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Czar checks in this week with this Platinum Czar Battleground: NBA Live 09 vs. NBA 2K9 video.

"Every year Czar gets a request to compare both NBA basketball games in simtastic detail. This year Czar takes the challenge and brings you the Battleground Live 09 vs. 2K9. In this episode we start off talking about presentation."

Game: NBA 2K9Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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# 1 R9NALD9 @ 06/04/09 05:14 AM
good work, can't wait till next week to hear your thoughts on gameplay!
# 2 marcoyk @ 06/04/09 07:21 AM
Wow, I never really realized how good NBA 2K9's presentation is compared to NBA Live 09.
# 3 jaosming @ 06/04/09 07:55 AM
great comparison Czar, IMO you should have included some of the Live Academy in with the pre-game presentation but I'm sure you have something planned for the Academy from Live in this series.

# 4 Da_Czar @ 06/04/09 08:44 AM
@ jaosming

Yeah figuring out the categories and where to put everything may not be perfect this year but once I go though it all and have time to process it I will refine that more for next year.

Rest assusred though points will be given for academy which was an excellent addition to their series.

Thanks R9NALD9 gameplay has been real interesting !!! Next week I have 2-3 more on presentation and then were right into the gameplay
# 5 23 @ 06/04/09 10:42 AM
Good call on the replays Czar.. It hampered some of the excitement for me in the video's I made because i wanted full crowd interaction including the mascots and cheerleaders but they were like still frames as everything else went on..

2k definitely had the presentation domination this year. I think Live 09 showed us that the cut scene is played out in basketball sports games and realtime cuts are where its at.
# 6 TreyIM2 @ 06/04/09 11:27 AM
Oh, 2K9 all day in this category, as well as others. I am still hoping Live can step it up for Live 10 since they recruited one of the guys from 2KSports who worked on the NBA 2K games. Peep this - http://sports.espn.go.com/videogames/news/story?id=3900151

Oh, and Kobe is on the cover of 2K10 - http://sports.espn.go.com/videogames/news/story?id=4229523
# 7 amedawg00 @ 06/04/09 02:00 PM
Simply masterful Czar. I shudder to think why you aren't doing what you professionally in some fashion, cuz this right here grade A quality analysis that you are gracing the sim heads with. 2K owned Live in nearly all aspects of nba simulation, as has been the case in recent years. I think these videos will be in an exercise in formality as you eventually crown 2K9 as the GOAT, IMO. I really hope you harp on the 2K online leagues as that is what is keeping the game fresh 7+ months after release, yet is seemingly non existant in Live 09.
# 8 rockchisler @ 06/04/09 02:35 PM
As always..sweet.
# 9 statum71 @ 06/04/09 07:42 PM
Well said. This is why as much as people bag on 2K, I STILL feel like its a better game than Live by far.

This year with EA having the 2K guy onboard......we'll have to see.
# 10 BiggD @ 06/04/09 10:12 PM
So true...so very true
# 11 demencia_total @ 06/05/09 12:02 AM
Excellent as always. Looking forward to the next ones.
# 12 PantherBeast_OS @ 06/13/09 03:33 AM
Presention in nba2k9 is good I got to admit that. But when I played it the game speed and gameplay seemed slowed and sloppy to me.

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