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  • Summary: Fully redesigned next-gen player models with accurate equipment and updated player faces brings you realistic hockey. Goaltending has been completely overhauled with instinctive AI, entirely new animations, and situation specific behaviors. Goaltenders now come out and challenge, guard the post, perform spectacular butterfly saves, and much more. A new control system delivers an experience that transcends the hockey videogame genre. Take control of "the DEEPEST franchise mode in the business," now complete with realistic CBA features including waivers, two-way contracts, restricted and unrestricted free agents, and salary cap management. Off-season has also been revamped, boasting a brand new negotiation system, improved draft, and refurbished free agent signing. Topping off everything is the addition of an all-new player progression system and dynamic player types. 2K Sports Online - Go head-to-head against the best players on the planet and enter for your chance to win a new Dodge. [2K Sports] Expand
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. 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.
  3. The modes maintain their phenomenal impact, with franchise and online options to keep you busy throughout the season -- and well into next year.
  4. 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.
  5. Solid, slightly humdrum. [Jan 2008, p.78]
  6. NHL 2K8 is a generally fun hockey game, though its new control scheme is a step backward for the series.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  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. Expand
  2. ToddS.
    Nov 15, 2007
    10
    What separates 2K8 from 08 is its in-depth controls, its fabulous dekes and speed and flow which rivals real hockey. A must for true hockey fans and not arcade players. The only advantage 08 has is the cool detail of the marks left on the ice by each skate. Easily left behind by those wanting the best! Expand
  3. BryanS.
    Sep 17, 2007
    7
    It's not bad, but I would hold off for EA Sports latest offerings. It just lacks the *punch* that EA always delivers in the same series.