Excerpt: In most markets, competition is a good thing. In videogames, not so good. At least, not good when it's the mighty Sony trying to help elevate the PlayStation3 to the basketball simulator system of choice by releasing a basketball game that few would choose if they looked past the flashy box art...
Excerpt: Back in June, I wrote about my experience and enthusiasm after buying a PS3. Part of my excitement was due to the addition of a Blu-ray player to my multimedia set-up. But just as promising was the ability to play platform-exclusive games.
Pros: Many unique modes to play, including The Life., Good graphics, especially in HD., Integrated create a player/reward system.
Cons: On-court controls., Defensive gameplay., Modes are short and/or shallow.
Summary: I’m a big fan of San Diego Studio’s MLB games. They’re fun and offer some great unique features for a baseball game. It’s just too bad that NBA 09: The Inside is such a disappointing basketball game plagued by animation and gameplay problems.
Conclusion: I have to give SCEA and their dev team props for making a game that makes me demand more out of other NBA games. They may not have the flash and the glory that 2K and EA put inside of their NBA titles, but they sure have a whole new way of playing an NBA title.