Excerpt: I so thoroughly enjoyed NBA 2K10 on the Wii that I decided to check out the previous year on the Playstation 2. NBA 2K9 can be found on the Personal Computer, Playstation 3, an Xbox 360 as well. I should have gone back into the archives and noticed how NBA 2K7 did. But it helps fill a hole in our extremely full reviews section, and it may help over one million people make a decision on this game. Especially if you see it on clearance as I did.
Conclusion: Concept: Continue to refine an already great title with the deepest franchise mode in any sports game
Graphics: Amazing crowd animations make you feel like you're in the arena
Sound: New additions to the broadcast team gel well
Playability: Controls well until you're in the low post
Entertainment: Still the best basketball game around for hoops aficionados
Excerpt: So I had NBA 2K9 going, and without bothering to pause it, I left the room (I was probably getting pummeled). A few minutes later, I walked back in (probably with a drink to take away the sting of the pummeling), sat down, and thought for a few confusing moments that a live NBA game was on television.
Summary: The gap between EA and 2K's basketball games is slowly closing, and I feel that some of this is 2K's fault more than a giant leap forward by the competition. While 2K9 can be a fluid, responsive title, the lack of smoothness in the low post game is clear. There were times when trying to do something as simple as backing down and spinning to the net for a shot could produce unexpected results.
Excerpt: The lockdown defense is back this year, and it has been adjusted to be more realistic and effective. Mismatches will actually be mismatches this year, which is great news for anyone who likes to utilize screens to create them. The AI has been improved as well, and will react much more realistically to this method or defense. You can't just jam on the button and shut down Kobe—you'll have to adjust to and work for it too.
Excerpt: NBA 2K9 review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com EA Sports and 2K Sports have become bitter rivals since 2K joined the craziness that is basketball video gaming a few years back. The last few years have seen 2K Sports at the top of the leaderboard, achieving unanimously higher ratings than EA's NBA Live series. This year is no different, with NBA 2K9 being the go-to performer on the virtual basketball court.
Conclusion: Playing this game is fun and will keep you busy throughout the NBA season and beyond. Lack of player emotion is puzzling like the gameplay sometimes. It seems as though 2K is losing its lead over NBA Live and needs to come up with fixed online servers and deliver their promise of up-to-the-minute roster updates. Once again the menus are frustrating but players will eventually get used to them.
Summary: If you haven’t picked up the past two 2K games, or are traditionally a NBA LIVE fan looking for something new, then you will not be sorry that you checked out what you have been missing out on. Otherwise you may be disappointed in how little has really changed, and all the small differences in gameplay really don’t amount to a sixty dollar purchase.