NHL 08

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NHL 08
NHL 08 Coverart.png
Eric Staal on the cover of NHL 08
Developer(s) EA Canada (PS3, Xbox 360)
HB Studios (PS2, PC)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA: September 11, 2007
  • NA: September 12, 2007 (X360)
  • AUS: September 20, 2007 (PC, X360)
  • EU: September 21, 2007 (PC, X360)
  • AUS: September 21, 2007 (PS3)
  • EU: September 27, 2007 (PS3)
  • AUS: October 11, 2007 (PS2)
  • EU: October 12, 2007 (PS2)
Genre(s) Sports - Ice Hockey Sim
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online

NHL 08 is a video game released on September 11, 2007 in North America; the Xbox 360 version was supposed to be released on the same date as the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 versions,[1] but was delayed for a day due to shipping issues.[citation needed]

Gameplay[edit]

NHL 08 features a new and improved "Skill Stick System," which EA says will allow gamers to more easily control the puck.[2] NHL 08 also includes "Goalie Mode," where users can control their team's goalie with a new third-person camera. Another new feature is the ability to create custom plays, where you can take part in creating custom plays in practice mode.

Gameplay modes[edit]

'Dynasty Mode' allows users to create a dream team and play through to the Stanley Cup, however, there is no fantasy draft on the current generation version of the game (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3), only on the PC and PlayStation 2 versions.

The game features the-than 29 teams of the American Hockey League (AHL).[3] Players can develop talent through the AHL, and then call up their prospects to play in the NHL. Every AHL team is fully playable.[4] Sweden's Elitserien and Finland's SM-liiga are also included on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation. However, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and Slovak Extraliga are only to be found on the PC and PlayStation 2 versions.

Reception[edit]

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions received "favorable" reviews, while the PlayStation 2 and PC versions received "mixed or average reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[5][6][7][8]

Games for Windows: The Official Magazine gave it a score of five out of ten.[9] The game won GameSpot's "Best Sports Game of 2007" award.[citation needed]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 PS3 Xbox 360
EGM N/A N/A 9.17/10[10] 9.17/10[10]
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A 7/10[11]
Game Informer N/A N/A 8.5/10[12] 8.5/10[12]
GamePro N/A N/A N/A 4.5/5 stars[13]
Game Revolution N/A N/A C[14] C[14]
GameSpot 6/10[15] 6.5/10[16] 8.5/10[17] 8.5/10[17]
GameSpy N/A N/A 4.5/5 stars[18] 4.5/5 stars[18]
GameZone N/A 7/10[19] 8.9/10[20] 9/10[21]
IGN N/A N/A 8.6/10[22] 8.9/10[23]
OXM N/A N/A N/A 8.5/10[24]
PC Gamer (US) 35%[25] N/A N/A N/A
PSM N/A N/A 8.5/10[26] N/A
The A.V. Club N/A N/A N/A A[27]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 65/100[8] 70/100[7] 86/100[5] 85/100[6]


Reference[edit]

  1. ^ "Shippin' Out September 10-14: Heavenly Sword, NHL, Skate". GameSpot. September 10, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ekberg, Brian (June 11, 2007). "NHL 08 First Look". GameSpot. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "AHL featured in EA's NHL 08". American Hockey League. June 12, 2007. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "EA SPORTS NHL 08 Features Page". Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "NHL 08 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "NHL 08 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "NHL 08 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "NHL 08 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Goble, Gord (October 2007). "NHL 08: Skill-Stick, Same Old Shtick". Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. Ziff Davis Media (11): 69. 
  10. ^ a b EGM staff (October 2007). "NHL 08 (PS3, X360)". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 87. 
  11. ^ Lahti, Evan (October 14, 2007). "NHL 08 (X360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Reiner, Andrew (October 2007). "NHL 08 (PS3, X360)". Game Informer (174). Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ Dagley, Andrew (October 16, 2007). "Review: NHL 08 vs. NHL 2K8 (X360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Damiano, Greg (October 22, 2007). "NHL 08 Review (PS3, X360)". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ Navarro, Alex (September 18, 2007). "NHL 08 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ Navarro, Alex (September 18, 2007). "NHL 08 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (September 13, 2007). "NHL 08 Review (PS3, X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Vasconcellos, Eduardo (September 18, 2007). "GameSpy: NHL 08 (PS3, X360)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ Bedigian, Louis (September 11, 2007). "NHL 08 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ Lafferty, Michael (September 10, 2007). "NHL 08 - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  21. ^ Hopper, Steven (September 16, 2007). "NHL 08 - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  22. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (September 10, 2007). "NHL 08 Review (PS3)". IGN. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  23. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (September 10, 2007). "NHL 08 Review (X360)". IGN. Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  24. ^ "NHL 08". Official Xbox Magazine: 73. October 2007. 
  25. ^ "NHL 08". PC Gamer: 83. December 25, 2007. 
  26. ^ "Review: NHL 08 (PS3)". PSM: 82. December 2007. 
  27. ^ Zuniga, Todd (September 24, 2007). "NHL 08 (X360)". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 

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