NBA Live 09

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NBA Live 09 offers new features designed to enhance the controls and on-court action you'll experience while managing your favorite pro basketball team. One of the more distinctive additions is "dynamic DNA," which focuses on real-life behaviors or tendencies of teams and individual players. Statistical data on each NBA game is transferred to NBA Live 09 on a daily basis. If a player goes on a cold streak in real life, his ratings will be adjusted within the game. If a player prefers to shoot from a specific spot on the court, his behavior will be reflected in his digital counterpart. To take advantage of this dynamic DNA feature, which is optional, you have to be connected online. Other Xbox Live features include five-on-five online play, which supports ten players on ten separate consoles, and custom leagues, which feature drafts, trades, and a single-elimination playoff structure. Users can also record footage of their most impressive slams or buzzer-beaters and upload the highlights to the publisher's EA Sports World service. Those who aren't interested in online play will notice several tweaks in the game's controls on both offense and defense. Pick and rolls can now be implemented by controlling both the ball handler and screener via on-court cues. "Quick strike ankle breakers" involve faking out defenders by tapping the turbo button and nudging the analog stick, while "lockdown control" improves defense by giving you the option to shut down a leading scorer. NBA Live 09 also continues the role-playing like "Be a Pro" mode first offered in NHL 09. As in the hockey title, you play a single athlete on the court while gradually building his stats and abilities over time. Rounding out the feature list is an interactive practice facility called the NBA Academy and an expanded FIBA tournament with 24 national teams.

Game Controls



Left Thumbstick = move player
Left Bumper (Hold) + A, X, B or Y Button = quick plays
Right Trigger (Hold) = turbo
Left Trigger = box out
Left Thumbstick Button (Hold) = hot spots, dna tendencies
Y Button = rebound


B Button (Hold And Release) = shoot
B Button (Tap) = shot fake
Left Thumbstick (Away From Basket) + B Button = fade away jump shot
A Button = pass
X Button = dunk, lay-up
Y Button = dna playcalling
Left Trigger (Hold) + Left Thumbstick = pick & roll control
Right Bumper + Right Thumbstick Up = alley-oop pass (when teammate has a clear lane to the basket)
Right Bumper (Hold) + A, X, B or Y Button = direct pass
Left Bumper (Hold) + A, X, B or Y = signature platcalling
Right Bumper = toggle different plays
Right Thumbstick = quick strike moves
Right Trigger (Hold) Right Thumbstick = quick strike ankle breakers
Back Button = call timeout


Left Thumbstick = move pass receiver
A, X, B or Y Button = call for pass


B Button (Hold Then Release) = shoot free throw


A Button = switch player
X Button = steal, intercept
Right Thumbstick Left or Right (Hold) = take charge
Y Button = block, rebound
Right Bumper (Hold) + A, X, B or Y Button = direct player switch
Right Thumbstick Down = defensive stance
Left Trigger = defense assist
Right Thumbstick Up (Hold) = hands up
Left Trigger + Left Thumbstick Up = guard tight
Left Trigger + Left Thumbstick Down = guard loose
B Button (Hold) = double team
Left Bumper (Hold) + A, X, B or Y Button = defensive sets
Back Button = intentional foul


Right Thumbstick Button = backdown
B Button (Press and Release) = shoot
B Button (Tap) = shot fake
B Button (Tap) + B Button (Press and Release) = shot fake, counter shot
Right Thumbstick Left or Right = spin move
Right Trigger (Hold) + Right Thumbstick Left Left or Right = drop step