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The 2008 edition of EA's ice hockey simulation includes many improvements to the Skill Stick feature that was introduced in NHL 07. Another novelty is the Goalie mode where players can manually take control of the goalie through a 3rd-person camera. Players can create and work towards custom players and a rumble feature introduces a new form of communication where the player can call for the puck by tapping the ice with the stick.

In addition to NHL teams, this edition also features international teams and the 29 AHL teams, as well as the new jerseys for the regular NHL season.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 version do not contain a fantasy draft to create a dream team to take through the Stanley Cup in the Dynasty mode, but have the Sweden's Elitserien and Finland's SM-liiga. Commentary in this version is done by Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.


NHL 08 Xbox 360 Training minigame teaches the "skill stick" controls.
NHL 08 Windows Title screen
NHL 08 Windows Shark's players try to block.
NHL 08 Windows Some of the people watching the game.

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Game Chronicles PlayStation 3 Oct 11, 2007 9.1 out of 10 91 Xbox 360 Sep 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameZone PlayStation 3 Sep 11, 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN PlayStation 3 Sep 10, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Video Game Talk PlayStation 3 Oct 15, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Powerplay Windows Sep, 2007 77 out of 100 77
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Gamernode PlayStation 3 Sep 24, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Oct 22, 2007 C 50


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