Amare Stoudemire Named Cover Athlete for NBA ’08

Phoenix Suns all-star big man Amare Stoudemire has been named the cover athlete for NBA ’08 today, reclaiming his spot after a year off from making the cover of NBA ’06.

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“Amare Stoudemire is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA, showcasing a range of power and finesse that makes him a favorite among the fans and a respected competitor among his peers,” said Scott Rohde, director, sports product development, SCEA. “We are elated that he has renewed his partnership with us and believe that with Amare back on our team, NBA ’08 will once again raise the bar for the franchise.”

The ’08 edition of Sony’s first-party basketball series is due out this October for the PS3, PS2 and PSP, with each version offering unique features that take advantage of their platform. An all-new player progression system, enhanced SIXAXIS offensive and defensive controls, upgraded player model textures and animations, a reworked interface, audio commentary by Kevin Calabro and Mark Jackson, and an in-depth online feature set are on tap for the PS3, while the PS2 version will continue and end “The Life” series with “The Life: Volume 3.”

As for the PSP version, it will feature the new “Block Party” brand of quick-action mini-games, like Block-a-Shot, Fast Break, Shootin’ Bricks and Pinball, to compliment the platform’s on-the-go playability. The PSP version will also benefit from a more challenging Season Mode, tighter controls, enhanced AI, expanded multiplayer features (including downloadable content) and updated commentary.

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