UGO writes: "There comes a time in every man's life when he is forced to look at the bevy of new sports titles and try to distinguish them not only from one another, but also from their own prior incarnations. Or if it doesn't come, it should, because as we all know suffering is how we grow as people. With NBA Live 09 from EA Sports, there are plenty of minor tweaks to the gameplay and modes that we've seen over and over again, but this year there is one new feature that is completely new and should help separate the title from the pack: Dynamic DNA.
I don't think it's a stretch to assume that many people will agree with me when I say that, in recent years, the Live series has taken a back seat to Sega's 2K franchise, at least with regard to simulating a realistic game of b-ball. Live has always had a more arcade-y feel; but this year, EA is going for broke with its new Dynamic DNA system, which will attempt to accurately simulate every player and team's unique tendencies in order to create the most realistic game experience possible. For example, the DNA system will let you know who likes to post up and when, who likes to work the pick and roll, and so forth. This system will also give you the chance of success with each type of move, and present you with a different set of plays to call depending on what player currently holds the ball. The DNA system will be updated DAILY, so trends in the real NBA will be reflected as accurately as possible. This will also include real life hot and cold streaks and team chemistry shifts following in-season trades."