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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

NHL 08

For the video game fanatics out there, including myself, NHL 08 is hitting stores this September. Here are some things I hope they include. For anyone wondering what system I got, I was lucky enough to snag a PS3. For those with the 360, the game is basically the same. ps2 version may be scaled down a little.

1) I want correct cap information. In NHL 07, Chara made like 1.9 million, even though he had just signed for 7.5. Almost every cap number/salary was wrong in that game.

2) Realistic trades. If I can trade Alexei Zhamnov and Brad Boyes for Sidney Crosby, something is wrong. (Try it, it works). Same goes for trading a number 1 pick for another teams 1, 2 and 3 picks. Also, let me trade more than 3 players at a time. If a team is rebuilding, they trade overpriced guys for nothing. At the deadline, teams should be able to trade picks for veterans with expiring deals.

3) Realistic injuries. Since when does a pulled muscle keep you out of the lineup for 1 month?

4) No crap "cap upgrades". Let the cap go up or down based on how your team did financially. Do something like in MLB 2k7 where your team has a "fixed cap".

5) Better free agency. No markee free agents every went on the market in NHL 07. The signings were complete BS. Nathan Dempsey asking for 1.4 million, Belfour for 4+ come on. I want to see some NTC being able to be added. I want to see some performance bonus's for older players. Players who are from a certain area are more likely to sign with the team. Being able to go into bidding wars with other teams rather than, Scott Gomez has rejected your offer and signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for the same money. Have players contact your team and say they want to play for you. Have players not want to sign with you because they have issues with other players or they want to be the number 1 guy. Things like that.

6) Better draft. Have a "Gretzky guy" every 10 years like a Crosby or Ovechkin that can change a franchise.

7) RFA's. Allow qualifying offers, be able to sign players to offer sheets. Compensation.

8) Better graphics. Obviously the next-gen systems will be better. But the ps2/Xbox version was bad IMO. The graphics of the players were alright, but it seemed arcadeish to me. The ice surface vs the player was weird. It seemed like the ice was 2 feet wide. The puck was also the size of a player head.

9) Better gameplay. The goaltending sucked in NHL 07. There seemed like the only thing you could do was skate, pass and shoot. There was no setting it up on the PP or realistic goals. The gameplay was cheesey. Much improvement needed. Everyone player seemed to be the same, whether it was a 99 rating or a 69.

10) Better controls. I hated the controls in 07, so I reverted them back to the 06 version with x to pass, o to shoot..etc.

Overall EA has a lot to do with the NHL series.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xbox 360 version dosent have as many problems as being listed

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 360 version of 07 has skating problems that are going to be fixed in 08. Other than that, the shooting is revolutionary and the graphics are blowing.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol ... mind blowing ... haha

3:08 PM  
Blogger McKeon said...

In NHL 08 there will now be a minor league system like in baseball. So, now the AHL is getting some plugs. Very smart for the NHL/AHL to finally do this. I have legit been waiting for this since 2002.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hopefully the game will be a lot better on ps3 than it was for the ps2. I was gonna buy NHL 2k7 but I might as well wait the extra few months. I heard 2k8 is going to be sick as well, but I am not familiar with the series. The 360 version is much better all around than the ps2. I was jealous of the people who got to play 07 on the 360.

8:15 PM  

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