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  • Summary: NBA Live 08 is fun for all on the Wii with a simple flick of the wrist. Get in on the ground floor of EA SPORTS basketball franchise and show-off your go-to Move on the Wii. The Wii allows you to actually perform a slam dunk by rotating your Wii remote downwards, or pull up for a jumper by flicking the Wii remote up and down. Blow by the defense with a quick crossover by tilting the nunchuck left or right. Now you have 2 ways to play with EA SPORTS Family Play. Introducing a new multiplayer, social experience for EA SPORTS Wii games that allows novice users to compete against advanced players and still enjoy success. Take control of the action using just the Wii remote and let the AI take care of movement to take the glory as you drive to the basket. But if you’ve already got game, plug in your nunchuck and play with the advanced control setting to get the depth that you crave. Now everyone can dominate with your go-to move on NBA LIVE 08 for the Wii. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. The Wii controls don't always work too well and it's no treat for the eyes, but overall this is a highly playable game. [Nov 2007, p.78]
  2. For a first-year outing, NBA Live 08 on the Wii doesn't even get honorable mention All-Rookie team. At least we know EA will make an 09 version, so there's always room for improvement.
  3. Hardcore hoopsters will likely scoff at the lack of full-body control that awaits, but there's no doubt that EA has done a pretty decent job making a square peg fit in a round hole; heck, getting any basketball game to work with the Wii controls is an accomplishment.
  4. Whereas the other versions of this game offered much improved graphics over last year’s game, the Wii doesn’t really bring very much to the table.
  5. NBA Live 08 is a disappointment in no small part because EA impressed early with the sports potential of Madden 07.
  6. 49
    NBA Live 08 is EA’s weakest attempt on Wii thus far, hands down. It lacks the polish, depth, or passion of any of the other motion projects had, removing full modes and options of the other console versions while also skipping on any of the expected Wii additions.
  7. Make no mistake, even though the Slam Dunk Contest is guaranteed fun in short bursts, almost everything else about this game is broken. This includes the game's recognition of jump shots, which is the most fundamental aspect of basketball.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. IkarosDD
    Oct 7, 2007
    Very simple to play. Game control back to basics. Graphics are not good but game-play pay off
  2. AnonymousMC
    Oct 8, 2007
    My son (10) and I really enjoy playing NBA Live 08. Neither of us are hard core gamers, so the simpified controls work well for us. We wanted a basketball game that was simple to learn/play, but still fun. We found what we were looking for in this game. Expand
  3. RF.
    Nov 14, 2007
    Far from perfect but still much better than most reviews. Controls are very responsive -- I have no idea of what some reviewers are talking about -- and the game play feels like the real thing. Some campaign options are lacking but then, I like basketball but I don't care for the NBA tourney. Expand
  4. PhillipV.
    Oct 6, 2007
    All these scathing reviews that NBA Live 08 are totall BS. Seriously 30 out of 100? It was not the best NBA game ever(not even close) but it was'nt all that bad. Sure the game mechaniques are a little mesesed but thats pretty well all thats wrong with it. Expand
  5. sol1n6O
    Jan 1, 2009
    I agree. It's not THAT bad! These reviewers are really extreme!

    The motion controls are actually quite good. I do find the graphics
    pretty poor (more like ps2 or even worse). Otherwise game play is pretty good. What's up with the 0 score from wiire (??)

    Suggest you rent this firstl. Don't know of any other better basketball games out there for the wii.
  6. RajeshS.
    Oct 13, 2007
    Clunky motion, no turbo, slow play make this a game you'll get bored of quickly.
  7. AnonymousMC
    Oct 5, 2007
    Complete and utter garbage. No Sprint, one useless dribble move, no jab steps, no pump fakes, no dynasty mode, awkward controls. Overall, this game is a waste of time to even bother playing, as it is impossible to enjoy. The controls are terrible. Half the time the game will not register your movements at all, and when it does, it will often register the wrong movement, so you will throw up an ugly looking layup attempt from beyond the three point line. The ONE dribble move you can use in the game is an ineffectual crossover, which is supposedly performed using the nunchuk. However, the game rarely registers your movement, and even when it does, the crossover never frees up a player. Shooting is not intuitive at all. In order to shoot, you must flick up and then down, and the process feels nothing like an actual shot. No turbo means that even with 5 seconds left in a quarter, you must jog up the court and then hope the game registers your shot movement. No dynasty mode makes it all that much worse, as all the fun of being a GM is gone, which would have been this game's only chance of being enjoyable. The most irritating thing is the fact that the computer can and does use spin moves, pump fakes, ball fakes, and jab steps quite regularly. Also, there is absolutely no defence against a dunker at all, but a Dirk Nowitzki fade away gets blocked regularly by players much smaller and less athletic. At harder difficulties, it is impossible to stop a shot, as the CPU almost always makes every shot. It is as if EA thought "how can we drive the most people to the Xbox".
    Don't buy this game, you will find yourself regretting it, and it even may make you wish you hadn't bought a Wii.

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