First and foremost, NBA Live 09's core basketball action is well-rounded and impressive. Both defense and play-calling have been given their due attention this year. Using the left stick, stay close to your man on D to lock down your opponent, and on the other end, hold LB to bring up a quick menu of your team's most frequently run plays - which are then painted on the floor so you know how to execute them.
+ Live 365 mode - which matches game stats to real-world player performance - is a landmark.
+ Robust online features.
- Pick-and-roll is unbalanced except on the highest difficulty.
? Is it impossible to make Steve Nash look human in a videogame?