Summary: Best pro-bball game out there. If you are looking for a classic to hold on to. Game flows so smooth. I am into playing fantasy seasons and uploading all the college rosters for the following four years. If looking for online play, you must update to the newer version each year. But for a classic for continuous play against the computer this is the one.
Summary: Vast improvement from the Atari basketball game i had in the 80s. The ease of passing the ball to different players, how they look on the screen, and the way the game resembles reality makes the game something i'll probably keep, if i don't get a newer version later. I bought it because i do not have any basketball video games for my 360 and i didn't want to spend the money on a new one.
Summary: I just got a ps3 and wanted a cheap basketball game. NBA 2k8 is easy enough to play but packed with complicated moves and features that it'll keep me busy for a long time. The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is seamless. Worth it if you don't want to drop big $ for the newest versions.
Summary: I own both NBA Live 09 and 2k9. originally I purchased 2k9 and disliked it so I sold it and bought Live. I believe Live's update feature's are better and the games playability is a little better but 2k9 is much better of a simulation of the real thing. 2k9 also affords the ability to play the playoffs which I did not realize live does not. Live does not even have a playoff option. If you want simulation play with playoff option, go with 2k9.
Summary: I've been playing 2k9 for some time now but I decided to try 2k8 again. (on xBox). After getting used to 2k9, 2k8 seems to lack a few thing, but overall court graphics and gameplay are still the best ever with 2k8. 2k9 fell far behind with court graphics and gameplay with player running completely out of control. Can wait for 2k10. Im not buying tho.