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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 Main menu.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Optional side camera.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 Getting into a very plastic-looking fight. Mash the stick real fast to (maybe) win.
NHL 08 Xbox 360 View your team's schedule for the season.

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Yahoo! Games Sep 12, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Worth Playing Oct 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
TeamXbox Sep 11, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Sep 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Jolt (UK) Oct 15, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Sep 13, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Armchair Empire, The Oct 22, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
AceGamez 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle Oct 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80


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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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