All Pro Football 2K8
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All Pro Football 2K8

All-Pro Football 2K8 is an American football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. All-Pro Football 2K8 is the first football game to be published by 2K Sports since EA Sports purchased exclusive licenses to the intellectual properties of the NFL and NFLPA. John Elway, Barry Sanders, and Jerry Rice appear on the cover.

Overview

All-Pro Football 2K8 features a fictional league called the "All-Pro League", or 'APL'. The APL consists of 24 teams that are grouped into six divisions of four teams each. The league runs a sixteen-game schedule and holds a championship game at the end of the playoffs, similar to the NFL.

Since the exclusivity deal the NFL has with EA only covers active players, 2K contracted the individual rights to over 240 retired NFL players to appear in the game.[1]

Even though there are no NFL teams in the game, the player can still create teams that resemble their NFL counterparts. A Create-a-Player feature allows the user to add in players that were not included in the roster.

Many of the teams in the game have one or more aspects that are veiled references to other elements of popular culture. While some link to sports teams past and present, others refer to TV, films, cars, comic books, American history and even Native American tradition.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings74.27% (X360)[2] 74.32% (PS3)[3]
Metacritic75/100 (X360)[4] 73/100 (PS3)[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
1UP.comC+[10][11]
GameSpot7.5/10[8][9]
GameTrailers7.1/10[12]
IGN7.6/10[6][7]

The game received generally positive reviews from critics. The gameplay of APF2K8 is very similar to the game play of Visual Concepts' previous title, ESPN NFL 2K5. However, All-Pro Football 2K8 has received criticism by many because of the game's lack of features previously made possible by way of the NFL license.[13] Most notably, the lack of a multi-season Franchise Mode as seen in competing titles such as Madden NFL 08 and NCAA Football 08 is a large omission, given ESPN NFL 2K5 contained a similar Franchise Mode. 2K Sports and Visual Concepts chose to omit a franchise mode because since the game revolves around the use of legends from different eras, they felt there would be no rational way for the legends to develop or age.[14] As of October 3, 2007, APF 2K8 has a score of 74/100 on Metacritic[15] and 75% on Game Rankings.[16]

O. J. Simpson controversy

In a court ruling, O.J. Simpson was ordered to pay the family of Ronald Goldman any money made for his appearance in the game. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman in 1995, but was found legally responsible for their deaths by a civil court jury two years later.[17] During pre-production of the game, Simpson was a member of the in-game team called the New Jersey Assassins. Players on the team perform a throat slash as a touchdown celebration, and the animatronic mascot for the Assassins will make a slashing motion. Some pre-release videos showed Simpson performing these moves, implying to some that the designers were intentionally referencing the murders. However, in the retail version of the game, Simpson was moved to the Cyclones.

See also

References

  1. ^ "GameSpot - "All-Pro Football 2K8 Hands-On"". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 for Xbox 360 - GameRankings". Archived from the original on 2012-04-10. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 for PlayStation 3 - GameRankings". Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 for Xbox 360 at Metacritic". Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 for PlayStation 3 at Metacritic". Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 - Xbox 360 - IGN". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 - PlayStation 3 - IGN". Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved .
  8. ^ All-Pro Football 2K8 Xbox 360 - GameSpot.com Archived 2008-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ All-Pro Football 2K8 Xbox 360 - GameSpot.com Archived 2012-07-17 at Archive.today
  10. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 360 Reviews". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 PS3 Reviews". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 Video Game | GameTrailers.com". Archived from the original on 2011-09-25. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "1UP.com Review". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "IGN Xbox 360 Preview". Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 on Metacritic". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "All-Pro Football 2K8 on Game Rankings". GameRankings. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "O.J. Simpson was ordered to pay the Goldmans over the game | CNET News.com". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved .

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