Thursday, September 11, 2008

NBA 09: The Inside

(Boulder-CO) SCEA is on the verge of opening up the 2008-2009 NBA video game season with NBA 09 The Inside available on all PlayStation consoles, and they have decided to feature Carmelo Anthony as one of the six NBA stars to grace the cover.

But, that's just the beginning of what is sure to make this game a must-have for any NBA gamer. Check out some of these new features:

The Life – Available on PS3 for the first time, players will go behind the scenes in this unique mode and experience the life of an NBA professional, balancing interaction with coaches, teammates, and rivals. NBA 09 The Inside lets players experience a completely new sequence of Life story elements for this year. Perform well on the court to earn rewards and endorsements.

Franchise Mode – For the first time on the NBA franchise, players can extend their experience in running a team where performance and player morale are tracked on virtually every level – salary, playing time, trades, team performance, and much more. Major focus will center player development, from draft selections all the way to seasoned NBA veterans.

NBA Replay Mode – Back to test the skills of the most hardcore NBA fans, "NBA Replay" is once again available for players to re-live great performances from the ’07 -’08 season and work through a wide array of the entire past season’s memorable gameplay scenarios.

NBA Replay (Games of the Week) – Returning with an all-new set of upcoming highlight-reel plays, "Games of the Week" will allow players to download five scenarios each week involving real NBA games from the upcoming ’08 -’09 season and attempt to replay those magical moments within the game.

Mini-Games – Two new mini-games available to challenge players:

o Blacktop Golf – A twist on the game of golf where players use basketballs to interact and score on traditional hoops, as well as different environmental objects, in an effort to get the lowest score possible.

o Rabbit – A shooting game where players attempt to score as many points as possible from moving targets and bonus targets, going through stages that gradually become more difficult.

Expanded Character Movement – A new contact mechanism takes into account a player’s momentum when pushing into one another, introducing a "physical" (as opposed to finesse) game play mechanic. Additionally, Havok is incorporated this year to create player interactions that move and flow in a much more fluid and realistic manner.

Brand New Animations – This year more than doubles the amount of dunk/lay-up animations are available, generating more variety under the hoop and creating a more realistic experience overall. Additionally, each character’s defensive posture shows a natural flow between one-on-one defense and off ball defense.

Full HD 1080p – NBA 09 The Inside continues to deliver true high definition at 60 frames per second, delivering the sharpest and most realistic basketball experience available.

The launch date for NBA 09 The Insider is October 7, 2008 and be on the lookout to score a free copy of this release shortly thereafter right here on The Nugg Doctor.

Go Nuggets!


Anonymous said...


Sorry, Sony's NBA game has basically been the running joke among simulation basketball heads since it debuted. The "life" mode that it has this year is one of the the only redeeming factors of that game. Get NBA 2K9 (or even Live 09, which is way improved over Live 08) if you want a real basketball game. No contest... seriously. Trust me, I play the hell out of these games, and nothing touches 2K in terms of realism, gameplay, options, and overall "simulation" play.

I'm actually buying both 2K9 and Live 09 for the first time this season, but even if I had a PS3, Sony's effort wouldn't get a 2nd look from me. Their net animations are the best around though...

Anonymous said...

Heh, that comment was probably harsh.. don't mean to step on anyone's toes, especially if you're getting some kind of promotional copy to give away. The game does look far improved over the last few efforts on the PS3... make sure to check out NBA 2K9 though, as they've been the standard-bearer for simulation basketball since Dreamcast days.

Hah, didn't want to sound like a dick for categorically saying NBA 09 will suck. Nice to see Melo getting some love on the cover, but they really shouldn't place him next to Boozer, knowing how Jazz and Nuggets fans get along...

And why the hell is Boozer on the cover of anything (even if it's shared by 5 others)? Dude is BOOORING. They need to get their boy Amare on there instead... he was on the cover a little while ago I believe.

Nugg Doctor said...

No worries, Stumble. You're certainly welcome to voice your opinion, but this game seems to address some of your gripes from titles past so keep an open mind and see if the new release can change your mind.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor