NBA 2K8 review

Beautiful, deep, and varied, yet somehow underwhelming

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Unfortunately, amid all this high fidelity, there lies a lack of fluidity. Your hoopsters won't always appear to be running at a consistent speed, momentarily darting around the court like the Flash only to slow back down a second later. It's even more pronounced in the moments between whistles. This herky-jerkiness is the only trait that'll really remind you that you are in fact playing a video game instead of kicking back and seeing the real thing on TV in high definition.

Other than a smattering of new moves - such as a nifty post-up feature using the left trigger - gameplay remains remarkably similar to last season. Naturally, this includes the ever-so-sensitive Shot Stick, which will challenge veterans and infuriate newbies. While we're pretty good with ferocious dunks in the paint using the stick, we're still partial towards a traditional button press when tossing bombs from downtown. Thankfully, that option still exists. There also aren't a lot of ways to pull off ankle-breaking moves on your own, either, since the Shot Stick occupies the right thumbstick and the face buttons all have their own functions as well.

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DescriptionNBA 2K8's got the best on-court basketball experience on the PS2 this year. That's enough for us to declare it the champ.
Platform"PS2","PS3","Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Everyone","Everyone","Everyone"
UK censor rating"","",""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)