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  • Summary: Step onto the court and into the fun with a unique basketball experience designed exclusively for the Wii. NBA Live 09 All-Play offers more action, more often, with an over-the-top basketball experience designed with everyone in mind. Improved responsiveness and more control options make this game easier and more fun to play than ever before. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 30
    Compared to the great strides forward made by most of EA's other sports titles this year, NBA Live is an embarrassment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. 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. Collapse
  2. 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.
  3. CliveM
    Nov 11, 2008
    It's not a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but I've enjoyed it so far!
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Mike
    Oct 13, 2008
    I was hoping after the atrocious effort in NBA 08, EA would step it up a bit. However, while the jumpshooting is no longer impossible, the game has these annoying arrows are on your screen that lets you know (and your opponent) where the ball is going to go if you decide to pass it. Still no Franchise Mode. Player ratings and Team ratings make no sense (i.e. Dwight Howard is an 80, the Sixers are the worst team in the NBA, significantly worse than team Canada) and most of the rookies are Free Agents, not on their assigned teams. Another pathetic effort Expand
  6. AidanA
    Dec 14, 2009
    From the way that you can fade away in a triple team from the 3 point line to the lack of career mode, nba live 09 for wii is the worst basketball game ever. I'm trying 2K this year. Expand