows you all over the court. When in control of the ball you can obviously pass or take a shot whenever you like, and you can call for a pass when you don't have the ball. However, as this is a Draft Combine game, you'll be judged on your performance. So if you take too many bad shots, or call for the ball once too often, your "team performance grade" will be affected. You'll also earn points based on challenges that are laid out for you before the game begins--such as scoring a certain amount of points, or getting a certain number of rebounds.

How many points you earn, as well as your overall team performance grade will affect your draft status once you import your character into NBA 2K10. In order to prevent folks from abusing the game and creating superstars right out of the gate, you'll be limited to playing six drills and playing in six games with your created character (which, according to 2K producers, is pretty close to the amount of activity in the real NBA Combine). Furthermore, you'll only be able to upload one character at a time to the 2K servers for use in NBA 2K10. So if you decide to try a new character and position, then upload him, you'll erase any previous character you've uploaded.

Set for release in September, NBA 2K10 Draft Combine represents a gamble for 2K--both as a test of what users want from their sports DLC as well as an early critical barometer for both the 5-on-5 gameplay of NBA 2K10 and whatever career mode the full game has in store for its fans.

For more on NBA 2K10 Draft Combine, check out the new screens in our image gallery. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks, and an exclusive look at the full version of NBA 2K10 this Wednesday.