Estimated Achievement Difficulty: 6/10 (Plus Beating Tough Competition)
Offline: 16 (525)
Online: 10 (475) These are now un-obtainable since the server for this game has been closed.
Estimated Time to 1000: 35+ Hours (Depending on Beating Tough Competition)
Minimum Number of Playthroughs Needed: 1 Franchise season, 1 Tournament
Missable Achievements: 0
Do cheat codes disable Achievements?: No Cheats
Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes
Glitchy Achievements: None
Unobtainable Achievements: 10 (Online server is now closed)
Additional Equipment Required: 2 controllers, multiple Xbox Live Gold memberships

Introduction:
Sports games, one of the more popular game types out there, have a reputation for being either a ridiculously easy 1000, or a ridiculously hard 1000. NHL 08, unfortunately, is the latter. With requirements like beating someone ranked in the Top 50 on the leaderboard, scoring on a penalty shot and scoring with your goalie, this game is a difficult 1000 even with boosting. But, this road map should help make things a bit easier.

Step One: Online play
This game has been out for a while and the servers are still up and reasonably active, but that is not likely to last. If you are concerned about it, do this step first. Playing 50 games is likely to take the longest out of any achievement, but any game counts as long as it goes a certain length (5 minutes into the game). Most of the achievements are likely to pop naturally over the course of the 50 games if you play them to completion, so you don’t really need to boost anything except for "Playing as a Team". If you feel the need to boost, or get "Online All the Time" without some of the achievements, you can always find a partner in the achievement trading thread. A boosting partner may be required for "Shootout King", too, since that game mode is quite dead, and you probably will need a boosting partner for "Fun for All". You can even unlock some of the offline achievements online according to some people, so you may get lucky and find a few more popping than you thought. 375 for you.

Step Two: Dynasty Play

Simulation is your friend here. Many of the offline achievements can be gained by simulating the entire season. Start by creating a goalie, a skater and a team (Charlestown Chiefs for me) and playing a game with them in Play Now. Make sure you make the team as dominant as possible, since you are going to need to do some tricky things with it. Take good players and cheap rookie phenoms to help minimize the need to work around the salary cap. Now start up a Dynasty with the created team and adjust the lines so that every line has the same players on it, making the "Goalie’s Nightmare" achievement easy. You will need to simulate each game individually, otherwise the assistant coach will start changing lines on you. Hopefully, your team is strong enough to win the President’s Trophy and net you the achievement (reload your Dynasty if they don’t) and then use the sim/save (save after a win, load after a loss) method to win the first five games of the playoffs. Another 225 down.

Step Three: "Tournament Champs"
Easily done by sim/saving through the International Tournament as a good team (Canada or Russia). Easy 50 right there.

Step Four: Play Now
All of the difficulty specific achievements can be done with two controllers. It is far easier to have a friend help you locally, but it isn’t required. Most of the achievements are pretty easy if you are using two controllers, aside from "Penalty Shot Hero" and maybe "He Shoots, He Scores!". A very thorough guide to "Penalty Shot Hero" can be found here, otherwise, refer to the achievement guide below for info on specific achievements.

Step Five: "Beating Tough Competition"
This achievement ranks up there with Online with 1000 people in terms of ridiculous sports achievements. It is made worse by the fact that an achievement clan claimed most of the spots in the top 50 a while back and are not likely to give it up. There are 3 methods to getting this achievement. The first being “be a god of NHL 08.” Since that is not realistic for most people, we will discuss the two that are.

You can always try asking someone in the Top 50 to meet you and throw a game to you, but that is not the wisest move. I have heard of people getting ripped off sending points codes to the potential opponent, only to have communications blocked.

Finally, you can create your own Top 50 account. It will involve creating a lot of Gold accounts to transfer the starting 500 points that an account receives into one powerful account. The full method can be found here.

Conclusion:
While the servers are still up, you can get 800 from NHL 08, pretty easily. The rest will require boosting or a tremendous amount of luck. That being said, playing the game is quite enjoyable, and you may regret not trying to get some of the achievements naturally, but it is a long slog to 1000 for most people.

Thanks to MrBonelly for the Penalty Shot guide and Myermian for the Top 50 guide

 

[x360a would like to thank Capn Doug for this Road Map]

NHL 08 Achievement Guide

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There are 26 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Record 25 shots in 1 period of play on Superstar Mode

    Change the game settings to Superstar difficulty, set the periods to 10 minutes, then every time you cross the blue line, fire a puck in. The shot only counts if it hits the goalie or the post, anything wide or high will not count so try to be accurate.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Score a goal when 2 men down on Pro Mode.

    Start up a game with a difficulty setting of Pro using any team vs the Tampa Bay Lightning (they have the worst starting goalie, statistically). Once the game starts slash 2 people quickly to draw 2 quick penalties, then once you are on the Penalty Kill, try to score using whatever methods you are most comfortable with. Longer periods = longer penalty kills so if you are having trouble, increase the length of the periods.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Score a goal in the last minute of play on Superstar Mode

    Start up a game with the difficulty set to Superstar, then pick any 2 teams you want and play through the game. Once the 3rd period rolls around, wait until the last minute of regulation, then try to score. Keeping the score 1-0 or 2-0 and giving them the puck in your end with 1:30 left in the game will most likely have a result of them pulling their goalie, giving you an empty net.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Beat an NHL® team with an AHL® team on Superstar Mode

    Start a game with a difficulty of Superstar, then select your team from any of the AHL teams (Hershey and Syracuse are 2 of the top teams), then choose your opponent as any NHL team you think you can beat. Keep the periods short to increase your chances of winning small, or make them longer if you cannot score on them and need more time.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Beat an NHL® team with an Elite League team on Superstar Mode

    Set up a game with a difficulty of Superstar, then select your team from any of the "Elitserien" teams (Linkoping HC and Modo are 2 of the top teams), then choose your opponent as any NHL team you tihnk you can beat. Same with the AHL upset, where you try to win by keeping the periods shorter if you can score and want to hold them off, or longer if you ned more time to score.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Score a goal on the penalty shot in Pro Mode

    Set up a game with a difficulty of Pro, then try to get a breakaway and get hauled down on it to create a penalty shot. then you must score on the shot. To be considered a penalty shot, you must have a breakaway where you are past their last defender and you should be at least further in the zone than the top of the circles. 2 controllers work for this, so have your friend slash you after you wind up for slapshot. Then have your friend move out of the goal, easy goal for you.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Play an entire game in Superstar Mode without getting a penalty

    Set up a game on Superstar difficulty, then change the time to 5 minutes (the shortest you can) and once you get the puck, just sit behind your net so until the chase you down. OR you can just ice the puck every time you touch it. This will take longer but will almost guarantee you no penalties.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Score a goal with the Goalie on Superstar Mode

    Start a game on Superstar difficulty with any teams you want. Get the puck with your goalie, then pass it to the other team. Now with your second controller, pull the your goalie and skate the puck down the ice to your net. When you are directly in line with the net, tap the RB button to lob pass the puck into the net. Since the goalie from Controller 1's team was the last to touch the puck, it is a goal scored by the goalie, achievement unlocked!

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Earn all 3 stars in Superstar Mode

    Start a game on Superstar difficulty, then play all the way through trying to score as much as possible, getting as many assists as possible, and a shutout. Then your goalie should get a star for a shutout and the 2 other players should get stars for their points. OR just sit behind your net again and take a few shots during the game. This method works but may take a few tries.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile use a Created Team in a Play Now game

    Go to My NHL 08, then Creation zone and then create a player ( or team), then choose either player or goalie. Customize your player, then once you are done put him on any team of your choice. Then go to Play Now and choose the team he is on, or choose the team you created. Play a game on any difficulty to unlock this achievement.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile use a Created Skater in a Play Now game

     

    See: Create a Team

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile use a Created Goalie in a Play Now game

     

    See: Create a Team

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Score 70 Goals with one player in Dynasty Mode

    Start a dynasty on any difficulty with any team you want, then just turn line changes off so your favorite player is out there 100% of the time. Then score 70 goals throughout the season. OR simulate the first month. After the first month, look at your stats to see who is in front on your team with the most goals scored. Then us the Win/Save method only simulate each game individually. If your player scores, save the game and move to the next one. If he does not, then exit the dynasty and load it back up. Keep in mind that there are 82 games and you only need 70 goals, so you can have 12 games where he doesn't score at all. This is fairly simple but if you are struggling try Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Win 5 games in a row in the Playoffs in Dynasty Mode

    Again in your dynasty, make it to the playoffs then win 5 games in a row. Play them out to ensure you win 5 straight, or use the win/save method to get to 5 straight wins.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile have your Team finish the regular season with the best overall record

    This achievement is for winning the President's Trophy (finishing the season with the most amount of points/best record if there's a tie). Simulate a dynasty or play through one on any difficulty, and make sure you win most of your games to amass the most amount of pts. You should shoot for 115 points per season ( 2 pts for a win, 1 for overtime loss, 0 for regulation loss). Using the Win/Save method works well here too.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Win the EA Sports World Tournament

    Go to Game Modes, EA Sports World Tournament, then choose any settings you want for difficulty and time, etc. Either simulate through it using the win/save method, or just play through the tournament and win it to unlock this achievement.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Be on the winning team in an Online Team Play game

     

    Go to xbox live, select quick ranked team game, and win the game. OR go to the lobby for team games with a few friends, challenge each other 2 v 2, then trade off wins.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As NHL® 08 Lead Profile win an Online Ranked VS. Game with a friend on the same Xbox 360 console

     

    Sign in a friend on your Xbox, then play a quick ranked match and try to win. OR sign in a second controller on your Xbox, then meet a friend in any lobby, challenge him, and then have him quit after the first few minutes to give you the win, then vice versa.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Win an Online Ranked Versus Game in Overtime

     

    Play a quick ranked match, keep it tied through regulation, then win during the Overtime period, before the shootout. Having a friend help you makes this much easier.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Win an Online Ranked Versus Game in Shootout Overtime

     

    Again play a quick ranked match and keep it tied through regulation, but this time keep it tied through overtime as well. Once it's in the shootout, just win. Having a friend helps too. Have him move out of the goal to let you score, then have him skate behind the goal line to end his shooting chance.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Score a Shorthanded Goal in an Online Ranked Versus Game

     

    In a ranked match, slash someone to go on the Penalty kill. Once on the penalty kill, try to score. Having a friend helps with this too. Just make sure to score when you are on the Penalty Kill, NOT the Power Play.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Record 40 shots or more on goal in an Online Ranked Versus Game

     

    This is fairly straight forward. Play a ranked match online and get 40 shots on net. Every time you cross the Blue line, fire the puck on net keeping in mind that missing high and wide does not count. You have all 3 periods to get 40 shots so that is 13 shots per period. Having a friend help also works. Just get your 40 shots really quick, then let him get his.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Record a shutout in an Online Ranked Versus Game

     

    Again in a ranked match, keep the opposing team from scoring. You will get this eventually if you play religiously, or you can meet a friend in a lobby, then once the puck drops, one of you stand there in place and let the periods run out. This way will unlock the achievement for both of you.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Play 25 Online Ranked Shootout Games

     

    Go to Xbox live, then select quick ranked shootout. Play this 25 times quickly to unlock this achievement. It does not matter if you win or lose, just that you finish the shootout.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Play 50 Online Ranked Versus Games

     

    Again in ranked versus play, just play 50 times to unlock this achievement. Playing the game religiously will unlock this, or you can meet a friend in a lobby, then alternate quitting every other game until you hit 50 played. This does not matter if you win or lose.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

  • As the lead NHL® 08 Profile Beat an opponent ranked Online in the Top 50

     

    This is another ludicrous achievement thanks to EA Sports. Unless you owned this game right off the bat, or you are amazing at life, you will struggle with this achievement. The only way to get this is to beat an opponent ranked in the Top 50 on the EA NHL 08 leaderboards. You can invite someone to play a ranked game by selecting their name from the leaderboards and sending an invite. If you are lucky enough to find someone in the Top 50, see if they would be willing to throw a game to help you out. Other than that, this may be another lost achievement as most people will be unwilling to give up their Top 50 status.

    EDIT: All achievements can be done with a second controller and with sliders and rules adjustments.

    Note: This is now un-obtainable since the server for this game have been closed.

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