gamers (79%) found this review helpful
NBA Live 2008 for the Wii could have been a much better game than it is. While it is fun to play as an arcade game experience, Live falters in too many areas to be considered by anyone looking for a more serious sim-like experience.
The motion controls for shooting, blocking, rebounding and stealing are fun and add an additional visceral feel to the game; successfully blocking a shot by flicking your remote with authority is especially gratifying. Outside of that, though, the game begins to wither. There are so many basic facets of modern basketball games that have gone missing in Wii's inaugural version of Live:
- No button/ability to pump fake, while the CPU can - No button to post up - No consistent or comfortable way to cross over (this is done by tilting the nunchuk but can rarely ever be executed effectively) - No true widescreen support (the picture is just stretched out to fill the screen on widescreen tv's making players look short and squat) - No franchise mode - No create player feature - No online roster updates
While the Family Play feature, which allows beginner players to focus only only shooting and passing (movement is handled by the CPU), is appreciated, the game in reality has more in common with the 90's NBA Jam than a contemporary NBA Live. The core features that any basketball game released today should have are no where to be found and this will ultimately prove unacceptable to most basketball fans, myself included.
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
The AI is realy good and the controls are top notch; however the audience is "flat" for a next gen, the menu screen and audio could be better. This is very fun and easy to get into. This is my first Basketball game I played. I hope EA did better with Fifa because I want to buy that one!
posted by Grimlok138 (PIKESVILLE, MD) Oct 28, 2007
Member since Feb 2006
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
This is the first NBA Live I've played in quite some time, so I'm not a hardcore NBA game fan by any stretch. However, I could easily pick up the game and get engaged. The lack of features like create-a-player, franchise and even a turbo/speed burst button do hinder this game significantly. Where this game shines however, is that it's just a flat out fun game that you can pick up and be successful. I suggest increasing the game speed and thereby making the player movements seem more natural and less clunky.
The Wii controls can be a bit frustrating. If you drive the lane with K-Mart and try to dish it back to Carmello don't expect to have a quick shot. There is a lag in the shot movement that can kill some 3-pt attempts. Dunking and lay-ups are simple enough. Free throws are a lot of fun and you'll be ecstatic when you set the perfect Alley-oop.
Overall a good first effort from EA who seems to be having a bit of difficulty on their first try with their sports series on the Wii. Rent it if you love the series, but I'd wait till next year to buy NBA Live.