Summary: Up till now I have always considered EA sports to be the forefront in sports games against the 2k line. I bought this after "somewhat" enjoying a fantasy draft franchise on 2k7. I am an actual hockey player of 15 years so I know how the game should play or atleast feel. I got nothing but angry when playing this game though. I spent most of the game trying to figure out how to do a face off because nowhere in the instructions does it say how to.
Summary: NHL 2K8 looked as though the 2K Hockey series had finally turned the corner in next video hockey. The graphics were much improved over 2K7.The franchise mode is deep. The goalie animations and AI are the best a hockey game had ever seen. Plus there was the ability to upload sliders and rosters online for fellow users to download. Yet for all the game did so right, there was enough wrong with it that kept it from being great.
Summary: This game has its Pros and Cons. The Pros: Great Goalie mode!! Overall fun The Cons: Your defense does not seem to have any interest in picking up the rebounds in front of your goalie. The offsides has its glitches, such as when you are infront of the blue line before a face-off, and you win the face-off, your teammates seem to be to anxious to get down the ice, and gets called offsides.
Summary: I bought it because I have been buying 2K for the past few years. This year the NHL game has gone downhill. They haven't resolved the freezing issue. They also took out of the game some good features I liked. Season mode they only allow you to play one game on any date. They also took out the drop passes, because that never happens in hockey right. The controls are harder this year.
Summary: Although the controls of this game are very responsive and the visual crisp and clear. The overwhelming amount of advertisement and "realistic" elements were just too much for a relaxing game. Hyper-competitive or hardcore hockey fans would love this game though. Happy Gaming!
Summary: I purchased a copy of the game for £20 as I love Ice Hockey and found NHL 2K7 to be fantastic. However I found the controls a nightmare totally changed to 2K7 and a lot harder to get to grips with and making it virtually impossible to score! They have added to faceoffs with a more realistic simulation that means you loose them virtually the whole time, added new items to franchise mode which I found to be totally pointless and added superstar moves that look good but...