12 years ago
The NBA live franchise is my favorite of all video game series. I am a major NBA fan and the game is excellent. However, 09 has been a serious disappointment. The graphics are terrible (fat Randy Foye?), the gameplay is poor (No taking charges?), and it lacks some great features (Create a player). It is not all bad though. If you do not follow basketball and you just want to play it is good, and it is still the best basketball game. Graphics The graphics are not as realistic as they have been in past seasons. Also, some players are annoyingly fat such as Randy Foye and Deron Williams. THere is also an extremely annoying feature called In-Game feedback. You can turn this off, but it is very distracting. On 09, there is also a feature where whenever you click on anything (play now, game modes) it shoots a ball at a hoop on the button. This makes it take a lot longer to get where you want. One more problem is the dunking on the game. Players always have trouble dunking, and the dunk indicator is off. The dunks themselves are also not very impressive (less impressive than real life) Gameplay A lot of controls are missing, such as c for ally oop and charges, and the ability to sprint. One good control is Point-and pass. However, there are many times when you point at your teammate, and the pass is a failed ally-oop. Players Some players on this game are at completely inappropriate skill levels. Some examples include: Players who are better in real life Rajon Rondo- no shot, poor handle Tim Duncan: Shot range of about 2 feet LeBron James: No ability to shoot 3's Dwayne Wade: Cannot shoot 3's Brandon Roy: Terrible on this game Dwight Howard: Can not Dunk LaMarcus Aldrige: Terrible Anthony Parker- No 3pt shot Kevin Durant: All of his shots get blocked, no range, no hops, no speed Players who are too good Bonzi wells Earl Boykins The entire Golden State Warriors team Gilbert Arenas Tracy McGrady: He is great in real life, but on this game he is better than Jordan To go along with this, the rookie selection is terrible. Derrick Rose is listed as a free agent, Mario Chalmers is missing, Brook Lopez is missing, and many other rookies are just not there. The Legends are not bad, I like the feature that allows you to put them into team rosters, but even then they are not very effective, and they are missing Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. Create-A-Player One of my Favorite features on previous live games and in other sports games is Create a Player. it is a fun feature that should be brought back Although I think 08 was a better game, I would still buy 09. I figure that NBA live simply has not yet been perfected on the wii. I am expecting great things in 2010!
yes: I recommend this product