Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic 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. I'd like to see the animation overhauled for next year's game, and I'd also like to see improved commentary - hopefully Sony is listening. Like I said last year, NBA 07 showed a lot of potential, and NBA 08 is here actually demonstrating some of it. Give NBA 08 a shot, I think you'd be pleasantly surprised.
  3. 75
    Old gameplay issues, control problems and a regression of the court action to unrealistic action hampers what would've otherwise been an incredible game. It's too bad, because it's an enjoyable game, if you can overlook these problems.
  4. This is a case of the good versus the bad: great graphics against poor commentary, great shooting mechanics squaring off against AI miscues (stepping out of bounds or backcourt violations), solid downloadable challenges versus lack of trade restrictions.
  5. 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.
  6. NBA '08 can provide its own brand of fun and excitement, but there are too many holes in the on-court action for it to make a championship run.
  7. NBA 08 is no more than a mediocre basketball game. The gameplay is too simple and easy to master. Lack of decent season mode is also a big problem. [Mar 2008]
  8. As far as NBA 08 on the PS3 is concerned it continues to fall short of other great b-ball games on the system.
  9. 71
    NBA 08 ultimately is too hit and miss to warrant becoming anything greater than an average basketball title.
  10. Overall, NBA '08 is not a bad game. It just tries to make up in presentation what it lacks in depth.
  11. NBA 08 is still a very deep and well rounded title, that if you really give it the chance can really make for an enjoyable experience. There is just so much more you can see coming from this game that it is hard to be completely satisfied with this outing.
  12. Some problems still exist, particularly with the SIXAXIS controls, the stunted flow of the game and a few ugly player models.
  13. This last mode is particularly inspired, allowing Net-connected gamers to head online, identify the biggest game of the week, and then go about rewriting/confirming history.
  14. I particularly appreciate how I can earn points to boost my attributes and buy stuff in every nook and cranny in the title – yet another example of how I played this game almost in spite of itself.
  15. In the end, NBA 08 offers enough outside stuff to distract from the fact that the core game of basketball is seriously lacking when compared to the other games on the market -- it's simply a matter of how much distraction there actually is.
  16. NBA 08 goes straight to the point, providing new challenges and rewards, above all. However, we can hardly say it’s the deeper game of its genre, and that’s likely to push away fans of the sport.
  17. 70
    Visually, it's probably the nicest-looking of the three NBA games. The created player progression concept works, as does the Games of the Week challenge mode. Where you may be disappointed is in the unresponsiveness of some of the controls and the lack of depth of gameplay modes -- especially the lack of a franchise mode.
  18. NBA 08 is roundly good at what it does; it just doesn't do much. In today's top-tier sports games market, it's not a bad game. It's just, save the engaging Upside Progression System and unique Games of the Week challenges, behind the times.
  19. 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.
  20. Besides all the qualms, NBA 08 for the PS3 is still entertaining with a concentrated focus on the gamer contributing to the game with the original progression system.
  21. It doesn’t manages to even threaten EA’s or 2K Sports’ franchises. Even running at 1080p it can’t hide the serious control problems, the AI and the lack of a good career mode. An absolute “air ball” that should make Sony rethink the future of this series. [Feb 2008]
  22. The shaky controls, visuals, gameplay, commentary, and lack of play modes add up to a work in progress that's not worth the time or money.
  23. EA's more excessible and exciting Live is the team that makes the playoffs this year. [Feb 2008, p.78]
  24. In a vacuum, it's not too shabby, but when compared to its competition this season, it's the red-headed stepchild in a crowded room.
  25. 60
    One thing NBA 08 does do that the competition can't, though, is run at 60 frames per second at 1080p. Then again, when the players on the court aren't always acting like their real selves, what does it matter how much they look like them?
  26. In the end, it appears it's going to be a long year on the bench for NBA 08.
  27. 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.
  28. A deeply confused game. It tries to pander to both of its rivals’ fans, but falls well short of satisfying either court. It doesn’t have enough gameplay options, the ball play is slick but unbalanced, and no matter how regularly updated or different it feels, it’s a disappointing exclusive title for Sony.
  29. While there's a lot of great ideas in NBA 08, SCEA San Diego apparently forgot to work on the basketball game itself.
  30. It may have a few tricks up its sleeve, but this is a series that has a long way to go before it can contend with the big boys.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. BryanM.
    Dec 10, 2007
    2
    Out of the three nba games out on the ps3 right now (NBA 2k8 and NBA live 08) this game has the lowest in sales with NBA 2k8 with the 2nd most then NBA live 08 with the most. it is sad that sony is trying to get money this way, why do you even try to go into battle vs 2k and EA. they are the best just like way back then when sony had game day that NFL game and they went up vs NFL 2k and Ea's Madden and what happend to that game sony lost tones of money and after three years they scrapted it. the graphics are the only thing that is going here for this wast of space. just get LIve 08 if you have a PS3. Full Review »
  2. OrenM.
    Sep 29, 2007
    9
    Cool Free6 control !!!