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80 (Oct 10, 2007)
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.
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.
GameSpot (Oct 04, 2007)
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.
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.
73 (Oct 17, 2007)
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 (Oct 31, 2007)
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.
GameSpy (Oct 03, 2007)
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.
70 (Oct 04, 2007)
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.
IGN (Oct 03, 2007)
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.
Video Game Talk (Nov 07, 2007)
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.