Excerpt: The latest edition to the NBA franchise has arrived on the XBox 360 with EA Sports NBA Live 08 that has produced some of the nicest graphics and gameplay to date. Featuring a variety of new and improved gameplay options, improved shooting mechanics and flawless 60 frames per second graphics, NBA Live 08 is definitely the closest us mere mortals will ever get to play with the big guns of basketball.
Excerpt: NBA Live 08 finally brings EA's basketball franchise fully into next-gen after serving up some not quite so ready for primetime players. No longer are we in another "rebuilding year"; this is definitely a franchise on the move. However, there are still some holes in the lineup that keep it from being a championship caliber franchise.
Summary: When the game is on the line and the ball is in your hands, what will you do? Will you penetrate, drive the lane and rise above the rim for a monster dunk, or find an opening on the perimeter and sink a game-winning three? Take control of the game with a full arsenal to win the 1-on-1 match-up from every spot on the floor with NBA Live 08.
Excerpt: One thing that sports games are clear, it’s their plot –if any-. Choose a team, build up your players and start winning games with a few twists along the way of course. In NBA Live 08, the career mode has been revamped in ‘Dynasty Mode’, through which the player gets to manage an NBA team for a decade and grab as much glory and titles as possible. There’s definitely a pattern here. The game’s controls follow the usual EA theme.
Pros: Good visuals, great sound.
Cons: Erratic and problematic gameplay, player 'phasing', unbelievable match results, AI cheating.
Conclusion: high-octane offense, but not so much to those looking for a more realistic basketball videogame. That’s changed with NBA Live 08, which brings a more simulation and realistic NBA game flow to the court, and the result is a slam dunk over its predecessor, with fluid 60 frames per second animation, seemingly much smarter AI, better offensive shooting and post up mechanics and an excellent online component.
Excerpt: In the last couple of installments, the gameplay has been the biggest disappointment. The ball-handling was jerky, the passing made no sense, and there was no inside game to speak of. The whole game had gotten pretty dull. This year, EA has smoothed over a lot of these issues, and this year we have a game that improves over its predecessors in every way. Over the past few years, the NBA Live series has really taken a backseat to the 2K Sports series.
Excerpt: Over the past few years, the NBA Live series has really taken a backseat to the 2K Sports series. Since the game hit next-gen consoles, it has been somewhat of a disappointment, both in gameplay and in depth of features. For NBA Live 08, however, EA Sports has gone back to basics. This year, they've rebuilt the gameplay from the ground up, making it smoother and more playable.
Excerpt: Ahh Basketball. The grace, athleticism, skill, and teamwork. Also, overvalued contracts, whiny star players, coach/player conflicts. All of it packaged for you, including neck tattoos, in this year’s NBA Live. The only thing missing is referee point shaving and terrible rap albums.