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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.