Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Not the greatest basketball game, especially if you take the sport seriously. You're best sticking wtih football on Wii. [Dec 2008, p.68]
  2. NBA Live 09 All-Play for Wii is still far off the last games that used the All-Play philosophy. It doesn't have important new features and didn't solve the problems of the previous version with some annoying controls and animations. Wii doesn´t have many choices in basketball games so NBA Live 09 will be interesting only for basketball fans.
  3. 54
    This is the second year on Wii that we've played EA's NBA product, and for the second time in a row we've been welcomed by a game that's more offensive-focused than NBA Jam, and a mess of gameplay bugs, interface issues, and overall sloppy development.
  4. A distinct lack of polish in the visual and AI department. [Christmas 2008, p.103]
  5. NBA Live 09 All-Play marks another step back for EA on the Wii. In short, this means unflaggingly offense-heavy gameplay, dull visuals, and uninspiring features.
  6. NBA Live 09 really nails the All-Play subtitle and is an enjoyable outing when your taking to the court with friends. But play it on your own and both the cheap-shot exploits and ugly looks make it a title you’ll soon tire of.
  7. Bad graphics and the odd bug are acceptable on a game of substance. However, NBA Live 09: All-Play lacks a career mode, and is only as good as the person online that can be played against. Unfortunately, AI is so odd that it makes multiplayer somewhat futile after long periods of time.
  8. Imbalanced gameplay, a lack of career mode, poor online, and a gameplay system that just isn’t fun make it hard to enjoy NBA Live 09: All-Play.
  9. Across the board, NBA Live 09 All Play is a poor game that will disappoint any Wii Basketball fans. I will give them credit on using the Wii remote some-what effectively, even with the poor use of it for free throws, but it just does not offer enough value for basketball fans to want to spend money.
  10. NBA Live's Wii struggles continue with another lackluster effort plagued by glitchy animation, unresponsive motion controls, and atrocious AI. [Nov 2008, p.104]
  11. 30
    Compared to the great strides forward made by most of EA's other sports titles this year, NBA Live is an embarrassment.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    Hit the court in this unique entry in the lengthy NBA Live series, where the action never stops. Bursting onto the Wii this NBA Live entry didn't pull any punches when it comes to fast pace basketball action at break-neck speeds. You couldn't tell from first glance with it's complete NBA licensed teams, arenas and players, but this a arcade B-ball experience that can go toe to toe with the NBA Jams of old.

    What makes the experience even better is the use of the nunchuck and wii mote as the controls, everything is fluid and responsive and making plays is as easy as it is fun.

    This is your best bet for playing some b ball on the Wii, and an excellent entry in the now defunct series.
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  2. May 11, 2012
    If you want a fun arcade basketball game, you should look at this. Fast paced gameplay, some motion controls, season, all-star weekend, 2vs2 and FIBA modes make a good package. But if you want a simulation basketball, don't try. Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    The shooting in the game is so easy, that it is a little too easy. I was expecting more customization like the the NBA 2k games have had. There is so little in the game that it gets boring quickly. Full Review »