Reviews and Problems with NBA 08 Featuring The Life Vol. 3
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24 December 2007
Excerpt: The biggest problem with this series has always been the gameplay. Despite a few cool ideas, these games have yet to get the gameplay right in any installment. From the start, it felt wrong, the AI stunk, and everything was rather bare bones. However, the presentation was good. The Life, a story mode which is more in-depth than any previously seen in a sports game, gained the series some fans who were tired of generic basketball game presentation.
Excerpt: I review a lot of sports games-mostly on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Whenever I am faced with the task of reviewing a PS2 game, I have to remember that in one sense, I can't hold it to the same standards as the next-gen games (it costs less right?). Obviously, the hardware is not as powerful, and not capable of the same depth and visuals. But I am not ready to admit that the good ole' PS2 can't still churn out sports games that are fun, play great, and are entertaining.
Excerpt: Unlike it�s Cell fueled brethren NBA 08 on PS2 is a different beast than the other version. Gone is the NBA Replay mode, and the constantly updated gameplay during the regular season. In its place we get The Life V3, an obvious third attempt at a �story� driven stroll through skill challenges. Playing through The Life was exactly like it was playing through NBA Replay on the PS3, with the exception of a few different and welcome challenge types.
Excerpt: Over the past few years, Sony has managed to make decent strides with their NBA franchise. Debuting NBA 06 with its all new "The Life" mode, the series managed to get a solid shot of life, as the game was met with better than expected criticism - albeit still far from anything great. But now that we're in the new generation, should we really expect the NBA franchise to change much on the PS2 when Sony is concentrating more on improving the PlayStation 3 version?
Conclusion: There’s not much that can be said of NBA 08 on the PlayStation 2 and that’s likely because of the platform itself and not so much about the game. Sony’s running out of ideas for the PS2 and that’s fine. The developer has moved onto better pastures and the results of their work will pay off in the near future. Hopefully Sony lets the PS2 rest and moves the series permanently on the PSP and the PS3 where they can experiment more.
Conclusion: Because the PS2 is on its way out, you wouldn't expect Sony to put a lot of new features into NBA 08, but it certainly wouldn't have been unreasonable to expect a bit more effort cleaning up some of 07's flaws. Still, if you've previously found yourself enjoying The Life or you're tired of the bland franchise options of other games, NBA 08 is worth a cautious look.
Pros: The Life is still enjoyable, Tricolored shot meter is good, Low-post moves work well.
Cons: Lousy frame rate, There's nothing really new here, Ugly graphics, Gameplay is generally poor.
Excerpt: For the past few seasons, "The Life" has made Sony's NBA franchise worth playing. The mode, which lets you go through all of the off-court antics of players, was originally more of a side feature but has quickly become the game's main attraction. It is no surprise then that the mode has received top billing this time around and seen a majority of the tweaks.
Conclusion: Well this is the one category that actually had the possibility of not getting a perfect score, but when it came down to it, I must say that I just had a ton of fun with Ninja Gaiden. Although there were times where I became frustrated with how difficult the game was, I must say that for the majority of the time, I just had a blast playing Ninja Gaiden. The Gameplay is just so smooth and so precise that it is hard not to have fun in the game.
Conclusion: The one thing about Mario Golf is that it is an Arcade Golf title, which means where you aim the ball it will go. This also brings a little less challenge but a lot more fun to the game. This is one of those games that you can easily make birdies and I even have made a few hole in ones, this really makes the game a lot more enjoyable to play.
Excerpt: Quand le match est serré et que le ballon est entre vos mains, qu'est-ce que vous faites ? Vous pénétrez et montez au-dessus du panier pour écraser un dunk monstrueux, ou bien vous cherchez un espace libre pour tuer le match avec un tir à trois points ? Dans NBA LIVE 08, prenez le contrôle du...