PSX Extreme writes: "Every year, 2K Games and EA Sports goes head-to-head in all major sports, and recently, 2K has had the obvious edge when it comes to the basketball battle. However, EA made significant strides with last year's Live installment and after hearing about several significant additions and enhancements featured in NBA Live 09, we thought EA might have a shot at reclaiming the crown this year. However, we soon realized that developers are faced with an interesting decision with sports titles these days: should they go full-on simulated, thereby making the controls more complex (yet hopefully more realistic)? Or do they back off on the depth and intricacy in favor of a more accessible, pick-up-and-play style (which in turns lowers the authenticity)? Well, it seems that this year, while 2K asks a great deal of the b-ball fan with NBA 2K9, EA embraces the idea of appealing to as many gamers as possible. Hence, the decision to buy will be based upon your expectations; if you're looking for something both deep and fun, it's a good option."