Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Even if it's not quite everything we hoped, we're pumped that 2K football is back in action. Let the competition begin - again.
  2. A great game. There are so many elements to this title that will knock your socks off. It is not the true NFL simulator that is Madden, but it is an awesome football game that plays better than the competition in many regards.
  3. With no franchise mode, Crib, or many amenities apart from nice stadiums, it’s the lack of connection with the league itself, not the fact that the NFL is missing, that is a letdown. Bolster this aspect and make some gameplay tweaks, and All-Pro Football will threaten Madden’s NFL more than the XFL ever did.
  4. 76
    There are definitely some good things to build and grow on for next year, but the overall package is too sparse. While much of the gameplay is great, the AI needs a tune-up. If you're looking for a football game expressly for multiplayer, give All-Pro Football 2K8 a chance. But if you're the type that wants a deep single-player experience, you'll want to pass up All-Pro.
  5. 76
    Overall, All-Pro Football 2K8 is a solid first entry from 2K Sports, but it comes a year too late as the Madden series is already plowing away at full stride on the 360 and PS3.
  6. 2K football returns with solid gameplay and a new focus on classic players, though the roster isn't the only aspect of the game that feels old.
  7. It's nice to see that Madden has competition again, but this just isn't the year where All-Pro challenges seriously.
  8. If you’re looking for a deep single-player experience with a lot of modes and cutting edge presentation, leave All-Pro Football 2K8 on the bench. But if you’re simply looking for straight-up solid football to play online or with friends, All-Pro Football 2K8 answers the call.
  9. In a nutshell...if you like playing online, and like 2K football, you can't go wrong with All-Pro Football 2K8. If you're primarily an offline gamer, it's questionable at best.
  10. The novelty of getting to play again with your childhood heroes and players old enough to be mythological legends fails to make up for graphics that would be unacceptable on the original Xbox and a bare-bones set of game modes.
  11. 65
    This is a solid game overall -- and without a doubt, All-Pro Football should continue building on this foundation. But if you were expecting 2K euphoria after two years on the sidelines, you'll be disappointed, as this one's got rust in many of the wrong places.
  12. The more you know about football then the more you'll get out of this game. There are some superb play-calling aspects on offer, like the ability to change routes on the fly for your receivers, but again, this is something only the hardcore will make use of.
  13. 70
    The game shipped with passable production values, dated graphics, and a minimal number of play modes, so it's hard to consider this a good value at the $59.99 price point. On the other hand, if you're a die-hard football fan and want to once again experience 2K's style of play, then this is your only option.
  14. Hopefully next time APF will be a fully functional game, so we can focus our complaints on the important issues, like how in the world Bubby Brister made anyone's list of 'legends.'
  15. 80
    The game does a surprisingly good job of going up against Madden '08. It isn't going to unseat the king of all video football games this season but that's the beauty of sports: there's always next year.
  16. All Pro Football 2K8 doesn't quite reach championship status, what with its lack of modes and other small items. However, it turns out to be an excellent start for 2K Sports' newest football legacy. Can't wait to see what comes around next year.
  17. Overall, gameplay is great - passing is tight, running moves are fluid, and the playbook is decent-sized, although officials occasionally miss big calls while throwing seemingly random flags. [Sept 2007, p.81]
  18. 80
    If you care about playing with Colts and Payton Manning, or you just have to have real teams and stadiums then Madden is your option. But if you want to play a good football game with the players of yesteryear then pick up All-Pro Football 2K8.
  19. Technically there's nothing wrong with the game -- had it released in 2006. While it's great to have Visual Concepts back, they definitely left room for improvement for All-Pro Football 2K9, and improvement is certainly what's needed for this next generation of football games.
  20. A lot of fun. It’s just that there’s not much here to keep the fun going unless you head online for the leagues or tournaments. While for the latest installments in an established series, it’s a bit of a disappointment. For the first installment of a promising, new series, it’s a pretty good start.
  21. It's a real shame, though, that the developers thought that simply putting the name of a Hall of Famer on the jersey was enough. [Sept 2007, p.86]
  22. Even with some missing features that longtime sport gamers have become accustomed to and some notable flaws in the gameplay balance on the field, nothing stops the pure fun factor of playing All Pro Football 2K8 from shining through. Here’s hoping we see the continuation of this series.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. JobAdkins
    Jan 1, 2009
    Lets get real,Madden is overrated and not good football.It was good back in 2004,2005 but it is terrible on the next generation consoles.TheLets get real,Madden is overrated and not good football.It was good back in 2004,2005 but it is terrible on the next generation consoles.The 2K series has always had the best football but madden was close for a while.That is the reason,of course,that they snatched the license so 2K couldn't make anymore football titles.Here it is though and it is great!The game play is untouchable and that is what really counts.I'm just knocking some points off because of the lack of features that they left out of this title.I'm writing this review way after this title came out and I've played madden 06,07,08,09 they suck and i don't think they will ever get it together on the next-gen consoles.Blitz the league I and II are better then the madden series,so take my word,play this and the other 2K football titles from the past and wait for the next installment.Don't waist your time with madden just because there the only football game out there,thats being a sell out.NFL 2K2,2K3,2K4,2K5 are incredible games.I give this title a 9.1 Full Review »
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    2K football games went under when EA Sports bought the rights in 2005. So what did 2K sports do? They signed a huge amount of legendary2K football games went under when EA Sports bought the rights in 2005. So what did 2K sports do? They signed a huge amount of legendary players and produced a very good football game. It lacks many features and little can be played, unlike NFL 2K5. But it is still a very good game. Full Review »
  3. Matt
    Jun 27, 2008
    McBain your opinion sucks. If you ever played football you would realize 2k8 is much more realistic than madden. There are like 4 catchMcBain your opinion sucks. If you ever played football you would realize 2k8 is much more realistic than madden. There are like 4 catch animations in madden... they are repeated all the time. The animations in 2k8 are smooth and if you try a 10 step drop a la madden you will get sacked. It lacks game modes but online is great as you can try out new teams and see how you do. Full Review »