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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. I went to the options and put the "Shot Accuracy" option to full, and my players were still missing the net by a great deal from less than 6 or 7 feet away from the net. I know this sounds like an odd complaint, but this happens A LOT, i.e. more than 60% of the time. Considering that on higher difficulties, getting this close to the net is rare. Therefore, the shot accuracy problem makes for a VERY frustrating gaming experience.
Players still skate and behave oddly. For instance, even with my offensive strategy set to "crash the net", my players would head to the net and then instead of stopping would continue skating onwards by themselves, thereby negating the whole strategy.
Even the new AI feature that I had such high hopes for failed. It is a great idea to make your opponent's defense change to accommodate a player's attack, but I could still get around them the same way every time. A good idea, but it needs tweaking.
This is truly sad. It is hard to believe that the PC version has essentially been slapped together while the production teams at EA Sports have very obviously concentrated on the PS3/XBox 360 releases. If you have NHL 2005, 2006, or 2007 for the PC, just simply update your rosters. This game is not worth it. It is absolutely absurd that 2 versions of a game (i.e. Xbox 360 vs. PC) could be so drastically different.
Shame on EA Sports for doing this. I have been buying their "NHL" games since 1995 (back in the days of 2D my friends), and I refuse to ever trust this franchise again.
If you truly wish to find out for yourself, find a friend who has the PC version, or find a way to obtain this product for free. EA Sports does not deserve your money for this excuse of a video game. I sincerely hope that a major overhaul will occur at EA Sports for next year, and hopefully the individuals responsible for this will never work on another. Here's hoping the changes made to the console versions are decent enough...
The game play is lamer than previous versions - the ai players will NOT go toward the net and get open for a pass no matter what you do and any time you try to pass to a player that is open for a decent scoring chance, the puck will inevitably go the wrong player - the one in the middle of the ice with 3 defensemen on him - either that or it will simply go back down the ice to your own end. It is also just about impossible to win a faceoff against the computer in this game. And the computer doesn't pass the puck in the faceoff, it just takes the puck, skates past your defensemen and shoots it. Forget strategy - just wait for the opponent to win the faceoff, skate past your defensemen, shoot it on goal and then get the puck and skate end to end and shoot it.
And the PowerPlay is useless in this game - I get more goals shorthanded than on the powerplay.
The hybrid controls suck - change the settings to classic.
Despite all of that I do play it alot because I love hockey. I actually like NHL 2003 a LOT better but thanks to switching to VISTA I can no longer play it...
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