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NHL 08 - Playstation 3

Platform : PlayStation 3
23 customer reviews
Metascore: 86 / 100

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  • SKILL STICK MOMENTS - The Skill Stick gave you the power to deke the goalie in NHL 07 - now you can own the 1-on-1 matchup and undress opposing defenseman with complete control Use your stick to push the puck into space and walk around your defender. Once you're all alone in front, improved stick handling and shooting accuracy will give you the toolset to beat your goaltender for that decisive goal.
  • ON THE FLY AI - Dynamic AI adjusts to your every move both on offense and defense, promising to challenge even the most skilled hockey players. The intelligent CPU scouts your tendencies like a coach and makes the necessary adjustments to shut down your money plays, forcing you to adjust your style of play
  • CREATE CUSTOM PLAYS - Take any team into practice mode and train them to run custom rush and in-zone plays in game. Do you want your team to run cycle plays down low? Or feed the point for a one-timer? Record the exact movements of each player in practice mode and watch as your team's AI executes them in gameplay.
  • ALL-NEW SKATING ENGINE - New analog speed control of the left stick gives you the variance you need to glide into the zone with control or get a burst of speed to step up on a defender. With new skating animations and responsiveness, you have the control to perform crossovers to maintain speed or carve tight turns for an immediate change in direction.
  • DEVELOP AHL PLAYERS - 29 AHL teams - the top developmental league for the NHL - are exclusively featured and fully playable. Develop your talent with their minor affiliate until you are ready to call them up for the show. Be the GM and manage your team from the ground up while staying under the salary cap.
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Platform: PlayStation 3

Control the puck like never before with improved stick-handling, passing, and shooting accuracy, plus new player-specific moves. Design and refine plays in Practice mode, and then execute your custom plays to perfection against real competition. Choose your favorite team from the NHL development league and skate your way to the Calder Cup.

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B000QB05A8
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,468 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By punkviper on January 3, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
It's video gaming's worst kept secret that EA has made piles of cash by skating by (pun intended) on the former reputations of their various game franchises. EA's NHL series was the first game to really give you the feel of real NHL hockey on a console, and ever since it's been hit or miss (since PS2 it's been mostly miss, just ask the folks at 2K Games.) What most people have had issues with in the last half-dozen iterations has been the ultra-arcade-like gameplay: hitting turbo at all times, lining up huge checks that send opponents sprawling, goalies that often made little or no consistent sense. Well, here we are and a lot of these issues have finally been addressed... whether you like the outcome or not.

So let's get down to it, what's new? Well first off, Turbo is out the window, so don't bother looking for the Turbo button. Speed is based purely on momentum, which sure simulates real hockey a lot better than jamming on a button the whole game. Second: there is no check button, you now check with the right analog stick. And even when you do execute a check, sometimes you'll be hard pressed to notice a difference. A far cry from just pounding the Triangle button and sending whomever sprawling across the ice. Poke checking is now done (poorly) with a combination of the right analog stick and R1. So instead of a jabbing stick motion, you get this odd, floaty, zombie-esque move that really doesn't end up resembling anything like a poke-check as we knew it. And to back up a previous reviewer's comment: you are correct, nowhere in the book does it state how to win a face-off, but to do so you have to use the right analog stick, wait until the puck drops, then flick it quickly towards one of your players, then you'll win some face-offs. Pretty realistic, eh? Well, yes...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhino on January 1, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Up till now I have always considered EA sports to be the forefront in sports games against the 2k line. I bought this after "somewhat" enjoying a fantasy draft franchise on 2k7. I am an actual hockey player of 15 years so I know how the game should play or atleast feel. I got nothing but angry when playing this game though. I spent most of the game trying to figure out how to do a face off because nowhere in the instructions does it say how to. I still don't think I'm doing them right, because I never win one, this in itself can be very demoralizing because it's an integral part of the game.
The 2nd and most important thing was it just did not feel like a hockey game, I was too busy chasing the "perfect" passing computer around and never being able to line up a good check, and when I used the poke check it never seemed to even phase the computer. Also when I just tried to cover off men and play positional hockey, they would just skate around my computer team mates like nothing.
When I had the puck all I could really do is skate an even rush into their zone and either one of my passes got intercepted and turned back or I took a crappy shot from a bad angle. It's almost impossible to dump and chase and dig the puck out of the boards because the computer is just perfect at reacting to these situations.
All in all it did not feel like I was playing much of a hockey game and turning down the difficulty did not make it feel any more like one. It still felt like I had to 1 man rush the puck to the opposite side every time or the computer would take the puck back every time. Anyways after about 4 hours of gameplay I'm ready to put it away and try the 2k version, last year's wasn't all that bad, definitely nothing new but atleast something I could get into and feel like I'm playing hockey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Major on March 20, 2008
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
I was initially skeptical about NHL 08. I was a 2K Sports player for years as EA never seemed to get what hockey was really about. To put it simply, the 2K series tended to be hockey simulators while the EA games tended to be arcade games. That all changed with NHL 08.

The biggest change, and the biggest positive, in the game compared to its compatriots (regardless of brand) is the notion of positioning being important. Just like in its real-life counterpart, since obstruction is being enforced, defensive positioning is paramount. In NHL 08, you'll actually be called for tripping or holding. You'll actually be called for interference, and even elbowing. All of this means that you'll be acutely aware of where your defenders are in relation to the puck carrier and possible passing lanes.

Perhaps even more compelling is that the opponent AI understands these factors as well. Trust me when I say you will be beat by Ovechkin on a backdoor play. You will be beat by a tip-in of a cross-crease pass because a defender is out of position. You will be beat by the opposing defense using your own defenders as a screen for their slapshots.

Graphically, the game is solid. Skaters kick up snow when they stop suddenly. The goalie's water bottle gets shot to the end glass if you roof one by him. Hats are thrown when there's a hat trick. The uniforms are all legit, and look good.

The audio is generally good. Gary Thorne and Bill Clement are great announcers, but, like with all sports games, have a limited amount of dialogue. The crowd seems pretty lifelike, even starting chants for a certain player, or if your team is mouting a comeback.

Two things hold this game from reaching five stars:

1. The controls take a while to get used to.
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