Joe grabs his hockey stick and takes to the ice in EA Games’ NHL 08 for Sony’s Playstation 3

“NHL 08 is EA’s latest game in their popular NHL franchise which has been running for over a decade. Thankfully, this isn’t just a lazy game by EA either—they haven’t simply updated the teams and graphics. Instead, they have added a wealth of new features to make the game last longer and to make the experience more realistic. Does it work? It does actually, and pretty damn well too.

The control method for NHL 08 takes some getting used to if you didn’t play last year’s NHL 07. For those of you who aren’t aware of the changes EA made to the franchise, NHL 07 moved shooting and puck-handling to the right-stick. All of the mechanics of last year’s game is intact, while the most notable addition to the gameplay is a one-on-one deke move, which allows you unleash some sick moves on your opponents. As for the control scheme in general, if you haven’t played this newest version of NHL, it may seem complicated at first, but after you get used to the control scheme, NHL 08 begins to feel very natural and feels like you have more control of the players than ever before. It is worth having a few easy practise games, though, to fully get to grips as it can get very frustrating to dive straight in and struggle.”

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Luke De'ath

Bristol based Luke is a keen gamer who enjoys a good FPS or Stealth title. His Favourite game is Metal Gear Solid. Luke also loves FIFA and is a season ticket holder for Bristol Rovers FC

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