NBA Live 09

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NBA Live 09
Cover art featuring Tony Parker
Developer(s) EA Canada (PS3, Xbox 360)
HB Studios (Wii, PSP, PS2)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Portable
Xbox 360
Mobile phone
  • NA: October 7, 2008
  • AU: October 9, 2008
  • EU: October 10, 2008
  • JP: October 23, 2008 (PS2, PS3, PSP, X360)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

NBA Live 09, sometimes called NBA Live 2009, is the 2008 installment in the NBA Live series, developed and published by Electronic Arts. The original release date was October 7, 2008. The game features Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs on the cover in most markets (this is Parker's second appearance on the cover; he also appeared on the French version of NBA Live 07). The Wii version of the game, developed by HB Studios, is titled NBA Live 09 All-Play and launched under EA Sports' new All-Play brand exclusive to the platform. This was the last NBA Live game released for the PlayStation 2 and the Wii.


While Parker appears on the cover in the US and most international markets, some international versions feature players from those areas:


Dynamic DNA[edit]

Dynamic DNA is a new feature in NBA Live 09 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 2, though it is not available for the PlayStation Portable. It breaks down how a team scores, sets up offense and how individual players go about on offense. It also updates players accessories, haircuts, facial hair changes and shoes. It is updated daily through NBA Live 365. It has been claimed that this new feature adds a more realistic feel to the gameplay was featured.

NBA LIVE 365[edit]

NBA Live 365 is an addition to the NBA Live franchise. An update is downloadable every three or four months, updating player trades/injured players, and is not updating rosters for the 2009-2010 season.

Live Rewind[edit]

The gamer can replay previous games with the updated statistical data that recreates identical conditions including injuries, hot/cold streaks, tendencies and player DNA. If the game player does not have internet the gamer can still play games from the playoffs of the 2007-08 season.

Pick-and-Roll Control[edit]

This new two-man game mechanic lets you control both the ball handler and the screener, as you set screens and run two man plays, with on court instructions popping up to guide you through each play.

5-on-5 Online Play[edit]

Up to 5 players on each team for each starting position are user controlled. Club play allows your set team to play against other teams in a league type game as you gain rankings and move up divisions for each win. It is also possible to play on team play without a club.

Quickstrike Anklebreakers[edit]

A defender can be forced to step up and guess what the player will do next. Players can trigger the turbo button and use the right analog stick for ball-handling moves to fake out their defenders and create scoring opportunities.

Lockdown Defense[edit]

This feature allows a player to stay with his opponent the whole way and cause a turnover or bad shot.

Signature Play Calling[edit]

An in-game play calling system has been introduced. Linked to LIVE 365, this feature will suggest authentic plays for NBA's stars to run on the court. The gamer can bring up plays by pressing a button and tendencies of the player successfully completing that move will be displayed. The players who will be shown on the play calling menu can be changed by changing it in the options menu e.g. if the gamer has Ben Wallace doing a post-up move, it can be changed to LeBron James doing an off-the-ball screen.

Expanded FIBA teams[edit]

There are now 24 FIBA teams compared to NBA Live 08, which only had 8. An international tournament using authentic FIBA rosters and teams is available.


Review scores
Publication Score
PS2 PS3 PSP Wii Xbox 360 N/A B[1] N/A N/A B[1]
Famitsu 27/40[2] 33/40[2] 28/40[2] N/A 33/10[2]
Game Informer N/A 7.75/10[3] N/A N/A 7.75/10[3]
GameSpot N/A 7.5/10[4] N/A N/A 7.5/10[4]
GameSpy N/A 3.5/5 stars[5] N/A N/A 3.5/5 stars[5]
GameTrailers N/A 6.9/10[6] N/A N/A N/A
GameZone N/A 8.2/10[7] N/A N/A 8/10[8]
IGN 5.5/10[9] 6.5/10[10] 6.1/10[11] 5.4/10[12] N/A
Nintendo Life N/A N/A N/A 7/10 stars[13] N/A
Nintendo Power N/A N/A N/A 4/10[14] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A N/A 8/10[15]
PSM N/A 4/5 stars[16] N/A N/A N/A
411Mania N/A N/A N/A N/A 8.9/10[17]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 55/100[18] 75/100[19] 61/100[20] 51/100[21] 77/100[22]

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions received "generally favorable reviews", while the PSP, PlayStation 2 and Wii versions received "mixed" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[22][19][20][18][21] In Japan, Famitsu gave the game a score of three eights and one nine for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions; all four sevens for the PSP version; and two sevens, one six, and one seven for the PS2 version.[2]

GameSpot nominated the game for the dubious honor of Least Improved Sequel in its 2008 video game awards (the award went to Animal Crossing: City Folk).[23]


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  11. ^ Burk, Avi (October 27, 2008). "NBA Live 09 Review (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bozon, Mark (October 14, 2008). "NBA Live 09 All-Play Review". IGN. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ Govan, Andy (November 16, 2008). "NBA Live 09 All-Play (Wii) Review". NintendoLife. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ "NBA Live 09 All-Play". Nintendo Power. 234: 104. November 2008. 
  15. ^ McCaffrey, Ryan (November 2008). "NBA Live 09". Official Xbox Magazine: 70. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Review: NBA Live 09 (PS3)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 88. November 2008. 
  17. ^ Lansdell, Chris (November 3, 2008). "NBA Live 09 (Xbox 360) Review". 411Mania. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "NBA Live 09 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "NBA Live 09 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "NBA Live 09 for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "NBA Live 09 All-Play for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "NBA Live 09 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ Mihoerck, Dan (December 23, 2008). "Best of 2008 Dubious Honors". GameSpot. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 

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