Excerpt: 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 When Electronic Arts brought out NHL 07 on the PS3, it received a warm reception for doing away with the fiddling controls of previous versions, as well as injecting some much needed finesse into the graphics. NHL 08 builds on 07’s strong points, while still bringing some new tweaks and modes to the game.
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.
Conclusion: Visually EA nailed the style and atmosphere of hockey in this game. However for some reason, the rate rate on the PS3 version is not as smooth as on Xbox 360. In fact, some of the animations on the PS3 version just seem a bit more edgy and less smooth then what we saw on the 360. I also noticed there was a bit more of a jagged effect on the character models on the PS3 version, which really stood out to me as being a much less impressive visual experience.
Summary: "Auf der PS3 macht "NHL 2008" eine sehr gute Figur. Grafik und Sound kÃ¶nnen sich sehen und hÃ¶ren lassen und die zahlreichen Detailverbesserungen bringen das Spiel merklich nach vorne. Zwar erhÃ¤lt man mit der diesjÃ¤hrigen Ausgabe kein komplett neues Spiel, sondern eine Art gepimptes "NHL 2007", aber die erwÃ¤hnten Verbesserungen rechtfertigen den Kauf. Zweifler sollten sich an dieser Stelle die Demo ansehen oder das Spiel bei Freunden oder im Laden probespielen.
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