All-Pro Football 2K8
|a game by||Visual Concepts|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.3/10 - 15 votes|
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|See also:||Football Games|
Did you know there was a football game that was not Madden? The whole idea seems surprising. These sports games are synonymous with EA's annual release of the Madden franchise. 2K Games sits at the bottom of the mountain with a bold ambition of giving people a choice in their football games in All-Pro Football 2K8.
EA owns an exclusive license for the NFL and NFLPA - the outcome of All-Pro Football would be interesting. This game would not be able to use the names of NFL teams nor any active NFL player. So if you can't play as your favorite teams or be your favorite player - what's the point? It's easy to assume that it would be a very diluted version of Madden, but hold on there!
The Underdog is Shooting for Glory!
All-Pro Football 2K8 is like the sports franchise nobody expects to get anywhere in a tournament, just to please their longtime fans. They could be pitted against the best team in the league, then suddenly, out of nowhere, the underdog is giving the big boy a run for their money. Who would have guessed a game with such average assets would actually be pretty good?
Considering that 2K does not have a license for NFL assets, this may have worked to their advantage. The developers had to focus on making a game with good gameplay. Additionally, a high level of customization allowing players to do whatever they want in team-building. Maybe they could recreate the New England Patriots? That's up to the player, of course! There are even some retired classic NFL sportsmen available...
The visuals and animations look great and resemble real actions. The gameplay replicates the high octane action of a football game - and play structures work very well. Yes, you won't be living the real battles in the NFL. However, the create-a-player and create-a-team mechanics deliver some of the most fun you could have with a sports game. It's fantasy league on steroids.
It's a Hail Mary
All-Pro Football 2K8 is nothing revolutionary, considering most of the game is a refinement from its All-Pro Football 2K5 game. However, it is a refreshment from the typical overzealous Madden NFL games.
The encouragement of creativity and the polished football mechanics make this very enjoyable throughout.
The multiplayer and online play could certainly use some work, and there are instances such as the kicking system that is tough to use at times. There is much fun to be had, though, where you can create a football team called 'The John Elways' - and then fill up every spot on the roster with a character named John Elway. The comical entertainment you can get from subtle elements of All-Pro Football 2K8 makes it a recommendation for a sports game, but don't expect it to blow your mind.
- High-level customization that is very entertaining
- Overall it's polished gameplay
- Classic football players integrated into the game
- No NFL license - players will not be able to play their favorite teams
- Some systems such as kicking and tackling can be tough to use
- Feels like a slightly better version of 2K5