Conclusion: And as if there wasn’t enough to do with just the out-of-the-box gameplay, Trials HD comes with a powerful level editor that enables you to make your own tracks and terrain, which can then be unleashed on Xbox Live for others to try. (Check out the Movies section on game page here for a look at how the level editor works, and you’ll see the incredible potential, including the ability to alter the light and shadow effects in an environment.
Summary: Parents need to know that, as in real life, this hockey game contains violence. You can hit other players. This game also helps teach kids about the sport of hockey and the NHL. The game has an online component , which Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for anyone under the age of 12.
Conclusion: Above all, NHL 08 can be both fun at the lower difficulty levels and extremely challenging when the AI is cranked up a few notches – thanks to the improved Skill Stick and skating physics. This makes the game even more accessible than last year’s version, which is saying a lot. Toss in a sparkling presentation and it’s hard not to recommend anyone take a run at EA’s pixilated Stanley Cup this year.
Pros: Skill Stick is back AND improved, Learning AI is more competitive, Pressure-sensitive skating, Robust online options
Cons: Stick-handling around the net is still tricky, Not enough Achievements
Conclusion: A very good simulation that can also cater to those people with simpler tastes as well. The online suffers from a few too many bugs that can cripple a game instantly for me to recommend it. Pick this game up if you’re a fan but otherwise you might want to dip your toe in with a rental first.
Summary: NHL 08 is EA’s latest game in their popular NHL franchise which has been running for over a decade. Thankfully, this isn’t just a lazy game by EA either—they haven’t simply updated the teams and graphics. Instead, they have added a wealth of new features to make the game last longer and to make the experience more realistic. Does it work? It does actually, and pretty damn well too.
Pros: Extremely smooth, Surprising amount of depth for a sports game, A big improvement from NHL 07
Cons: Online is weak, Bugged achievements, Steep learning curve
Conclusion: Hockey is one of the fastest, exciting and brutal sports around. EA have done a good job over the past few years of getting this across in their NHL games but is their much room left for improvement? We take a look at their latest offering NHL 08 to see what has changed from last year.