Summary: I’d easily recommend this game to anyone interested in shooting some hoops. This is the best game of the genre out there, at least until the next batch.
Pros: -Top notch visual quality., -Announcers get the job done better than any sports game to date., -Player animations are astounding., -Association mode is addictive, fan or not., -Online play is lag-free and highly populated., -Living roster is a neat feature.
Summary: All in all, 2K9 is a great basketball game. The game has set new standards for visuals and sound in a sports game, and I think it could be quite a while before somebody tops those efforts. With the gameplay as fun as it is, 2K9 could be a constant visitor to your PS3’s Disc-Tray. This game constantly updates, keeping your rosters up-to-date (thanks to the new Living Roster feature).
Summary: NBA 2K9 provides unmatched attention to detail this season with even more signature style animations, deeper franchise mode, adaptive AI for smarter gameplay, and innovative online features including Team Up for true online 5-on-5 matches, and Living Rosters for the most up-to-date player ratings and tendencies to bring the game to life like never before.
Excerpt: If there’s one thing that is agreed about American sports games in recent years it’s that EA generally seems to have the market well under control. Madden is one of the best selling games in the NA region, and with a whole plethora of other titles under the “EA Sports” logo, it can be daunting for other developers to step foot into this relatively uncharted minefield and dethrone the king so to speak.
Excerpt: No sports team wants to peak early. Yet, that's the problem facing the NBA 2K series. The hoops franchise has endured few missteps throughout its long-running history, first with Sega and now with Take Two, so it hasn't had to learn from its mistakes. It has dominated the competition since its inception, enjoying both critical and commercial success as a result. So don't be surprised if NBA 2K9 looks awfully similar to NBA 2K8. It does, and well, it is.
Excerpt: On its default settings, the game is tilted towards the offense more than any NBA 2K title before it. This is largely due to the offensive artificial intelligence's ability to thread the needle on passes into the paint, dropping dimes that would make Steve Nash green with envy. Problem is, you don't need to be Steve Nash to make these passes, as even the more pedestrian point guards will throw no-look precision passes to cutting centers for power dunks on a regular...