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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 Windows Coach talking to the referee.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Training minigame teaches the "skill stick" controls.
NHL 08 Windows Some of the people watching the game.
NHL 08 Windows Shoot out mini-game

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TeamXbox Xbox 360 Sep 11, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Over Online Xbox 360 Sep 27, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Xbox 360 Sep 21, 2007 84 out of 100 84
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Sep 21, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Gamernode Xbox 360 Sep 24, 2007 8 out of 10 80
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Apr 13, 2008 80 out of 100 80
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Oct 22, 2007 C 50


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Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions on 8th February 2011.

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