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NBA Live 10 versus NBA 2K10

<p>A little relief from all the NBA wait</p>
| Oct 15, 2009
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The new NBA season is right around the block, but wait can be an absolute pain in the ass. You’re not alone, bro. FHM drones are also already going sick from the lack of seeing Lebron James dunks and one of those dirrrty Dwight Howard monster blocks. Thank God, the fresh crop of NBA games has just come out. Allow us to help you decide which is better: 2K Sports’ NBA 2K10 or EA’s NBA Live 10. Let’s get it on. [firstpara]Visual and Audio Presentation

The NBA 2K series has always been marked with smoothly animated character models, and that carries on to 2K10. The players move with much fluidity, from the way the ball is inbounded to the way that a defender’s body react to a dunking player slamming a nasty one down. A few glitches, and few weird faces occur from time to time, but that doesn’t take any away from the fact that NBA 2K10’s well rendered and well animated players, along with the spectacularly recreated arenas and lively crowd, are a joy to watch.

That's the case, too with NBA Live 10. And in some cases, it even looks more visually polished than its competitor. Many of the faces look spot on, the player models exhibit amazing detail (although plastic-looking at times), and like 2K10, Live’s arenas are rendered beautifully too. But once the action gets going, that’s when Live takes a step back. The sets of player animations simply aren’t smooth; they eerily feel like recycled animations from earlier Live games. If EA sports can just retool the way their players animate, it’d be harder to choose a winner for the visual category. At this point, it’s 2K10, hands down.

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In terms of ear candy, NBA 2K10 and NBA Live 10 are on equal footing. The crowd is an animal that’s alive, kicking and roaring. Make a great play, and the crowd erupts. Fumble the ball in a crucial possession, and a chorus of boos greets you. The audio for both games certainly do their part in setting up an explosive, and suspenseful atmosphere. Miscellaneous sounds such as sneaker squeaks, ball dribbles, and player banter sound authentic as well.

Marv Albert and Steve Kerr do the commentary for Live 10, while Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg do it for 2K10. It’s really just a matter of taste, but at times, Harlan and Kellogg seem to be the more exciting duo to listen to, while Kerr and Albert’s sometimes sound forgettable.


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