I doubt I will be picking up APF 2K8 for the PS3. At some point maybe I will give it a go via a rental, but after downloading a video from the PlayStation Store, the game looks … well … like a bad version of amateur football. The actual gameplay may be pretty good, and the graphics are fine, but there is no way I am going to get past the NFL Europe (or worse) uniforms. OK, call me superficial, but that is the way I feel.
Time to admit that I was never a big fan of the 2K series; I know it has a strong following among gamers that are bored, burned out, and generally frustrated with EA Sports’ brand of football as seen yearly in each Madden and NCAA Football release. I enjoyed the first release for the DreamCast, but I enjoy NCAA (or Madden) more than the various 2K releases.
APF has some interesting ideas – Hall of Fame caliber players could be fun, but I cannot get past the blandness of it all; I do not want generic football. I do not mind going generic with some sports titles if the game is great (see OOTPB), but I am long past the point where I enjoy playing unlicensed console games. It is really kind of funny (maybe even pathetic), but I do not mind doing fantasy drafts (Vince Young to the Falcons; Vick to the dogpile) in Madden. The difference is that it is still the licensed players and still the licensed teams.
As I get older, I continue to slant more and more towards the middle. I admit to having casual gamer syndrome (CGS), but I wish 2K all the best of luck. Hopefully the game is decent, sees enough sells to make apply some pressure to EA, and eventually spurs more improvements in Madden or NCAA Football.