Being new to basketball games in general I have nothing to campare this to, but even that said I can tell this is a below average game. Somewhat annoying controls, and bad camera angle not letting you see the majority of the court at any one time. (although this is changable I believe). The commentators do not seem very excited or enthusiastic and repeat themselves often. The soundtrack is mainly hip-hop and rap which isn't to my taste, others may like it though. But. If your a hardcore basketball fan, it is .. tolerable.. to play. Unfortunatly for EA Games, you don't have to look hard to find a superior alternative to NBA Live 09.