NBA Live 08

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45
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Windows
71
2.9
PlayStation 3
72
3.7

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Critic Reviews

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Xbox 360PGNx Media
NBA Live 08 doesn’t add a whole lot of new modes, but the stronger gameplay goes a long way. The improved, more realistic gameplay, coupled with the excellent presentation package make NBA Live 08 a must-have for basketball game fans.
83
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The crowd is tame but looks realistic enough, and it's cool how you get occasional glimpses of players on the bench. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr deliver television-quality play-by-play, and they are simply the best in the business. There's no half-time show (boo), but there is a nice "highlight reel" at the end of the game. The saving process is inordinately complex, and many of the game's options are not explained well - if at all. Hey EA - that's what the instruction manual is for - use it! But even so, I have to credit EA for delivering the best-looking and best-controlling basketball game of the season.
83
Xbox 360Gaming Age
If you were a fan of the series in the past, or are just sick of 2K and ready for something new, it’s time to finally give Live a try once more. The game has tons of options; it looks and sounds fantastic, and with a minor quibble here and there plays a great game that walks the line of die hard sim and casual baller. NBA Live 08 makes playing b-ball fun once again and I’m happy to see EA hasn’t given up on the franchise. I’m just curious to see what tricks are up their sleeves in future installments.
83
Xbox 360GameZone
NBA Live 08 is a big improvement over NBA Live 07 (or 06, for that matter), offering some great features and cleaner gameplay. If you’ve been waiting for the next-gen iterations to catch up with the current-gen versions, then this is one to get.
82
PSPGamers' Temple, The
Overall NBA Live 08 is a pretty enjoyable game and has the advantage over Sony's game in that it actually plays a decent game of basketball on the court. If you want some NBA action on the go, it's an excellent choice.
82
WindowsGameplay (Benelux)
De kleine kantjes zijn er nog, maar de algemene afwerking ging er nog maar eens op vooruit. Heerlijk voer voor elke sportfan!
80
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Entre une plastique irréprochable, une bande-son du feu de Dieu et un gameplay revu et corrigé, NBA Live franchit un palier. Toujours plus proche de l'arcade que de la simulation, il a les moyens de séduire les plus réfractaires à la série même si quelques incohérences demeurent sur le parquet.
80
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Entre une plastique irréprochable, une bande-son du feu de Dieu et un gameplay revu et corrigé, NBA Live franchit un palier. Toujours plus proche de l'arcade que de la simulation, il a les moyens de séduire les plus réfractaires à la série même si quelques incohérences demeurent sur le parquet.
80
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
“Real” basketball takes the court once again in NBA Live 08, bringing a much closer to real-life representation of the NBA, and even the world hoops scene, to the Xbox 360. It’s not just an up and down the court scoring blitz anymore in NBA Live, and those who truly appreciate Dr. Naismith’s game will be more than thrilled with the ability to finally get back to the basics of true-to-life basketball gameplay.
80
Xbox 360Darkstation
NBA Live 08 is just a much better all around game of basketball than last year's experience, and yet it's still not perfect. There are some AI issues, especially in the area of rebounding, the game also still has some weird tendencies that make for a bit of a head scratching. But what it all comes down to is NBA Live 08's ability to make for an extremely enjoyable game of basketball. Whether online or offline, you're going to really have a lot of fun playing NBA Live 08.
80
Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
NBA Live 2008 is a considerably decent basketball game. EA's efforts this year are much more noticeable than previous outings, as the game reeks of realism. The inclusion of 'go-to moves', and 'hot spots' only further emphasizes this focus on providing a game that rivals NBA 2K8. It's no longer a one game market for basketballers, as they've got two amiable candidates on shelves. Modes such as Scenarios, and All-Star Weekend will offer a lot of fun and will make long nights seem short.
80
Xbox 360GameDaily
To say this game shocked us is an understatement. We never expected NBA Live 08 to be this good, but in this case, we love being wrong. 2K Sports' NBA 2K8 will probably be just as sweet, if not better, but don't ignore Live in favor of the competition. EA pulled off something special that demands your attention.
80
Xbox 360Games Radar
If you'd have asked us 12 months ago, we would have bet millions that Live 08 would be, at best, a pale comparison to NBA 2K8. What a difference a year makes, though. Live has won us over way before we ever thought it possibly could again, so deep were our scars from last season. While not perfect, it's immensely playable and just a bit more fun than its rival. Who woulda thunk it?
80
Xbox 360Gamernode
NBA Live 08 is in serious contention for Best Basketball Game this year. That just shows you how much improved 08 is after the disaster of 07. Who says EA doesn't listen?
79
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
EA macht es sich mit NBA Live 08 zu einfach. Nur ein paar neue Modi und griffige Marketing-Slogans allein reichen nicht aus, um einen Hit zu landen. Wieso sehen die Konsolenversionen deutlich besser aus? Warum gibt es nur dort das praktische Hotspot-System? Und wann werden PC-Spieler endlich gleichberechtigt behandelt? Hoffentlich geht's nächstes Jahr wieder bergauf mit der altehrwürdigen NBA-Reihe - diese Version kann man auslassen.
79
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
In summary, NBA Live 08 for the Xbox 360 is a vast improvement over last year. The controls feel more natural with new additions like the Quick Strike Ballhandling and the Hot Spot feature being very welcomed. Graphically the game is god looking although there are some small hiccups with the animations. There are a ton of game modes and the online options are good. There are some issues with the AI and at times the CPU seems to be able to do the nearly impossible.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target
There's no need to keep talking now. NBA Live 08 is not as good as 2K's NBA 2K8, but at least EA's basketball series is catching up and giving 2K a run for its money. With new additions, 38 player online leagues and a realistic experience, basketball on Xbox 360 doesn't get much better than this.
78
Xbox 360Game Over Online
NBA Live 08 is a good game. It's not a great game yet. It has plenty of problems, and I must say it's still not quite on par with the impressive basketball simulation that is NBA 2K8. But the gap has closed this year. It plays, looks, and feels better than last year, and if it keeps improving, we'll have the great NBA Live series of old. If you're a fan of NBA Live, I recommend picking this one up, because it's on the rise.
78
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
It's good to see EA crawl back from the dead to deliver a Live title that actually resembles real basketball played here on planet Earth. No longer are the players and the ball itself subjugated to floaty or looping Moon physics.
78
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
It's good to see EA crawl back from the dead to deliver a Live title that actually resembles real basketball played here on planet Earth. No longer are the players and the ball itself subjugated to floaty or looping Moon physics.
75
PSP1UP
Even with the problems, the game's pretty sharp. The Crown feature definitely motivates you to get involved in the entire game, and even the gameplay glitches are tolerable if you're playing on a level where you can drop enough shots to keep up (Starter is probably best). It's not perfect, but it's fun enough that it doesn't have to be.
75
PlayStation 3GameSpot
NBA Live's transition from the last generation of consoles to the current generation has been fraught with problems--too many to list here. Nevertheless, the team at EA has kept plugging away, and it seems the third time is the charm. There aren't really any new features to speak of in NBA Live 08, but the gameplay has seen vast improvements on both sides of the ball. You'd never think it was possible after the last few years, but NBA Live 08 is much-improved and actually…good.
75
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
In all, NBA Live 08 is a vastly improved game that is nearly ready for primetime. With another year under its belt, NBA Live may be contending for the championship.
75
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
In all, NBA Live 08 is a vastly improved game that is nearly ready for primetime. With another year under its belt, NBA Live may be contending for the championship.
75
Xbox 360GameSpot
If you're just doing a rundown of what features and modes are new in NBA Live 08, you might think the game's not all that different from 07. That couldn't be further from the truth. It still has a long way to go before it catches up with the outstanding 2K series, but all of the little tweaks, changes, and enhancements add up to one vastly improved basketball game. NBA Live 08 is worth a look, especially if you like your hoops games with a bit of arcade-style flair to them.
74
Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
NBA Live 08 doesn't improve on much else, so I chose not to mention a lot of returning features like the connections to ESPN (although they are STILL underused in-game) and the standard Live play. Still, it makes strides in its gameplay and as a result is a lot more fun to play. If you were impatient with NBA Live last season, it might be wise to skip it for another year—NBA Live 09 could pull it all together, but then again, I hoped the same for NBA Live 08.
74
Xbox 360Lawrence
As much as I criticize EA, I consider them to be the premier developers of sports simulation games. Madden, NHL, and Tiger Woods are excellent (and more importantly, fun) recreations of their respective sports. I’m not sure if it’s EA’s fault or simply the nature of basketball, but I’ve never really had fun with an NBA simulation title. I’ve always felt the sport lent itself better to an arcade style such as the ones seen in NBA Jam or NBA Street. Regardless, there’s nothing specifically sub-par or broken about Live, it’s just not a terribly engaging experience.
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Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
This shot definitely goes in, but not before taking a few lucky bounces on the rim. It’s certainly nice to see that NBA Live’s on the fast track to good times for the series, but it’s probably not worth a purchase just yet. So you should definitely save the money and rent it first to see if NBA Live 08’s up your alley. Otherwise, it’ll probably be in your best interest to hold off and see what’s planned for the second step of this rebuilding process.
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PSP4Players.de
Für 2007 hatte ich einen ähnlichen Sprung erwartet; EA hätte einen Großteil der automatisierten und dadurch altbackenen Spielmechanik mit einem offeneren Ablauf, zusätzlichen taktischen Möglichkeiten, kurzum: mit frischen Impulsen beleben müssen. Doch die Wirklichkeit sieht anders aus: Der Wegfall von Superstar-Moves und neue Direktpässe machen zwar einen Schritt in die richtige Richtung, sind letztendlich aber nur Kaffeebohnen. Auch das gute Deckungsspiel der eigenen sowie gegnerischen Spieler und die abwechslungsreichen, fordernden Partien gab es bereits in der vergangenen Ausgabe. Hinzu gekommen ist lediglich der Crown-Modus mit seinen überraschend motivierenden Erfolgen und historischen Herausforderungen. An diesem zieht sich NBA Live 08 ins gehobene Mittelfeld - für mehr reicht ihm in dieser Form allerdings nicht die Kraft.
73
PSPIGN
Overall NBA Live 08 on PSP is a solid addition to the series, and definitely improves on what we saw from last year’s game. The Crown adds a perpetual accomplishment system that actually does make you want to explore the rest of the game and play modes that you might not otherwise. The online offering adds some solid playability to the game, even if it doesn’t bring the league play of the console versions. While it still plays less like a simulation and more like an arcade game, NBA Live 08 on PSP is fun nonetheless.
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Xbox 360Gamesmania.de
Mit NBA Live 08 schafft EA es immerhin, den verlorenen Anschluss an die 2K Konkurrenz zurück zu gewinnen. Zwar kann auch der neuste Teil nicht mit der grandiosen Authentizität und Dynamik des Konkurrenten mithalten, doch dafür bietet es soliden und zugänglichen Basketball für Gelegenheitsspieler und Fans schneller Action. Dank umfangreicher NBA Lizenz, Onlineligen, einem Dynastiemodus, dem NBA All-Star Weekend und FIBA Nationalmannschaften stimmt auch der Umfang dieses Titels. Wem NBA 2K zu realistisch und kompliziert ist, für den steht mit der NBA Live Serie endlich wieder eine gute Alternative bereit!
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PlayStation 3Gamesmania.de
Mit NBA Live 08 schafft EA es immerhin, den verlorenen Anschluss an die 2K Konkurrenz zurück zu gewinnen. Zwar kann auch der neuste Teil nicht mit der grandiosen Authentizität und Dynamik des Konkurrenten mithalten, doch dafür bietet es soliden und zugänglichen Basketball für Gelegenheitsspieler und Fans schneller Action. Dank umfangreicher NBA Lizenz, Onlineligen, einem Dynastiemodus, dem NBA All-Star Weekend und FIBA Nationalmannschaften stimmt auch der Umfang dieses Titels. Wem NBA 2K zu realistisch und kompliziert ist, für den steht mit der NBA Live Serie endlich wieder eine gute Alternative bereit!
71
PlayStation 3Play.tm
On paper, this game doesn't have all that much more to offer over last year's rendition. To play it is to experience a whole different level of gameplay, however. Time and money has been spent wisely this year. Investment has been made on the aspects that really matter: control and gameplay. The resulting game is one that will stay with you for some time after you have finished playing. If you are willing to accept what is on offer as a very competent work in progress then NBA Live 08 has a lot to offer. If you are looking for a more honed and polished product then maybe you should wait another year.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Es geht aufwärts, es macht wieder für ein Match zwischendurch Laune, aber das reicht nicht! Dieser Basketball kann trotz der Fortschritte gegenüber der Katastrophe des Vorjahres nicht begeistern. Es gibt wie immer einige Highlights in der Präsentation, das Publikum geht lautstark mit, der Umfang stimmt mit Online-, WM- sowie Dynasty-Modus und manche Dunks sehen klasse aus. Aber unterm Strich wird spielerisch gerade mal ein befriedigendes Niveau erreicht. Und man weiß nie genau, ob man jetzt eine Simulation oder Spaßbasketball spielt - irgendwie ist NBA Live 07 weder Fisch noch Fleisch. Es fehlt einfach der Flow, das Krachen, die Faszination. Es fehlt das Gefühl, die Spieler wirklich präzise steuern und den Ball mit Timing und Auge wirklich optimal werfen zu können - hier reicht ein Knopfdruck! Immerhin stehen die neuen Dribblings, das taktische Aufposten und einige coole Superstar-Bewegungen auf der Habenseite.
70
PSPGameSpy
This is a good year for fans of handheld hoops. Both Sony and EA Sports have ratcheted up their game and improved over last year's releases. The choice between one or the other really depends on what type of gaming you want to do. If you like things in quick spurts and dig the idea of a zillion mini-games, grab Sony's game, but if you want a bit more realism and the ability to log some serious time in a multi-season career mode, head EA's way. You really can't lose either way.
70
PlayStation 2GameSpy
It may be late in the life of the PS2 for the NBA Live series to be making a comeback, but for the DualShock 2 crowd it's better late than never. NBA Live 08 isn't a whole lot different from last year's offering, but the subtle changes that were implemented -- the addition of Hot Spots and the bouncing of Freestyle Superstar and X-Factor -- make things on the court a lot more fun. Like this year's Celtics, EA's PS2 hoops release looks to be back where it belongs.
70
Xbox 360Eurogamer.fr
Voilà, un bilan somme toute mitigé, Electronic Arts a bien relevé le niveau mais il reste du travail. Les bons points sont vraiment plombés par des défauts lourdingues et à répétition. C'est beau, fun, intense et j'ai beaucoup aimé y jouer, malgré mon lot de critiques. Dommage, le plaisir est là et les amateurs de basket s'y amuseront malgré tout. Ceux voulant davantage de simulation iront sans doute chez la concurrence, il est donc important de tester le titre sur une démo, histoire que chacun trouve basket à son pied...
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Au point en ce qui concerne la bande-son ou la pléthore de modes de jeu, NBA Live fait un surplace technique et de gameplay qui déçoit énormément, même s'il reste au niveau de la machine. On ne voit pas grand intérêt à investir dans cette mise à jour 08 si l'on possède déjà la version précédente,
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PlayStation 2Gamestyle
If you own any other NBA game then this will just be an update, but if you don’t then this is a solid piece of work. The sorry truth is that it probably won’t get played as much as it warrants. This is somewhat a shame. Fast, fun and big in Greece, NBA Live 08 rolls around the rim and falls into the ‘recommended’ basket.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
NBA Live 08 is an improvement for the series, but still lacks in enough areas to keep it out of the All-Star game. With improved defensive play, a fixed free-throw system and perhaps a couple innovations thrown into the mix, we can expect bigger and better things from future iterations of Live. If you're a basketball fan, you're going to want to rent all the different options available this year, and purchase the hoops game that is most fun for you to play. Live 08 is still more of an arcade experience than a straight simulation, so be warned if you're a realism purist.
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Xbox 360V2.fi
NBA Live 08 on rasittavan pedantti koripallosimulaattori, joka aiheuttaa satunnaispelaajassa peli-ilon sijaan ahdistusta. Sen viat ja tahalliset ärsyttävyydet saivat kokeneemmankin peliarvostelijan tuntemaan tuskaa ja raivonpurkauksia. Myönnettäköön, että osa pelin rasittavuudesta johtuu myös koripallon ilmeisen hölmöistä säännöistä, jotka antavat pallon haltijalle liki diplomaattisen koskemattomuuden, jota kuitenkin myös tekoäly rikkoo mielellään. Vaikka en mikään urheilupelien suurkuluttaja olekaan, olen silti aina tykännyt ottaa silloin tällöin matsia avomielisesti lajin kuin lajin peleissä. NBA Live 08 lukeutuu kuitenkin niihin harvoihin peleihin, joita en halua koneeseeni konsanaan syötettävän.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
Es geht aufwärts, es macht wieder für ein Match zwischendurch Laune, aber das reicht nicht! Dieser Basketball kann trotz der Fortschritte gegenüber der Katastrophe des Vorjahres nicht begeistern. Es gibt wie immer einige Highlights in der Präsentation, das Publikum geht lautstark mit, der Umfang stimmt mit Online-, WM- sowie Dynasty-Modus und manche Dunks sehen klasse aus. Aber unterm Strich wird spielerisch gerade mal ein befriedigendes Niveau erreicht. Und man weiß nie genau, ob man jetzt eine Simulation oder Spaßbasketball spielt - irgendwie ist NBA Live 07 weder Fisch noch Fleisch. Es fehlt einfach der Flow, das Krachen, die Faszination.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Focusing on next year, NBA Live 08 has set up a solid foundation for the developers to progress on. Rabid EA Sports fans will find a lot to like, but may better be served by letting this title dwell in the developmental leagues. It is not quite ready for the big time, but at least it is not the Sam Bowie of video games like Live 07.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
NBA Live 08 is an improvement for the series, but still lacks in enough areas to keep it out of the All-Star game. With improved defensive play, a fixed free-throw system and perhaps a couple innovations thrown into the mix, we can expect bigger and better things from future iterations of Live. If you're a basketball fan, you're going to want to rent all the different options available this year, and purchase the hoops game that is most fun for you to play. Live 08 is still more of an arcade experience than a straight simulation, so be warned if you're a realism purist.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
In general, NBA Live has come a long way on the next gen consoles this year but it still has a long way to go for next year. The controls feel fluid and well designed. The animation and graphics are great. The gameplay is good but not great. If EA can fix these annoyances with the game then next year this could be the basketball game to own for the Xbox 360.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
"NBA Live '08" offers fast, sleek-looking gameplay, as graphics are impressive in almost all regards. A wealth of modes (both online and offline) ensure that players will find a lot of depth and replay value. However, some issues are seen with gameplay, including too many easy shots being missed and AI that could be a little more "on the ball". Overall, the game plays well and I had fun with it, although there are areas where there is room for improvement. The game falls short of a "Highly Recommended", but does earn a recommendation.
70
Xbox 360Daily Game
Not a bad game, but not a great one either. Online modes and the loaded dynasty mode are sure to keep players busy for another year. A solid soundtrack fills out the smooth animations to make for a pleasing presentation.
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Xbox 360NZGamer
The atmosphere in NBA Live 08 is impressive. It's also a great way to annoy the crap out of your flatmates as every foot on the court produces an authentic squeak of rubber on wood. Trust me, it seems to be ten times louder for anyone not playing the game within ear shot. All of the sound effects and music fit the game perfectly though. The soundtrack is your typical hippity-hop and dance mix that people seem to instantly associate with basketball. It includes respected artists like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mark Ronson, Kid Beyond and even adds a bit of R&B with Joss Stone thrown in for good measure. The voice commentating is some of the best yet and when mixed with the highly detailed player models and animations, the game looks and feels like the real thing on your TV. Shame it just doesn’t quite hit the mark with the playability.
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WiiDaily Game
For a first-year outing, NBA Live 08 on the Wii doesn't even get honorable mention All-Rookie team. At least we know EA will make an 09 version, so there's always room for improvement.
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PlayStation 3IGN
At the end of the day NBA Live 08 is most certainly improved over what we suffered through last season, but that still doesn’t put it on the same level as other offerings that are out there. The bulk of the basketball still doesn’t feel natural with canned animations taking the control out of the user’s hands a bit too often. The game does have its shining moments though, and we’ll definitely be expecting next year’s game to return the series to prominence.
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Xbox 360IGN
At the end of the day NBA Live 08 is most certainly improved over what we suffered through last season, but that still doesn’t put it on the same level as other offerings that are out there. The bulk of the basketball still doesn’t feel natural with canned animations taking the control out of the user’s hands a bit too often. The game does have its shining moments though, and we’ll definitely be expecting next year’s game to return the series to prominence.
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PlayStation 2Playstation Illustrated
If NBA Live 08 isn't a clear sign that the series is seeing its last days on the PS2, I don't know what else is. It would have been great if the series could have gone out at the top of its game, but it really just feels like an old timer who tried for one last time and failed. If you are a basketball fan with a PS2, you should probably look elsewhere for your NBA action or consider upgrading your system.
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WindowsJolt (UK)
Unless you’ve never bought an NBA Live game, or more likely are only picking them up every few years, it’s pretty difficult to recommend any reason to update your current version. It’s a little simpler to play than the 2K series, and more fast paced, but it’s also just not as good. If you absolutely must go for NBA Live then we’d recommend you either go for the next-gen versions or hold on for another year.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Es geht aufwärts, es macht wieder für ein Match zwischendurch Laune, aber das reicht nicht! Dieser Basketball kann trotz der Fortschritte gegenüber der Katastrophe des Vorjahres nicht begeistern. Es gibt wie immer einige Highlights in der Präsentation, das Publikum geht lautstark mit, der Umfang stimmt mit Online-, WM- sowie Dynasty-Modus und manche Dunks sehen klasse aus. Aber unterm Strich wird spielerisch gerade mal ein befriedigendes Niveau erreicht. Und man weiß nie genau, ob man jetzt eine Simulation oder Spaßbasketball spielt - irgendwie ist NBA Live 07 weder Fisch noch Fleisch. Es fehlt einfach der Flow, das Krachen, die Faszination. Es fehlt das Gefühl, die Spieler wirklich präzise steuern und den Ball mit Timing und Auge wirklich optimal werfen zu können - hier reicht ein Knopfdruck! Immerhin stehen die neuen Dribblings, das taktische Aufposten und einige coole Superstar-Bewegungen auf der Habenseite.
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Windows4Players.de
Es geht aufwärts, es macht wieder für ein Match zwischendurch Laune, aber das reicht nicht! Dieser Basketball kann trotz der Fortschritte gegenüber der Katastrophe des Vorjahres nicht begeistern. Es gibt wie immer einige Highlights in der Präsentation, das Publikum geht lautstark mit, der Umfang stimmt mit Online-, WM- sowie Dynasty-Modus und manche Dunks sehen klasse aus. Aber unterm Strich wird spielerisch gerade mal ein befriedigendes Niveau erreicht. Und man weiß nie genau, ob man jetzt eine Simulation oder Spaßbasketball spielt - irgendwie ist NBA Live 07 weder Fisch noch Fleisch. Es fehlt einfach der Flow, das Krachen, die Faszination. Es fehlt das Gefühl, die Spieler wirklich präzise steuern und den Ball mit Timing und Auge wirklich optimal werfen zu können - hier reicht ein Knopfdruck! Immerhin stehen die neuen Dribblings, das taktische Aufposten und einige coole Superstar-Bewegungen auf der Habenseite.
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PSPGameSpot
NBA Live 08 is a competent, fun basketball game on both the PS2 and the PSP. The problem is that other than updated rosters, they're almost the exact same competent games from last year, which were almost exactly the same as the competent versions from the year before.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
NBA Live 08 is a competent, fun basketball game on both the PS2 and the PSP. The problem is that other than updated rosters, they're almost the exact same competent games from last year, which were almost exactly the same as the competent versions from the year before.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Au point en ce qui concerne la bande-son ou la pléthore de modes de jeu, NBA Live fait un surplace technique et de gameplay qui déçoit énormément, même s'il reste au niveau de la machine. On ne voit pas grand intérêt à investir dans cette mise à jour 08 si l'on possède déjà la version précédente, d'autant qu'il manque encore et toujours un multijoueur en ligne.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
So, when the final whistle blows, just how does this year’s addition to the Live franchise stack up? Well, the new game obviously improves over last year’s debacle by leaps and bounds. Still, when put head to head against other games on the market, such as NBA 2K8, it’s plain to see that EA still has a ways to go to capture the console championship. NBA Live 08 isn’t necessarily a bad game, but it’s just not that good either. Of course, as the saying goes: “There’s always next year.”
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
EA games never fail to impress with the overall presentation on any of their sports titles, but sometimes it seems like that's all they were focused on when developing the game. Sadly, NBA Live 08 falls into this trap. Although it dropped some of the issues from last year's game, NBA Live 08 sprouted its own grocery list of new problems. There are too many inconsistencies in the gameplay, such as bugged mechanics, abusive cheap online and CPU tactics and AI miscues to keep anyone happily playing for very long. In a genre where gameplay is king, NBA Live 08 doesn't offer the best experience available. If you're a longtime fan of the series, you're going to buy the game no matter what anyone else tells you. Those wondering at which basketball title they should throw $60 this year should consider NBA Live 08 as another sorely missed opportunity at greatness.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
As you can probably tell by now, I’m pretty much a virgin to basketball, but NBA Live 08 was a pleasant experience for me, but unfortunately it’s not a game I could constantly play as I don’t enjoy the sport enough. Basketball fans will no doubt enjoy the modes on offer as well as the online play which includes online leagues for you to battle it out with family or friends, or just random people. It’s fair to say that the game is a solid game of basketball that I’d recommend to basketball fans and those who are interested in getting into the game—so long as your expectations are a bit tempered.
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Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
After last year's effort, it’s good to see the franchise back on track. There are still plenty of areas where it could improve and there is lots of refinement to be done, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
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WiiGameZone
As a total package this is a wholly average game. Dedicated sports sim fans will probably want to bypass this Wii edition for another console edition, but for less picky players, this is a fairly enjoyable game. Best for a few hours of pick up and put down fun, but probably not a good choice for more intense sessions.
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WiiNintendo Front
So bleibt ein Basketball Spiel für die Wii, welches, auch wenn es das einzige ist, nicht überzeugen kann. Lediglich Basketball Fans, die keine andere Konsole zur Verfügung haben und NBA Lizenz und soliden Sound bzw. Kommentatoren zu schätzen wissen, sollten bei diesem Titel zugreifen. Allen anderen wird ein Testspielen unbedingt nahegelegt.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
Concluyendo el análisis, tenemos que lamentar que EA no decidiera cancelar la serie en PlayStation 2, ya que incluso la versión de PlayStation Portable ofrece un acabado gráfico más atractivo, gracias a la pantalla del sistema, e incluso mayores opciones con minijuegos exclusivos. Un más de lo mismo que deshace elementos característicos de anteriores versiones, y que lo único que hace es dejar una imagen final de la serie en PlayStation 2 bastante negativa. Sin duda, y más que nunca, el baloncesto deberá ser jugado en la nueva generación.
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PlayStation 2Console Obsession
This is a straightforward game to pick up, but mastering the defensive plays and the advanced controls is the key to winning games and seasons. While extras like the 3-point showdown are nice, the main game requires a good knowledge of the sport to make the most of it. Ultimately it does feel like a soul-less update to the franchise, a sin that EA has been guilty of in the past.
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PSPJeuxvideo.com
Au point en ce qui concerne la bande-son ou la pléthore de modes de jeu, NBA Live fait un surplace technique et de gameplay qui déçoit énormément, même s'il reste au niveau de la machine. On ne voit pas grand intérêt à investir dans cette mise à jour 08 si l'on possède déjà la version précédente.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Talk
In the end, NBA Live 08 is strong for a basketball game. This PS3 version is a great experience for those looking for a solid high definition basketball game. The graphics are sharp and the controls are very fluid. The real disappointment about this version is the lack of different modes and mini-games. While there fairly strong support for multi-player gaming, for those of us who prefer single-player modes, we're missing out on quite a bit. Still, the controls and superb graphics outweigh the limited looking PS2 version.
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PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
In the end, NBA Live 08 is strong for a basketball game. However, this PS2 version is not as exciting as its high definition counterpart on the PS3. This is mostly because it just looks bad (in comparison). If given the option, go for the high definition version and enjoy seeing more crisp and clean visuals. Still, if that is not an option, then the PS2 version should suffice if you are gunning for a good basketball video game. Plus, the PS2 version has a few more modes and mini-games that you might like, although they shouldn't be huge selling factors.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
The usual game modes are there as well, career (in the form of “Dynasty”, what basketball has to do with a line of Chinese emperors is beyond us), quick play, online and offline multiplayer and such. It all makes for quite a competent basketball game, but ultimately there’s little to draw in anyone who doesn’t enjoy the sport in the first place, unlike EA’s brilliant Fight Night Round 3, which was one of the best early Xbox 360 titles. So basically, if you like basketball, it’s a good game. If you don’t, there’s not really anything for you here.
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Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
You won't go wrong with NBA Live '08, but it's really not giving the 110% you want for your money.
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WindowsDarkZero
The problem with NBA Live 08 is that it doesn’t really know what kind of game it is, and with the PC version being handled so poorly compared to the PS3 and 360 versions, it’s very hard to recommend it. It’s nothing new for PC versions to be watered down compared to their console siblings, but when the game has fewer good points as a result, it feels like a kick in the teeth for PC gamers. With 2K’s basketball series not being available on the PC, it seems NBA Live 08 is the best bet for PC owners wanting to shoot some hoops. A dire situation indeed.
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Xbox 3601UP
In the end, while Live 08 is definitely looking better in every respect (gameplay, graphics, and online), the series still needs more time in the gym.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
While NBA Live 08 is still not a game for the hardcore hoops fan, it is a decent and much improved game that less-demanding players can get a lot of enjoyment out of. If EA Sports can smooth out the gameplay, continue to improve ball physics, do something (please!) about the game’s load times, and hold onto their edge in the presentation department, they’ll have a game that can truly compete with NBA 2k8, something that would’ve been unthinkable a year ago.
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WiiConsole Monster
Whereas the other versions of this game offered much improved graphics over last year’s game, the Wii doesn’t really bring very much to the table. Although it is nice to see a wider range of EA franchises popping up on Nintendo’s super-selling machine, we are left hoping for more quality and innovation next time around. This is another game that should be the reserve of the NBA fans in the house.
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PlayStation 2IGN
When the dust settles on NBA Live 08 it will be remembered as a disappointing end – supposing that this is the last in the Playstation 2’s life cycle – to a great series. It’s just too bad that things couldn’t have ended on a higher note, as the developer’s attention has clearly been on next-gen consoles in the past few seasons. Those who are desperate to do some balling on their aging console have nowhere else to look so here’s some advice, go over and play your friend’s PS3 edition of NBA 2K8.
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WiiNintendojo
NBA Live 08 is a disappointment in no small part because EA impressed early with the sports potential of Madden 07. It's not just that, though, as this game fails to stand up on its own merits and even chooses to needlessly sacrifice core gameplay components -- namely, a dynasty mode -- for some casual fare that is hit or miss. If Wii is your only system and you’re dying to have basketball, this may be your only choice. But if you’re really set on hoops and you’ve got a PS2, PS3 or 360, look there instead. One can only hope that some of these problems will right themselves next year.
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WiiVicioJuegos.com
Concluyendo ya el análisis debemos lamentar el estrepitoso fracaso de EA con respecto a NBA Live 08 en Wii. Para próximas entregas la renovación deberá ser total, apartado gráfico, sistema de control, rigurosidad, IA, minijuegos, ya que de lo contrario dudamos mucho que ningún usuario encuentre atractivos para destinar tiempo de juego a esta serie.
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WiiIGN
We’re not talking about the included Family Play mode, or the game’s Party Mode which includes two mini-games; we’re talking about seamless motion control that works in more ways than just a simple button press, Wii-specific modes that truly make use of the console’s strong points (IR being one of those, something never used in NBA Live), and the intuitive “Learn Madden” equivalent mode of NBA Live, where players instantly are greeted with step-by-step tutorials and a range of training modes that familiarize them with the Wii hardware. Mii integration doesn’t make a PS2 title turn Wii overnight, and neither does waggle control or sympathetic gameplay. It’s obvious NBA Live was a low-priority, back-burner product, as the game suffers greatly during its Wii conversion. Here’s hoping next year brings a deeper, more intuitive and entertaining game of NBA Live.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Si le FIFA "familial" pouvait intéresser quelques curieux mal informés, NBA Live patine quasiment deux fois plus et ne parvient pas à profiter du support pour vous donner envie de shooter avec une Wiimote. Trop limité, techniquement à la ramasse, le jeu d'EA loupe son entrée sur la machine.
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WiiArmchair Empire, The
The upshot of all this, is that there’s only way for NBA Live to go on Wii and that’s up. They can’t go much lower than 08.
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WiiGameSpot
Live 08 is more a mystery than it is a basketball game. The two biggest questions are "What in the world was EA thinking when it made this game?" and "Is there anyone in the world that would enjoy playing it?" The answer to the first question has yet to be determined, but as for who would enjoy this game, the answer is "nobody."
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WiiNintendo Life
I’m not a massive fan of basketball but as I said in the introduction, I’m willing to give any title a fair crack of the whip if it’s entertaining. Sadly, NBA Live 08 is a complete failure in this regard. Hopefully EA can learn from its mistakes and put a bit more effort into next year’s release, because this feels half-finished and half-hearted. Even if you like shooting hoops, you should avoid this and spend your hard-won doubloons elsewhere.
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WiiThe Wiire
The game also features an online mode via EA Nation that is very similar to the one found in Madden NFL 08. In fact, players can use the same account information they set up with Madden in Live. Servers are stable and finding a match is easy. NBA Live 08's online interface is even better in print than Madden 08's, if only because this game uses better pre-set phrases for communication. Unfortunately for EA Nation, the only reason to play this game online is because misery loves company.