When both video games hit the shelves, the first thing I grabbed was NBA Live 10. I think 2K10 wasn't released or it wasn't at the store I got it from, but oh well. I played NBA Live for a while and really enjoyed it. I thought the menus were easy to navigate, the graphics were unbelievable, and overall it could keep you entertained for hours.
It wasn't until recently that I picked up NBA 2K10. When I first started playing it, It was awful. I kept saying to myself "Why do people always say this is better?". I originally thought these people were just biased fanboys. After all, the menus are FAR easier to navigate in Live, the graphics are better, and for me, well I even thought the gameplay was better.
I researched it and people were annoyed by the fact that sometimes in Live people and/or object go through each other. It is noticeable but it didn't really bother me.
I was really set on the fact that Live was the better one but people just happened to like 2K more.
I gave it one last whirl and tried season mode. This only made me think less of the game because I kept on trying to make realistic trades instead of it just letting me trade whoever I wanted. I couldn't even trade more than one player for a different one player. I didn't know if it was in the settings or whatever, but I couldn't find it due to the poor menu system.
I finally gave up. I said that Live was better and continued to play it. Until one day when I just couldn't stand it any longer. I had to know why people liked 2K so much. What I did then was I called up my friend who has 2K and I asked him, "what's the best thing about it?" He said it was Association Mode.
That's when everything changed. The menus didn't, they still suck, but the whole experience did. I am one of those people who like building a team and in Association Mode, there is no better way. You can choose any team and call ALL the shots for 20-25 years. Right now I am the Sixers and in 2 seasons from now (in my game that is) I have Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony. I am also looking for a third big guy (like Garnett or Duncan). I absolutely fell in love with the game after that and can't stop playing it. It's truly a lot of fun.
I got a call the other day and it was that same friend saying that I should try My Player mode and that it's 10x funner than Association. I really wanted to take him up on his offer if only I could stop playing association! It's too fun and addicting. That mode already sold me on the 2K franchise, but another mode that's better than that on the same game? You must be kidding.
The final result: 2K is the far better game in my opinion due to more realistic gameplay (in live every shot is a lottery shot), Association Mode, smoother graphics, and My Player Mode. Live has some nice features though because I think it has better graphics, much easier menus, and simplicity.
Which do you think is better? NBA Live 10 or NBA 2K10? Vote and comment your opinion.