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By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Deep hoops simulation with challenging controls.

Game PlayStation 2 2008
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Visually, the series has made major strides. Players models look more polished. As you progress through games, you'll notice beads of sweat form on their foreheads as they get tired. Crowds are boisterous. The swishes and clanks from the rim sound crisp. Online, options have been expanded to include 5-on-5 multiplayer and a ranking system to measure your skills.

Overall, games are perfectly balanced between half-court sets and the fast break. As for the controls, they might be complicated for younger players. Beyond on-the-court gameplay, the directional pad is mapped to four different areas, including quick substitutions and playcalling. Dribbling is tricky as well. Player movement and ballhandling are both mapped to the analog stick. When you press the left trigger, you can execute your dribble moves. The problem is you must be very precise to pull off moves even as simple as a crossover. However, the troubles with NBA 2K9 are minor when you consider the robust level of controls and gameplay options available.

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