TeamXbox: NBA 2K9 Preview

2K Sports came by the TeamXbox offices to show NBA 2K9 recently, and explained that it was in a somewhat unique position. While it has gotten used to taking second place to Electronic Arts with whatever sports game it makes, with NBA 2K9 it has the luxury of being in the lead from last year's competition.

According to Jeff Thomas, 2K's VP of sports development, it enabled the group to take a different attitude-the "freedom to build on what we started…[and] to polish from start to end." Thomas said that the makers spent the time to make better graphics, with "player models that look like the real players," and to craft altogether better lighting within the game.

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