We've all got our guilty pleasures. Perhaps it's that Kelly Clarkson song on your iPod (stupid, catchy chorus...), or maybe the complete first season of 7th Heaven is sitting in your television cabinet. Whatever your well-kept secret treats may be, we've discovered a new one in NBA '07 Featuring The Life: Vol. 2. The on-court action is pretty vanilla - especially compared with the other current-gen hoops titles - but, like an open bag of Doritos sitting next to you on the couch, the stories
You know how you'll drive past a park or playground where kids are playing basketball, and there's always that one kid who's obviously someone's little brother? He's busting his ass running up and down the court, and he's got skillz for his age, but everyone else is at least a foot taller and four years older, so he's just not a factor in the game. Unfortunately, if that kid were a video game, he'd probably be a lot like NBA 07.
It's not that this is a bad game, really. It does what it does
Sept 27, 2007
Sometimes, less is more. Other times, less is, well, just less. And in the case of NBA 08, less is definitely not everything we were hoping for. While Sony's PlayStation brand-exclusive series has historically trailed its counterparts on the court, the PS2 versions have sported a detailed career mode called The Life for two years running. These basketball soap operas have easily become some of our favorite guilty pleasures. Unfortunately, the PS3's NBA 08 still has no Life, nor
Sony’s first-party basketball title has long been the black sheep of the NBA posse, considered a pint-sized squirt watching from the sidelines as the big boys – 2K and Live - grapple for supremacy. This season is no different, although considering the prowess of its competition, that’s no real shame. NBA 09 The Inside may not be a jaw-dropping, drenching-in-atmosphere tour de force, but it continues to improve and should no longer be a mere afterthought in the hoops conversation.
One the one hand, you’ve got EA’s shiny but occasionally flawed NBA Live; on the other, a game that doesn’t look quite so polished, but is built on a super-solid core that has consistently outplayed the opposition for years. If you’re a casual fan of the sport, then either title will probably serve equally well.
Michael Jordan towered over the NBA during his reign like no one before or since. His Airness similarly dominates NBA 2K11, transforming what would have been another sure-it’s-good-but-we’ve-seen-this-all-before game into a genre-busting standout. It’s been awhile since MJ has been in our collective consciousness, but he’s still got crazy hoops mojo; 2K Sports’ representation of his greatest moments is a great idea executed perfectly...
is standing at center court, hands extended in disbelief. This can’t be happening, he seems to think. Despite - or perhaps
because of – his superhuman efforts, the 1991 Lakers have just lost for the
fourth time in a row to their counterparts from Portland. As he trudges off the
court, he looks around, almost as if this is all just a bad dream...
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