Oct 9, 2007
We get it - no one reads video game manuals anymore. This is evident more than ever these days, as the packaged-in booklets have shrunk from veritable tomes into barely-there pamphlets. However, sports titles are - or should be - the exception in this phenomenon. After all, modern sim games have a dizzying array of options for each button and trigger, and no matter who you are, an occasional glance at the controller map is always needed. Nowhere is this more frustratingly apparent than in NBA 2K8.
Evidently, there are scads of kick-ass control options available, from devastating Isomotion moves to alley-oops and lots in between. Trouble is, there's no mention anywhere of how to pull these off, so chances are you'll get really ticked off at your lack of scoring ability before you ever stumble across them. Lord knows we did, thanks to the ever-so-sensitive Shot Stick that returns to challenge veterans and infuriate newbies. We lost count of the scads of missed layups and open jumpers we had when trying to use the Stick. Thankfully, a button-press shooting option still exists, because we've just about had it having rallies choked by botched shoulda-been-gimmes.