I honestly can't believe the scores are so low for this game...
It's a good game. Not as great as ESPN 2K5 (my personal favorite football game ever), but it follows in the same vein. If you liked that game then give this a try.
The game is intended for multi-person play, however. The single player aspect is very limited. (play through one season, the end) But the multiplayer aspect is awesome. You can create your own team (from NFL legends). Think fantasy football of the greatest players of the NFL's past. I 1 point off for the weakness of single player, FYI. It still plays good, and has multiple difficulty levels, but it was obviously created with multiplayer in mind.
The other aspect that came off with some minor problems was in control. The control is good, and in my opinion compares to Madden 07 (haven't played 08 yet). The difference is that instead of feeling like stiff cardboard cut outs (in Madden) you feel like loose overly flexible gymnasts. The controls could be tightened. They aren't horrible, but a they are a little loose.
Some people complained that the QB won't throw the ball when they want him to. It's a nuisance of the game. The QB doesn't throw it when you hit the button, but when you let go. And if you tap the receiver button twice, the QB pump fakes. It works perfectly when you understand this, but does feel weird at first.
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I know what you're thinking. "He must be insane!" you say. Well you're wrong. All-Pro 2k8 is an EXTREMELY refreshing alternative to EA Sports and its horrible gameplay and I will explain why.
The area where 2k8 excels is definitely the gameplay. This is hands-down the best football gameplay ever. Every tackle feels like the ballcarrier is desperately fighting for more yards, while the defenders are putting all their effort into bringing him down. The animations are amazing, and don't even look like animations, but more like real football tackles that would actually happen. The quarterbacks have to wind up and gun the ball for longer throws, while they can just guide the ball in on shorter throws. The blocking AI is flawless and the defensive AI never misses a beat, as each player covers the field like they actually would in real life. There are some odd moments where players dive on the field, only to spring up again to enter an animation, but they are rare and happen away from the play.
The visuals of this game are much better than they get credit for. Although the textures are not as nice as EA's, the player faces are dead on, a feat EA can't seem to get. How is it possible that 2k Sports gets Johnny Unitas' face perfect, but EA can't even get Peyton Manning's face near right? The running animation actually looks like running, unlike the zombie motion of EA Sports where the players look like they are 95-year-old retirees in jockstraps. The players look like they are actually people wearing pads, as opposed to EA's gigantic Michelin Man body type. Don't sleep on these visuals.
The sound of this game is also great. The croud actually cheers or boos loudly; none of the dead EA stadiums in this game. The players talk on the field and grunt and yell during the play.
Bottomline: this game plays like real football. The players throw, run, and tackle like real football players. If you like football, you should pick this up and dump Madden or NCAA in the toile