You could be a four-year-old chimpanzee with one arm (although we trust you're not) and EA still wants you to be able to play the latest instalment of its annual basketball series on Wii.
This is one of the first titles to sport EA's new control system, named Family Play; a Wii Remote-only configuration that hands movement over to the computer, leaving the player to concentrate on a basic core selection of gestures and moves like passing and shooting. And it works well in NBA Live 08.
So, to pass you press A, jump shots are done by raising the Remote then flicking it forward at the top of the jump; and slam dunks are done by flicking the Remote left or right when you're near enough. It's nice and easy, and interactive enough to warrant a decent game between two beginners.
Connect a Nunchuk and you're given control of the player's movement, with more advanced offensive and defensive moves on the C and Z buttons. Tackling is done by waving the Remote left and right which isn't ideal. The constant waggling can be tiring, and this is just another example of button controls being mapped to motion and not working too well.
Having A Ball
Outside the usual choice of tournaments and career modes, the now-essential-for-Wii Party Mode adds two extra neat mini games for those social gatherings. In a shoot-out contest you get 25 shots in one minute, and the aim is to net the most. The slam dunk contest has you waving the Remote in specified directions at the right time to perform slow-motion dunks for points. It looks cool but isn't as fun as the shoot-out, as the gestures don't relate as well to what's happening on screen.
It's just a shame that EA's basketball games don't look as polished as its footy titles. Players look rubbery and stiff, with distorted shoulders and hands that are stuck in a ball-gripping position. Cardboard cut-out crowds are back and the ball doesn't even roll properly when it's dropped. Shoddy.
But if you like your B-ball, this is as good as it gets on your Wii for now. It's playable and feature-packed, accessible to anyone thanks to Family Play, and boasts online play too.