Faces of the NBA

We match up the year's three major basketball games to see which one does the best job of bringing the NBA's best and brightest to life. Take a look at the faces of the NBA in NBA Live 08, NBA 2K8, and NBA 08...and you make the call.

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bullsfan769
bullsfan769

why are the players in the nba live pics always really sweaty

R41N_M4K3R
R41N_M4K3R

I dont see what is wrong with KGs pic

mechberg
mechberg

Holy God, what bridge did Chris Kaman emerge out from under?

flexappeal
flexappeal

I find that NBA Live have always had the edge in terms of graphical presentation when compared to NBA 2K or the NBA series (which is just plain horrible. But when it comes to gameplay, I will always pick 2K over anything. Now I can't wait to grab my copy of NBA 2K9... just downloaded the demo and I'm jonesin for more!

matiss6
matiss6

Well Better faces are in nba live 08,but i still love nba 2k8.

Shlomiki
Shlomiki

2K8 NAILS em all. I mean, honestly, look at Live 08's faces' color palettes and way too bright skin colors? NBA 08 doesn't need heeding, the graphics are 50% cartoon. CLEAR WINNER: NBA 2K8 FAR 2ND: NBA LIVE 08 3RD AND WORST: NBA 08

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

Wow. NBA Live 08 dominated every single one of these pictures.

mrhuntin
mrhuntin

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boylcp
boylcp

In all honesty, they all sucked. I think that NBA 2K8 sucked the least.

markid4
markid4

wtf...nba 08 has the worst graphics EVER.. i mean look at T-mac for nba 08 lol.....NBA 2k8 is the best it has the best gameplay,graphics...

Big-POPE
Big-POPE

this game is a total disaster it has horrible graphics, terrible game play, and is no comparison to nba 2k8

G-Rat06
G-Rat06

Go look at T-Mac in NBA 08, thats just ridiculous. That looks more like Damon Jones ha.

mrkillya
mrkillya

i dont think nba live has the best graphics its just they look real beacuase they sweat but they really dont look like the actuall players

jubba910
jubba910

has anyone noticed that steve nash is in his phoenix uniform in tim duncans pic in 2k8?

Drumm3rdude
Drumm3rdude

Whats up with all the players in NBA Live looking like they're cross-eyed or have a lazy eye? KG looks bad in all, along with Chris Kaman.

is0lati0n
is0lati0n

Live 08 has the best basketball graphics to date.

JDubs07
JDubs07

The NBA Live 08 picture of KG makes him look crossed-eyed. I'm sure that he won't appreciate that.

Naiman14
Naiman14

NBA players in this next generation appear the best in NBA Live hands down! I dont know what the others are doing, but their character models are horrible. NBA 2K can pass because it was one of my favorites back in the days of the Dreamcast. NBA 08 etc...by Sony just doesnt cut the cake in terms of character design but in the end it all turns out to gameplay. I still rather my NBA Live and NBA 2K Franchises.

Lord_of_Games12
Lord_of_Games12

1.NBA Live 08 2.NBA 2K8 3.NBA 08 Best Recreation: Kobe Bryant NBA Live Worst: K. G. NBA Live 08 K.G. was made unfairly ugly in all three games. The Best is playing Basketball in real life!!! :)

ps2forever
ps2forever

NBA 08 is such a joke! looks the worst out of the bunch. but i feel bad for Kaman lol he looks bad an all three games. lol. Nba live looks the best out of the three. Nba 2k8 stands second, and yes nba 08 stands for the worst. lol.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this is old, nothing from the feature article has changed from last year. who are they trying to fool?

daphenom901
daphenom901

nba 08 is horribly unrealistic, nba live 08 has the best on all of them except the kevin garnett

Vito2323
Vito2323

Okay...we know that nba 2k8 has better motion graphics but for faces its kinda wierd!But few players are similar to real life also in nba live 08!ubt in NBA 08? What are they?zoombies? But overal nba 2k8 is way better then nba live 08 and nba 08 together!

chasman99
chasman99

Live has more facial detail but the skin tone is too ashen. Merging the two styles would be perfect.

iboo01
iboo01

live 08 has sick faces but no substance in the gameplay 2k8 owns these 2

bicigo
bicigo

nba live has best graphics except for one or two kevin garnett

lilflex1
lilflex1

This Isn't a contest NBA Live has the better graphics. NBA Live 2005 and older has better graphics than NBA 08. That game was a waste of money to buy and make.

jaybun3030
jaybun3030

If only EA would put the same effort into improving overall gameplay.....

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

yup i cant even believe they would compare nba 08 seeing as how it is the worst of the three in graphics and in gameplay

stickstick86
stickstick86

this is old...again? why? in nba live players look better, but nba2k8 is da best game!

tennisacerg
tennisacerg

kdt55, they didn't do it again; for some reason it just popped up in the updates again

kdt55
kdt55

This has already been done. Why is Gamespot doing this again?

Treblemaka
Treblemaka

NBA 08 players look like bad clones. Live 08 characters have bad lighting (NBA arena lights are much brighter) and 2k8 players look like bad charactures*. Did anybody notice the audience sprites are all the same? Hmmm...

PiverSmine3
PiverSmine3

Kobe was definetley the best; NBA 08, you need some work lol

james1607
james1607

In NBA LIVE 08, the players all have the same sweat patterns: two streaks on the left and one on the right.

Smithster82
Smithster82

Well id say EA did an really good job on Live 08 (player wise) the player detail and sweat looks awsome but One of T-mac's Pupils looks like its going to disapear if he looks to his right, Nash is a bit like that aswell. Are the 2k8 players pics from the ps2 version? if there for the 360 or ps3 thats a pretty average job and i agree with dfassa102 about the nba 08 players lookn like there 40 yrs older than they are. Even if the gameplaysucks i still wana get NBA Live 08.

Daquon34
Daquon34

nba 08 didnt get anybodys face right and i admit live has good visuals but sucks in da gameplay department

98scoutgandia
98scoutgandia

shaq's head isn't long-- that's what he looks like when he bows his head a bit.... the shot isnt good

98scoutgandia
98scoutgandia

"I meant that nba 08 wade looks like nba 08 t-mac and nba 08 shaq looks like the real alonzo mourning" i'll correct that it's supposed to be karl malone not alonzo mourning

98scoutgandia
98scoutgandia

i think NBA live 08 and NBA 2k8 is just the same but 2k8 has more realism in it... too bad I had to buy live 08 cause 2k8 was out of stock but live is just about the same

estevie69
estevie69

LOOK AT KAMAN ON NBA 08!!! FUNNIEST PICTURE

nbaliveking07
nbaliveking07

NBA Live did an awesome job of getting the faces right even though Dirk Nowitzki's photo looks like Brad Miller from the Sacramento Kings. Too bad the gameplay sucks!!!! What was NBA 08 thinkin'? No wonder they don't do well, no one looks like themselves, everyone shoots and plays da same way. At least Live got everyone playin' like themselves. 2K8 ain't the perfect game so of course it's gon have its cons. Overall, 2K8 is still da best.

98scoutgandia
98scoutgandia

I meant that nba 08 wade looks like nba 08 t-mac and nba 08 shaq looks like the real alonzo mourning :P

98scoutgandia
98scoutgandia

every game has there ups and downs...... as for nba 08, there's no ups but there are downs.... :)) lol wade looks like t-mac and shaq looks like alonzo mourning in nba 08 hahahahahaha this is so hilarious!!!!!

ashbr2
ashbr2

WHy dont THe maKERs of NBA 08 jus stop making video games the suk and the player models look nothing like their real life counter parts NBA 08 Gamemakers stop making terrible games PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spann37
Spann37

KG looks cross eyed in the Live version of him.