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.
Excerpt: Je zou sporten als Golf (Tiger Woods), de NHL, Madden en NBA bijna vergeten nu met al dat voetbalgeweld dat voorbij komt met FIFA 09 en het komende Pro Evolution Soccer, echter blijven we ook geregeld bezig met wat andere sporten die vooral in Amerika veel populairder zijn dan voetbal en tennis in Europa. Ditmaal betreft het NBA 09, laten we hopen op een schitterende driepunter van EA.
Pros: Nu ook voor beginners, Grafisch in orde, Uitgebreider
Cons: Be a Pro mode incompleet, Physics en soms wat framerate probleempjes