NBA 08 PSP

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
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  1. The b-ball gameplay is great – stellar controls, smooth frame rate, and an impressive array of animations. NBA 08's pinball and Arkanoid-style mini-games are tons of fun, and the rest are entertaining diversions that encourage players to return.
  2. 84
    Sony has managed to get the balance between mini-games and basketball right for a second year in a row, which is truly incredible.
  3. PSM Magazine
    85
    So while the regular season gameplay has seen some nice overhauling in the last 12 months--including better rebounding and a butter-smooth 60 freames-per-second framerate--NBA 08 delivers a ton more handheld-ready, mini-game action. [Dec 2007, p.80]
  4. NBA 08 on PSP is definitely the best of the three NBA 08 games, and a good basketball game to boot.
  5. It's not the best NBA game available; however it is a great addition to the franchise and has made some significant leaps from last year's version.
  6. For me, the role of handheld gaming in the industry is about fun. It’s about tuning out distractions, clicking off your brain for a few minutes and just killing some time. NBA 08 embraces that role by providing a fun alternative to the usual fare during basketball release season.
  7. At the end of the day, I’m looking for fun from my games and NBA 08 has enough options to suite whatever mood I might be in when I start it up. All of that and a decent basketball game? It’s a no-brainer for basketball fans on the go.
  8. The most important thing to consider here is that NBA 08 is a really good basketball game for the PSP. It may feel a bit simplistic, but it still plays well.
  9. NBA 08 for the PSP is a sharper more developed version of last years excellent version which now includes some new mini-games and the returning modes that made NBA 07 so polished.
  10. There's a lot of gameplay packed into the large number of game modes in NBA '08, but you'll wish the basketball itself was a bit better.
  11. I just want to take the time to request that everyone take notice of Conquest mode. It’s really a shot in the arm for sports games and should really be present in every other title in the genre.
  12. The PSP version is ultimately the best of all of them because it contains the least amount of actual, straight basketball, but at least the PS3 version's sim aspects are solid enough to handle plenty of repeat plays and all the additional free downloadable content.
  13. The single-player Conquest mode and robust multiplayer capabilities do help to redeem this title and are certainly worth a look, but if you already own NBA 07, you should carefully consider if NBA 08 offers enough improvements and new features to justify a purchase.
  14. 80
    The folks at SCE Studios San Diego have once again brought their A-game. They've somehow managed to cram an incredible amount of action into their fourth PSP hoops release.

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. NBAGameReviewer
    Dec 26, 2007
    6
    This game wasn't all that. One problem I really had as I was trying to play season mode was why do they only give you four minute This game wasn't all that. One problem I really had as I was trying to play season mode was why do they only give you four minute quarters? I only averaged 72.3 PPG. But the one thing that did get me hooked on playing it was the conquer mode and a hilarious but fun idea was the dodgeball game. Very creative. I wouldn't recomend the season mode to ther players but the mini games and other fun activites were great! Full Review »
  2. MarcusW.
    Nov 20, 2007
    3
    Unacceptable garbage. Sure there are some decent mini games, and I particularly enjoyed the "pick-up game" option but if you actually want to Unacceptable garbage. Sure there are some decent mini games, and I particularly enjoyed the "pick-up game" option but if you actually want to play BASKETBALL then this game will offend you. In Dynasty mode, no matter what you set the quarter length to, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters are all 4 minutes each. So even on easy the most you can score in season game is about 50 team points. Unacceptable garbage. Gamestop even gave me a full refund since this can technically count as a "defective" game. But each and every copy has this same "defect." Don't waste your money on this one. Full Review »
  3. RonK.
    Oct 23, 2007
    9
    Wow. Sounds like folks at digital entertainment news dont really know how to rank a game. a 48? what they dont realize is that this game Wow. Sounds like folks at digital entertainment news dont really know how to rank a game. a 48? what they dont realize is that this game never claimed to be a perfect simulation for basketball purists. It is supposed to be fun on a handheld, and thats exactly what it is. before, i played Live 08, and THAT was a terrible game. NBA 08 is a slick package that will keep you busy for the whole year! Full Review »