It's time to take to the ice again for this years ice hockey offering from EA: NHL 08. Where in previous years EA has attempted to hark back to the glory days of the mid 90s and its early arcade flair, this time the company has gone for as close a simulation of true NHL as it can. Hockey aficionados will find an improved AI in the game that will make opponents much smarter. In offence, it will spread the defence and charge rebounds. In defence it will block passing lanes and clear the puck. In other words, if your style of play is to break down the ice and hope for a break, you're in for a shock. Don't worry though: you haven't just been left against a superior AI with no way to counteract it. There's a new create-a-play mode that allows players to establish up to 70 plays in advance, so you'll know exactly what your team mates are about to do and play accordingly. Another new addition is Goalie mode, which puts you in the net for the entire game, looking out from behind his mask. Goaltending's hard work, however, and if it gets too much, you can switch out of it at any time to get back out onto the rink.