Reviews and Problems with NBA 08 Featuring The Life Vol. 3
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8 June 2012
Excerpt: Since several years, EA and 2K Sports have been ‘fighting’ for the title “best developer of sports games”. If we think about basketball games, the first names coming up are EA’s NBA Live or the 2K series.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.