It's once again time to drive the lane with this 2008 edition of 2K Sports' b-ball game.
Visual Concepts' pro basketball series enters its tenth season with NBA 2K9. As usual, the game features the league's players, teams, and venues, according to the rosters and statistics of the contemporary season. The long-running series is known for a distinct blend of realism and playability. Building upon the previous year's releases, 2K9 aims to retain that feel, while adding a few tweaks and perks. Several new Signature Styles have been added for more player-specific custom animations, and the new Hot Zone feature uses real-life NBA data to judge a player's best shot locations and give real-time, in-game feedback about shot possibilities as he moves around the floor.
For gamers who take their consoles online, the most significant addition in NBA 2K9 will be its "Living Rosters" feature. Similar to the news-feed influences of EA Sport's "Player DNA" functions, NBA 2K9 updates in-game player statistics throughout the 2008-2009 season, according to the performances of the real-life NBA players. Some players may gain strength for successes in certain areas while others may lose ability points by not living up to their perceived potential, and outstanding performances may be translated into new Signature Moves, which are downloaded and added into the game. Although these player changes are inspired by statistics based on real-life performances, they are mitigated by a human element in the process: The otherwise anonymous "2K Insider" is purported to have final say as to which changes are passed along to players each online update.
Another notable addition to the series' "Association" franchise mode involves the new Player Ambition statistic. There are three basic ambitions in the game -- money, loyalty, and winning -- and each player in the league is motivated by a blend of the three. A player motivated primarily by money may quickly sign with the highest bidder, while players with other motivations may take a lower paycheck in order to play for a familiar franchise or a team with strong playoff possibilities. When the trading is done and it's time to hit the court, Kevin Harlan returns to call the action, joined by NBA 2K series newcomers Clark "Special K" Kellogg in the booth and Cheryl Miller on the sidelines.
to see them all.
The NBA franchise is back for its 10th season.Â NBA 2K9
is for gamers and basketball fans everywhere who want to play a fun, stylistic, and feature-rich NBA simulation. With wholesale improvement across the board â€“ from gameplay to graphics, presentation and online features - NBA 2K9 is the complete package.
â€¢ IsoMotion Pro - An improved dribble system delivers more ball-handling control for changing direction crossing up the opposition.
â€¢ Shot Stick Advanced - The Shot Stick control system takes it one step further, allowing you to change your shots mid-air.
â€¢ Adaptive AI - Adaptive AI will read, react, and adjust in real time to your strategies. Teammates initiate cuts, picks & post-ups based on how you handle the ball, while opponents modify their strategy to fit the pace of the game.
â€¢ The Association 2.0 - An all-new interface replicating the NBA.com experience, plus new features like Player Ambitions, a Player Scouting system, new mini-game Development Drills and more customization options for the casual player make this the deepest and most robust Franchise mode on the market.
â€¢ 2K-HD - Improved facial and skin textures, better uniforms, improved eye movement and more realistic crowd reactions make the game come alive like never before.
â€¢ Styles Upon Styles - More Signature Style has been added with new signature shots, free throw routines, dunks and even facial expressions. Watch as Shaq smirks after plays and KG bangs his chest running down court. In addition, new Signature Defensive Styles have been added; Bruce Bowen plays tight all game, Rasheed Wallace steals in the post, and Shane Battier takes charges.
â€¢ All-New Broadcast Team - Analyst Clark Kellogg and sideline reporter Cheryl Miller join color commentator Kevin Harland to create one of the most knowledgeable broadcast teams in the game.
â€¢ Better Replays & Cut Scenes - End each quarter with enhanced, multiple angle replay highlights, and be rewarded like never before with all-new, true-to-life celebration sequences.
NEW ONLINE FEATURES:
â€¢ Team 2K â€“ Put your rep where your mouth is. This feature provides the best online players with the opportunity to be elected to the Team 2K Hall of Fame and put themselves in next yearâ€™s game. Each week for 10 weeks the top player will be chosen and receive the 2K Sports royal
treatment, including games, gear, memorabilia and more.
â€¢ New NBA 2K Online Features â€“ 2K Sportsâ€™ industry leading online service gets all-new features like 5-on-5 Multiplayer mode with Off Ball Control and a new player ranking system - from Bench Warmer to Rookie to Pro to Super-star and all the way up to Team 2K.
â€¢ 2K Share - Create, upload and share rosters, sliders and even players created with the all-new Player DNA feature. This also includes the newly revamped Reelmaker, where you can now direct your own digital video highlight reels and post them on 2KSports.com or your personal web page for all the world to watch and admire.