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NBA Live 09

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PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
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NBA Live 09 is a simulation of the basketball sport. As usual the player controls the athletes himself and tries to perform typical basketball maneuvers with his gamepad. He can choose between playing a whole season, play-offs or the FIBA World Championship. In the Dynasty Mode the player takes the role of the executive of a basketball team which means he has to grapple with managerial tasks like transfers or training. The Live Academy Mode offers special challenges, e.g. scoring a certain amount of points in a limited time. The last special mode is Be-a-Pro were the player only takes control over one athlete.

The most important innovation of NBA Live 09 is the so-called "Dynamic DNA" which synchronizes the in-game statistics over the internet with the current data from the real league. Based on these statistics the game calculates the most promising tactical moves and chooses them automatically (if he wishes the player can disable this automatism and choose it manually). The player has also the option to replay a match exactly the way it happened in real live. Also new is the Pick & Roll controls for the offensive: if the player holds the assigned button the athlete with the ball blocks it while the player controls another player and walks into position.


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The Press Says

NZGamer PlayStation 3 Oct 14, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Oct 14, 2008 17 out of 20 85
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Oct 22, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
3D Juegos PlayStation 3 Oct 20, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
HonestGamers Xbox 360 Oct 29, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 Oct 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PlayStation 3 Oct 23, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Nov, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Console Monster PlayStation 3 Nov 04, 2008 65 out of 100 65
Game Vortex Xbox 360 2008 45 out of 100 45


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Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for both platforms on 8th February 2011.

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