NZGamer writes: "As the baseball season winds down and the NFL heats up, EA prepares us for the start of the new NBA season with the release of NBA Live 09. And like Michael Jordan's return to the hardwood after his brief baseball hiatus, it's a championship calibre return.
Every year there is a new crop of EA's sports sims, and every year we get to decide if it has been worth it - often it hasn't. There has been criticism that the same game sometimes gets served up with just the minimum number of changes. On occasion the new version has simply been a rushed cross console port, and there have even been times where it seems a simple lack of effort or inspiration has set the title up for failure."