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  • Summary: Taking a page out of NBA Street Homecourt's book, NBA Live 08 introduces Quickstrike Ballhandling. This intuitive gameplay mechanic is mapped to the right analog stick and gives you the direct responsiveness you need to perform a full repertoire of ankle-breaking ball-handling moves that let you dominate on the perimeter. Pass the ball inside and win the battle in the post with all-new 'own the paint' post play for the big men down low. Use the new shot-countershot control to string together combos of fakes and shots to fool your defender into committing and create space for the game-defining bucket. NBA Live 08 introduces hot spots, where real NBA shot data is used to illuminate the locations on the floor where your players are most effective. Couple this with all-new signature go-to moves that capture the essence of the NBA's best, and you can now play the game on a console like you see it from the stands. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. With no clear improvement in graphics, it's hard to see this as more than last year's game with this year's roster. [Christmas 2007, p.95]
  2. This series evolves even slower than FIFA and it’s equally spectacular at the expense of realism. The computer opponent’s play is based on repetitive sequences that are easily predicted. There are a lot of errors, like throws from behind the back line hitting the backboard, the ball teleporting into the hands during rebounds, stupid AI losses, outs and missed lay-ups. The graphics don't look good even at the highest detail setting. But all this is suddenly dismissed when I score three points after a 20-second sequence of seven passes ending in a masterful feint. Cool! [Dec 2007]
  3. It’s a little simpler to play than the 2K series, and more fast paced, but it’s also just not as good.
  4. Until EA decides it's going to port the 'next-gen' versions, it's sports titles, such as NBA Live 08, are always going to be a huge disappointment. [Christmas 2007, p.67]
  5. Some nice new additions on the defensive end and down low in the paint, but still feels awkward overall.
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  3. Negative: 6 out of 6
  1. JosP.
    Oct 31, 2007
    3
    NBA live 07 was bad, but the patchers made it acceptable. This one doesn't have the many 07 bugs (even though there still are plenty of them), but the game isn't challenging to anyone. Pass it to a good player and go dunk every time. Want a fast break? Just use turbo. And we're talking about Superstar skill level here. It's a joke. Expand
  2. AdamH.
    Nov 9, 2007
    2
    It is insulting that EASports thinks that they do not have to put any effort into the PC version of the game, they can just rerelease last year's crappy, buggy version in a new box, advertising features new to the 360 and PS3 version and expect us to enjoy it. Animations are totally unrealistic, AI decides far in advance what will happen on a play and makes sure that it happens, ball will bounce around like a pinball, players go through the backboard, coaches walk through the scorers' table. Not worth your time. Save some money and use the last few years' versions. Expand
  3. LouieM.
    Dec 1, 2007
    2
    Maybe EA should just release a patch every year just to improve the game. Since Live 06, its d same. Everything's the same. It's like purchasing the same game every year. Please! Have Mercy! Expand
  4. JimB.
    Jan 4, 2008
    0
    Extremely buggy. For example: - The gamepad configuration isn't always the same, it seems to randomply change sometimes. - When the CPU is shooting free throws, you cannot move your players to rebound!!! - In dynasty mode, you cannot see salaries when making a trade. - In dynasty mode, you cannot change your starters, it just automatically picks them!!! - Balls go through people, bench players sometimes are sitting on the court, coaches walk through the scorers desk, and other fun graphics glitches. - In dynasty mode, really weird stats happen, like centers leading the league in assists constantly. - Rookies have really weird ratings, like Alando Tucker is way higher than Kevin Durant. Etc, etc, etc... like every other NBA live game. Get 2k8 for a console, it's way better. As NBA Live cover start Gilbert Arenas says, "I play NBA 2K. It's real, the NBA 2K. [NBA Live], now ... it's too fake." Expand
  5. May 22, 2012
    0
    An incredibly horrible game. It's super non- realistic especially in dynasty mode. It is also extremely buggy. There is nothing I can say, everything about this game is bad... Expand
  6. MattM.
    Aug 2, 2008
    0
    This game was horrible. On both XP and Vista! The graphics could have used a bit more work. On Vista, it was impossible to play, I couldn't even find out what team I was! It was impossible with all these buttons in different places unless you have a controller. And these bugs made it the worst game this year, even Stronghold Crusader was better! Expand