|Sony's in-house NBA series continues with another season of basketball action and behind-the-scenes theatrics in NBA 09: The Inside. "The Life" mode returns to the PS3 after a one-year hiatus, this time letting gamers guide three different characters through a series of both on-the-court and off-the-court challenges, earning rewards and endorsements along the way. The brand new Franchise mode lets gamers run every aspect of their team, from salaries, playing time, and trades, to drafting and player development, while the player progression system from NBA 08 returns with a new round of challenges, rewards, and customization options.
Also returning from the "08" version of the series is the Replay mode that allows players to alter the course of history by re-enacting key moments from the real '07-'08 NBA season. The Games of the Week feature returns as well, offering players the chance to relive five real scenarios from the previous week of NBA action. Other features include online leagues and leaderboards, commentary from announcers Kevin Calabro and Kenny Smith, two new mini-games, livelier arenas, and enhanced character modeling and movement.