Excerpt: 2K Sports has reigned as champions of the virtual ice ever since Electronic Arts’ NHL franchise dropped the puck, so to speak, back in 2003. With NHL 07, however, EA opened a lot of people’s eyes, including yours truly, with the introduction of its innovative Skill Stick control system.
Excerpt: Sports games have their fixed place on both consoles as well as PC. Two major developers that constantly return are EA Sports and 2K Sports. From the latter we already find their latest NHL-game, NHL 2K8, in stores and we’ll see in this review whether it can take on its rival from EA.
Summary: The on-ice physics here, promoted as “True Performance Skating” by the developers, are stunning with a new level of detail in the way momentum can take you toward the goal, along the boards, or into the back of your opponent.
Conclusion: The game as a whole yields a fun experience you should try out at least at some point. Bioshock started this season off quite well with superb visuals, well-constructed environments, and great sounds all coming together to make a quality game.
Conclusion: Where the game does exceed is in its visuals and audio. The graphics are definitely a significant step forward from 2K7 and the player animations, particularly the superstar moves, are exceptional.
Excerpt: Do you remember playing Ice Hockey back on the NES? Well.. for those of you who don’t… you had to use your imagination to visualize all of the rough checks: Stubby Fat Guy would smash Tall Skinny Guy into a padded wall, but all you'd see is a mangled mess of differing colors and hear a beep from the...