Excerpt: SCEA's NBA franchise got off to a bad start on the PS3. Although it was impressive visually, it came up extremely short or average in nearly every other category. The series' follow-up, NBA 08 , is an improved version of last year's game, but still doesn't quite go where it needs to. Visuals once again shine. The game runs at a smooth framerate and everything is packed with details.
Excerpt: Finally, the next installment of the NBA franchise arrives on the PlayStation 3 that features new graphics and gameplay to truly showcase the power of the console and the developers. With realistic visuals, almost perfect controls and a great career mode, the NBA franchise has never looked better and this time they're playing for keeps in what just may be one of the best sport games of the year... on the PS3 that is!
Excerpt: When the PS3 was launched the big hullabaloo was about how it was the only true HD system and Sony�s release of NBA 07 flaunted that characteristic endlessly. Now that the PS3 isn�t the only 1080p console out there, one would think that the pomp would stop but immediately upon loading the title the banner touting the resolution of the game is displayed as prominent as ever.
Excerpt: on my Nintendo Entertainment System--you know, back when we played games because they were fun. I didn't care much for realism back then, either. Fast forward to today, and it's clear most developers strive for a perfect mix of arcade and simulation in any sports title. Very few titles accomplish that.
Excerpt: Eschewing the somewhat generic menus and intersectional’s for a more robust retro-themed approach makes the game immediately more appealing. NBA 08's visuals have also gone in for a slight overhaul and the game now includes better crowd animations, more detailed player models and smoother camera angles that make for a better overall experience.
Summary: Developers are often criticized for seemingly doing as little as possible from one year to the next with their sports games. That is not the case with NBA 2K8. It's superior to last year's game in almost every way; there's loads of new content and the gameplay is better than ever. Issues, such as missed shots close to the basket and atrocious documentation, hurt the overall package. But this is still a game that's sure to please both casual and hardcore hoops fans.
Pros: New signature style moves look amazing, CPU plays smart and is challenging but fair, Slam dunk contest is a fun addition, Lots of online options, Tons of ways to stay busy
Cons: Too many missed layups, Awful instructions make it tough to learn new moves, Menus are still a chore to navigate