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I for a while was a 2k basketball fan up until the terrible 2k9-10. They messed with the player control that made the game so great in 2k6-8.
While I jumped back to Nba Live last year with Live 09, that game was a step in the right direction but lacked some fundemental aspects of Basketball. In Live10 they focused heavily on just that, the Gameplay. Added to the area's that were lacking like rebounding , passing,ect... If you are a SIM player you will absolutely LOVE this years game cause it keeps you guessing and dribbling over and over until you get a dunk is no longer an option (well u can do so on lower levels id assume) But on the 2 higher levels you will need to learn that mid-range shots and setting up a defender to get a uncontested shot works best.
I love the strategy behind the game. If you play a team like the spurs they will try and get Duncan the ball and when you start doubling him they will learn and hurt you elsewhere. Teams play like themselve more in this game than any basketball game I ever played. Play the Heat and D- Wade will constantly try and drive on you. Play Kobe and he'll set you up for the mid-range J all day.
Mike Wan formerly of 2k really brought over nice little touches from 2k and even made them better. As you can easily see and feel once u start up the game and are brought into the practice gym. There are 8 different players that you can try out and notice they all feel different (speed,weight,agility,locomotion) are all different from player to player. Each player has his own dribble style that makes the player likeness surpass that of 2k basketball.
Team play mode is actually playable unlike 2k's laggy server mode. And is lots of fun. If you have friends or not u can join a squad and compete against other squads each month to try and win the 1st place for that season. I believe it starts over every month but could be wrong on that.
Overall if you are on the fence do yourself a favor and rent this, Its Great
NBA Live is back on its feet!! Last year they were on there way back and now they have made it. I absolutley enjoy the strategy portion of the game. You just can't do the same thing over because the A.I. will catch on pretty quickly. If you still enjoy the run n gun style of NBA Jam aka NBA 2K series, stick with it. If you want simulation like me, NBA Live has brought that. There are still some animation bugs they need to work out, hence why I did not give them a 10. They can get annoying, but once you actually figure out the strategy part of the game, the bugs happen few and far in between. Last year, we got the foundation, this year we got the frame, next year, I hope we get the house.