NBA Live 08: Own the Paint

Posted June 30th, 2007 at 7:19 am
NBA Live 08 Antawn Jamison

IGN has done a feature article on "Own The Paint" for NBA Live 08.

As an offensive player in the post, you'll have far more options than merely backing down a defender and then shooting close to the hoop. Using the analogue sticks, post players now enter into a shot/countershot battle of fakes and quick moves to the hoop. Moves in the paint are contextual and are based on the player, their position in the paint, and how you manipulate the sticks.

If defending has been a problem for you in the past, fear not. EA has added a defensive assist (Left Trigger), which will help your controller player stick with a defender. Sure, it's a cheat, but it essentially works as a way to attempt a quick step in front of a driving ball-handler.

All of this is both fine and dandy, but the most impressive aspect of Own the Paint are the collisions. EA's motion-capture sessions were done in pairs, so that the collision of bodies looks natural. Bodies bang in mid-air and for the first time, it truly matters who is involved.

We are under embargo in talking about our experience with "Own the Paint", so in the near future I'll be able to post up more about it and our impressions of it.