Excerpt: With the invention of the Skill Stick last year, EA’s NHL series became a contender again. In fact, it was so innovative the competition decided it was in their best interest to implement a similar control system into their hockey franchise.
Conclusion: And yes buy the DLC packs, total of 3 in all and worth every penny. Also a tip, if you ever get stuck or want to get all the way to Jedi Master game level, the guides and the cheat codes are a fun way to beat the game and make it challenging.
Excerpt: Over its many years, EA’s NHL Ice Hockey series has fluctuated between accessible arcade gameplay from one year and more thoughtful simulation based gameplay to another year. This year’s edition, NHL 08 is amongst the most realistic Hockey games ever conceived, so it’s obviously simulation this time...
Conclusion: Overall, the game is a mixed bag. Star Wars fans will love the fact that the game provides an important link between Episodes III and IV (even if some small canon facts are disregarded), and the fact that for the first time you can really use the Force to raise some serious hell.
Excerpt: I think it would do most developers well to remember that every videogame is someone's first videogame. It's an understandable mistake to make. The people who make videogames also play videogames, so there's always a danger of them assuming that their audience is every bit as familiar with genre...
Excerpt: Game: NHL ‘08 Genre: Hockey Simulator Platforms: PS, PS3, Xbox 360, PC (Reviewed on Xbox 360) Of all the major American sports, hockey is perhaps the best suited for translation to video games. The constant fast-paced, dynamic action has made for fine gaming since the early days of consoles.
Summary: NHL 08 will feature an exclusive AHL license for the first time, with all 29 teams from the primary development league for the NHL fully playable in game. The revolutionary Skill Stick System evolves in NHL 08 and delivers an unparalleled level of control.
Excerpt: is the most fun I’ve had with a sports game in recent memory. It’s not perfect in every area of AI. It’s not the best looking game on the XBox 360. It’s not even the easiest game to just pick up and play.
Summary: In the ongoing multi-sport war between EA and the 2K guys, EA wins this one. Don't get me wrong, I really like the way the 2K game plays this year and it looks quite a bit better than in the past, but EA's product is just far more polished.