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whatshot NBA 2K9 PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.5
Value 8.8
Distributor: 2K Games
Classification:
G
Review Date:
October 2008
Reviewer:
Tony Lomboro

8.8


NBA 2K9

As the battle between NBA Live 2009 and NBA 2K9 heats up, itís time to road test NBA 2K9 that has been developed by Visual Concepts and has always been one of the better basketball games available on the market.

Although 2BA 2K9 has received a slight facelift since its previous version in terms of gameplay and graphics, what sets this game apart from EAís NBA Live 2009 is the ďAssociationĒ concept which a very in-depth management system and uses the official guidelines of the NBA.

PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 features:

  • Improved gameplay - New IsoMotion Pro dribbling system, mid-air shot alterations with Shot Stick Advanced and all-new Adaptive AI to read, react and adjust in real time to your strategies.
     
  • The Association 2.0 - All-new interface replicating the NBA.com experience, plus new features like Player Ambitions, a Player Scouting system, new minigame Development Drills and more customisation options for the casual player.
     
  • All-new presentation - 2K-HD brings drastically improved visuals and NBA 2K9 features EVEN MORE Signature Style - watch as Shaq smirks after plays and KG bangs his chest running down court.
     
  • New Online Features - 5-on-5, 10-console Multiplayer mode; pick your player and climb the ranks in the all-new player ranking system - from Bench Warmer to Rookie to Pro all the way up to Superstar!
     
  • 2K Share - Create, upload and share rosters, sliders and even players created with the all-new Player DNA feature, including the revamped Reelmaker.

This feature is quite detailed on the PlayStation 3 and fans of sporting manager systems will be thoroughly pleased with the amount of options available to them.  The other new addition to the franchise is the ability to play a real basketball match online with five-on-five action that means you can have five in your team and play against another five players. Match that with the ability to play team-ups or my personal favourite street ball or even joining a league, the online options are truly immersive and enjoyable.

Although in its essence, NBA 2K9 is a simulation arcade basketball game with a healthy dose of management options, for those wanting to play traditional basketball, this is also available in the game and as per last year, the game does it quite well.

The control system is very well mapped on the PS3 controller, although it will take the novice gamer some time to master due to some of the complex maneuvers available. All the defense and offence maneuvers are also available which makes for a thorough basketball experience on the PlayStation 3. I was quite pleased at how realistic the control system felt for NBA 2K9.

The only downside to the control system were generally when we played it Live as the camera angles were at times awkward, fortunately this did not happen too often.

The artificial intelligence of the title ranges from good to quite difficult, depending on which level you are playing the game, however there were only a few mediocre issues that we experienced with the AI but generally the players do perform quite well and itís not always up to the human player to score.

Graphically, NBA 2K9 is visually quite impressive with extremely detailed courts and players who move like their real-world counterparts. The texture details of the players is quite detailed, especially their faces who have basic animations which assist in the realism of the title. This is probably one of the most realistic features of hair that I have also seen in a sports game.

I must admit that the crowd animation of the title has been thoroughly improved in this version which interact well with how well the match is proceeding. Although not on the same level as EAís NBA Live 09, NBA 2K9 is still quite impressive.

All in all the presentation of title is very slick and match that with some great basketball sounds and also the addition of Kellog and Miller for the commentary and at times itís almost as if you are watching basketball on TV.

At the end of the day, NBA 2K9 is quite a solid game which features good gameplay, a great management system and some very decent graphics. The Association mode of NBA 2K9 definitely adds to the realism of the title and the series can only get better.

Definitely one for the basketball lover.





 

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