All-Pro Football 2K8

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All-Pro Football 2K8
All-Pro Football 2K8
APF2K8 official PS3 cover
Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA July 16, 2007
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution BD-ROM, DVD-ROM

All-Pro Football 2K8 (abbreviated as APF2K8) is a football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. APF2K8 is the first football game to be published by 2K Sports since EA Sports purchased exclusive licenses to the intellectual properties of the NFL and NFLPA. John Elway, Barry Sanders, and Jerry Rice appear on the cover. The cover's art style is similar to Blitz: The League.

Overview[edit]

All-Pro Football 2K8 features a fictional league called the "All-Pro League", or 'APL'. The APL consists of 24 teams that are grouped into six divisions of four teams each. The league runs a sixteen-game schedule and holds a championship game at the end of the playoffs, similar to the NFL.

Since the exclusivity deal the NFL has with EA only covers active players, 2K contracted the individual rights to over 240 retired NFL players to appear in the game.[1]

Even though there are no NFL teams in the game, the player can still create teams that resemble their NFL counterparts. A Create-a-Player feature allows the player to add in players that were not included in the roster, such as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

While the game includes teams representing Los Angeles and Las Vegas, neither of which have an NFL team, there are no teams representing Buffalo, Kansas City, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Indianapolis, San Diego, or New Orleans—all cities with real NFL teams. Cleveland and Cincinnati are both represented by a team representing Ohio, and only one team represents the San Francisco Bay Area instead of two. Green Bay is not represented, but a city nearby, Milwaukee, is instead.

Teams[edit]

Many of the teams in the game have one or more aspects that are veiled references to other elements of popular culture. While some link to sports teams past and present, others refer to TV, films, cars, comic books, American history and even Native American tradition.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 74.27% (X360)[2] 74.32% (PS3)[3]
Metacritic 75/100 (X360)[4] 73/100 (PS3)[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C+[10][11]
GameSpot 7.5/10[8][9]
GameTrailers 7.1/10[12]
IGN 7.6/10[6][7]

The game received generally positive reviews from critics. The gameplay of APF2K8 is very similar to the game play of Visual Concepts' previous title, ESPN NFL 2K5. However, All-Pro Football 2K8 has received criticism by many because of the game's lack of features previously made possible by way of the NFL license.[13] Most notably, the lack of a multi-season Franchise Mode as seen in competing titles such as Madden NFL 08 and NCAA Football 08 is a large omission, given ESPN NFL 2K5 contained a similar Franchise Mode. 2K Sports and Visual Concepts chose to omit a franchise mode because since the game revolves around the use of legends from different eras, they felt there would be no rational way for the legends to develop or age, therefore a franchise mode with aging no-namers and immortal legends would be non-sensical. Unfortunately, 2K failed to consider that simply starting the legends off at their draft ages would've resolved the supposed issue; the failure to see such a solution was but one of many highly criticized blunders the 2K sports development team made with All Pro Football 2K8.[14] As of October 3, 2007, APF 2K8 has a score of 74/100 on Metacritic[15] and 75% on Game Rankings.[16]

O. J. Simpson Controversy[edit]

In a court ruling, O.J. Simpson was ordered to pay the family of Ronald Goldman any money made for his appearance in the game. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman in 1995, but was found legally responsible for their deaths by a civil court jury two years later.[17] During pre-production of the game, Simpson was a member of the in-game team called the New Jersey Assassins. Players on the team perform a throat slash as a touchdown celebration, and the animatronic mascot for the Assassins will make a slashing motion. Some pre-release videos showed Simpson performing these moves, implying to some that the designers were intentionally referencing the murders. However, in the retail version of the game, Simpson was moved to the Cyclones.

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