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NBA 2K10



Robust basketball sim meant for experienced players.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a straightforward simulation of professional basketball.

Positive role models

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.

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

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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.

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. 

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Available online?Available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:October 6, 2009
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byTL26 October 17, 2009
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Fun and addicting!
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