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  • Summary: To complement the fast-paced basketball action, NBA 08 introduces an all-new progression system where players earn skill and experience rewards that can be used to thoroughly customize player appearance and play styles. With a control system from last year that utilizes broader SIXAXIS functionality, gamers can engage in all-new and comprehensive gameplay movement on and off the ball. Also for this year, character models are updated with new animations, more dynamic movement, and new skin textures to give them a more realistic look. Additionally, the user interface has been revamped to incorporate a retro NBA look and feel – from the menus down to the loading screens. To submerse gamers in a true basketball atmosphere, NBA 08 introduces for the first time a comprehensive and in-depth audio commentary with top broadcast talent. The game features a fully reworked user interface, revamped character models and environments, and a robust online system with player profiles and quick play options. [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Overall, NBA 08 looks great and plays smooth, but more importantly, it's a huge improvement over last year's entry. [Dec 2007, p.80]
  2. Sony’s NBA 08 is a solid basketball game and a noticeable improvement from last year’s game. The Replay Mode is very fun and the character customization elements are quite fun, but the actual gameplay isn’t as tight as its competitors. The lack of a franchise mode hurts the game, too.
  3. 71
    NBA 08 ultimately is too hit and miss to warrant becoming anything greater than an average basketball title.
  4. Last year's strong foundation has apparently crumbled, as the gameplay and audio just have too many miscues to make this year's outing all that enjoyable.
  5. EA's more excessible and exciting Live is the team that makes the playoffs this year. [Feb 2008, p.78]
  6. 60
    NBA 08 does some things wrong, and some things right. It offers enough differences from other NBA titles to warrant a look, and in what is already a crowded genre, at least that's something.
  7. Sony, just let this one go, it isn’t worth the embarrassment.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2