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Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive
Series NBA 2K
Platform(s) Xbox 360
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
Release date(s) October 2, 2007
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

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.


One of the new additions to the game is the Slam Dunk Contest game mode.[1][2]


Chris Paul is the cover athlete of NBA 2K8.[3][4][5]


This is the list of songs in NBA 2K8.[6][7]

Artist(s) Song
J Dilla feat. Madlib "The Official (2K8 Mix)"
J Dilla feat. Q-Tip & Talib Kweli "Lightworks"
J Dilla feat. Common "E=MC2"
Run-DMC "Sucka MC's"
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"
Quasimoto "Chrome Dreams"
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 released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 video game consoles on October 2, 2007.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 83.56%[8]
(PS2) 72.50%[9]
(X360) 83.39%[10]
Metacritic (PS3) 81/100[11]
(PS2) 72/100[12]
(X360) 81/100[13]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 8.5/10[14]
IGN 7.9/10[15]

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,[8] 72.50% based on 6 reviews for the PlayStation 2 version,[9] and 83.39% based on 35 reviews for the Xbox 360 version.[10] Metacritic, also an aggregating review website, gave the game a score of 81/100 from 18 critics for the PlayStation 3 version,[11] 72/100 from 7 critics for the PlayStation 2 version,[12] and 81/100 from 33 critics for the Xbox 360 version.[13]

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."[15]

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."[14]


  1. ^ NBA 2K8 – Dunk Contest Walkthrough. GameTrailers. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  2. ^ NBA 2K8. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Geddes, Ryan. (July 19, 2007). "Chris Paul Gets NBA 2K8 Cover – The Hornet guard's face hits game boxes this fall". IGN. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Paul dunks NBA 2K8 cover". (July 19, 2007). GameSpot. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Chris Paul Named Cover Athlete for NBA 2K8". (July 19, 2007). GameZone. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ IGN Music. (September 24, 2007). "NBA 2K8 Soundtrack Mixes Rap And Rock". IGN. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "J Dilla headlines NBA 2K8 soundtrack". (September 24, 2007). GameSpot. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  8. ^ a b NBA 2K8 for PlayStation 3. GameRankings. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  9. ^ a b NBA 2K8 for PlayStation 2. GameRankings. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  10. ^ a b NBA 2K8 for Xbox 360. GameRankings. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  11. ^ a b NBA 2K8 – PlayStation 3. Metacritic. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  12. ^ a b NBA 2K8 – PlayStation 2. Metacritic. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  13. ^ a b NBA 2K8 – Xbox 360. Metacritic. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Thomas, Aaron. (October 2, 2007). GameSpot NBA 2K8 Review. GameSpot. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Ahearn, Nate. (October 2, 2007). NBA 2K8 IGN Review. IGN. Retrieved June 9, 2015.