Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The controls cramp the game’s style and the opponent AI is about the only unrealistic thing about the game but then again the franchise mode is wonderfully deep.
  2. It's definitely a much tighter playing game than last year's version, albeit with room for more improvements to be made. If we could get a revamped ProStick, in addition to slightly tuned face-off mechanics, among other quirks, the next NHL 2K game could seriously go down as one of the best NHL games ever.
  3. 85
    Even if the side stuff has been there done that written all over it, you will be hard-pressed to find a better hockey game this year.
  4. The advanced controls still need about a year to really nail the feel of the game, but the franchise mode lived up to the hype. Fans willing to give the controls a chance will not be disappointed and the prospects of next years offering are already exciting.
  5. The biggest drawback to NHL 2k8 is the new controls. Even if you want to grow into them, it’s not worth it. Fortunately, you can turn them off and get on with your day, so there’s not much downside. 2k8 still plays a smooth, exciting and fun game of hockey.
  6. If NHL 2K8 were the only hockey game on the market, I would be fairly content with it. But it isn’t the only game. EA has superior gameplay and more teams. In the end it is about the gameplay and 2K lost the puck and the GCM editor’s choice award. I guess now I can be considered a bitter ex-NHL 2K fan.
  7. The modes maintain their phenomenal impact, with franchise and online options to keep you busy throughout the season -- and well into next year.
  8. 80
    The game looks good in action and -- eventually -- feels fun on the ice while offering online leagues and tournaments, unlockable uniforms and more. It sucks that the interface is clunky and that people are going to scoff at the new control system, but if you play hockey games for how real they feel, you've found a winner.
  9. That said, "NHL 08's" amazing A.I. and hyper-realistic controls are still a bit more gratifying, but NHL 2k8 offers you an additional choice...and variety is always good. [Dec 2007, p.82]
  10. NHL 2K8 is still king of the ice, however this time around you might need to take a little more time to get your groove on. The new control system takes a little work, so if you are getting frustrated by 2K Sports new innovations simply turn them off and go back to the default NHL 2K game you know and love.
  11. It may not deliver the entire package this year, but NHL 2K8 is a fun game that offers a fast-paced arcade feel.
  12. On the ice, NHL 2K8 has improved by leaps and bounds in the graphics department.
  13. It's not often we see 2K scrambling, but the controls feel like a panic move. With a bit more focus on the controls' convenience and practicality, NHL 2K8 has laid the groundwork for an intriguing season--in 2K9.
  14. It’s still a good game, but unfortunately it doesn’t offer anything that’s different or relevant when compared to last year’s title. This time, EA Sport’s rival "NHL 08" takes the throne. [Dec 2007]
  15. Tries to mix up the formula a bit too much, and the results aren’t perfect.
  16. Solid, slightly humdrum. [Jan 2008, p.78]
  17. Hardcore hockey fans with plenty of patience will reap big rewards from 2K8, but if it's an easy way in you're after, stick with EA's superior "NHL 08." [Dec 2007, p.114]
  18. 70
    In the end, 2K8 is a great distraction until the season starts, but if you want to put your time into a better game, EA's NHL 08 is the dynasty worth your dough.
  19. NHL 2K8 is a generally fun hockey game, though its new control scheme is a step backward for the series.
  20. 70
    Despite all that's good with the game, NHL 2K8's innovations are a few years behind the times, making it feel like a cheap rehash of what's already available.
  21. NHL 2K7 is cheaper and more fun to play than NHL 2K8. Rush out to the discount bin and get yours now!
  22. NHL 2K8 should be sent back to the minors for some retooling. Gameplay is king, and 2K8 plays fourth-line checker to the competition’s first line superstar.
  23. The problems with Pro Stick are inexcusable, the implementation completely factoring out the human holding the controller.
  24. Get in your car, drive to a hockey game, support your local team, and go pay $20 for a deep-fried stadium lunch. Because whatever you do, don’t spend any time on this flabby substitute.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    The depth of franchise mode is astounding. I love the off season. Picking free agents and filling up roster spots is a joy not a chore in this game. What a phenomenal achievement i have reached into 7 plus franchise season's. I have over 600 wins. This game screams replay ability. Full Review »