Rent NHL 08 for PS3
view large frontback

NHL 08

Rent

Start your 1-month FREE Trial!

Also on:PS2, Xbox 360
GF Rating
7.4

756 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
9

Excellent

Best Hockey Game Ever

posted by denver2010 (englewood, CO) Jan 12, 2008

Member since Nov 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I have been a huge fan of hockey for years and have played ice hockey for many years. Let me tell you this game gets as close to the real thing as possible. I love the fact that I actually need to think up strategies on the go and not just hit everything that moves. It's a little frustrating at times because it is so difficult to score but that's how real hockey is. The updates have fixed many glitches to make this game even better. My friends and I can not get enough of this game!

Was this review helpful? Report Abuse

GF Rating
8

Very Good

OK GAME

posted by souljaboi (LEOMINSTER, MA) Sep 18, 2007

Member since Aug 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

when i first got nhl 08 in the mail, i was excited it put it in and start to play it. the first thing i did was the shootout mode. the camara angle is stupid. the graphics look cool but the controls take some time to get used to. u have to use the right analog stick to shoot and the r2 button to change player and pass, which feels weird. the best things about this game is how real the skating looks, and the annoucing. i recommend this game and u should def put it on ur Q, but dont expect to keep it for very long if u dont have online, playing by urself can and will get VERY BORING after about 2 games. ONLINE LEAGUES RULE!!!! EA BETTER HAVE THEM IN NBA AND FIFA 08

Was this review helpful? Report Abuse

GF Rating
9

Excellent

Most Realistic Hockey Game Ever.

posted by ReedK88 (LONG BEACH, CA) Jan 15, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This is quite possibly the best and most realistic hockey game ever made, and perhaps it is no coincidence that it is also the hardest. It seems that most reviewers that did not like this game had a tough time with the controls- and they are not kidding, the total stick control is very, very tricky, but once you get used to it, it is an undeniably spectacular asset to this franchise. When I tell my friends that you only use both joysticks & the top R & L buttons, and that X square O and triangle don't really do anything, they all reply, "What???" The important thing to note here is that you CAN CHANGE TO TRADITIONAL CONTROLS.

I've played the EA hockey games since NHLPA on NES. These games are great for their lasting appeal- I recently ran into a friend with a fully functioning NES NHL '94 and we played for about 3 hours. NHL '08 can only be more impressive on this aspect; I've had the game for about a year now and I still have a tough time beating the computer on the 2nd easiest setting, no joke. This is mainly due to the spectacularly realistic goaltending- if you think you can just make a quick pass to your winger for the easy top shelf one-timer, you've got another thing coming to you. Also, the defense adapts to trends in your offensive strategy, so if you think you can streak your right winger in past them every time you are certainly mistaken.

The other noteable feature in this game is the Create a Play mode- in which you can create plays to be execute in a set list of offensive situations (2 or 3 man breaks, power plays, behind the net plays) which are then automatically set in motion for you during the game when your puck carrier enters his lane. It's complicated, but an amazingly interesting feature.

The game is lacking in extras- namely bonus milestones and unlockables, but the game play is so fun that it is barely missed.

Practice your stick control in the shooting, skating, and shootout mode, play some games and you'll be hooked.

Was this review helpful? Report Abuse