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  • Summary: Sprite Slam Dunk Contest - Live from Las Vegas, 2K is bringing you the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, hosted by street legend Bobbito Garcia. Choose from hundreds of dunks and a vast array of props as you compete against the NBA's finest dunkers in this 4 player event. The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest is also playable online; it's here that you can prove to the world that you are the greatest dunker there is. More Signature Style - Customizable Free Throws, Dribble Moves, and Dunks give users total control over the way their favorite players play on the court. All new signature shots from many of your favorite NBA players, including #1 draft choice Greg Oden, as well as individual post and dribble moves, makes NBA 2K8 the most authentic NBA simulation on the market. Off-Ball Control - Run quick on the fly sets to get your favorite player the ball in the best situation for him to get a quick bucket. Use the Get Open button for a fast play, or call for the exact situation you want with the Off-Ball Control menu. On offense, you now have the option to switch off the ball handler to other players where you can call for alley-oops, jostle for post-position, set screens, etc. [2K Sports] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. With NBA 2K8, you're looking at the best of all worlds. What worked last year is still there, and some great improvements have been made. It's the most fun and realistic game of video basketball available, despite it's few flaws.
  2. 90
    A fantastic game. If you feel like a quick fix, you can hit up NBA blacktop mode and throw down some jams in a slam dunk contest out on the Vegas Strip (you can even jump over cars!). Want to head online? 2K8 features everything from leagues to two-player co-op play against the computer. Want to pause the game and gaze at Drew Gooden's patch on the back of his head? The choice (as strange as it may be) is yours.
  3. If you're a fan of basketball games, I definitely recommend picking this one up, as it is the best basketball offering this year.
  4. While NBA 2K8 may have some kinks to work out in its post game, it’s still the best basketball sim on the market.
  5. The post-game wrap-ups are especially good, enabling you to look at each player's top moments from the match. [Dec 2007, p.111]
  6. The new dunk contest and other modes are nice, but the core gameplay is what should be what catches your eye, and NBA 2K8 nails it.
  7. It's not quite as satisfying as the Celtics adding Kevin Garnett and, Ray Allen to support Paul Pierce in one off-season, but what is?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. TDaye
    Jul 9, 2008
    9
    The gameplay is excellent! Graphics need some work though. Need to update player appearances. Team jersey colors need to be more accurate. (ex. Piston's away jerseys look light blue instead of dark blue. Heat away jerseys look grey instead of black.) But overall, the game is great! I'm looking foward to 2K9! Expand
  2. BrandonG.
    Oct 5, 2007
    9
    Great graphics, great gameplay, awesome dynasty mode ("the association"). Wish they would clean up the menu screens a bit, but otherwise, the best NBA sim to date Expand
  3. TimD.
    Sep 28, 2007
    9
    Another winning product from the leaders in basketball video games. This is the hands down Live killer and Sony's offering cant even touch it.
  4. ShayneH.
    Jan 14, 2008
    9
    It's very deep in Franchise mode and association mode iV'e got the worriers in my association,I'm good so im 33-0 but the heat and new jersey are right behind me! but its fun im good shooting the 3-point contest and A good Slamedunker on the game... Overall get this game the graphics might not be better than Lives but it's gameplay is great!!! Must Have! Expand
  5. BIGTP
    Oct 18, 2007
    8
    The graphics are great but I don't like the fact that one you double team a guy your dribble is picked up for you. I like playing with The Lakers becaue I'm a fan of Kobe Bryant. I don't want to win the game by passing the ball around. I want to score with Kobe. By making you pick up the ball, your forced to give it up. To be that is boring. In real life if Kobe wants to take all the shots, no one can stop him from doing that. In 2k8 all you have to do is double him and shop close. Me and my friends hate that about the game. Expand
  6. Giterdone
    Sep 29, 2007
    6
    Damn man...these graphics look like they have taken a leap backwards. the character models are embarassing and feels way too arcadey and too easy to score. Live 08 character models are very impressive and I find it more of a sim than 2k8 this year. All of the nba games this year are somewhat disappointing but this is the not the best of them. Expand
  7. JackY.
    Sep 29, 2007
    4
    It is unfortunate that the games seems to step back from NBA 2k7.

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