Like most professional sport video games, the major changes in a game from year-to-year are primarily roster changes and player statistics. But â€œNBA Live â€™09â€ features many new modes that make it a stand out from its competition.
The gameâ€™s main draw is its brand new feature: â€œNBA 365,â€ which is accessed by means of connecting the console to the internet. This feature automatically updates team roster changes, removes injured players and applies â€œhot and cold streaksâ€ to players, meaning that if they are making changes in their real-life performance, their video game version will as well.
This feature goes hand-in-hand with a game mode, titled â€œNBA Rewind.â€ This lets the player relive the events of a game that was televised, as soon as the night before. The teamsâ€™ starting lineups will be the same as well as that particular gameâ€™s outcome. The player can choose to relive the game or play better to change the outcome of the game.
Both features are only available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions of the game.
Despite such features, the game does have its drawbacks in terms of presentation. The graphics are not up to par with the titleâ€™s competition, â€œNBA 2K9â€ and instant replays are sometimes jerky and slow when playing.
Another issue is the tiny font used for in-game text and scores, which can be a bit unnerving.
Even with these issues, the game play itself and player animations still run smooth.
Other modes include â€œBe a pro mode,â€ â€œDynasty modeâ€ and â€œFIBA World Championship,â€ which includes international basketball from 24 countries. Online multiplayer modes that support up to four players are also available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions.