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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 Getting into a very plastic-looking fight. Mash the stick real fast to (maybe) win.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Slap shot on the ice.
NHL 08 Windows Empty arena after 1st period.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Title screen.

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Worth Playing Xbox 360 Oct 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation 3 Oct 01, 2007 87 out of 100 87
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 3 Dec 18, 2007 B+ 83
Gamernode Xbox 360 Sep 24, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Xbox 360 Sep 11, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily PlayStation 3 Sep 11, 2007 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 14, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Watcher PlayStation 2 Nov 06, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68 Windows Sep 21, 2007 59 out of 100 59
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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