PlayStation 3 cover art featuring Chris Paul
|Release date(s)||October 2, 2007|
NBA 2K8 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the ninth installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K7. It was released in October 2007 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3. Chris Paul is the cover athlete of the game. NBA 2K8 is the predecessor to NBA 2K9 in the NBA 2K series.
NBA 2K8 was well received upon release. Critics mostly praised the aesthetical details, with particular praise directed towards the player animations, as well as the game mode options, and overall gameplay, more specifically, the post play, jump shooting, and well rounded accessibility. Most criticisms were concerning some gameplay inconsistencies, such as the defensive mechanics, and the unrealistic player tendencies, as well as the game's lack of improvements, with some seeing the lack of meaningful changes as a step back from NBA 2K7, and visuals, which some saw as "awful" and "ugly". Some saw the visuals as "gorgeous" however.
One of the new additions to the game is the Slam Dunk Contest game mode. During games, Kevin Harlan is the play-by-play commentator, Kenny Smith is the colour commentator, and Craig Sager is the sideline reporter.
This is the list of songs in NBA 2K8. The developers aimed to create diversity when composing the soundtrack. Tim Rosa, 2K Sports' Director of Brand and Lifestyle Marketing, stated: "For the NBA 2K8 soundtrack, we wanted to produce something diverse that bridges modern hip-hop with its rich heritage in funk and groove. In addition to showcasing some of J Dilla's finest and unreleased cuts with marquee artists like Common, Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, we've included a diverse group of artists whose music really captures the spirit of the game."
|J Dilla feat. Madlib||"The Official (2K8 Mix)"|
|J Dilla feat. Q-Tip & Talib Kweli||"Lightworks"|
|J Dilla feat. Common||"E=MC2"|
|Stone Roses||"Fool's Gold"|
|Breakestra||"Getcho Soul Together Pt. 2"|
|Fishbone||"Skankin to the Beat"|
|Tommy Guerrero||"Molotov Telegram"|
|Percee P||"Throwback Rap Attack"|
|Devo||"Through Being Cool"|
|Quantic||"When You're Through"|
|J. Rocc||"Cold Heat Megamix"|
|Cut Chemist||"Bunky's Pick"|
|Billy Ball & The Upsetters||"Tighten Up Tighter"|
|The Highlighters Band||"Funky 16 Corners"|
|A Guy Called Gerald||"Hurry to Go Easy"|
|Sonic Trip||"Energy Play"|
|Baron Zen||"Turn Around (Peanut *Butter Wolf Instrumental Mix)"|
|Finley Quaye||"Ultra Stimulation"|
|G-Love & Special Sauce||"Shooting Hoops"|
|Ernie & The Topnotes||"Dap Walk"|
|The Fabulous Jades||"Cold Heat"|
NBA 2K8 was well received upon release. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave NBA 2K8 an average rating of 83.56% based on 17 reviews for the PlayStation 3 version, 72.50% based on 6 reviews for the PlayStation 2 version, and 83.39% based on 35 reviews for the Xbox 360 version. Metacritic, also an aggregating review website, gave the game a score of 81/100 from 18 critics for the PlayStation 3 version, 72/100 from 7 critics for the PlayStation 2 version, and 81/100 from 33 critics for the Xbox 360 version.
IGN's Hilary Goldstein gave the game a 7.9/10 in her review. Goldstein said: "In many ways, NBA 2K8 is an improved game on the court. But there are a lot of minor issues that really drag it down. Over the course of my first dozen games, I was in love. But as the season wore on, the issues began piling up to a point that it became a source of frustration. The Lock-on D gaff is inexcusable and the lackluster defensive AI allows decent players to tear it up on offense. Jason Williams should not be dropping 30 points a game. Yet he won the MVP in year two of my franchise. Still, any hoops fan should give NBA 2K8 a look. It's certainly the best basketball game on any system this year. The Association is a solid franchise mode and, if [Virtual Concepts] can iron out its AI and gameplay issues, next year's model could be something very special."
Richard Grisham of GamesRadar awarded the game a 3.5 out of 5 in his review. Grisham mostly enjoyed the gameplay, but he had some criticisms regarding the controls and fast breaks, which he respectively called "touchy" and "uneven". The visuals were called "simply gorgeous", while the online options and game modes were commended for providing variety. Lastly, Grisham praised the visuals, saying that the designs of the players, coaches, arenas, and gameplay animations make the player feel immersed.
Is his review for Game Revolution, Chris Andrien wrote: "At the end of the day, NBA 2K8 is a pretty fun jaunt." He spoke well of the sound effects, but hated the "goofy" commentary. He liked the addition of NBA legends such as Larry Bird, but disliked certain other gameplay additions, including the "unrealistic" lock-on defense. Lastly, Andrien praised the realistic visuals and animations, but criticized the "wonky" artificial intelligence.
1UP.com's Todd Zuniga awarded the game an A-. Zuniga commended the aesthetics, depth, game modes, and online features, but disliked certain gameplay imperfections that he deemed small and annoying, such as the unrealistic defensive abilities of big men when they are defending quick players. Zuniga wrote: "In the end, this game's brilliant A.I. on offense, the lightning-quick load times, the remarkably improved faces of Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, the new dunk competition minigame, and the removal of 24/7 mode are a load of positives that far outweigh the hang-ups. Madden NFL 08 beat All-Pro Football 2K8, NHL 08 torched NHL 2K8, but there's no doubt NBA 2K8 trumps Live by plenty. It's the hoops game to get this year, and an important victory for 2K Sports."
GameTrailers gave the game an 8.0 out of 10. In their review, they complimented the dunk contest game mode, praised the "incredible online" play, called the post play "the best in the biz", said the shooting felt "just right", and enjoyed the animations. However, the review cited several "quirks", such as AI issues, players unrealistically missing shots or attempting shots that wouldn't realistically be used, statistical problems, removed features, and the lock-on defense mechanic, as downsides. Lastly, the review also heavily criticized the designs of the players and the menus, calling them "awful" and "butchered", as well as the "repetitive" commentary, but did enjoy the soundtrack and said the amount of animations "makes a huge difference".
Aaron Thomas of GameSpot gave the game an 8.5 out of 10. In his review, Thomas praised the game for having a large amount of content, the CPU, and the new additions to the game. Thomas said: "It is rare to find a sports game where you're in awe of the moves you see onscreen, but it's something that happens routinely with 2K8. Rather than get upset about how the CPU is picking you apart, you'll find yourself admiring how it happened and then resolving to return the favor the next time down the court. It's just too bad that such problems as missed layups, poor instructions, and a somewhat stale association mode are present because even with these problems, NBA 2K8 is one of the greatest basketball games in recent memory. Whether you're a casual basketball fan or a total hoops nut, this is the game for you."
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