gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game; again is more realistic than NBA Live 08. Yeah Live has the cool feature of getting real up to date ESPN radio updates and video highlights, but that's what ESPN News or Sports Center is fore. I want a game that's going to give me the best simulation of basketball possible. 2K8 delivers that from the animation to the overall game play. The faces can look better IMO, but it's definitely the way to go in terms of the best basketball simulation out there.
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
There are little things in this game that make it a great game and little things that keep it from perfection. NBA 2K8 is the most immersed sports title I've ever played. The crowd is alive, jumping to their feet when you take a big shot and cheering when the home team knocks the ball loose from the offense. Also, nothing feels better than having your bench root you on while you shut up the home crowd with a big 3. The off-ball controls really help the game become more fast paced in the half court giving PHX fans a reason to play this game. Overall, this game is the most realistic basketball game out there.
The flaws that keep this game from perfection are little but could be annoying to some. First, there is only one camera angle. Lucky for me, its the one I prefer, but one camera angle hasn't been an issue since '95. The player's animations still interfere too much with the game play. While it does stop unrealistic cuts and jumps, it does put your ball handler in position you don't want them to be in.
All in all, this game has some graphical power and they fixed up some stuff on last years version, but the little things are what keep this from being the perfect balling simulation
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
2K has taken the basketball title from EA since the birth of 2K basketball on the Sega Dreamcast. With that being said, unless you HAVE to have this game (for updated rosters and a just a few overall improvements), I see no reason to run out and get this game unless you had serious issues with 2K7. Franchise modes in basketball games are long and very tedious and I still find my self only in year 4 on 2K7 so why start over again completely with a garbage 76ers team on 2K8 when I built a championship contender on 2K7?
PRO’s - 2K8 is built around defense, lock down D, anti online cheeser D and plan on working for your shot D - The player models are slightly improved but it really isn’t a reason to spend $60 - The animations have been added too but not much, there is also “some” new commentary from Kenny Smith and Craig Sager for specific teams - Game wrap up to view replay of your star players performance - A game bar shows your players court strength shooting from a particular spot (no hitting 3’s with Shaq of course) - Crowd is really into the game (unlike Madden)
CONS - same corney dialogue from Kenny Smith - halftime show not as deep as 2K7
- if you don’t have 2K7 then buy 2K8, if you have 2K7 (with the patches to fix those nasty release glitches) you don’t “need” 2K8 unless you just have to own this game