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In conclusion, this is a great game. There are so many elements to this title that will knock your socks off. It is not the true NFL simulator that is Madden, but it is an awesome football game that plays better than the competition in many regards. If you're looking for one football game for your collection this year then you probably won't choose this one, and that's a shame. If you can get past the unlicensed factor then you will be pleasantly surprised with a great game. If you're willing to splurge on two football games this year, then be sure and pick up All-Pro Football 2K8. The online element is more than worth the price of admission. This game will be a title you'll come back to over and over again. Creating the best star studded team you can and then pitting it against the world's best online gamers is an experience that shouldn't be missed. Give the team at 2K Sports a try and let them give the boys at EA a run for their money. You won't regret it!
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.'
For the football purist, the game is not without its flaws. The defensive controls can be problematic since a player's momentum far too easily carries him completely out of a play. I've got no truck with not being able to turn on a dime, but if you're pursuing a receiver in the backfield and he cuts unexpectedly, you're done. There's no wiggle room for recovery. And as much fun as it is to see Barry Sanders slide to the outside and bust a 60-yard run down the sidelines, it does kill the experience a little when you're able to do it every game, sometimes two or three times, depending on the opponent.
Overall, All Pro Football 2K8 doesn't quite reach championship status, what with its lack of modes and other small items. However, it turns out to be an excellent start for 2K Sports' newest football legacy. Can't wait to see what comes around next year.
With all that being said, I still stand by my original statement. The King of Football has returned. I have always preferred 2K over Madden ever since I had my Dreamcast. The game play is better, the animations are top notch, and the commentary has always been better than hearing John Madden call a football game between doughnut bites. That was mean……oh well Madden Sucks! But seriously if you care about playing with Colts and Payton Manning, or you just have to have real teams and stadiums then Madden is your option. But if you want to play a good football game with the players of yesteryear then pick up All-Pro Football 2K8.
As a longtime 2K fan, I have begrudgingly accepted Madden for the past few years. After all, I had no other viable options. I wanted All-Pro Football 2K8 to be the return to glory. That isn't the case. There are definitely some good things to build and grow on for next year, but the overall package is too sparse. While much of the gameplay is great, the AI needs a tune-up. If you're looking for a football game expressly for multiplayer, give All-Pro Football 2K8 a chance. But if you're the type that wants a deep single-player experience, you'll want to pass up All-Pro. It's just not quite there yet.
Ultimately, All-Pro Football 2K8 delivers an enjoyable gameplay experience that fans of 2K football will find immediately engaging. At the same time, that great gameplay is so great because much of it comes directly from a three-year-old game, and many of the supplementary features that made that old game so fantastic are missing here. The issue isn't with the lack of an NFL license, but the inability to truly enjoy the game in a single-player environment for very long, not to mention the decidedly antiquated presentation. But with all that said, what matters most is that All-Pro is still an enjoyable football game, in spite of its more lackluster elements. This is a good, solid foundation that 2K can hopefully build upon for future sequels. If you temper your expectations from the extremely high ceiling set by NFL 2K5, and simply go in expecting a fun multiplayer-focused experience, you'll get just that out of All-Pro Football 2K8.
All-Pro Football 2K8 is a commendable first step towards challenging EA's virtual pigskin supremacy. The addition of Legends still may not be enough to draw fans away from the other franchise, but it's the best attempt we've seen yet to circumnavigate NFL licensing restrictions. If you're a fan of the series and you've been aching to get back onto 2K's field, then you have much to look forward to in All-Pro Football 2K8. If, on the other hand, you're unfamiliar with the company's previous offerings, or if you're simply a newcomer to virtual football, expect a sizable learning curve as you become acclimated to the game's mechanics and controls.
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It's nice to see that Madden has competition again, but this just isn't the year where All-Pro challenges seriously. Like they say, maybe next year.
While there are a lot of gripes with All-Pro Football 2K8 with the $60 price tag, it’s still a lot of fun. It’s just that there’s not much here to keep the fun going unless you head online for the leagues or tournaments. While for the latest installments in an established series, it’s a bit of a disappointment. For the first installment of a promising, new series, it’s a pretty good start. If 2K9 can provide a deeper single-player experience and many more legends added to the roster, All-Pro Football 2K9 is certainly a game that could really show up Madden with more than just good gameplay to offer.
Technically there's nothing wrong with the game -- had it released in 2006. While it's great to have Visual Concepts back, they definitely left room for improvement for All-Pro Football 2K9, and improvement is certainly what's needed for this next generation of football games.
A very good first outing after a long absence for the 2K Football franchise, but it feels at times like they didn't study up on the improvements that Madden has made during that time. Either that, or they just made their game a little more unique than we are used to, and it all feels "wrong" in a sense. Good game, but it will either need improving or some getting used to before it becomes a household name.
All-Pro Football 2K8 represents a turning point in the much-beloved franchise from Visual Concepts. If the developers don’t upgrade the engine (or build a new one) and add a lot of features to the game, it’s doubtful that we’ll be seeing many more 2K football games. However, if 2K Sports throws its resources into creating a truly next-gen football franchise, there’s a better chance that they can attempt to wrest the all-important NFL License from EA’s clutches. As any gamer can attest, competition is a very good thing, so we’re hopeful that this is one battle that never ends.
In a nutshell...if you like playing online, and like 2K football, you can't go wrong with All-Pro Football 2K8. If you're primarily an offline gamer, it's questionable at best. The true football aficionados who enjoy drafting up new teams and seeing how they perform, then adjusting playbooks to cater to specific players will have an absolutely fantastic time with it. As long as you don't need multiple seasons, customizable players and team names, quick games with a team that you didn't spend thirty minutes creating, rock-solid defensive back AI...actually that's quite a few things missing. Were it not for the great gameplay from gun to gun on the field (or most of the time for defensive backs), it would be tough to recommend this to anybody. As it stands, it's a nice change of pace to the competition, and I think it's definitely a "testing the waters" release by 2K Sports.
It’s nice to see 2K back in the game, but this title simply doesn’t have enough features to warrant a purchase over Madden. The season mode is as bare-bones as it gets, and there’s no franchise to speak of. If this series gets fleshed out in the future with more legends and modes, it might be worth something. As of right now, however, it’ll stay in Madden’s shadow.
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?
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What should have been a triumphant return for 2K's previously superior football franchise is too often reminiscent of the NES classic Super Tecmo Bowl, and for all the wrong reasons. The novelty of getting to play again with your childhood heroes and players old enough to be mythological legends fails to make up for graphics that would be unacceptable on the original Xbox and a bare-bones set of game modes. Yes, 2K is back in the business of making football games, but business is not so good this time around.
This is a solid game overall -- and without a doubt, All-Pro Football should continue building on this foundation. But if you were expecting 2K euphoria after two years on the sidelines, you'll be disappointed, as this one's got rust in many of the wrong places.
While this year's Madden seems to move at nearly the speed of life, the players in APF2K8 seem to be stuck in molasses. The animation on the individuals is sluggish, and the game moves at a slowed down pace. The other problem I have with this game lies at the core of the gimmick. I drafted Barry Sanders in the hope of re-creating some of his amazing on-field acrobatics that I remember so fondly from my childhood. But when I'm lining him up against names like Too Tall Jones and Jerome Brown, he isn't as amazing as if he was playing against, well, someone who isn't a legend. By including so many great players, APF2K8 actually dilutes the greatness of the individuals. I mean, would Joe Montana had won as many Super Bowls if Chuck Bednarik had been rushing him? All in all, the gimmick of APF2K8 simply isn't enough to warrant buying this game. Save your dollars for Madden, or maybe an old Dreamcast.