Conclusion: Concept: Bring The Life back to NBA 09, only to see the game flatline on the court
Graphics: Players glide across the court with this limited animation set
Sound: The lifeless commentator should be shelved for someone with a pulse
Playability: Scoring's a breeze, but good luck playing defense...
Despite the inclusion of The Life story mode, NBA 09's lack of depth and numerous gameplay flaws cause it to fall short.
17 October 2008
Summary: NBA gaming enthusiasts are fortunate to have three simulation titles to choose from every year. The least prominent of the three basketball simulations on the market, Sony's NBA 09: The Inside is a progressive step from past installments in the series, though only slightly.
Pros: Debut of The Life on the PS3 gives the game identity, Rebounding aid and skill-based shooting improve gameplay
Cons: Lacks effective defensive tools, Unrealistic game physics, Franchise mode is shallow, The Life storylines are too short and lack spontaneous feel, Fast pace doesn’t promote sim-style play
Conclusion: As I mentioned at the onset of this review, I have been a big fan of The Life in year’s past. This year I was shocked to find that they had broken it up into three different stories and for me although I enjoyed them I never really felt any connection with the stories.
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