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All-Pro Football 2K8
APF2K8 official PS3 cover
Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) NA July 16, 2007
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone 10+
Media BD-ROM, DVD-ROM
Input methods Game controller

All-Pro Football 2K8 (abbreviated APF2K8) is a football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. APF2K8 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; the last football game published by 2K Sports was ESPN NFL 2K5. Barry Sanders, John Elway, and Jerry Rice appear on the cover. Due to poor sales, the franchise ended after one installment.

Contents

Overview

All-Pro Football 2K8 features a custom league called the All-Pro League, or APL. The APL consists of 24 teams that are grouped into six divisions of four teams each, whereas the NFL's 32 teams are grouped into eight divisions of four teams each. Both leagues, however, run a sixteen-game schedule and hold a championship game at the end of the playoffs.

Horse-collar tackles, which were made illegal in the NFL due to the risk of injury, are not penalized in All-Pro 2K8, though they cannot be done intentionally and are rarely seen. Midway's Blitz: The League is another unlicensed football title, though comparisons with APF2K8 are few and far between. The Blitz series has always featured over-the-top arcade style gameplay. This is in stark contrast to the 2K Football series, up to and including APF2K8, which offers a realistic simulation style game of football.

The game offers a free 30 minute mix card of the artists who add their songs to the game featuring DJ Z-Trip.

Legends

2K Sports has licensed over 240 retired NFL players for APF2K8.[1] Some of the legends included are listed below:

Quarterbacks Running backs Wide receivers/Tight ends Offensive linemen Linebackers Defensive linemen Defensive backs Kickers/Punters
Troy Aikman Earl Campbell Irving Fryar Anthony Munoz Brian Bosworth Reggie White Lem Barney Al Del Greco
Sammy Baugh Roger Craig Herman Moore Steve Wisniewski Nick Buoniconti Dexter Manley Joey Browner Jan Stenerud
John Elway Lenny Moore Drew Pearson Tom Mack Dick Butkus Deacon Jones Willie Wood Lou Groza
Otto Graham Walter Payton Andre Reed Dwight Stephenson Mike Singletary Rayfield Wright Lester Hayes Jim Bakken
Dan Marino Barry Sanders Jerry Rice Guy McIntyre Derrick Thomas Leon Lett Terry McDaniel Ray Guy
Joe Montana Thurman Thomas Fred Biletnikoff Jim Parker Chris Spielman Bryce Paup Jack Tatum Eddie Murray
Warren Moon O.J. Simpson Dwight Clark Jesse Sapolu Chuck Bednarik Dan Saleaumua Mark Carrier Jeff Jaeger
Roger Staubach Gale Sayers Willie Gault Randall McDaniel Lamar Lathon Harvey Martin Ronnie Lott Lenny Zepeda
Johnny Unitas Emmitt Smith Raghib Ismail Tony Boselli Carl Banks Mike Golic Willie Brown
Steve Young Marcus Allen Wesley Walker Bill Curry Pepper Johnson Marty Lyons Nolan Cromwell
Randall Cunningham Christian Okoye Alvin Harper Russ Grimm Ken Norton Jr. L.C. Greenwood Eric Turner
Len Dawson Curt Warner Gary Clark Joe Jacoby Gary Plummer Ed "Too Tall" Jones Roger Wehrli
Archie Manning Paul Hornung Don Maynard Roosevelt Brown Scott Studwell Rulon Jones Mel Renfro
Ken Stabler Merril Hoge Tony Martin Lou Creekmur Otis Wilson Dan Hampton Dick "Night Train" Lane
Bart Starr Natrone Means Ernest Givins Dermontti Dawson John Offerdahl Dave Butz Rod Woodson
Joe Theismann Dave Meggett Henry Ellard Joe DeLamielleure Brad Van Pelt Lee Roy Selmon Albert Lewis
Steve Bartkowski Joe Perry Ricky Sanders Ron Mix Dave Wilcox Elvin Bethea Mike Haynes
Bubby Brister Barry Foster John Taylor Jim Otto Jessie Tuggle Leslie O'Neal Deron Cherry
John Brodie Hugh McElhenny Charley Taylor Mick Tinglehoff Harry Carson Randy White Tom Brookshier
Lynn Dickey Billy Sims Yancey Thigpen Bill Fralic Brian Jones Jack Youngblood Cliff Harris
Steve Grogan Greg Bell Rob Moore Jim Langer Chuck Noll Tony Tolbert Eugene Robinson
Jim Harbaugh Chuck Foreman Rick Upchurch Larry Little Joe Schmidt Jerome Brown LeRoy Butler
Jim Hart Mike Rozier Steve Tasker Randall McDaniel Greg Lloyd Gino Marchetti Solomon Wilcots
Bobby Hebert Matt Snell Mike Ditka Randy Cross John Anderson Keith Millard Charlie Waters
Jeff Hostetler Chuck Muncie Ben Coates Stan Jones Karl Mecklenburg Dante Lavelli Dick Anderson
Tommy Kramer Tom Rathman John Jefferson Bob St. Clair Robert Brazile Chris Doleman Fred Marion
Dave Krieg Tony Canadeo Troy Drayton Bob Brown Jack Lambert William Perry George McAfee
Bernie Kosar Reggie Cobb Keith Jackson Bubba Paris Lawrence Taylor Art Donovan
Greg Landry Ricky Watters Anthony Carter Jim Lachey Sam Mills Clyde Simmons
Ken O'Brien Ickey Woods James Lofton Korey Stringer Bill Romanowski Jim Marshall
Neil O'Donnell Eric Bieniemy Todd Christensen Richmond Webb Kevin Greene Leonard Marshall
Mark Rypien Floyd Little Brent Jones Rayfield Wright Bob Lilly
Bill Wade Freeman McNeil Raymond Berry Greg Kragen
Andre Ware George McAfee Dave Casper Ron Yary Pete Pihos
Jim Zorn Abner Haynes Billy Joe Dupree Charley Trippi Bobby Mitchell
Cliff Branch

Reception

The gameplay of APF2K8 is very similar to the gameplay of NFL2K5, lending well for existing fans of the series. However, All-Pro Football 2K8 has received criticism by some because of the game's lack of features previously made possible by way of the NFL license.[2] 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 Visual Concepts' last football title, 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, naturally there would be no rational way for the Legends to develop or age, therefore a franchise mode with aging no-namers and immortal legends would be non-sensical.[3] As of October 3, 2007, APF2K8 has a score of 74/100 on Metacritic[4] and 75% on Game Rankings.[5]

Controversial Legend

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.[6] A common misconception is that O.J. Simpson is a member of the fictional New Jersey Assassins. To make it worse, Assassins players will 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, Simpson is actually on the roster of a team named the Cyclones. Although he was on this team (New Jersey Assassins) in the pre-production of this game, as noted in the "Sign of the Apocalypse" part of Sports Illustrated.

Season teams

Even though there are not any NFL teams in the game, the player can still create similar looking teams to their actual NFL counterparts. For example, the Chicago Grizzlies with the orange "C" on the helmets bear a resemblance to Chicago Bears' helmets. Also, the Pittsburgh Iron Men wear black and yellow just like the Pittsburgh Steelers. Similarly, the Create-a-Player feature allows the player to add some notable names that were not included in the game roster.

While the game includes teams representing Los Angeles and Las Vegas, both of which currently have no NFL teams, there are no teams representing the current NFL markets of Buffalo, Kansas City, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Indianapolis, San Diego, or New Orleans (incidentally, all but New Orleans are AFC teams). Cleveland and Cincinnati are conflated into one team representing Ohio, only one team represents the San Francisco Bay Area instead of two, and while Green Bay is not represented, Milwaukee is.

Atlantic Conference

North

  • Philadelphia Americans.
  • New Jersey Assassins - The team called the New Jersey Assassins play at DiMeo Stadium, named after the DiMeo Crime Family. The crime family is the one Tony Soprano works in on The Sopranos. The Sopranos is set in New Jersey, just like the Assassins. Possibly a reference to the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL.
  • New York Knights - The New York Knights (possibly a reference to a WLAF team) play in a stadium that the game says was designed by G.L. Costanza, a reference to the Seinfeld character, who always wanted to be an architect
  • Boston Minutemen.

Central

South

Pacific Conference

North

Central

West

References

Community Site

External links


All-Pro Football 2K8
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Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA July 16, 2007
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Rating(s)
Media BD-ROM, DVD-ROM

All-Pro Football 2K8 (abbreviated as APF2K8) is a football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. APF2K8 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. Barry Sanders, John Elway, and Jerry Rice appear on the cover.

Contents

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 got the rights from the NFL to over 240 retired 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 player to add in players that were not included in the roster, such as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

While the game includes teams representing Los Angeles and Las Vegas, neither of which have an NFL team, there are no teams representing Buffalo, Kansas City, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Indianapolis, San Diego, or New Orleans—all cities with real NFL teams. Cleveland and Cincinnati are both represented by a team representing Ohio, and only one team represents the San Francisco Bay Area instead of two. Green Bay is not represented, but a city nearby, Milwaukee, is instead.

Teams

  • New York Knights - (possibly a reference to a WLAF team). The team plays in a stadium that the game says was designed by G. L. Costanza, a reference to the Seinfeld character, who always wanted to be an architect.
  • Pittsburgh Iron Men - (Possibly a reference to an early name used by the Steelers, circa 1940) Pittsburgh is known for its steel and iron industries (the city's real life NFL team is named the Pittsburgh Steelers). The Iron Men play at "Steel Mill Park", which is constructed of over 30,000 steel rivets.
  • Atlanta Wasps - The in-game stadium is named "Van Dyne Field", which is a reference to Janet Van Dyne, the superhero Wasp.
  • Milwaukee Indians- A reference to the Native American meaning of Milwaukee, “the good land”.
  • Los Angeles Legends -- Their home stadium is called "Miller Gold Stadium", presumably a reference to the HBO show Entourage and the Miller Gold Agency that is run by Ari Gold and Barbara Miller
  • Las Vegas Rollers- A reference to the many casinos in Las Vegas.

Reception

The game play 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 some because of the game's lack of features previously made possible by way of the NFL license.[2] 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, naturally there would be no rational way for the legends to develop or age, therefore a franchise mode with aging no-namers and immortal legends would be non-sensical.[3] As of October 3, 2007, APF 2K8 has a score of 74/100 on Metacritic[4] and 75% on Game Rankings.[5]

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.[6] 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 team to avoid such associations.

References

External links


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All-Pro Football 2K8

Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Release date NA July 16, 2007
Genre Sports
Mode(s) Single-player

Multiplayer

Age rating(s) ESRB: Everyone 10+
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Media BD-ROM,DVD-ROM
Input Game controller
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All-Pro Football 2K8  is a football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. APF2K8 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; the last football game published by 2K Sports was ESPN NFL 2K5. Barry Sanders, John Elway, and Jerry Rice appear on the cover. Due to poor sales, the franchise ended after one installment.

Contents

Overview

All-Pro Football 2K8 features a custom league called the All-Pro League, or APL. The APL consists of 24 teams that are grouped into six divisions of four teams each, whereas the NFL's 32 teams are grouped into eight divisions of four teams each. Both leagues, however, run a sixteen-game schedule and hold a championship game at the end of the playoffs.

Horse-collar tackles, which were made illegal in the NFL due to the risk of injury, are not penalized in All-Pro 2K8, though they cannot be done intentionally and are rarely seen. Midway's Blitz: The League is another unlicensed football title, though comparisons with APF2K8 are few and far between. The Blitz series has always featured over-the-top arcade style gameplay. This is in stark contrast to the 2K Football series, up to and including APF2K8, which offers a realistic simulation style game of football.

The game offers a free 30 minute mix card of the artists who add their songs to the game featuring DJ Z-Trip.

Reception

The gameplay of APF2K8 is very similar to the gameplay of NFL2K5, lending well for existing fans of the series. However, All-Pro Football 2K8 has received criticism by some because of the game's lack of features previously made possible by way of the NFL license. 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 Visual Concepts' last football title, 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, naturally there would be no rational way for the Legends to develop or age, therefore a franchise mode with aging no-namers and immortal legends would be non-sensical. As of October 3, 2007, APF2K8 has a score of 74/100 on Metacritic and 75% on Game Rankings.

Controversial Legend

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. A common misconception is that O.J. Simpson is a member of the fictional New Jersey Assassins. To make it worse, Assassins players will 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, Simpson is actually on the roster of a team named the Cyclones. Although he was on this team (New Jersey Assassins) in the pre-production of this game, as noted in the "Sign of the Apocalypse" part of Sports Illustrated.

External links

  • "The Road to Rebirth" – GameSpot's interview with Greg Thomas
  • "APF 2K8 Gameplay Footage"
  • "2K Games Returns to the Gridiron"
  • "All-Pro Football 2K8's Resurrection"
  • "All-Pro Football 2K8 Trailer"
  • "All-Pro Football 2K8 Legends List"
  • "Comparison to Madden 08"



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