First and foremost, I’m in the Philippines. Obviously, our standard TV uses and able to play NTSC formats only for videos and video games.
Before I purchased my Sony Playstation3, I was worried that I might not be able to play NBA 2K9 in my standard TV at home. Inquiring with the local retailers at the stores only brought disappointments, as they were expressing with certainty that NBA 2K9 will only work for HDTV.
For one thing, I don’t want to entertain the idea of buying a new TV for the PS3. I was looking desperately on the web about any experience playing the game on a standard TV, but to no avail.
Yes, there are various discussions in Yahoo! Answers and various forums that one doesn’t need an HDTV in order to play PS3. But what about NBA 2K9?
Apparently, most copies of the game (NBA 2K9) sold in the stores are in Region 2 format, i.e., PAL. That’s why these ignorant sales clerks are able to conclude that NBA 2K9 works only in HDTV. (Shouldn’t these people be more knowledgeable about what they’re selling in the first place?)
I tried my luck at V-Mall in Greenhills, and fortunately, one store (Game One Gadget Store) was selling a copy of the game in Region 1 format (NTSC). And they were selling the PS3 as well at the lowest price in the area. So I instantly bought the package and happily playing NBA 2K9 in a PS3 in a standard (480i) TV.
Anyone playing the game in PS3 as well, I would like to play with you online. Just add me, my gamer tag is “Ambuscade”. I wonder if there are offline tournaments of the game….:D