I've got NHL '08 for the PS2, and I do like it however I'm going to assume that the PS3 edition is much better? The PS2 seems to be, just as 07 was, an update of NHL '06 with some modified controls. I'm waiting for a really good, new game engine is built. Nothing wrong with this one but it's a bit buggy and does not work well with the new rules imo. Penalties being called are often extremely frusterating because the cpu will hook and slash all the time with few calls, perhaps getting called on 1of 6 or 7 possible calls. I on the other hand get called for at least 1 of every 2 times I try to hook, which is usually a result of the frusteration of being hooked to death by the cpu.
Anyways, I still like the game and think it is better then 07, which was terrible for the PS2. PS3 I hear it was great, but the PS2 edition suffered. Some problems I've found with 08 so far:
First off, same with 07, but the font of the menus is so small it causes eye strain even on the 48" widescreen I play on. telling the difference between an OD and DD is nearly impossible. Major pet peeve.
The League Emails still have the same large gap format as they did in 07.They list 10 players in the injury update for instance, then there's about a 20 line gap, followed by the next 10 players, and so on.
In Dynasty mode, I can't call up any players from the Moose. I was pumped because I heard there was AHL, but you can't access them from your dynasty... Would be nice to be able to call up Edler and Bourdon when I get injuries.
Once again, as with 07, it seems the animations during the pre-game, between plays, after goals, penalties, etc are all the exact same animations from NHL 06. That to me just looks lazy. Exactly the same, 3 years in a row?
Hero factor I think is too strong in the last 2 min. It's often that I'll have a 2 or 3 goals scored between each team in the last 2 min when Hero really kicks it up. I know guys play big when it counts but lets not make them superhuman. Perhaps they could limit this to rivalry games and playoff games? I'm not sure.
last so far, is Trading. I would love it if the teams would let you know what they are looking for and what they want, somewhat along the lines of NBA 07's trading system, which I think is very good. The "Trading Block" is nice but could be used more effectivly. IE you can't see what position each player plays, so unless I recognize the name I have to look through the team player list anyways. Also perhaps being able to utilize the trade block by bing able to select it on it's own and browse through who is available? Again just am idea.
I don't mean to sound negative by pointing out all the flaws, it is a great game, the battling for the puck and such has really improved, as has the skating. I've just played every year of EA NHL games wince about 96, and have always wanted to abaility to give feedback, because I play the game to death. Every year, I can't help it, even when people tell me 2K sports is a better game.... EA's got me. Might have something to do with a buddy who has the EA hook up, but still.
Anyways, thanks for giving me the chance to vent some of my pet-peeves! If you want I'll post more ideas and/or problems I notice while playing if thats of any help.