In tales of far away, frozen lands like Canada, there is legend of a sport played by monsters. Ruthless beasts that scathe on razor sharp blades of death and do battle with clubs. A game where they battle for control of the immortal puck and attempt to get into their opponent's goal. Epic individual battles would break out where two opponents would battle to the death. Now, only if NHL 08
was actually half as interesting. I honestly mean no disservice to the avid fans of the game, but that is exactly what you would have to be to get into this specific title. I was there for Blades of Steel
, and just like every sport game today, there has been a long and arduous growth from a hockey-like game to a true sport simulator. But truth be told, you do alienate people from learning about the game.
One thing that the game has going for it is that it is actually very pretty to look at. The animations and timing are very tight and show the result of a job well done. I have seen supposed next-gen titles that don't have the graphical polish. There the usually graphical clips that we have come to expect and are accustomed to. We will see this in every title that they use their current engine on, but by far there are fewer noticeable instances here than in other EA examples.
Sticking with their new universal front end, you will have the opportunity to listen to several new age musical selections. Now I have yet to figure out exactly how long people sit in the front end waiting to play that they would need so many choices for menu music, but hey it's there for you.