This is a very strong basketball game. It has great graphix and good and very easy to learn gameplay and controls. This is even worth buying over 2K9! the only thing you may gain by buying 2K9 over this is maybe a little bit of better graphix not much and there is nothing better about 9 than 8. The graphix are very good and it really almost looks like a real game,exept some of the player movements seem a little weird at times. The commentary can get repetative but it is quite good. This is a very fun and adicting game. The controls are very simple with maybe 4 buttons that u absolutly need,but otherwise,you probly will only use like 3 buttons making it very simple and fast to learn. The defense can be hard and seem like your not doing much controling but it is ok. Shots can get frustrating when it should have been perfect but it turns out to be a complete airball. The teams are also not right with teams that are supposed to be terrible,being as good as the best teams and sometimes winning by alot. It is very fun multiplayer though with up to seven players it can be very fun. The dunk contest is really fun also. There are many side modes and games and stuff that i havnt even explored yet,it is so deep into the menus that it is hard to figure out what is where and what. But in the end,it is mainly fun for its multiplayer and quick play mode. This is the best buy for NBA games out there. BUY IT!!!