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  • Summary: NBA Live 09 is back with new features like Pick and Roll Control, Defensive Lockdown Control, Signature Playcalling and Quickstrike Ankle-Breakers. For those in need of some extra coaching, NBA Live 09 takes you to training camp with the NBA Academy that gives you a chance to hone yourNBA Live 09 is back with new features like Pick and Roll Control, Defensive Lockdown Control, Signature Playcalling and Quickstrike Ankle-Breakers. For those in need of some extra coaching, NBA Live 09 takes you to training camp with the NBA Academy that gives you a chance to hone your skills. Now featuring 24 authentic FIBA teams with realistic team play styles and rosters, NBA Live 09 features a FIBA World Championship Mode using FIBA tournament structure, rules and court dimensions. Take your game online with 5 vs.5 team play, where 10 people can play together on 10 different consoles around the world. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 90
    Although it’s disappointing that New Zealand isn’t one of the twenty international teams included in the game, that disappointment is greatly outweighed by all the positives.
  2. 85
    The inclusion of Dynamic DNA and NBA Live 365 are two of the most important innovations in sports gaming this year. Combined with all of the other enhancements EA Canada has provided and you are looking at the most feature-rich basketball title to come along in some time.
  3. 81
    It's a real step-up from last year's version of NBA Live, which felt stilted and robotic by comparison. [Issue#170, p.81]
  4. It’s hard to understand what happened this year. While the developers have been able to successfully incorporate so many new features into Madden 09 and NHL 09, the same winning recipe can’t be found on NBA Live 09. Nonetheless, fans of the franchise will find fit to their shoe on what we can label as a good NBA Live game but not the best we’ve seen.
  5. Live 09 is fun to play with friends. But some annoying animations and controls stop if from reaching its potential. Maybe next year?
  6. 70
    Sadly, even if the fans at Arco were banging authentic Sacramento cowbells like crazy, it wouldn't be quite enough to land NBA Live 09 on top of the basketball heap.
  7. NBA Live 09 was so close to being almost everything I wanted from a basketball game.

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  1. jeremyr
    Oct 22, 2008
    9
    NBALIVE09 is the basketball game to get this year, last year I was a 2knba fan but this year nbalive09 takes the crown, hands down for NBALIVE09 is the basketball game to get this year, last year I was a 2knba fan but this year nbalive09 takes the crown, hands down for easports doing a great job on nbalive09. Expand
  2. JohnG.
    Oct 8, 2008
    9
    This game finally competes against 2k. Big improvement from last year. dna work really good post moves authentic just like real life.
  3. DarrellS
    Oct 10, 2008
    9
    After playing both Live 09 and 2K9 I can say that EA got it right this year and the reviewers who played 2K9 and loved it are obviously After playing both Live 09 and 2K9 I can say that EA got it right this year and the reviewers who played 2K9 and loved it are obviously biased. The player models are horrible. Their was more true life detail put into the crowd then the players. Oh and and 2K9 plays just like last years Live so what does that tell you. NBA Live has come back with a vengeance and is worth the money with all the new inoovative features. Expand
  4. MiloJ
    Nov 13, 2008
    7
    Good, not great. Good graphics, gameplay, updated rosters. NBA 2K9 has that, too, though, and a better player ratings system. One sim Good, not great. Good graphics, gameplay, updated rosters. NBA 2K9 has that, too, though, and a better player ratings system. One sim franchise mode had Boston as the 8th best Eastern conference team. They are probably in the top 5 hands down in being one of the best teams. You would think they would have run 10,000 simulations to get Boston to be ranked higher. Expand
  5. krisc
    Dec 25, 2008
    7
    This game would be great except they remove the damn shot meter indicator thats there duringywarmup for the games! How can one enjoy the game This game would be great except they remove the damn shot meter indicator thats there duringywarmup for the games! How can one enjoy the game if shot results are arbitrary? Should be able to sink EVERY open shot if timing is right. This is the best NBA game but Im buying the Inside 09 simply because of control over shooting. Im baffled as to why they removed it. Expand