NBA Live 08
The latest edition
to the NBA franchise has arrived on the XBox 360 with EA Sports NBA
Live 08 that has produced some of the nicest graphics and gameplay
to date. Featuring a variety of new and improved gameplay options,
improved shooting mechanics and flawless 60 frames per second
graphics, NBA Live 08 is definitely the closest us mere mortals will
ever get to play with the big guns of basketball.
Although NBA Live 08 is
your classic arcade style basketball game, this current incarnation is a
combination of simulation meets arcade with its easy to master gameplay
that allows you to pull off a variety of realistic maneuvers. The added
quick strike ball handling option allows for greater ball control that
is flawlessly handled by the analog stick.
A new improvement of the
gameplay is the offensive capability of title and with a press of the
button, your player will follow his opponent like a shadow and all the
gamer really needs to concentrate on is stealing the ball.
EA have also improved
the AI of the system and depending on your personal difficulty level is
quite manageable and not ridiculously hard. For those lovers of
franchise, the Dynasty mode in NBA Live 08 offers the gamer a plethora
of micromanagement options such as training, uniforms and trading.
For lovers of
multiplayer, NBA Live 08 has some great online options via XBox Live
which will definitely extend the longevity of the title by allowing
gamers to play real opponents of all difficulty levels. Needless to say,
there are quite a few basketball sharks on XBox Live.
Graphically as briefly
mentioned earlier, NBA Live 08 is a visual treat on the XBox 360 that
has some realistically modeled stadiums with some of the best crowd
animations to date. Of course the stars of the game are the basketball
players themselves that move with a fluid like grace that has not been
seen on a high-end console before.
Even when you see the
players (depending on how fanatic you are of the sport), they are quite
recognizable and have some great facial animations. Best of all, the
title runs at a glorious 60 frames per second and we found no slow downs
Once again EA has
created a very "sports" orientated soundtrack that will get your
adrenaline pumping quite early on in the game with its rock/hip hop
theme. Match that with realistic commentary and some extremely great
on-court sound effects, not to mention the screams and chants of the
crowd and one could be forgiven in thinking they are at a real NBA
In conclusion, EA's NBA
Live 08 is definitely a great game on the XBox 360 with its all-new and
improved gameplay which will allow all gamers of all difficulty levels
the ability to take on the greats. The new features in the gameplay and
refined A.I. will keep you coming back for more and more and once you've
completed the title against the A.I, why not try for some online play.
Brilliant graphics and a sturdy gaming engine. Great stuff!