NBA 08, the officially licensed game has
arrived on PlayStation 2 that combines traditional arcade basketball
with an almost "Sims" like quality with a unique story targeting the
gamer. Featuring new AI, new game moves and a variety of other
improvements, NBA 08 seems great on paper, however the crux of the
matter is that it's becoming a little long in the tooth... that is, on
the PlayStation 2.
The unfortunate aspect of NBA 08 is the
gameplay which only seems to be major and sometimes fiddly improvements
and seems to be lacking what the previous games have had. Gameplay wise,
the game hasn't changed much from years past as well.
The developers have run with the theme that
if it's not broke, don't fix it and that is what you get with NBA 08.
The shot meter makes a return this year and although some may not like
it, I do agree that while it takes a bit away from the experience, it
gives a bit more rhyme or reason to why or why not a shot is going in
the hoop or not. Otherwise everything works and continues to give a
pretty good feel around the court.
Overall NBA 08 really revolves around The
Life, and although there are other modes both online and offline, they
are rather lacking some much-needed depth. The game really puts the
majority of its chips in the basket of The Life, and unfortunately the
third time just didn't manage to be the charm for this title.
Graphically, on the PS2 that is, the title is a little lacking when
compared to the PS3 installment and feels a little dated. Although the
menu's are beautifully created, the in-game animations are very choppy
and the character models as bland as they come. Overall the game looks
pretty poor and really needs a makeover, quickly.
In conclusion, NBA 08 for the PS2 may be
the last time we see The Life on the PS2, however at the end of the day,
the game is still an okay game if you have not played the previous
games... however for those who have, the game is so so at the best of
times. Definitely one for the PS3!