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Single Player

NHL 2008 introduced new game mechanics, and fixed the major problems of NHL 2007, making one of the greatest hockey games of the NHL franchise. All the modes had endures from the previous version, Dynasty, Season, Play Now, and now Shootout. These modes are largely the same as they had been, except of course shootout, which now enabled players to play as the goalie, although its much more difficult to learn the controls. Dynasty mode enables players to play and manage their favorite team as they see fit, however trading can still be unrealistic as teams will trade away franchise players without thinking twice. The problems with goaltending from NHL 2007, has largely been rectified, but there are still various glitches in the game.


Multiplayer

The same local multiplayer is there, but online play was largely revamped, allowing for larger games to be played, and leader boards created.

Features

  • Frame rate is locked at 60 frames per second, up from NHL 07's 30 frames per second.
  • On the fly Artificial Intelligence that adapts to the player's play styles.
  • Goalie mode for playing as the goalie for the duration of a game.
  • Custom user plays for offense and defense.
  • Fluid skating animations.
  • In depth Create-A-Team section.
  • New RBK Edge Hockey Jerseys.  The RBK Edge jerseys can be unlocked through the My NHL 08 menu under RBK Edge.  The code to unlock the jerseys are "h3oyxpwksf8ibcgt".
  • American Hockey League (AHL) added.

Cover Athletes

Eric Staal (Caroline Hurricanes) is the main cover athlete
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings) in Sweden
Teemu Selanne (Anaheim Ducks) in Finland
Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers) in Czech Republic
Mark Streit (Montreal Canadians) in Switzerland

Soundtrack

Airbourne - Stand Up For Rock N' Roll
Pulling the goalie

Anberlin - A Whisper And A Clamor
Bayside - The Walking Wounded
Datarock - Fa-Fa-Fa
Disco Ensemble - This Is My Head Exploding
Dustin Kensrue - I Knew You Before
Enter Shikari - Sorry, You're Not A Winner
Jupiter One - Turn Up The Radio
Luna Halo - Kings & Queens
Manchester Orchestra - Wolves At Night
Mando Diao - The Wildfire (If It Was True)
Paramore - Misery Business
PlayRadioPlay! - Compliment Eacah Other Like Colors
Pop Levi - Sugar Assault Me Now
Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes
Scanners - Raw
The Black Keys - Just Got To Be
The Mooney Suzuki - 99%
The Ponys - Double Vision
The View - Comin' Down
The Wolfmen - Jackie Says

Xbox 360 Achievements

  • Shoot it! - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Record 25 shots in 1 period of play on Superstar Mode. - 50G
  • Penalty Kill special - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Score a goal when 2 men down on Pro Mode - 25G
  • Last Minute of play - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Score a goal in the last minute of play on Superstar Mode. - 25G
  • AHL upset - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Beat an NHL team with an AHL team on Superstar Mode - 25G
  • Elite League upset - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Beat an NHL team with an Elite League team on Superstar Mode - 25G
    Dropping the butterfly
  • Penalty Shot Hero - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Score a goal on the penalty shot in Pro Mode - 25G
  • Stay out of the box - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Play an entire game in Superstar Mode without getting a penalty - 25G
  • He Shoots, He Scores - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Score a goal with the Goalie on Superstar Mode - 25G
  • Players of the game - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Earn all 3 stars in Superstar Mode - 25G
  • Create a Team - As the lead NHL 08 Profile use a Created Team in a Play Now game - 25G
  • Create a Skater - As the lead NHL 08 Profile use a Created Skater in a Play Now game - 25G
  • Create a Goalie - As the lead NHL 08 Profile use a Created Goalie in a Play Now game - 25G
  • Goalie's nightmare - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Score 70 Goals with one player in Dynasty Mode - 50G
  • On a roll - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Win 5 games in a row in the Playoffs in Dynasty Mode - 50G
  • Regular Season best - As the lead NHL 08 Profile have your Team finish the regular season with the best overall record - 50G
  • Tournament Champs - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Win the EA Sports World Tournament - 50G
  • Fun for all - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Be on the winning team in an Online Team Play game - 25G
  • Playing as a team - As NHL 08 Lead Profile win an Online Ranked VS. Game with a friend on the same Xbox 360 console - 50G
  • OT Winner - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Win an Online Ranked Versus Game in Overtime - 25G
  • Shootout Mastery - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Win an Online Ranked Versus Game in Shootout Overtime - 50G
  • Shorthanded, No Problem - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Score a Shorthanded Goal in an Online Ranked Versus Game - 25G
  • Seeing lots of rubber - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Record 40 shots or more on goal in an Online Ranked Versus Game - 50G
  • Shutting the door - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Record a shutout in an Online Ranked Versus Game - 50G
  • Shootout King - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Play 25 Online Ranked Shootout Games - 25G
  • Online all the time - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Play 50 Online Ranked Versus Games - 75G
  • Beating tough competition - As the lead NHL 08 Profile Beat an opponent ranked Online in the Top 50 - 100G

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