Summary: Sony has kept their portable NBA title very "casual" over the past few years, engulfing the core gameplay with a variety of mini-games. This year looks to be no different. NBA 09: The Inside continues to expand on its growing library of mini-games, while finally delivering on a Franchise mode for...
Excerpt: Once a dominant sports game publisher on the original PlayStation, Sony ran into some foul trouble while making the leap to next-gen systems. Foul, in this case, means "smelly." While Sony's NBA series on PlayStation 3 has failed to light up the scoreboard in terms of critical success, the prolific...
Excerpt: NBA 09: The Inside is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to sports games. Although the game features a clear-cut basketball experience, most of the focus has been placed on the things you can do besides play basketball. It may not please hardcore fans, but it makes for a good portable experience.
Excerpt: NBA 09 is a full-featured loosely-based basketball simulation. I say loosely-based because NBA 09 rewards you for playing a herky-jerky, frenetic style that would make most "sim ballers" squirm.
Pros: Graphical delight., Hands down, best handheld presentation., Modes and mini-games galore.
Cons: Rebounding is a mess., In general, gameplay needs to be overhauled., New franchise mode is light on depth.
Conclusion: NBA 09: The Inside on PSP is indeed the best of the series on the PSP, but that shouldn't be surprising. The addition of a Franchise Mode helps complete the package and the mini-game package has never been better.