Summary: NBA Live 08 is undoubtedly an improvement for the series, but still lacks the necessary enhancements to call this one a winner. Though fans of basketball might enjoy the great graphics, the gameplay calls for something more.
Pros: Great Graphics, Solid team system, Great online Functionality with Leagues
Cons: Notable framerate issues, Unfixed free-throw system, Uneasy controls and lackluster defensive plays
Excerpt: Last year on the PS3, 2K Sports dominated on the court, spanking Sony's first-party hoops release. This year, things will be more interesting for the Sixaxis crowd. In addition to a greatly improved game from Sony, EA Sports joins the fray. After getting its next-gen feet wet with a couple of lackluster versions of its Live franchise on the Xbox 360, the sports giant roars onto the PS3 with NBA Live 08 -- one of the most solid versions of its basketball sim in years.
Excerpt: EA's NBA Live series has struggled a bit over the last few years. The series has always looked great and been about as feature-laden as any other top-shelf sports game, but the gameplay has always seemed a bit off. NBA Live 08 is a turning point for the franchise; it still looks great and is packed with features, but the gameplay has finally begun to stack up to the rest of the package. There's no question that Live 08 looks great.
Conclusion: is strong for a basketball game. This PS3 version is a great experience for those looking for a solid high definition basketball game. The graphics are sharp and the controls are very fluid. The real disappointment about this version is the lack of different modes and mini-games. While there fairly strong support for multi-player gaming, for those of us who prefer single-player modes, we're missing out on quite a bit.
Excerpt: There isn't any other basketball franchise as long running as EA's own NBA Live series. Live's history dates back to 1989, as EA's Lakers vs. Celtics was the building block of things to come. Bulls vs. Lakers, and Bulls vs. Blazers would then follow, with NBA Showdown 94 capping an end to the pre-Live era. NBA Live 95 would mark the first entry for the series, and 13 iterations later, here we are. The competition for NBA videogame supremacy is bitter, very bitter.
Excerpt: EA proved with Madden that it could tailor a sports game to take advantage of the strengths of the Wii. Unfortunately, it has proved the exact opposite with NBA Live 08. It's ugly, the controls are terrible, and the game is nearly unplayable. Like Madden, NBA Live offers "family style" controls that require only the remote, as well as "advanced play" controls that utilize both the remote and Nunchuk. Both styles are equally bad.
Pros: Perfectly harmless if you don't unwrap it, Good commentary
Cons: Controls don't really work, Gameplay is a mess, Graphics are terrible, AI is lousy, Most everything else
Summary: Let’s be frank. The NBA Live series has not made a pretty transition from the last generation of consoles to the current generation. However, NBA Live 08, the newest entry into Electronic Arts’ basketball franchise, makes positive steps in competing with the vastly superior (up until now) 2K franchise. While it has a lot of room to grow in terms of both gameplay and in the features it provides, what you will be getting is an extremely solid game of basketball.
Pros: Gameplay is vastly improved, Visuals and audio are excellent, Online Leagues
Cons: Lacks features, Defensive AI could use some work, Small framerate issues