NBA Live 08 PC DVD
Published by: EA Sports
Developed by: EA Sports
Release Date: Out Now
NBA Live 08 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was a pretty enjoyable basketball game. Sure the game had its fair share of problems but the most part, both versions could be enjoyed. Here we have the PC version of NBA Live 08. Aside from the name of the game and the picture on the box you wouldn’t believe it was the same game. The graphics are poor, the game doesn’t play that well and in many respects it feels like a basketball game from about six or seven years ago.
In terms of games modes, NBA Live doesn’t disappoint. The modes include Play Online, Season, Dynasty mode (which runs for twenty-five seasons), Play Offs, FIBA World Championship, NBA All-Star Weekend, Freestyle Challenge, 1-on-1, Individual Practice and Slam Dunk School. All the game modes in the world can’t hide the fact that the game is lacking however.
Perhaps one of the most disappointing aspects of NBA Live 08 is how poorly it simulates seasons. A lot of the statistics it generates are nonsense with players averaging an unnatural amount of points and rebounds per game. Rookie players seem to perform far too well. The game has other problems too. Certain moves seem far too effective and always seem to score. The game does have the Hot Spots feature that the PS3 and 360 versions had (which shows you the best areas for a particular player to shoot from) but they don’t appear to work as well here. There are too many fast breaks, which gives the game an unrealistic feel.
Those expecting the PC version of NBA Live 08 to look anywhere near as good as the 360 or PS3 versions are going to be extremely disappointed. The game simply looks like a PlayStation 2 game running at a higher resolution and there is no support for widescreen monitors meaning the game will have a squashed look to it. The game menus are displayed at 640x480 and if you’re using a TFT display (like most PC users are nowadays) they are going to look horrible. The quality of the player models, player animations and courts are all disappointing. To top it all off, it doesn’t feel as though the game is running at 60 frames per second and the game has a kind of laboured pace to it.
NBA Live 08 is a mixed bag for deaf gamers. The game commentary isn’t subtitled but that’s not much of a loss in all honesty. Tutorial messages such as those you’ll find in the game’s Slam Dunk School mode are exclusively in text. There are some verbal only introductions to certain modes such as Dynasty mode and NBA All-Star Weekend, which is a little unfortunate. When simulating days in the Dynasty mode, you won’t be aware of the telephone rings that sound to indicate that you have a message. This is a little annoying, especially when you are recruiting staff members as some of the messages are from scouts, assistants and trainers who are contacting you to let you know that they are interested in working for you. If you are unaware of their intentions, it’s impossible to stop the simulation process and so, you miss out on the chance to recruit them.
The PC version of NBA Live 08 is a disappointment. The AI seems out of sorts, graphically the game is poor and the simulation process is truly nonsensical at times. The game just isn’t as enjoyable as the 360 or PS2 versions of the game. The problem is of course that if you’re looking for a basketball game for the PC, you don’t have a choice. It’s either NBA Live 08 or a previous version of the game that you can pick up second hand, which isn’t much of a consolation. Hopefully, the PC version of NBA Live 09 will be far more enjoyable.