NBA Live has been a famous basketball franchise since the days of the Super Nintendo. The games have always tried to capture the passion and drama of the National Basketball Association and has always tried to improve in terms of graphics, sound and gameplay. This 2009 incarnation is no different.
The game features all thirty NBA teams plus customized teams consisting of NBA legends, FIBA players and current stars. The NBA top dogs are all here such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard. The rosters and player stats are also update daily and could be downloaded through the Internet. This is a quick way to update trades, injuries and player performance.
The game is good as the players do really look like themselves and have their signature moves. The game has it all such as lightning quick lay-ups, ankle breaking cross-overs, thunderous dunks and silky smooth jumpers. The game has bugs however. The officiating isn't exactly perfect as there are phantom calls and non calls. Many times the player steps out of bounds with the ball and no call is made. Also, for some reason, the first player is more prone to foul trouble than the second player.
Personally, the team I use are the Cleveland Cavaliers as they have the depth and the star power to go toe to toe with any NBA team. They have five All Stars in Lebron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Shaquille O'Neil, Maurice Williams and Antawn Jamison. They also have a decent supporting cast in Anthony Parker, JJ Hickson, Jamario Moon, Leon Powe, Anderson Varejao and Delonte West. The team has an advantage in terms of offense as it has a bevy of scores. The team also has Lebron James who is arguably the best player in the league. The team however has difficulty guarding speedy point guards. Also, Shaq and Z are already slow and old and are not exactly the fastest in terms of reacting to the offense.
Overall, the game is worth buying and has plenty of replay value as you can always play against the computer or another player and each game is different. The roster updates are also a plus factor as it adds to the replayability of the game and saves time in manually trading players. You could also try to finish an entire season and see how well you can match up with the other 29 teams.