The controls have also seen a number of improvements. NBA Live 08
still uses the same familiar control scheme, though everything has been tweaked to make it more gameplay friendly. The layouts haven't changed much, but the response feels a little faster and smoother. As a result the pacing is still fast, though with a much better feel - especially once you get used to the new camera system. Tweaks are really noticeable when using the right analog stick for ballhandling - especially if your player has high rankings in related stats. This system goes hand-in-hand with the new animation system.
During a game, you can press (L1) to bring up a color-coded overlay that shows where a particular player's "hotspot" is. This shows where they are best at shooting from and is useful for helping you plan strategies. You'll generally want to get players in the areas they shoot best from, so you'll find yourself trying to maneuver players more. This also reduces the number of bad shots.
Motion controls don't play a big part in the game other than for free throws. You aren't required to use this method and, other than a few times trying it out, I rarely did.
Last year's "Superstar" system has been removed. Now standout players have special on-court moves that let them get open when the game is on the line. Most of the time these result in those great-looking jump shots that usually end up on Sportscenter's highlight reel. These moves can feel cheap and maybe a little too powerful at times, but in an odd way it makes sense since the resulting shots are usually unbelievable even in a real game.
Just looking at NBA Live 08, it is hard to tell the difference between it and last year's game. The differences are more noticeable when you begin to play the game; it begins with the new camera and continues with the numerous gameplay tweaks and changes. If you're a PS3 owner and a basketball fan, NBA Live 08 is worth a look.