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NHL 08 - PC

Platform : Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98
16 customer reviews
Metascore: 65 / 100

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  • Realtime, realistic gameplay and action ready for Windows Vista optimization
  • Experience a realistic sense of team control on the ice. Command every movement and make precise passes with controlled velocity and accuracy
  • Play your style of hockey at both ends of the ice, with on-the-fly coaching
  • Control your offensive flow by effortlessly crashing the net, screening the goalie or pinching your defensemen
  • Counter the attack by clearing out the crease, setting up a break out for an offensive rush, or clearing the zone
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Platform: PC

NHL 08 brings back the champion of hockey games with better gameplay and faster on-ice action. Take command of tape-to-tape passing, behind-the-net plays and precision give-and-go attacks. Dominate the ice with NHL caliber goaltending, skating, checking and puck handling with the deeply enhanced animation system.

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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B000QB0594
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,790 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mark on September 15, 2007
Platform for Display: PC
EA Sports has pulled some bad stuff in the last while, but this one takes the cake. This is borderline false advertising.

I bought this game after reading about the new features, i.e. the new advanced stickhandling, creating your own plays, and stellar graphics that appear on the TV advertisements. EA's "NHL" franchise has been pretty bad for releasing products that are essentially the same thing only with updated rosters. Unfortunately, this has happened again despite the company's claim to new features. I skipped NHLs 06 and 07 respectively because of this. I can say that short of a few small differences, the PC version of NHL 2008 is almost IDENTICAL to the PC version of NHL 2005, the last one I owned.

First of all, the new stickhandling feature does not exist for the PC, it appears that you have to purchase a PS2/XBox 360 "Hybrid" controller in order for this to happen. The "create your own strategy" is also nowhere to be found. Finally, the game's graphics are literally the exact same as NHL 2005. Beware: you will not see the sleek images you see in the adverts. This is preposterous considering the capabilities of the PC, which can easily compete with PS3 and 360 respectively. The graphics look dated and mushy, and the animation is choppy, nonsensical, and does not flow together. Even after 3 years, you can still see odd distortions on the backs of players jerseys due to the poor graphics engine. Some players are modelled fairly well (i.e. Ray Emery) but others simply look alien or disfigured (i.e. Mats Sundin).

The gameplay is still odd, very often you still get huge clumps of 4 or 5 players between the hashmarks, pushing and shoving each other and generally not doing anything.

Also, for some reason your players have ATROCIOUS aim.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Skyhound on September 30, 2007
Platform for Display: PC
I have played every version of this game back to NHL '97. I hear the same kinds of complaints every year: the game hasn't changed much, it's buggy, the between game interface has been changed, but only in ways that make it less intuitive and useful, much-needed new features never appear, cool things you like disappear, etc.

Yet, every year I have found that, while the complaints are essentially true, they are exaggerated. For instance I read that there is no difference between NHL 07, NHL 06 or NHL 05, and this isn't really true. The game play (which is the most important part) did change enough between those versions to make it new enough that it was still many hours of fun. NHL 07 in particular was a very good game. There is no way I'd go back to 06. I play these games a lot over many months and by the next season I can score with my eyes closed on the highest difficulty. This is the main reason I get a new version. NHL 07 kept me going longer than any previous version.

But this time the complaints are right on. NHL 08 really is just NHL 07 warmed over. Not only are all the graphics and interfaces the same as 07 but so is the game play. Yet, somehow, it plays more choppily than 07 did on my aging 2.8 GHz P4 (I pulled it out and compared them). How they managed to slow the game down while not changing anything is beyond me! The only thing that I could find to make the program more challenging was the new skill stick (which does not require a hybrid controller--just a typical PC game controller). But I began to master that in less than an hour and the game was already becoming boring!

If you didn't buy 07 then I urge you to do so. It's really quite fun. It will take some time to update the rosters, but it is doable. If you did play 07 and want a new experience, then I am sorry to say that 08 will not likely deliver.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Nealon on October 3, 2007
Platform for Display: PC
This seems to be a pattern with EA Sports, they've done the same thing with there Madden franchise, 08 is no different then 07 except of course the updated rosters. They really need to get with the program and start updating their produts. NHL could use a video replay feature, more fights, how about 6 on 6 brawls every once in awhile. Or how about a deflecting the shot feature? There is so much they can add to this and yet they don't. Perhaps they've cut back on the programmers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elf #2788 on October 1, 2007
Platform for Display: PC
NHL 06 was one of the greatest computer games I've ever played. The players were somewhat realistic, the game had its challenges, but most importantly, it was fun to play.

NHL 07 was pretty much the same game as NHL 06 but with roster updates. It was still pretty fun to play but it would have been nice for EA to have made some more changes.

NHL 08 is one of the worst games I've ever played in my life. It's like they took NHL 07 and took all of the fun out of it. All of the players play the same despite their skill level, the goalie covers the puck whenever it gets close to him, it's really pathetic. I tried to give this game a chance but I just ended up selling it after about a week. I wish EA would just provide roster updates for NHL 07 or even 06 and let us play that instead of this embarrasment.

This game is no fun at all, the keyboard configuration changed once again so all of the controls are different than what I'm used to from last year. The only good thing about this game was the fact that they had pictures of pretty much all of the hockey players in the game, something that they didn't have in previous versions.

That being said, I doubt I will be buying NHL 09.
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