Best Hockey Game Ever
NHL 08 is a great improvement on the already good NHL 07. NHL 08 brings back the thumbstick control which allows for much better control and makes it easier to do what you want to do with the player. The skating dynamics in the game are amazing and allow players to make sharp turns easily and control the player better. The goalies in NHL 08 are more realistic in that they don't allow nearly as many "glitch" goals and seem to have realistic hot and cold streaks. The amount of online modes are impressive. My favorite online mode is the My League function which allows you to create your own league and invite friends to play in your league. The amount of teams is impressive too. The game has every NHL team as well as AHL, International, and two European league. All of the jerseys are the new RBK jerseys and look amazing. As a hockey player, I will say that there are a few problems with the game. For one, pass interceptions are inconsistent. It should be easier to prevent passes from the corner to the front of the net. Another problem I see with the game is the hit stick. It seems very inconsistent and just plain doesn't work sometimes. Overall an amazing game. Best Hockey video game ever made.
This and Tiger Woods is the only sports games worth trying from EA. Last year's NHL, the graphics were great. The gameplay imroved alot but not enough. First, when either you or the CPU are shooting the puck moves so fast it felt like a pinball game. When on defense and the CPU is attaching your blueline, your defensemen split from the middle and have to push like heck not to leave your goalie alone. As for the goalies. My goalie would make this out of this world save, then the CPU would take a shot, bounce in the air and into the net. Can't tell you how many times that happens in a game. Or he would kick in an easy shot on goal. When you have the puck, all your player bunch together making it impossible to make any plays. And forget about shots from the point. I know this sounds all bad, but compared to from a few years ago this game really improved. Lets hope EA has fixes these problems and produces a great hockey game. Because it's real hard to find hockey on TV these days.
Great improvement, but still as an avid hockey fan, I still see a lot of things wrong with the game. The graphics and game play have improved a lot. The jerseys are very realistic as is the sound of the game. But, it seems like a tennis match rather than a hockey game. There needs to be more digging out the puck and fighting for the puck, and less goals. When you do get a goal, you should feel like you really earned it, and once in a while, you feel very lucky. Also, there are a lot of frame issues that need to be corrected, as does the hit stick. One of the problems is when you set it on a certain camera angle, the hit stick will not work, and that's just one of many problems. But, like I said, the game has been improved, but it needs to be more like hockey, not just back and forth shooting like in tennis. Like I said, the puck needs to be harder to control and pass, and playing against the computer needs to be more fair, it's either the computer wins too much or the person playing wins too much. Still much better than NHL '07, but I hope the next one will be more like hockey.
Goalies and Drafts
Two things. The little stuff needs to happen. I mean when the goalie loses his stick, or someones stick snaps, gloves fall off, and helmets fall off. But, it has to be in moderation. Another thing. The players shouldn't be such exact numbered attributes. How do you know if someone has the potential to be a 93? And for scouting in dynasty mode, you should be able to watch portions of the players games, not just be given a name and letter grade. MAKE DYNASTY LONGER THAN TEN YEARS! Another thing... all the goalies play the EXACT same style. There is a HUGE difference between Hasek, and Luongo. It should be harder to dominate a game. And, all of the goalies pads are the exact same design with different front logos. Khabibulin has a VAPOR blocker, which is thing, while Hasek has a thick Summit blocker. All and all, the small things is what will make this game great if they do it.
NHL 08 Will Prevail as the Winner!!
NHL 07 was an ok game.Graphically it was very solid. I think the skill stick was ingenious. Goalies were ok. They knocked too many pucks in themselves though. The A. I. needed improvement. I also have been playing the NHL 08 demo on my 360. I absolutely love it. The A.I. seems solid. Goalies are much improved. Controls are great. Hitting takes a little getting used to. But it is fun. Being able to cycle the puck and feed your points for one timers is great. Remember, it is only a demo. Their are alot of options not available to you. The actual game should be a new and exciting experience. I believe it will be a great game. As long as it is virtually bug free.
Improvements needs, but should still be great!
Based on my experiences over the past few years with EA Sports and 2K Sports, I am sure that once again I will be much more impressed with the EA Sports offering. The game last year for 360 looked so good and the gameplay was much better than 2K Sports. When I first picked up 2K7 I was scoring goals without knowing what I had done to score them. With EA Sports and the skill stick I was able to fool the goalie myself and score some nice looking goals. I'm sure if I wanted an easy playing unrealistic looking hockey game I would pick up 2K8, and maybe this year with the improved graphics it will be worth it, but overall NHL 08 looks like it will be much more detailed over last year's game and if the gameplay stays the same or gets better than there is no denying it that EA Sports will once again produce a much more realistic feeling and looking game.
JUST MAKE IT REAL
the biggest thing to making the game as sucessful as possible is to include alot of important realistic stuff. - Goalie Injuries could make or break a season for a team. for instance, if you where making a run for the playoffs or already in the playoffs, it would be interesting if a goalie could pull his groin or sustain an injury that would force you to use a back up. I mean, why else would your team even really need more then 2 goalies? - the annoucing should be changed up. The pc version had it alot better with the traditional annoucers. -Stick breaking is also key when your team is on the penalty kill or power play. -in 07 the puck is called out of play when it doesnt really go over the glass. - re occuring injuries would also add some realistic game play. If you put a guy back in the line up too soon he could be re injured easily.
since the horrific 'Gretzky' Series has finally been shot down, give us the AHL lisence, and the ECHL. we care about leagues associated with the NHL, and having the options to have a dynasty mode for ECHL and AHL would add to the fun, as well as be able to call players up from either affiliate in the dynasty mode. I would also like to see the anthem back, more stats, more in-between-play stuff, CREATE ARENA, and be able to name your player something other than 'THE DUDE'. take a page out of 2k7s book with real names. I would also love it to show the city and arena at the beginning of the game, as well as announcers during breaks to breakdown the game. Being able to actually practice would be nice too. Is there anyway to add the whalers logo? I would also love to see whistle net crashes. first and foremost, The AHL and ECHL Lisences.
I have been playing the demo i down loaded off of xbox live. The gameplay and the AI are awsome. Even on the demo the graphics look awsome. When you watch the players skate and handle the puck its like its a real person. And the new one on one deke system is really good, when you can pull it off it looks great. The new on the fly AI I think really works. I like to drive the slot on hockey games and they start to close it down after you do it a couple of times. then you have to work the puck outside to the posts, and try to either get a shot from there or the sides and hope for a rebound. I also think that they imporved the shoot out, you can deke the goalie, and get him to bite on it, and the way they let you handle the puck gives you a huge advantage. This game will be by far the best hockey game for any of the next gen systems.
Demo is AMAZING!
The demo is so amazing. I have played the 3rd peroid of that game at least 3 or 4 times a day. I am so pumped for it to come out. I've been playing ea hockey since the begining, nhl '93! This is the most realistic up to date game of all time. If you don't like hockey, but you enjoy mashing the sticks on a console, then this game is for you. Go PENS!