Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. It shows just how much the company cares about this series, and the hard work and dedication have paid off in spades. All I can say is even you have played or preferred the 2K series in the past; you owe it to yourself if you are a fan of the game, to take this one to the hoop.
  2. A game that features numerous upgrades guaranteed to please hoops fans who love rainbow threes and rim rattling dunks. On top of that, it has one of the most impressive sounding crowds this side of FIFA 10, and those 20,000 screaming maniacs make all the difference.
  3. NBA Live 10 is a great basketball experience for both the casual and hardcore fan and proves to be the series best outing yet.
  4. NBA Live 10 shows continued improvement for the series. But in classic EA fashion, this feels incredibly iterative. The improvements of this latest iteration are impressive nonetheless, but it feels like a long road to one truly great basketball game to grace our consoles, a revolutionary and defining game of its genre.
  5. The game's focus on the fluidity and feel of real basketball is a great direction for the franchise, even at the expense of revolutionary new gameplay modes.
  6. NBA Live 10 looks great, and finally plays great as well. The Dynamic Season mode is the highlight of the game, and is worth the price of admission by itself.
  7. It’s not without its quirks and imperfections, but NBA Live 10 gets enough of the fundamentals right that it’s hard not to be excited about EA has in store for next season.
  8. What is on offer is probably a series high and it begs the question as with many of EA’s titles right now, what can be done next?
  9. EA Canada has taken huge steps to create one of the most impressive and enjoyable basketball titles in recent years, and if they’re able to continue and improve upon the core mechanics they’ve instituted this year, Live just might usurp NBA 2K’s throne in another year or two. It’s not quite there yet, though. Despite the vast improvements, it’s a bit rough around the edges.
  10. NBA LIVE 10 is the best basketball game to be released this year with plenty of new ideas and tweaks over the previous title.
  11. NBA Live is back on track to try to get the crown of the best basketball game on the market. Still some things are missing to achieve this goal, but it's a highly enjoyable and fun basketball game.
  12. 84
    NBA Live 10 is a fantastic upgrade to the series as it focused more on what was wrong with previous versions instead of trying to substitute them with more features.
  13. NBA Live 10 is a vastly improved game, making key strides in the areas of AI, controls, and atmosphere. While there are a few stumbles here and there, hoops fans sour on the franchise will be pleasantly surprised with what the developers were able to accomplish.
  14. NBA Live 10 offers huge improvements in its gameplay side, and looks and sounds great. A welcome upgrade for the franchise.
  15. NBA Live 10 has shortened the gap separating it from the winner’s glory… from NBA 2K10, that is. Its major assets are once again the incredible graphics and the excellent audio. Gameplay wise too, this is an excellent game and the feeling is that its rival is not so far after all. But all we can say for now is: maybe next year.
  16. NBA Live 10 can easily stand toe to toe with NBA 2K10, a franchise that now no longer holds complete sway over the genre. The flow of the games, the resourcefulness of the AI, and the immersion factor provided from the fantastically dynamic crowd, all serve to make this an absolutely worthwhile pickup.
  17. 82
    NBA Live 10, while it certainly has issues that people are going to gripe about, is exactly what the series needed to fire up its dwindling fan base and add new players alike. The gameplay is nicely refined and emulates real basketball with much greater success than past games.
  18. NBA Live 10 is a clear upgrade from last years edition and is another step in the reclaiming the crown of king of the court.
  19. Not a huge leap forward but certainly a step in the right direction. New passing system is pretty solid and the game looks really good. Lack of options in defense is the biggest downside of NBA Live10. [Nov 2010]
  20. Basketball gamers know what they want and it seems like the step back taken by EA Canada last year is making sense this year. Improving on last year’s new features, refining the gameplay mechanics, not adding anything major and removing what wasn’t necessary, it resumes what NBA Live 10 is. Fans of the franchise will certainly love this year’s game and basketball gamers in general will spend a few quality hours with it.
  21. 81
    Overall NBA Live 10 is a significantly improved title from last year and you could even argue it's the best game in the series so far.
  22. Still, in light of this NBA Live 10 remains a solid title bursting with features and graphical elegance that may blow your mind.
  23. Though players no longer look like stunningly detailed mannequins, they do sometimes warp toward the basket or other players because an animation key tells them to. More important, Live still plays just too fast for our liking. But Live 10 shows the series is at least heading in the right direction.
  24. The overall gameplay for the NBA Live uninitiated still clanks heavy off the backboard compared to its main competitor on the virtual hardwood.
  25. An excellent basketball simulation. [Issue#52, p.92]
  26. 78
    NBA Live 10 proves that you don’t have to be a basketball fan to like this sort of games. Especially because of the accessible gameplay, everyone can enjoy this great basketball title.
  27. Good stuff, but you may well prefer the 2K alternative just across the page. [Christmas 2009, p.91]
  28. When the final horn sounds, what we have here is an NBA Live title on the level that we haven't seen in years. It doesn't take over the top spot from NBA 2K, but it absolutely takes a huge step forward -- next year's battle between these two will be extremely interesting.
  29. Dynamic DNA seasons are a great addition to the franchise, but NBA Live is not quite a championship contender.
  30. In the end NBA Live 10 may have the glamorous look of a basketball superstar, but it still needs to round out its game to steal the crown of best hardcore hoops game from its rival.
  31. If you're trying to decide which of the two NBA titles will get your attention this year, keep in mind that NBA Live hasn't seen enough changes to its gameplay so if you've played NBA Live 09, you won't be getting a considerably different game.
  32. NBA Live 10 is a step in the right direction for the series. The gameplay and graphics are heading towards offering the best package for the next-generation consoles – especially now that 2K Sports stunk it up with NBA 2K10.
  33. Sure, it still lacks some precision in the control of the players and the defense, as well as an artificial intelligence that's not so competitive, but if you are looking for alley oops and fakes, they're in there.
  34. 75
    I enjoyed myself while playing Live 10. It's slick and mostly captures the feel of NBA basketball. I hope that next season, Live takes the new, inexperienced player into account and helps them learn to enjoy the game as much as the hardcore player.
  35. Electronic Arts have delivered a pretty good package here for the fans, it looks the part, plays well, and has a good selection of game modes to keep most people happy.
  36. Much improved, but still behind 2K10. [Christmas 2009, p.93]
  37. For the first time in many years, EA seems to get it right. Simple controls, easy to pick up and play and a nice presentation. Sometimes though, it feels a little too easy, advanced dribbles and spin-moves are performed with just the touch of a button and it takes away some of the satisfaction you feel in other sports games. Still, it's a big step forward from previous titles and a must-buy for every basket-fan out there.
  38. Another year, another Live… and a little extra. At least Live Run might keep the online play interesting.
  39. NBA Live 10 is a good arcade basketball game. In the latest EA Sports production we can notice a big step further from last year's NBA Live but the way to the top, with a limited AI and gameplay, is too far away yet.
  40. 70
    The Live series makes a strong come back this year with NBA LIVE 10, so what if it took a decade on the pine watching 2K take home all the hardware? There's no shame in being the Sixth Man so long as you keep improving to a full fledged starter. With that said, I don't remember the last time I saw somebody go out and buy an Aaron McKie jersey.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 23, 2013
    10
    Nba live 10 is very good game and he has a great gameplay.Ok so the nba live he has a different style than the nba 2k you know different modes and more but i like both to gmaes like the nba live and 2k and i hope now the next gen be extremely good for nba live 14 and for the nba 2k14 this games are superb for me. Now your opinion is yours Full Review »