Summary: I'm rating this a bit late, but it still needs to be reviewed. I believe the game is great, but it faults in a few areas; such as main anvigation. It has a overly complex main menu to enter seasons and skrimiges. The practice mode( to improve your team) is a little weak as well. Probably unnecessary too. The gameplay is complex. If you love button masher games you'll love this. Combos and slap shots require a number of buttons to be hit in order to perform.
Summary: I definitely recommend you buy this game. It's so much worth the couple of dollars you have to pay. The rosters are out of date, and EA's game has advanced a lot, but this still, BY FAR, has the best gameplay on any next-gen hockey game. Not to mention the textures and arenas are fantastic.
Summary: The game is fun and you have alot on options to adjust the difficulties to your liking. For an older game, it looks good visualy. The game play is smooth and tends to be rather fast at times. The downside is the controls are complicated and take some time to get the hang of. The create a team/character are not too bad compared to some other hockey games. I would rent this game first to see if it is for you.
Summary: Having played both this game (NHL 2K8) and NHL 08 from EA...I think this one takes the blue ribbon. While NHL 08 graphics are just slightly better, the difference is minor and the gameplay makes up for it in large measure. The control the prostick gives you over handling the puck is the best I have seen in a hockey game. It took a little bit to get used to the controls, because I have been so used to EA's typically uniform controls over all it games.
Summary: Now, i'm not going to bash 2k8 and say it sucks or that EA's 08 is miles better because that isn't the case. It seems that people either hate one or the other game and love the other. Well guess what? I own both, for both ps3 AND xbox 360. If you have to make a decision and you can only play one game you have to ask yourself which is going to give you the most amount of enjoyment.
Summary: Let me start by saying that I don't watch hockey, in fact I don't really like hockey. I have always enjoyed hockey games! I have played them since the NES. I am halfway though a full season in franchise mode and find the game to be really fun. The action is fast, the animations are good, and the sound is top notch. I would recommend this game to others. I play games to be entertained, this game entertains me.
Summary: Slightly better on XBOX 360 vs PS3, but both are great. Frame rate, loading time, graphics... better on XBOX 360. No doubt about it. Either way its a great game. I have it for PS3 but downloaded the 360 demo on XBOX Live. I've played NHL 08... I hate it, and that's no exaggeration. I've hated most of the EA series hockey games. NHL 93-95 are still the best. Compared to NHL 08, 2k8s animations are more fluid, more realistic.