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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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Critic Reviews

Darkstation Xbox 360 Oct 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamervision PlayStation 3 Oct 28, 2008 9 out of 10 90
XBox Front Xbox 360 Oct 09, 2008 85 out of 100 85
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Oct 03, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
spieletipps Xbox 360 2008 80 out of 100 80
Game Over Online PlayStation 3 Nov 03, 2008 78 out of 100 78 PlayStation 3 Oct 24, 2008 78 out of 100 78
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Console Monster PlayStation 3 Nov 04, 2008 65 out of 100 65
XBox Evolved Xbox 360 Oct 24, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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