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In place of NFL teams, APF provides a very good uniform creation tool and access to legendary football players from the past. In place of franchise mode, APF provides� nothing. But in place of the same Madden game you've played for years, APF provides the best football game available. Online play, with league support, means you can play it for a very long time, but there's no getting around the fact that APF is a great playing football game without a full set of features. Hopefully next time APF will be a fully functional game, so we can focus our complaints on the important issues, like how in the world Bubby Brister made anyone's list of 'legends.'
In many ways, All-Pro Football 2K8 delivers exactly what it promises: a rock ‘em-sock'em football event featuring the best players in history, all wrapped up in a package that will allow any player to have fun for at least a while. Simulation fans won't like the almost complete lack of micromanagement depth and straight-up arcade fans won't like the fact that this game is indeed a bit deeper - and smarter - than something like Blitz. Therefore, this game appeals primarily to the more casual football fan who just wants a more modernized and technical version of Tecmo Bowl, and we're positive there are plenty of those guys around. The graphics aren't very good, the sound can be questionable at times, the control is frequently loose, and there aren't very many menu options, but if you're having a good time, none of that really matters too much, does it? Basically, if you can ignore all these errors and drawbacks, and you know what to expect, chances are, you'll get your money's worth.
All-Pro Football 2K8 is a decent comeback from Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. The game shipped with passable production values, dated graphics, and a minimal number of play modes, so it's hard to consider this a good value at the $59.99 price point. On the other hand, if you're a die-hard football fan and want to once again experience 2K's style of play, then this is your only option. It's plenty of fun to play alone, online, or with friends. In the end, isn't that all that really matters?
All-Pro Football 2K8 is the kind of game that needed a lot more work before it was released. While it's great to play as football legends, the roster creation system is incredibly restrictive, and it's impossible to field the kind of team of which you've always dreamed. There are also no unlockables or rewards, so there's very little incentive to keep playing and trying to improve. Furthermore, the lack of game modes, the lackluster visuals and sound, and the gameplay quirks that are unique to the 2K series make this title difficult to recommend to anyone who isn't already a devoted NFL 2K fan.
There is just so much to like about the gameplay of APF, quite often you think to yourself “if only this was in Madden,” but then you realize there’s a lack of all the features that you’ve come to expect from a football game (franchise, individual career, etc.) which is quite a bit of a let down. If this were a mid-level priced game, say $29.99, it would be a bargain, but to charge full price for a game that has so little in the way of off the field content is a tough pill to swallow.
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All-Pro's two-man commentary is remarkably good, providing both insight and humor. They tend to get cut off however, and sometimes sound disjointed ("Fourth [pause] down and goal to go"). All-Pro's half time and post-game shows are pretty amazing, replaying the highlights of each half with excellent commentary. In terms of music, I hope you like "Tom Sawyer" by Rush, because it's the only song they bothered to license. I was hoping 2K Sports would come back hard after the long lay-off, but this is no substitute for Madden.