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...
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.
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?
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...
Pros: Good visuals, great sound.
Cons: Erratic and problematic gameplay, player 'phasing', unbelievable match results, AI cheating.
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.
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.
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.
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,...