Excerpt: Name: NBA Live 09 Genre: Sports – Basketball Platform: PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 (Reviewed on Xbox 360) EA has had a tough time crafting basketball games in the HD era. Their signature NBA franchise, NBA Live , has been through three iterations so far on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and while there has been improvement each year, the series has never reached the level of quality found in its competition, the NBA 2K series.
Conclusion: While it's a little disappointing that Live 09 isn't a drastic step forward, it is an improvement over Live 08 and a very solid basketball game. Dynamic DNA isn't going to change the way you enjoy a basketball game, but effective pick-and-roll mechanics and intuitive playcalling certainly will. If you want a basketball game that's fast-paced with easy-to-manage controls, NBA Live 09 is worth a look.
Pros: Signature playcalling makes running plays a breeze, New pick-and-roll mechanic is simple and effective, User-friendly controls, Marv Albert and Steve Kerr do a nice job in the booth.
Cons: Lousy defense leads to lots of dunks, Dribble moves are too often ineffective, Be a Pro mode isn't very deep.
Summary: NBA Live has had a rough transition to the current generation of consoles; however, slowly but surely, the games have gotten better every year. NBA Live 09 doesn't make the same leap forward that 08 made, and the much-hyped dynamic DNA feature has little effect on the gameplay. However, new pick-and-roll controls, as well as signature playcalling, make this Live the best in several years. NBA 2K9 has "living rosters," whereas NBA Live 09 has "dynamic DNA.
Pros: Signature playcalling makes running plays a breeze, New pick-and-roll mechanic is simple and effective, User-friendly controls, Marv Albert and Steve Kerr do a nice job in the booth
Cons: Lousy defense leads to lots of dunks, Dribble moves are too often ineffective, Be a Pro mode isn't very deep
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is The NBA live series have had a pretty miserable life on the next generation consoles. After holding a pretty tight grip on the PS1 and PC basketball game scene back in the 90s, things started going downhill during the PS2 and Xbox era. LIVE 08 was a very solid and fun to play basketball game. The game offered some new features and a set of different ways to play the game, but it had some problems on the side too.