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: 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: EA Sports is most well known for their powerhouse franchise Madden. They have had no legitimate competition to that series ever since they locked up the NFL license. However that isn't the case with their NBA franchise, NBA Live. Seems that EA has yet to get exclusive right to the NBA for some reason and that means that other developers are also releasing NBA games.
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: NBA Live has always had a long way to go before eclipsing -- or even reaching, for that matter -- the level of quality of 2K Sports' NBA 2K series. NBA Live 08 doesn't change that; however, this is clearly a better game than last year. It's obviously not there yet, and is still not nearly good enough to recommend over 2K's game, but EA Sports appears to be back on the right track. In truth, the game had nowhere to go but up. The improvements start with player control.
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.