Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. For the third year in a row, 2K Sports has the best basketball game available. NBA 2K8 has vast improvements, tweaking an already capable engine with fresh animations and change-ups.
  4. Basketball in its most realistic, exciting, and entertaining form. The controls and seamless player interactions make NBA 2K8 an instant showstopper – deep gameplay and high replay value provide the longevity you’ve come to expect (and demand) from 2K Sports.
  5. The presentation and feel of the game is near-perfect, but the actual gameplay, particularly on offense, comes up short and frustrating. Lock-On D is a nice feature as well, but it can be a crutch.
  6. If you're a fan of basketball games, I definitely recommend picking this one up, as it is the best basketball offering this year.
  7. Despite a few nagging issues, NBA 2K8 is a fantastic basketball game packed to the brim with features and game modes.
  8. 85
    This game's brilliant A.I. on offense, the lightning-quick load times, the remarkably improved faces of Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, the new dunk competition minigame, and the removal of 24/7 mode are a load of positives that far outweigh the hang-ups.
  9. 85
    The animation system is absolutely enthralling to view, the association mode is deeper than Scrooge McDuck’s money bin, and the overall game looks and plays better than any other title in the genre.
  10. While NBA 2K8 may have some kinks to work out in its post game, it’s still the best basketball sim on the market.
  11. It’s rare that a series takes as serious a step backwards as NBA 2K8 has this season. It’s missing modes and gameplay features from last year’s game, while adding subtle changes that few players will notice or make use of.
  12. 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]
  13. 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.
  14. NBA 2K8 is still far and away that best game of basketball you are going to find. EA might have got their act together this year, but they are still a way off challenging the almighty 2K series.
  15. 79
    It's certainly the best basketball game on any system this year. The Association is a solid franchise mode and, if VC can iron out its AI and gameplay issues, next year's model could be something very special.
  16. An excellent sim let down by too-strong defenders. [Jan 2008, p.80]
  17. Another superbly entertaining basketball sim with some of the sickest visuals you've ever seen.
  18. 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?
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User 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.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! Full Review »
  2. 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 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! Full Review »
  3. 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 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. Full Review »