NBA Live 10 vs. NBA 2K10

Updated: October 12, 2009, 10:56 AM ET
By Jay Corbin | ESPN RISE Magazine

With both franchises set to released their latest editions, we put NBA Live 10 and NBA 2K10 up against each other.

The Breakdown
Category NBA Live 10 NBA 2K10
Graphics Graphics are good, but extreme close-ups cause pixilation and blurriness . With Visual Concepts at the helm, the graphics are true to life all the way down to the details of the players' tattoos. EDGE
Presentation The start of the game is decent, but it lacks the smoothness and seamless transitions of 2K10. The loading is fast and the game menus resemble a real-life NBA scoreboard. EDGE
Gameplay EA has stepped up its gameplay with in-game extras like the size up, where you can break ankles on command, and the hustle play, where you can control diving for loose balls. EDGE The gameplay is good, but there could've been realistic improvement made in the transition game and on the defensive end (at times, it tends to be too arcade-like).
Online Gameplay Online gameplay lacks the depth and excitement of the competition. This game has incredible franchise play -- and with a revamped interface you'll be online for days. EDGE
Commentary Blah, blah, blah … that's what it sounds like to me. The conversations that Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg have seem so real, it's like they're calling your game in real time. EDGE
Controls EA made its controls very easy for a novice to pick up and instantly compete. EDGE I love everything about the game's controls, but using the stick for post moves gets a little hectic when the game's on the line.
Cover Athlete Kobe is good, but Superman is the future. EDGE It's easy to say your cover is hot when the NBA champ is on it.

The Bottom Line: EA has raised the bar with improved graphics, gameplay and in-game moves, but when you get down to it, 2K has created a beast of a franchise that continues to get better year after year.