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. This arcade-like approach isn’t a new development when it comes to Sony’s PSP title, but it’s still a bit strange to go that route in a simulation game. Regardless, it’s the actual game mechanics of the game that are the issue, not the style of basketball.
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.