#6 of 2008: NBA 2K9

Posted December 13th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

This was the year, as we’ve seen with the sales numbers, that consumers overwhelmingly identified the NBA 2K series as the definitive choice for basketball gamers. Being #1 sometimes brings side effects and that has been seen through some dissatisfaction and growing pains. Outside of that though what NBA 2K9 offers is a familiar enjoyable gameplay experience.

With all three basketball games this year offering something different, what 2K9 stood out in was the gameplay. That includes being the best in terms of animations, presentation, and arena atmosphere. Essentially the on-the-court experience was the best.

What NBA 2K9 didn’t do is innovate. There really weren’t any new and exciting modes or features this year. Sooner or later that is going to have to change and 2K will need to provide something fresh and innovative. 2K9 also had severe problems with online play performance and design decisions which has caused a great deal of frustration and disappointment.

In terms of basketball gaming this was an exceptional year. All three titles could be enjoyed for what they offered as they all had unique strengths. Despite not really advancing the series NBA 2K9 lands at #6 in the Top 10 due to its widely recognized superior gameplay experience.

#6 NBA 2K9
#7 Madden 09
#8 Blitz: The League II
#9 NFL Tour
#10 Tiger Woods 09