OK, after comparing 07 to 08, I must say this version is much better than 07. The AI in 08 is head & shoulders better than the AI in 07. This game is very unforgiving if you make mistakes. Especially on defense. The AI makes you pay. Mismatches are exploited by the AI(smaller players on taller players) This is a True Basketball Simulation & people looking a Simulation Experience will get-1 with 2k8
Graphics: The Player Models are updates & the Cloth Physics are toned down, but the jaggies are evident. This has always been a problem with 2k sports. The player faces are recognizable, but some of the Face-Mapping done is like WTF.
The Stadiums have been re-done & it shows. Man the Stadiums look nice. Here they've also toned down the Court Shine & the floors making it look much better than Last Years version.
Animations/Game Play: Man I found myself pausing the game more than often, due to some of the stuff I saw. Simply breath-taking. From players Jump Shots, to Dunks, to Passes, to the way Players move on the court. Once in a while spacing can be a problem, but I found this to be true only when I broke a Called Play & tried to go on my own. Players show emotion anytime they make a nice play or score. They also show emotion when also burned on a play.
As for Game Play, 2k has done this title justice in the game play dept. Who would've thought after last year, but they did it. Like I said before the AI is unforgiving on Offense & pays pretty good defense. The user will have to work to score. For those who love to just run up & down all game long, you will be in a frustrating experience. Like to run 1 play all game long. I think not as the AI will adjust & force you to do other things.
They've also added a D Lock feature which is useful for the user. This activated once a Diamond like Icon appears next to the player by pulling the L Trigger
2K has also change the way the ISOMOTION works as many who downloaded the DEMO know. No longer do you have to HOLD the R Trigger in order to engage the ISOMOTION. ISOMOTION is all mainly done with the L Analog Stick. BTW the ISOMOTION has also been toned down
You also can have off the ball Player Control(didn't use it much so I can't say how it works & how well it works, sorry)
Presentation: The Presentation is nice. Again this year no Pre-Game Intro's. The Half-Time show has changed also as Kenny "Stamp of Approval" has been removed for a more generic Half-Time Show.(Quick Stat Overlay with Kenny Smith & Kevin Harlan giving Player Stats)
There is a Player of the Game with video highlights playing in the background, but that's not all. You now also have a Game Wrap-Up option which allows you to select from different options for reviewing the game you just played. 1 of the options is the ability to review every highlight available for every player that has played in the game. A very nice addition IMO.
Overall, this game plays a helluva basketball game. If you enjoyed 2k7, your are in for a treat with 2k8. As solid a Basketball Game that you'll ever find. This-1 might be the greatest basketball game ever made.