100% of the negative previews are coming from children who are still learning how to read and write. NHL 08 looks great this year, I'll have no problem buying that game. But 2K has been the better game the last couple years. They don't score very high in the graphic area, which the children seem to be fond of. But 2k does good where it counts. Fun and Realistic gameplay. And for those of you who'd like to enjoy a high scoring arcade game, 2k also gives you the ability to change the sliders and difficulty. 2k has now made some huge improvements, don't be fooled by all the kids yelling about all the new features in NHL 08. NHL 2K8 has made just as many big improvements, if not, more. Its going to be a great year for videogame hockey. (Hopefully the NHL does better too, best sport on the planet)
i cant wait
i cant wait but they need to remove the bugs. Over the course of the past few years, my game freezes all the time, causes erros and makes problems, making it a waste of money to a extent. I love the game play and i love everything else. but when you rush manuel line changes it someitmes bugs up and leaves me with no centerman for the rest of the game, or a winger. its annoying and i cant stand spending more money on a game that 2k wont just realize, see, and fix completely. its really not that difficult. They also need to add in more rookies before the season starts. If you a NHL fan, you basically know that Jonathan Toews, Erik Johnson, ect are all starting next season.
2K8 is lookin good
2K hockey has had a solid foundation, and they are finally building on it. It could only get better. The area's where this game has been superior is where it counts, such as the defensive options, smooth skating engine, intelligent AI, and the ability to cycle the puck around the zone. 2K's gameplay has been superior to EA's the past 5 or more years, and finally NHL 08 has done more than delivering a pretty looking game. But I doubt we'll be disappointed with NHL 2K8. They've really stepped it up, and added a ton of new features which should really give the user so much more control than before. Can't wait
Hope this year's game improves again
This series is probably my favorite of all sports games. Last year's game really improved so we know it will get even better again this year. NHL 07 improved as well, so maybe there will be a real battle who will be named # 1 in the Hockey video World. However, my money is on 2K. All there sports games really give you the feeling your part of the game. The speed of the game is just right as is the player movement. From what I read they will copy EA right stick to stickhandle and there will be a new faceoff system. Can't wait for this game. Go Rangers !
NHL 2k8 best hockey game ever...again
NHL 2K7 destroyed EA NHL 07. When i played EA hockey the scores were 14-16 and the computer always lost. Most of the scores in 2K8 games were 2-1 or 3-2. The AI in 2K7 was so much better than EA. After playing demos of both 2K8 and Ea NHL 08, I can honestly say it looks like another year that the NHL 2k franchise will again beat EAs offering. NHL 08 has no new features this year, just roster updates...pretty lame. Stick with NHL 2K if you want the most realistic and best playing hockey around
2k going down hill.
In response to torchwood saying they should impliment the EA skill stick on the 2k games. Sad to inform you but the Skill stick has been licensed / trademarked by EA so 2k can't steal their ideas. as for 2k hockey games they were fun compared to ea games before nhl 07 on the 360. EA made a huge change to the way you play hockey and it shows, the game play was better on EA and i expect another disappointing hockey game form 2K this year too. 2K7 sucked!! and 2k8 doesn't look much different.
Should be great!
This should version should be pretty cool! If they incorporate EAs stick andling from 07, I think that will just make 2K8 even better NHL 08. That as the only feature that I really loved in NHL 07 that was not in 2K7. As far as putting rookies in, per NHLPA rules, a player cannot join the NHLPA until he has officially played in 1 NHL game, therefore, since guys like Toews and Jack Johnson could not be in the origin rosters since the game is completed well before they will actually play.
NEEDS realistic goalies
in eas nhl07 they had the goalies acctually go in the butterfly unlike in 2k7 the goalies pads were rounded at the top nothing like the goalies today in the nhl almost every goalie in the league goins down in the butterfly and not like in the 2k7 game go down and leave a huge gap between there legs because there pads are attacted to there kneecaps. but one thing i liked is the hall of fame comatary im a leafs fan and all leafs fans love to the voice of saturday nights.
Need to actually improve the goalie AI
Every year it seems like the goalie AI is worse than the previous year. I'm sure it's pretty tough to get rid of every glitch, but it should be possible to have the goalies adapt to your style of play. Maybe if you do the same move and score 8 times in the first period the goalies could catch on a little bit. Been waiting for that since EA hockey for Sega Genesis and still haven't seen it. Rivals actually had some potential but was cut after the first year. Too bad.
I'm hoping for a great game this year from 2k Sports. I've been disappointed the last two years. However, it is still the best hockey game out there. I've tried NHL 04 and tried again in 07, but the play control in those games is so bad, It's not even worth buying. I had both NHL 07 and 2k7 and 2k7 was by far the better of the two, however I would say that there is much improvement that can be made. Hopefully we will see that this year.