Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic 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. 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.
  3. The motion controls don't make for a very intuitive way of playing. [Dec 2007, p.55]
  4. 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.
  5. As a total package this is a wholly average game.
  6. 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.
  7. NBA Live 08 is a disappointment in no small part because EA impressed early with the sports potential of Madden 07.
  8. 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.
  9. The upshot of all this, is that there’s only way for NBA Live to go on Wii and that’s up. They can’t go much lower than 08.
  10. NBA Live's first appearance on the Wii is a complete disaster.
  11. 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.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Dec 2, 2012
    7
    I don't typically play sports games, but this was a gift so I figured why not. I was pleasently surprised to fin d that the game is simple toI don't typically play sports games, but this was a gift so I figured why not. I was pleasently surprised to fin d that the game is simple to learn and very playable. I do think that it could have uses some more content, and that the family play mode, which is supposed to alow anyone of any age to play, is stupid nexause your basically just watching the game play itself, but it will trick youngsters into thinking their actually good at the game while they shake the controller like maniacs. If you enjoy the game or not will depend on how much you like basketball. As for me, someone who doesn't really like basketball or sports games, I did enjoy the game, but probably won't return to it much if at all. Full Review »
  2. sol1n6O
    Jan 1, 2009
    5
    I agree. It's not THAT bad! These reviewers are really extreme!

    The motion controls are actually quite good. I do find the graphics
    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.
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  3. BryanM.
    Dec 10, 2007
    3
    This is a good first try for EA. the wii is pritty hard to make a perffect sports game. the good things of this game is the shotting is This is a good first try for EA. the wii is pritty hard to make a perffect sports game. the good things of this game is the shotting is really great just like real life, and the graphics are good for a game on the Wii I was very impreset. the three point shooter and most of the all star week stuff was also good. now the bad things, there is no turbo so it seems like you are as slow as a snail, it is very hard to steal the ball that instead of stealing you make a foul so you will most likely foul out, in the all star game they have last years players so you can not pick who you want on the team, and they are on old teams. and the dunk contest is so sentitive it almost make it imposible to stand. if you do not have another system then nba live 08 for the Wii is your choice. the good thing for Live is this is the 2nd best LIVE game next to the ps2 version, but that could be a bad thing! this is not even worth a rental. Full Review »