So what do you do when your rival takes away
your right to make a competing product? That is the problem Visual Concepts was faced with
after EA bought the rights to be the only ones allowed to make a NFL football game.
After the made what I will argue what is the great pro football game ever with NFL 2K5,
EA felt the pressure and snapped away what would have been a great rivalry. But this
would not stop 2K, only make them have to get a little creative. Their answer came a
couple years later with All-Pro Football 2K8. Instead of featuring current NFL stars, they
had rosters filled with past NFL stars. You load up the game and immediately enter
a create-a-team. Sure you can pick your team colors and the stadium you will play in, all
of which is great and important in its own right, but there are more important things
you have to decide, like who is going to be on your team. Imagine around a hundred great
former NFL players decided they wanted to play a game of pick-up football. They all
line up along the sideline and designated you to be the captain and pick the team. Yeah,
that would be a little intense. The players are broken up by talent. You can pick 2 gold
players, 3 silver players and 6 bronze players for a team of 11. So you have to make some
decisions, like do you want Unitas at QB but not have great DN like Reggie White. It is
really run to mix and match superstars from different eras to create your own dream team.
Also, I want to meet the person who told Greg Lloyd he was going to be a silver player.
I wouldn’t want to have to do that. People who think James Harrison is a scary player
do not remember Greg Lloyd. After you have your team set, it’s time to hit the gridiron. The football itself is solid but leaves a
lot to be desired. It is great because it is basically the same system from 2K5, but
it is underwhelming because it is basically the same system from 2K5. This means that
if you have only played Madden, then this is going to feel very different. The passing
will feel a little slower, but the running and tackling will be unmatched. If this is
your first time playing a 2K football game, it is going to take some getting use to but
once you do you will find it to be a very rewarding football system. The only problem I have with the system is
the fact that is the exact same as in 2K5. I would have liked, with a couple years and
a new console generation in-between entries, them to have improved the gameplay instead
of shipping out the same thing. But that is not the biggest problem with the game, it’s
the lack of features that’s the problem. The game pulls a Wes Welker and drops the
ball without having a franchise mode. Franchise mode is my favorite part, taking a team through
the years. In this there is a season mode and that’s really it. Go through a season,
make a new team, rinse and repeat. It doesn’t make me put in the hours into it like I do
other sports games. It is disappointing because it could have been much better. And with online
play that is functional but not deep, it creates an overall underwhelming experience. This game had the potential to be truly great
with past great players and still great gameplay but failed to deliver by not offering enough.
A couple of additions and this could have been a much better game.