NBA 2K10 Hands-On

We got a first look at NBA 2K10 and checked out the promising new My Player mode.

The NBA 2K series has added plenty of new game features and modes over the last few years, including live rosters, blacktop street basketball, and an updated Association mode where you get to manage an NBA franchise. One of the biggest new features in NBA 2K10 is the My Player mode, and we got a chance to make a name for ourselves when we recently took a look at it.

Instead of controlling a whole team, My Player is similar to FIFA's Be a Pro and Madden's Superstar modes in that it focuses on an individual player. My Player lets you take an up-and-coming player and set him on the path to a professional basketball career. However, before you can take to the dazzling lights of an NBA stadium, you need to prove to an NBA franchise that you're worthy of being a benchwarmer, let alone a starting player. The mode starts out on the summer circuit, and your first major goal is to get an invite to an NBA training camp.

When you begin the My Player mode, you get to build a new character from scratch with the ability to change a slew of attributes, including your player's position, play style, jersey number, name, age, and college. You can also drill down into submenus to customise his body type, hair, and facial features; add tattoos and accessories; and change his animation styles. Finally, you can spend skill points that you've earned during games to customise skills, such as dunks, free throws, and 3-pointers. It costs less to spend points on the core attributes for your play style, so if you're a power forward, for example, it'd be wise to spend points on your inside shot skill rather than 3-pointers. It's also worth nothing that if you downloaded the NBA 2K10 Draft Combine game for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, you can import your created player directly into the My Player mode and continue your player's career.

Naturally, your stats won't be very good starting out. You won't sprint very fast--even when using turbo--and your aiming won't be as precise as a pro, so you need to choose your shots carefully if you hope to earn a good average. Before you can get an invitation to an NBA training camp, you need to play some summer matches and convince a coach that you make the grade. Reaching in-game goals, such as scoring at least 51 percent of your shots, limiting your matched player to a maximum of two baskets, or finishing the game with a strong teammate grade will mean you progress more quickly. You can improve your grade by staying on your man, scoring, and executing good passes. Conversely, you will be negatively affected if you leave your assigned player, allow him to score, commit fouls, or call for the ball excessively, for instance. You can also practice drills and improve your skills when not playing games, and if your player isn't good enough to join an NBA team roster at the end of the summer, you can continue on in the NBA D-League to try again later. The My Player mode looks like it will make a great addition to the other main game modes, which include seasons, a rookie challenge, situations, playoffs, and street basketball.

While the controls feel responsive, free throws are still a bit difficult to perform. Nailing the precise timing takes plenty of practice, but if your free throws really stink, you can take to the practice mode to work on them. You can also work on your game through practice matches and rehearse plays, such as pick-and-rolls and give-and-gos. We've had issues with NBA 2K's blatant product placement before, and it looks like things haven't changed. These include T-mobile's starting lineups, Sprite's "ice cold keys to the game" pregame analysis, and Gatorade's "moment of the match" replays.

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NBA 2K looks great again this year--including the players, crowds, and stadiums--and shows a great level of attention to detail from the development team. Basketball fans won't have to wait long to get their hands on NBA 2K10, with the game due to be released on October 6 in the US and October 9 in Europe.

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kOoLEstGuy
kOoLEstGuy

h3y Brian Buy it on Xbox360 i m alsoo goin too buy this game on xbox cauz i have a problem with ICe cold key in pc

brian2017
brian2017

I just got the game today, its NOV 2nd 2009 - and the game has some serious AUDIO PROBLEMS, there's no audio commentary at all, the music is fine, court audio is fine, but i cant hear any announcers. I called up 2ksports to ask em whats up? and theu said to try and re-install but i did, and its not that. Its messed up, i have a awesome computer to play this on, and yeat im having audio problems, i have none with any other games but this one, they need a patch soon..this is crap..

NYJPrice
NYJPrice

Its about time we get a superstar mode for basketball. What took them sooo long???. Ive been wanting this for years yes yes yes i hope its good, would anyone tell me is it worth buying for that mode?????

xDjEpYOnx
xDjEpYOnx

@CMaka I second that motion ha-ha pay me 2k, at least give me some ms points for shipping out with some bugs. While I haven't noticed all the bugs being mentioned here and else where, the ones I've seen (including 2k online being busted) is similar to the problems they had before with 2k9. That's no excuses, but this is a game that is a yearly release, so i expect to see something slip because within 12 months, you gotta release a new game with new player animations, models, graphics, sounds,etc. So why not take a minute to think about what's perfect or right in the game, before blowing your lid on the handful of flaws.

monlosez
monlosez

The Forza of basketball...

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

I think 2k should be paying us for being game testers. With all the issues the game has, it's like they're waiting for some out cries of specific problems so they can patch it up. The game is far from broke though, at least for me it isn't. I'm still having fun trying to bring my combine player up from the D-League. I'll try out some other modes to find what issues the rest of the game got.

inextremo88
inextremo88

played nba 2k9 some days ago on pc.. it just hit me.. the game is so much better than the last nba live.. Looks better plays better, feels more like the real thing.. After playing the nba live 10 demo on xbox.. Nba 2k10 got on my must buy list :p

jaijames
jaijames

yo that game is so full of glitches it make ncaa 2010 and madden 10 look like masterpieces. it was pretty evident that the game was not ready to be released. its nba 2k10 beta. i might have to contact 2k and tell them to take that garbage of the shelves of gametop. i hate the fact that 2k7 and 2k8 was so epic and perfect.

Titanax34
Titanax34

yeah free throws are pretty easy its just ppl complain cuz every player is diff just if its hard at first practice with the player and there u got u got the rythm thats its lol...id rather have a challenege then that bar they use to have

Xtatic324
Xtatic324

@ baltimoreravens You are absolutely right. The free throws for me are quite easy.

zaiwen
zaiwen

2Ks got TALENT.. EA can kiss my MY Player's A** LMFAO

milosc
milosc

My Player mode? More like My Be a Pro mode

kendrene
kendrene

Still, the best sports game remains EA's NHL.

coreyq
coreyq

I could just imagine what their football game would have been like, had EA not have bought the rights. lol I wonder would madden even exist now, no offense to madden fans. I think EA thought long and hard on how not to loose their football franchise. (And making it better than 2ks FB series wasnt in the plans, I mean they wouldnt go head to head) Now look at Madden 10 its still madden with a taste of 2k presentation, o O now players are on the phone talking while on the sideline.(Stolen legacy) 2k10 basket ball series is a little better than the last one. O wait I heard EA hired the Original Designer of NBA 2k!

baltimoreravens
baltimoreravens

I seriously don't know why people complain about the freethrow system in 2k, including people from Gamespot. If you've had any experience with basketball, you know that freethrows aren't actually free, they shouldn't be too easy that people make every freethrow with shaq or something. I think the system in 2k is just fine, if you play with one team a lot, you'll start to think the freethrows are actually pretty easy.

g_powerd1986
g_powerd1986

i'm comfortable with the so-called "difficult" free throws...because i think the difficulty in 2K9 was just right...and everything else is very good in my opinion. btw i'm talking about the PC version, and also it'd be really cool if the new one would be a little bit more optimised on the CPU with the cloth physics etc. still not complaining though : ))))

Lou_Menace
Lou_Menace

The Gran Turismo of basketball...

Allbritt0n
Allbritt0n

@thaflu NBA 2K is the best basketball game ever made.

maaly81
maaly81

@thaflu so true, I hated the online on 2k9. I hope they will fix that crap

F0ZZY
F0ZZY

i wonder if the Wii version will be good

sportsim22
sportsim22

what are the requirements of this game on pc?? do you think same as 2k9?

thaflu
thaflu

@Machizm0 Are you serious? Tell me one thing realistic in 2K9 besides the animations. The majority of the people online don't know how to play (correct) and the stupid game rewards them for it. All everyone does on defense is press the steal button and double team, yet while I take my time and get the ball inside, I can't make a damn lay up. The game takes no skill to play and usually punishes the people who have skills. I'll take the fakeness of NBA Street anyday over the pathetic gameplay of 2K basketball. The only reason people like this game is because they need a basketball fix (like me) and they rather play this than Live.

Machizm0
Machizm0

people who say that this game is horrible are people who really dont know how to play the game, they like the fakeness of nba live or streetz. 2k games r for real players not bum players who cant play

Machizm0
Machizm0

What this game is gonna be the best like it always has been. More realistic then ever wow i cant believe that a game could look so realitic i cant wait to import my created player from the draft combine Watch out lebron My character is gonna be the next king of the court well in my game at least

docwoo
docwoo

I wasn't very encouraged after he Said "free throws are still a bit difficult". It sounds like there are still some nagging issues they haven't fixed.

DFen
DFen

better than nba live 10 mm idk they both are good games, graphic wise idk they both have some nice graphics ooo dammit Ima just get both lol

Dommymoon
Dommymoon

2k makes the the best sports games

alacafontaine
alacafontaine

can't wait for 2k10! ...not sure how some people can call the game horrible... i'm guessing those people just don't know basketball

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

I might have passed on basketball game this year but this new mode is just what i would want for something new and it will keep the game and sport fresh. September can't end fast enough. This month has dragged without much to get excited about.

Vikasgames94
Vikasgames94

Going to be great. 2k is the best basketball game brand.

mportlover
mportlover

most likely if you don't like any of the 2k basketball games or you find it too difficult to play, then you should probably be playing that old basic stuff like NBA street vol 1 or something

VIRGIN_ISLANDER
VIRGIN_ISLANDER

i'm starting to notice that when i read stuff about this game all i'm seeing is how great the features are and stuff. as opposed to live 10 where the gameplay seems to be the major selling point, and personally i'm big on gameplay. and for the record, both games sucked last year.

DarthFighter
DarthFighter

i wish they would've put the draft combine with my player, instead of having it be downloadable. but i'm still gonna play this game no matter what.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

omg that second screen shot in this preview, i actually thought that it was a photograph @ first even like a real life image. damn that is impressive. hopefully this game can keep that solid frame rate throughout gameplay.

thaflu
thaflu

@winrehs_007 I tried that awhile ago, same results. I guess I'll try it again. Also, I shouldn't have to adjust the game to make it play like its suppose to. Its not like I play with horrible players/teams.

winrehs_007
winrehs_007

@thaflu You can adjust the sliders...Don't use the default ones.... 2K10 is the BEST BASKETBALL SIM in 2009...

thaflu
thaflu

@Simple- Well NBA Street is actually my favorite game. 2K9 is so bad because of the consistently missed layups, consistently stupid defense, and everything else you can name. So yeah, I guess I'm a loser for finding a horrible basketball game frustrating. Here's hope that 2K10 will at least be playable. The My Player mode sounds promising.

Simple-
Simple-

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blix2005
blix2005

as a pc owner i wonder if we are getting another completely hollow attempt

bigd2232
bigd2232

THANK YOU 2k!! I've been waiting for this mode for basketball games since madden started it with madden 06. 2k has been my favorite sports games for basketball and is now officially the best. EA should quit real quick on sports titles.

bigd2232
bigd2232

THANK YOU 2k!! I've been waiting for this mode for basketball games since madden started it with madden 06. 2k has been my favorite sports games for basketball and is now officially the best. EA should quit real quick on sports titles.