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The following sites have posted NBA Live 09 previews:
  • IGN
    "The first thing that players will be introduced to is the NBA Live Academy, which will act as the hub for all activity within the game. Essentially a practice facility for your favorite team, this gym features two full courts where your team will work on skills, such as their jump shots and defensive plays. To further help you with your game, you'll find a number of assistants and the head coach scattered around the court observing your practice and your moves. By taking a player over to one of these coaches, you can work on one of 40 separate skill challenges designed to get you accustomed to NBA Live 09's new gameplay mechanics."
  • GameSpot
    "The most important animation tweak this year, however, may actually be a fix to an issue that plagued NBA Live 08. Many of you have probably experienced the frustration of being stuck in an animation in NBA Live 08 where you could do nothing but watch as your player was forced out of bounds. This year's game addresses that issue in two ways. First, the addition of sideline contextual animations, such as leaning up against the defender while tight roping the sideline, should eliminate many of these turnovers. Essentially, there is a soft barrier that prevents animations from taking you out of bounds (though you can still run out of bounds on your own accord). Second, NBA Live 09 gives you the ability to break out of driving animations such as this at any time by disengaging from the defender (left analog away from the defender). Between the two additions, there should be much less cause for ripping out your hair this year."
  • 1UP
    "If we sound relatively unimpressed, it's because we expected more in its second year of rebuilding. On the positive side, we dug the expansion of FIBA (from eight last year to 24 this year) that will also have stat tracking, an MVP award at the end of tourneys, and the trapezoidal key. We're also up for the Be a Pro mode that has been featured in FIFA 08 and was nicely tweaked for UEFA Euro 2008. And as for the animations, it's a huge positive that dunks now look fluid (last year they were janky as all get out). But in the end, we didn't see that spark that makes us want to leap at the controller. Maybe we'll take a different stance once we get our hands on it."

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# 1 Stumbleweed @ 06/17/08 04:47 PM
They look great -- again, hopefully the game plays as good as it looks this year. Mike Wang gives me hope, as does the Q&A that was posted... it seems that they're really fessing up to and trying to fix the issues from last year.
 
# 2 Mintsa @ 06/17/08 05:10 PM
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/882/882395p2.html

It's only 2 pages but it sounds like they're finally getting back on the right track.
 
# 3 LBzrule @ 06/17/08 05:20 PM
hmmm interesting. With some friends the 5 on 5 online could be alot of fun.
 
# 4 Parasight @ 06/17/08 05:23 PM
A lot of these new features are almost direct mimics of mechanics already in 2K. Not that it's a bad thing, but it's a little like they are a step behind.
 
# 5 NumberOneRB @ 06/17/08 05:25 PM
Looks like 5-on-5 online play is in, along with a "Superstar Mode" (Be A Pro- similar to Fifa I believe). Sounds good, although the layup issues mentioned kind of worries me.
 
# 6 NumberOneRB @ 06/17/08 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Parasight
A lot of these new features are almost direct mimics of mechanics already in 2K. Not that it's a bad thing, but it's a little like they are a step behind.
Don't forget that Wang is working for them now, so its understandable that he would bring some of the successful 2K features over to this franchise.
 
# 7 NumberOneRB @ 06/17/08 05:33 PM
They've brightened up the entire arena, which is a big plus. Now games won't look like they're all being played in an arena that contains only a small lamp as a lighting source. Player body models look improved as well.
 
# 8 Mintsa @ 06/17/08 05:54 PM
Yeah, those "new" 4 quick plays are straight from 2k8.

Hey.....the more Live can take from 2k8 the better. Especially if 2k is not released next year (which is still a possibility, coveyboy announcment and all).
 
# 9 Behindshadows @ 06/17/08 06:01 PM
Straight from 2k, Straight from 2k...Please people!

Better Late than never, ya'll complain about the limitations of Live and now they add elements that you guys like and you complain.

Come on bruh! Let Mike Wang do his job and give us that great experience in a 2nd BB game.
 
# 10 23 @ 06/17/08 07:23 PM
Thx for the links
 
# 11 D.Winn @ 06/17/08 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Behindshadows2
Straight from 2k, Straight from 2k...Please people!

Better Late than never, ya'll complain about the limitations of Live and now they add elements that you guys like and you complain.

Come on bruh! Let Mike Wang do his job and give us that great experience in a 2nd BB game.

Im with you bruh..i just want 2 good basketball games. I dont care what they do and how they do it. I just want it done lol.
 
# 12 23 @ 06/17/08 07:27 PM
I dont think anyone was complaining, and im glad that they're taking mechanics that work and adding it to Live.

Hopefully they fix their godawful animations and physics because , ugh


Gonna merge too since there are two of the same things here.
 
# 13 Mintsa @ 06/17/08 07:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Behindshadows2
Straight from 2k, Straight from 2k...Please people!

Better Late than never, ya'll complain about the limitations of Live and now they add elements that you guys like and you complain.

Come on bruh! Let Mike Wang do his job and give us that great experience in a 2nd BB game.
????

Who's complaining ???
 
# 14 BiggD @ 06/17/08 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by D.Winn
Im with you bruh..i just want 2 good basketball games. I dont care what they do and how they do it. I just want it done lol.
i'm with you guys too!!!


let the Wang perform its magic! LMAO
 
# 15 Klocker @ 06/17/08 07:33 PM
sweet

this game is looking good
 
# 16 23 @ 06/17/08 07:41 PM
No
Quote:
w you can hold down Right Trigger while doing Quickstrike moves and trigger Ankle Breaker moves. It basically triggers crossover moves with bigger hesitation poses at the end of them. It's your set-up move. Once you get in that pose your defender has to get ready to react because you can explode out of those moves with a first step. If the defender guesses the correct way he'll lock you up. If he guesses the wrong way you cross him up and leave him flat footed. Or, you can even pull-up for a quick jumper. So, essentially, it allows you to take players like Deron Williams, do some regular crossovers to get a rhythm going, quickly break out into an ankle breaker crossover, and try cross your man up and get to the bucket. What I like about this is that it gives our Quickstrike a purpose. There's an offensive and defensive side of it, and creates a "game within the game".

I hope this isnt like that trash in 2K5. It sounds just like it
 
# 17 MakaveliLPC @ 06/17/08 07:43 PM
i always disliked wang

but wang is growing on me

now i love wang!

 
# 18 BiggD @ 06/17/08 07:46 PM
Finally we have the early slip on the pick n roll !!! Amare Stoudamire will be a beast in this game now! i like the sound of the NBA Academy
 
# 19 23 @ 06/17/08 07:47 PM
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We pulled pro-hops this year because we have a new feature we call Signature Play Calling and we are using the Y button for this. I'm sure we'll be talking about this in more detail later, but I'll give you a quick summary of it now. We've re-vamped all of our plays and our play-calling system. Teams will run authentic sets and we'll have a bunch of different options in those sets that focus on your star players. You can run specific plays for Kobe, Pau or Odom, all out of the Triangle. We'll give you one option to choose from 8 plays by bringing up our Signature Play Calling menu via the Left Bumper. Or, you can just push the Y button and it will select the best play for you to run at that time based on who is on the court. It's almost like an "Ask Madden' type idea.

Do you guys like this idea?
 
# 20 BiggD @ 06/17/08 07:47 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MakaveliLPC
i always disliked wang

but wang is growing on me

now i love wang!

um.....dude... don't say you like Wang! (jokes)
 

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