NBA 2K10

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Robust basketball sim meant for experienced players.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is a straightforward simulation of professional basketball.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game showcases real athletes playing pro basketball.

Ease of Play

Players use the left thumbstick to move athletes as well as perform dribbling moves. Players take shots by using the right thumbstick. The direction players move determines the shot type.  If too complicated, they can use a single button to score. The game's practice mode has a lengthy tutorial to help novices learn the controls.


The game features a few advertisers that sponsor specific segments during a game, such as Sprite. There are also billboards scattered throughout arenas.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NBA 2K10 is a straightforward simulation of professional basketball. Players guide one of 30 NBA teams through a season, playoffs, and even an NBA championship. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydead gamer May 24, 2013

Not as good as 13

Fun but not as good as 13.
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 12, 2010
great game
Kid, 11 years old August 11, 2010


Fun and addicting!
Teen, 14 years old Written byPrototype79043 March 28, 2010

Perfect for everybody!

This game is very fun.It is fairly easy. More advanced controls have to be practiced. As far as online play though, you can host private matches where you play... Continue reading

What's it about?

NBA 2K10 is a video game simulation of professional basketball. Players can guide one of 30 teams to an NBA championship in Dynasty or Season modes, or create and control your own player and guide them to a hall of fame career. In the create-a-player mode, you can create an athlete and guide him through a series of drills and summer games en route to making an NBA team. The game also features Living Rosters, where team lineups are updated regularly throughout the season.

Is it any good?

While the game does boast some complicated controls for the novice, this remains the premier NBA simulation. The game is great at creating levels of tempo, so players can easily choose to slow down and play a half-court game or run fast breaks frequently. Computer-controller characters are smart on both sides of the ball, moving often on offense while playing tight defense. Speaking of defense, improvements have been made to the controls to better guard opponents, especially without the ball. The create-a-player mode adds another layer of depth, allowing players to earn experience points through drills and using them to bolster skills such as outside shooting, speed, and hustle. The Living Rosters updates are solid, although they don't seem to pack the depth of Electronic Arts NBA Live 10. Despite this shortcoming, NBA 2K10 is still an impressive, robust basketball sim.

Online interaction: Online chat is available and open to all other players which can create an unpredictable situation. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What's the most enjoyable pro sport to play in a video game? What makes basketball better or worse than other sports?

  • What's it like playing as one of the league's superstars, such as Kobe Bryant?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love sports

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