Excerpt: Date: 10/15/2007 Hockey is fun again. Not that I haven't had fun playing hockey videogames the past few years, but NHL 08 is the first one that's come close to generating the excitement I felt playing NHL on the SEGA Genesis a decade and a half ago. What makes NHL 08 so enjoyable is that it manages to be a hockey sim without feeling like one. It feels like a game of hockey more than a hockey game.
Excerpt: American sports games released in the UK – like ice hockey, American football and basketball simulations – have something of a reputation for being niche titles despite solid game mechanics and impeccable TV-esque presentation – especially since the titles in question are usually EA products with just as much attention paid to aesthetics as the gameplay.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Hockey might not have enough fans in the region for this game to be a success. But featuring the best graphics and sound in any sport game plus the huge amount of control given to you, any sport fan should give it a shot. With deep online modes and improvement on the skill stick (introduced in NHL 07) EA sports might have finally done something right in this past 5 years(10 years.. 15 years? EVER!
Excerpt: Just by looking at the back of both NHL 2K8 and NHL 08 boxes, it's readily apparent that EA and 2K are back at war with one another. What with both games launching at nearly the same time, there are a lot of similarities between both games on the outside, as well as the inside - the inside being the gameplay. So what decision do you make when you've come down to making the daunting decision between picking up either NHL 08 or NHL 2K8?
Excerpt: I grew up in southern California. Mention hockey around me, and the first things that come to mind when the dreaded "h" word is mentioned are Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, and having my nose almost slashed in half in 6th grade PE via an errant street hockey stick. Some reason, hockey just never became something I liked… With that in mind, I really wanted to give NHL 08 a chance. Years ago, I gave soccer a shot with Pro Evolution.
Summary: EA's NHL 07 redefined the hockey genre with one simple feature, the skill stick. Though the game had few modes and several artificial intelligence issues, its star play mechanic worked brilliantly, and created a great rebuilding point for the franchise. As you would expect from a follow-up, NHL 08 takes what 07 did and stacks a bunch of improvements on top of it. The AI has been thoroughly reworked, so it now looks and feels much, much more like the real-life sport.
Pros: The skill stick still rules, Vastly improved AI that adapts to your offensive tendencies, Online modes have been fleshed out to include team play and leagues, Superb graphics and audio, Great create-a-play feature
Cons: A few remaining control quirks and glitchy goals, Online play currently has some connection issues, Goalie controls are still kind of a pain, Frame rate isn't terribly stable
Excerpt: 'NHL'-Fans werden von Electronic Arts ein ums andere Mal durch ein Wechselbad der Gefühle gejagt, vor allem weil die Next-Gen-Versionen und die der alten Schätzchen PS2 und PC immer weiter auseinander driften. Auch spielerisch hat EA es in den letzten paar Jahren nicht geschafft, neue Akzente zu setzen.
Excerpt: Seit dem Schritt zu den Next-Gen-Konsolen sind noch einige Baustellen offen, was den beliebten Eishockey-Ableger der EA-Sports-Reihe angeht. Doch EA bessert nicht nur nach, sondern hat sich für 'NHL 08' einige ganz neue Features ausgedacht.
Summary: Už loňský díl hokeje pro konzole nové generace ukázal, jak elegantně vycouvat ze slepé uličky každoročního vývoje hokejového simulátoru. NHL 08 navazuje na svého předchůdce a rozvíjí jeho možnosti. Výsledek připomíná staré dobré časy série. Tento ročník musí mít každý fanoušek sportu!
Pros: Realistické chování puku, odrazy, teče…, Široké taktické možnosti, Vylepšené animace, Oprava všech potíží předchozího dílu, Počítač je rovnocenným protivníkem