NBA Live 10

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NBA Live 10
Nbalive10 cover.jpg
Cover art featuring Dwight Howard
Developer(s) EA Canada, HB Studios (PSP version)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: October 6, 2009
  • AU: October 7, 2009
  • EU: October 9, 2009
  • AU: October 15, 2009 (PSP)
  • EU: October 16, 2009 (X360)
  • NA: October 23, 2009 (iOS)
  • JP: November 5, 2009
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

NBA Live 10 is the 2009 installment in the NBA Live series, developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the cover athlete. It was released in 2009 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP and iOS (the latter under the title NBA Live by EA Sports).[1] NBA Live 10 was to be followed by NBA Live 13 which was cancelled in late 2012. It was the last game in the NBA Live series for four years until NBA Live 14 in 2013, and was the last installment to be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


A new training facility called "The Hanger" was included as well. There were many improvements to the details of the players including their tattoos, hair, shoes, uniforms, signature shots, and moves. Also, "Dynamic DNA," introduced in NBA Live 09, was improved. NBA Live 10 also contained 31 authentic, fully licensed FIBA teams.[2] This was the first year that pre-game rituals were in an NBA Live game.[3]

Due to NBA Elite 11 being canceled, EA released free DLC for NBA Live 10, including free roster updates for the 2010–11 NBA season and free daily Dynamic DNA updates, for the entire 2010–11 NBA season.[4]


EA Sports announced on September 11, 2009 that a playable demo of NBA Live 10 was available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace for all Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. In the beginning of the demo, the player will see several NBA stars that can be playable only in "The Hangar," with the exception of Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant. As they are playing, LeBron James enters while the other players give him a warm welcome, especially Dwight Howard, with a friendly hug. The playable players in The Hangar are Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Brandon Roy. In the game menus, you can either play a quick game, view credits, or leave the demo. When playing the quick game, the player's choices are limited. The user can either play as the Orlando Magic (away team) or the Los Angeles Lakers (home team). The atmosphere is set to "NBA Finals" and cannot be changed, to show the new feature of crowd atmosphere. The difficulty can be changed, but the game is restricted to four-minute quarters, and the user cannot play past the first half. All the in-game features are available, and to show another feature, demo features a throwback jersey available for both teams. For the Magic, an away jersey worn from 1994 to '95, and for the Lakers, a home jersey worn from 1961 to '62. The demo was made available to Xbox LIVE Silver members and on the PlayStation Network.


EA sports Live team added new jerseys for the upcoming games for the 2009–10 NBA season and throwback jerseys that were played in the NBA seasons in 1980s and 1990s. On November 12, 2009, they have revealed the code on an official EA Sports blog for brand new alternate jerseys this season. The teams that have new alternate jerseys include the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and the Memphis Grizzlies. On December 2, 2009, another official EA Sports blog has revealed that there is another new code to unlock throwback jerseys including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, and Utah Jazz.

Downloadable content[edit]

On December 20, EA released a DLC for the game on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace called "NBA Live 10 Holiday shoe pack". The DLC featured 23 new shoes which were added in-game.[5]

NBA Player Takeover[edit]

NBA Player Takeover is an official blog from EA Sports that features certain players every week who have been impressive throughout the season and they use NBA Live 10 to show screenshots and examples of that player.

FIBA teams[edit]

Players can compete in an international tournament using one of 31 available FIBA national teams.[6]


Review scores
iOSPS3PSPXbox 360
Game InformerN/A7.5/10[9]N/A7.5/10[9]
GameProN/AN/AN/A3.5/5 stars[10]
OXM (US)N/AN/AN/A8/10[18]
PSMN/A4/5 stars[19]N/AN/A
Aggregate scores

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions received "favorable" reviews, while the PSP version received "mixed" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[25][26][27] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions a score of one eight and three sevens for a total of 29 out of 40.[8]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ O'Brien, Sean (June 17, 2009). "NBA LIVE 10 - LIVE is Back!". Inside EA Sports. Archived from the original on June 20, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Glimpse at NBA Live 10 Game Intro". PastaPadre. July 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Molina, Brett (September 28, 2010). "Electronic Arts delays release of 'NBA Elite 11'". USA Today. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Obiri-Yeboah, Yaw (December 17, 2009). "Holiday DLC Shoe Pack". EA Sports. Archived from the original on December 21, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Andrew (October 6, 2009). "A list of FIBA Teams (and their rosters) in NBA Live 10". NBA Live Forums.
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Jason (October 7, 2009). "NBA Live 10 Review (PS3, XBOX 360)". Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Brian (October 27, 2009). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Bertz, Matt (November 2009). "NBA Live 10 (PS3, X360): Another Rebuilding Year, But Signs of Progress". Game Informer (199). Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Sweeney, Kevin (October 6, 2009). "NBA Live 10 (X360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  11. ^ a b McShea, Tom (October 6, 2009). "NBA Live 10 Review (PS3, X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "NBA Live 10 Review (X360)". GameTrailers. October 12, 2009. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Lafferty, Michael (October 20, 2009). "NBA Live 10 - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Grabowski, Dakota (October 25, 2009). "NBA Live 10 - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  15. ^ Hopper, Steven (October 5, 2009). "NBA Live 10 - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  16. ^ a b Ahearn, Nate (October 2, 2009). "NBA Live 10 Review (PS3, X360)". IGN. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  17. ^ Ahearn, Nate (October 12, 2009). "NBA Live 10 Review (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  18. ^ McCaffrey, Ryan (October 6, 2009). "NBA Live 10". Official Xbox Magazine. Archived from the original on October 16, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  19. ^ "Review: NBA Live 10 (PS3)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 75. December 2009.
  20. ^ Garmer, Sean (November 11, 2009). "NBA Live 10 (Xbox 360) Review". 411Mania. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "NBA Live by EA Sports for iOS (iPhone/iPad)". GameRankings. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  22. ^ "NBA Live 10 for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  23. ^ "NBA Live 10 for PSP". GameRankings. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  24. ^ "NBA Live 10 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  25. ^ a b "NBA Live 10 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  26. ^ a b "NBA Live 10 for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  27. ^ a b "NBA Live 10 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2015.

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