A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that NBA Live 10 is a straightforward simulation of the National Basketball Association. As in real life, the arenas feature advertisements and ESPN is prominent in the game. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12, and it offers open chat so that the conversations can be unpredictable.
What's it about?
NBA Live 10 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 control an international team and lead them to victory in the FIBA World Championships. The signature feature of the franchise is Dynamic DNA, where athletes' skills are presented in a DNA style grid. The feature closely follows the real-life NBA season, and will update as the season progresses. So, for example, if a player is injured or changes their style of play, it will be reflected in the game. Players can also participate in a Dynamic Season that changes along with the real NBA.
Is it any good?
NBA Live 10 definitely looks and sounds like the real thing. Developers did a great job of making the pro players look exactly like their real-world selves. Arenas are filled with chanting, lively fans.The announcing team, led by Marv Albert, packs strong levels of energy.
Overall, gameplay is solid but the shooting controls aren't very friendly. Taking shots is based on a momentum system where player movement dictates what type of shot they will take. If a player moves off a screen to shoot, they may take a running jumper, or they'll attempt a lay-up when driving the lane. It simplifies the shooting mechanics, but experienced players might find the lack of control frustrating. Dribbling and other ballhandling techniques are pretty easy to pick up and execute. The intelligence of computer-controlled teammates is questionable at best. They don't contest shots enough, attempt steals, or move effectively without the ball. Opponents, however, play quite well, particularly once you try the tougher difficulty settings. While the game does pack some solid additions, it could use some on-court practice.
Online interaction: Online chat is available and open to all other players which can create an unpredictable situation.
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