We are just a few short weeks away from the start of the 2007/2008 NHL season, and excited hockey fans already have the opportunity to check out the newest hockey video games from EA and 2K. Last year was a truly remarkable year for hockey gaming, with two great games having come from both publishers. With this year's games, the divide between the two franchises has become a bit more notable. EA has continued to build on the momentum it began with its revolutionary new skill stick by slowing down the pace of its game, totally revamping its artificial intelligence, and adding a slew of new online modes. On the other hand, 2K has put its focus on reworking its entire control scheme and deepening its franchise mode, albeit with some mixed results.
In this video feature, GameSpot editors Alex Navarro and Brian Ekberg take you through all the key components of both NHL 08 and NHL 2K8 to give you insight into what each game does best. Which game has the best dynasty mode? The most realistic gameplay? The best presentation? All these questions and more are answered in this video as we help you decide which game is the right one for you. It's worth noting that this feature only covers the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of each game. The PlayStation 2 versions of both titles don't offer nearly as much new content as their current-gen counterparts this year, and NHL 08 is the only hockey game appearing on the PC this year.
Have you tried both games? Which do you think is better? Leave us a comment and let your opinion be heard. Also, be sure to check out the full text reviews of both games for additional information.