E3 2008: NBA 2K9 First LookDevelopers explained that, unlike NHL 2K8, 2K Sports NBA simulation did not need a rebuild, and was instead ready for primetime already. The company "likes where its gone and where its going", and explained that this years design direction is to be the complete package from booting on your system to shutting it down. Thats fine and dandy, but in our first look at the game at E3, we saw very, very little of where NBA 2K9 might be going.
We only saw about 90 seconds of gameplay and a similarly-short trailer that featured the Celtics and Lakers, and neither showed any real tangible differences from the previous versions of the game. The only real visual effect we noticed that looked new was improved lighting and shadowing, with the effect of the arena lights looking really nifty on the Celtics parquet. We didnt see any noticeable gameplay differences, with one glaring, ugly play seeing Ray Allen make a leaping, full-force bullet pass from the elbow to Kevin Garnett, three feet away at the top of the key.
Seriously, thats it -- we learned very little about NBA 2K9, which suggests that the game is still far from being completed. Thats a big concern with the games launch only three months away, and with NBA Live announcing its Dynamic DNA feature at E3, 2K already appears to be playing a game of catch-up.