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Ships Ahoy - NHL 08

EA announces NHL 08 is shipping in North America and will be available in Europe for PC and Xbox 360 next week and for PS2 in a month:

Redwood City, Calif. – Tuesday, September 11, 2007 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that the NHL® 08 videogame ships to retailers today in North America. EA SPORTS™ continues to lead the charge in the next gen era with advancements in AI intelligence, innovative controls, online depth and an unmatched level of authenticity to the sport. Already receiving critical acclaim as a Gold Award winner by Electronic Gaming Monthly, NHL 08 allows players to feel like they can play like a pro without ever touching the ice.

The revolutionary Skill Stick System evolves in NHL 08 and delivers an unparalleled level of control. An all-new deking system enables you to move the puck off your stick, to walk around a defender and give you space in front to challenge the goalie. For all the goaltenders out there, an all-new Goalie Mode feature lets you strap on the pads and be the last line of defense in net for the first time.

Showcasing true next-gen horsepower, an all-new intelligent CPU called On-The-Fly AI functionally coaches against you to counter your tendencies, and forces you to adjust your strategy. With Create-a-Play, you can hit the whiteboard and showcase your own strategic wisdom by customizing plays, recording them in practice mode and bringing them into game to outsmart your opponent. Innovative new online features such as Online Custom Leagues and Online Team Play that links up to six players anywhere in the world, gives you a new level of online depth.

NHL 08 will feature an exclusive AHL license for the first time, with all 29 teams from the primary development league for the NHL fully playable in game. Develop your talent with their AHL affiliate until you are ready to call them up for the show. Manage your team from the ground up while staying under the salary cap. With unlimited control, unmatched depth and infinite possibilities, no game is ever the same with NHL 08.

In Europe the game will hit stores beginning September 21 for the Xbox 360 and PC, with the PS3 version following on September 28 and the PS2 version on October 10.

EA SPORTS NHL 07 is the #1 selling hockey game and the #1 selling sports game in Canada*. NHL 08 is being developed under the EA SPORTS brand by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C. The game is available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ video game system from Microsoft, and PC. For more information, log onto www.nhl08.com. Media can find screenshots and video of the game at http://info.ea.com.

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6. Re: PC Port Sep 12, 2007, 00:55 Bundy
 
All the EA NHL games seem to get good reviews.

It's the PC version I'm more concerned about. EA is notorious for neglecting the PC and giving us terrible ports.

 
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5. Re: PC Port Sep 12, 2007, 00:13 Steele Johnson
 
NHL 08 is getting raving reviews. And the demo is quite fun. I'll be picking this one up for sure.

http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/939620.asp?q=nhl%2008

 
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4. Re: PC Port Sep 11, 2007, 18:04 Bundy
 
Last year's PC version was terrible, it looked to be a port from the PS2, not the 360. I think that was even confirmed someplace, but don't quote me b/c I don't know where.

Hopefully this year's PC version can get the bad taste of the last 7 years of PC versions of the NHL games out of my mouth.

 
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3. Re: PC Port Sep 11, 2007, 16:40 PropheT
 
Last year's was really good (played the 360 version), and the demo from this year's actually seemed even better. This is the first hockey game I've ever played where I was able to set up my defensemen at the top of the circles and cycle the puck through the rotation to set up a scoring pass down into the slot. I mean, you actually do plays rather than just try to spam shots on net knowing you'll get a rebound to an open wing sooner or later.

No more blind rushing with the puck down into the offensive zone, and a lot less emphasis on the break-away deking. Seemed a lot more like real hockey, I liked it a lot.

 
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2. Re: PC Port Sep 11, 2007, 15:54 jayeffaar
 
I remember when the PC version was the one to play, with the consoles getting a dumbed down experience. Those were the days. I played it every week with my buddies on the big TV, using 4 sidewinder gamepads daisy-chained together.

I was shocked in the early 2000s, (the year they released the first xbox version I think), when I turned on the PC game and saw what had happened to the menus... huge fonts everywhere, half the options gone (including no more user profiles to save your personalized prefs and stats)... I felt like crying. As of last year, that stuff still wasn't back.
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1. PC Port Sep 11, 2007, 14:11 Bundy
 
Here's to hoping they finally make a PC port that doesn't suck! Hey! Why is everyone laughing!

 
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