Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. NBA Live 08 doesn’t add a whole lot of new modes, but the stronger gameplay goes a long way. The improved, more realistic gameplay, coupled with the excellent presentation package make NBA Live 08 a must-have for basketball game fans.
  2. A big improvement over NBA Live 07 (or 06, for that matter), offering some great features and cleaner gameplay. If you’ve been waiting for the next-gen iterations to catch up with the current-gen versions, then this is one to get.
  3. The game has tons of options; it looks and sounds fantastic, and with a minor quibble here and there plays a great game that walks the line of die hard sim and casual baller.
  4. EA have upped the game when it comes to sports this year. A huge improvement. [Dec 2007, p.85]
  5. NBA Live 08 is just a much better all around game of basketball than last year's experience, and yet it's still not perfect.
  6. While not perfect, it's immensely playable and just a bit more fun than its rival. Who woulda thunk it?
  7. A more than worthy update to last year's blip. No b-ball fan will be disappointed with this. [Issue#25, p.100]
  8. This year's game slam-dunks its predecessors, thanks to improved speed, more realistic player animations and most importantly, exquisite five-on-five play.
  9. 80
    Post play is not only a viable option this year, it's my preferred way to score, and I really can't remember the last time that was true in a basketball game.
  10. You might think calling NBA Live 08 "much improved" is a backhanded compliment, but its first two years on 360 really did leave it no place to go but up. [Nov 2007, p.84]
  11. “Real” basketball takes the court once again in NBA Live 08, bringing a much closer to real-life representation of the NBA, and even the world hoops scene, to the Xbox 360.
  12. “Real” basketball takes the court once again in NBA Live 08, bringing a much closer to real-life representation of the NBA, and even the world hoops scene, to the Xbox 360.
  13. NBA Live 2008 is a considerably decent basketball game. EA's efforts this year are much more noticeable than previous outings, as the game reeks of realism.
  14. NBA Live 08 is in serious contention for Best Basketball Game this year. That just shows you how much improved 08 is after the disaster of 07. Who says EA doesn't listen?
  15. While not being a nothing-but-net caliber game, NBA Live 08 does score after a couple of friendly bounces around the rim.
  16. If EA sports manage to fix a couple of issues in this game, NBA live 09 will surely be the game to beat next year. Until then though, play some more 2k8.
  17. NBA Live 08 is a good game. It's not a great game yet. It has plenty of problems, and I must say it's still not quite on par with the impressive basketball simulation that is NBA 2K8. But the gap has closed this year. It plays, looks, and feels better than last year, and if it keeps improving, we'll have the great NBA Live series of old.
  18. With new additions, 38 player online leagues and a realistic experience, basketball on Xbox 360 doesn't get much better than this.
  19. Thanks to significantly improved gameplay, NBA Live 08 is a good, solid basketball game.
  20. NBA Live 08 is a vastly improved game that is nearly ready for primetime. With another year under its belt, NBA Live may be contending for the championship.
  21. This shot definitely goes in, but not before taking a few lucky bounces on the rim.
  22. A big improvement over last year. EA has put a lot of effort to get a well presented, well commentated game of basketball.
  23. NBA Live 08 is a game for the casual NBA video game fan that just wants to play a basketball game that’s fun and easy to pick up and play. This year’s version is a big improvement over last year’s game and while it’s not the best basketball game on the market, it’s a fun head to head game.
  24. It is not quite ready for the big time, but at least it is not the Sam Bowie of video games like "Live 07."
  25. Not a bad game, but not a great one either. Online modes and the loaded dynasty mode are sure to keep players busy for another year. A solid soundtrack fills out the smooth animations to make for a pleasing presentation.
  26. 70
    The voice commentating is some of the best yet and when mixed with the highly detailed player models and animations, the game looks and feels like the real thing on your TV. Shame it just doesn’t quite hit the mark with the playability.
  27. 70
    It's the best-looking entry in the series by far, and the gameplay is finally coming close to what gamers are looking for from their at-home NBA experience. But as good as NBA Live is this year, it's still not taking home the championship.
  28. Offers fast, sleek-looking gameplay, as graphics are impressive in almost all regards.
  29. 69
    The bulk of the basketball still doesn’t feel natural with canned animations taking the control out of the user’s hands a bit too often. The game does have its shining moments though, and we’ll definitely be expecting next year’s game to return the series to prominence.
  30. So even though Live is lookin' better, it could still use more time in the gym. [Nov 2007, p.103]
  31. So it plays better than last year, but not by much. AI problems and new defensive controls take the player out of the b-ball experience.
  32. 65
    While Live 08 is definitely looking better in every respect (gameplay, graphics, and online), the series still needs more time in the gym.
  33. EA games never fail to impress with the overall presentation on any of their sports titles, but sometimes it seems like that's all they were focused on when developing the game. Sadly, NBA Live 08 falls into this trap.
  34. 65
    After last year's effort, it’s good to see the franchise back on track. There are still plenty of areas where it could improve and there is lots of refinement to be done, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
  35. It’s fair to say that the game is a solid game of basketball that I’d recommend to basketball fans and those who are interested in getting into the game—so long as your expectations are a bit tempered.
  36. It all makes for quite a competent basketball game, but ultimately there’s little to draw in anyone who doesn’t enjoy the sport in the first place, unlike EA’s brilliant Fight Night Round 3, which was one of the best early Xbox 360 titles.
  37. Getting to grips with the new features of Live '08 is like watching a superb athlete trying to slam dunk a beach ball.
  38. If EA Sports can smooth out the gameplay, continue to improve ball physics, do something (please!) about the game’s load times, and hold onto their edge in the presentation department, they’ll have a game that can truly compete with "NBA 2k8," something that would’ve been unthinkable a year ago.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Mar 8, 2013
    4
    I used to be a huge fan of NBA Live series, especially NBA Live 06. From 07, EA Sports seems to take experiments. 07 seems very slippery andI used to be a huge fan of NBA Live series, especially NBA Live 06. From 07, EA Sports seems to take experiments. 07 seems very slippery and full of flaws, but at least there is one feature I like a separate button for dunk. In 08, most good features are overthrown. You can tell that EA Sports is making the game more detailed. But I think they fail. Ok, NBA Live is dead since NBA Live 10. I haven't played any NBA games in 3 years, maybe I should try the 2K13 to pick up my desire to control an entire basketball team. Full Review »
  2. JobAdkins
    Aug 6, 2009
    8
    Great game.I've always liked the 2K basketball better cause it is better always has been but EA has really stepped up there game.I enjoyGreat game.I've always liked the 2K basketball better cause it is better always has been but EA has really stepped up there game.I enjoy live 08.I have played nba live 09 and dont think there is anything special about that game and would not but it,but 08 is worth the money especially now(way later) because it is so cheap.I'm looking forward to seeing how nba live 10 is.I rate this game a 8.1 Full Review »
  3. brockmcallister
    Dec 28, 2007
    0
    this game is the suckiest game i've ever played u can't change the settings much like u can change plays or anything every time uthis game is the suckiest game i've ever played u can't change the settings much like u can change plays or anything every time u come and try to block every time the player shoots and u want to block them they wait until they get close to the net and then they jump up to try to block them when they already du nk or get the shot in people that make this game UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKk Full Review »