good game & fun. pretty descent graphics. only thing i didnt like was whhen you switch sides for every 1/4 you can see the goalie net as good and its harder to score. overall good rental.not waste of time.
So the first thing I noticed is how they completly changed the controls from 2K7. Whick in my opinion was a mistake. They made it so hard to just simply shoot with all of the buttons you have to push that the only person I know that could play this game would be Goro.
The 2K series continues to urinate on its legacy for anything but basketball with their latest outing. NHL 2K8 is the usual outing from the 2K series, that does a masterful job of not innovating or really changing any actual mechanics. The game is the usual "not bad" outing, but it doesn't feel different than 2K6 or 2K7. This series, even moreso than Madden, could have simple downloadable roster updates and it'd be the same as the usual commercial release. Sure, their first title was amazingly good --- but when you coast on fumes for a few years, don't expect people to not really notice.
Checking is still a lot of fun and when you nail somebody, you really, really feel it. The guys go flying. And that is probably the best aspect of the game. But, when you have smaller guys taking down defensemen without a huge problem, there is a bit of a disconnect that kills the visceral nature of the violence. That they do have certain guys being really prone to being in the box (Dany Heatley will be in the penalty box A LOT kids). The fighting is still abysmal. Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robots on ice, to be generous. They also have bugs that are hard to excuse. Just for an example, last season, they had a glitched achievement (Revenge, which you got if you scored on a penalty shot). The IDENTICAL one is glitched this year. This, to me, reeks of them basically re-releasing the same game from last year with new rosters. When your glitches don't change year to year, that is hard to excuse.
If you haven't played in a few seasons, pick it up. You'll like it. If you played last season, don't waste your time or energy.