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NBA Live 09

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Where is the Defense??

posted by JayWeb (HILLIARD, OH) Oct 8, 2008

Member since Mar 2008

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This is an unbiased review, so take from it what you wish and experience it for yourself.

This game had a lot of hype toward it with the DNA function and daily uploads. I honestly think that is a cool aspect of this game, except that if you rent it from gamefly, unfortunately you wont be able to use it unless u purchase it from the market place at an additional fee.(sort of disappointing)

However, the graphics on this game are pretty to look at and the motions of the players seem superior to previous years.

I generally find playing season modes or play nows for these types of games to become tedious and boring overtime, so what I enjoy are the online leagues with friends and the online play. Most of GF members who didn't recieve this game upon release will be happy to know that I am sending mine back the very next day without a doubt in my mind! Online play in this game is ridiculously pointless.Basically, what happens is 1 or 2 guys will have 50 points each on a team, because there is no need to run plays or pick n roll etc. What I found typical was pass the ball down the court as fast as you can and dunk the ball or get it to the center and he is unguardable for a dunk every time. Defense in this game is non-existent, even holding left-trigger and playing auto defense is useless, because the opposing player has 2 choices, either toggle right stick and go right around him or jump straight up and dunk on them. You'll have to see it too believe it. Teams will never shoot three pt. shots or jump shots because the dunks are open every time.

Online play is a joke with this game and is pointless. If you like games that are unrealistic and race up and down the court dunking each time then this is the game for you, but if you enjoy realistic game play of running plays and playing defense then you'll absolutely hate this game as I did.

My comments are very realistic and I hope you found them helpful. Gears 2 and Fallout will be here less than a month save your money!

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GF Rating

Very Good

Better Than 2K This Time Around

posted by UrbanMerc (VICTORVILLE, CA) Oct 13, 2008

Member since Aug 2008

10 out of 17 gamers (59%) found this review helpful

It never ceases to amaze me how immature some of the gameplayers on this site are. I am speaking of some of the reviewers here. If you are going to take the time to write a review, then at LEAST make it an honest review. Giving trash scores JUST because you rented instead of bought is immensely mentally challenged. As usual, the gamers have it wrong again. The game makers are targeting piracy, and not the renters. I don't think they go far enough. I personally think that the tactics game makers are starting to employ are quite good AND FAIR, by the way. :)

As for the game, I think it is a GREAT improvement over last years game. The graphics haven't changed much, if at all. And why are people making such a big deal out of the crowds in 2K9? I have played them both now, and to be quite honest, I think people should care less about that. They have just as many repeating chants and movements as Live '09. I also think the animation in Live '09 is better than 2K9. The players movement is alot better in Live. I think Live also cashes in on the fun factor a bit more than 2K9. One thing that irritates me about 2K9 is the sloppy framerates and animation. The framerate drops HUGE during freethrow scenes. The players seem to skate around the court more in 2K9 than in Live.

To sum it up for me, after playing both, I like a bit more fun in my games. After all, that is what they are for, right? FUN and entertainment. I also think the difference in overall scores is ALOT tighter, so you really can't judge by even the game critics scores this year. It really comes down to your style of play, so I recommend you play both before buying one. You really can't go wrong with either one this year, but, Live '09 gets the nod from me this year. Good Job becoming relevant again this year EA.

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If its in the game, Its in the game (For 10 bucks)

posted by m1r4g3 (BEAVERTON, OR) Oct 9, 2008

Member since Jul 2008

6 out of 12 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

When I first started hearing about this game I was very excited. The concept of Live 365 and DNA both had me salivating at the thought of having real-time rosters! Well, for those of us that rented the game, we will not be able to enjoy those features unless you are willing to plop down 800 MS points for those features. Of course if you by the game then they are included but I will not be buying it to find out if the new features are worth it. No matter how they want to justify it this is completely wrong for them to be doing and after five minutes of checking out the game I packed it up and sent it back. This review is for those thinking about renting this game. DO NOT RENT THIS GAME!!

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