posted by decourcy73 (FREDERICKSBURG, VA) Feb 13, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
A really terrible basketball sim. NBA Live games have been steadily getting worse since the creation of the 2K series, but this one is really bad. I only kept the game for one day and returned it. As far as I could tell, you cannot even create your own character. I thought that was a requisite to sports games nowadays. After I found out I could not create a character, the game was pretty much lost on me.
I played this game with my sister who has never played a Game before. I tried it because it is supposed to be for casual, inexperienced players. I am a fan of the PS3 NBA live 09, but this is just not worth a play at all even for inexperienced players.
The graphics are grainy to say the least. I looked at this and found myself thinking of my old PS1 games. It is terrible that a great idea, like this goes to waste with terrible graphics.
Graphics are not the only issue. Controls are indeed very simple, too simple. You do not even control the movement of your player. You simply control shooting, passing, blocks, or steals, and those control systems are unresponsive and tricky to time properly. So much for including the casual gamer.
The Idea of having street modes like 21, Horse, 2 on 2, ETC. is a great one. But the controls, graphics, and overall simplicity destroy the fun of street action.
The great ideas are the only things keeping me from giving this game a lower grade than I did. I see potential here, but until that potential is developed this game is not worth your time.