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NHL 09

Not Rentable
Also on:Xbox 360, PS2
GF Rating
8.3

1265 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
9

Excellent

Best hockey game ever

posted by JDC2k7 (HARPER WOODS, MI) Nov 17, 2008

Member since Oct 2005

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The pros:
On the graphic side not much has change in terms on player models if you rolled with the Red Wings in 09 as you did in 08 they pretty much look the same. But the checking animation on the other hand is crazy seriously when you lay a check into someone you would want to upload it on EA sports world for everyone to see it right away. The goalies saves animations have improved especially when it comes to desperation saves. And the new intro for the teams is also a nice touch even though I do miss the anthems being played before games.
Gameplay: It’s truly an experience to behold; from the first drop of the puck to the final horn you would think it was an actually game. What I like about the game is that you have to adjust to the CPU control team from shift to shift and makes you pay for playing out of position. And when you win a tough game you appreciate the win more. And be a player adds more to the game overall experience.
The Con:
I don’t have much to complain about NHL 09 other then the CPU makes it hard as heck to set up plays close to the net because the CPU knock around your guys even before they get the puck or they constantly poke checking the puck away when your guy gets it. The fight mechanics have taken a step down you can still start a fight but it takes like three punches to win or it takes like 2 punches to see your guy looking up at the rafters after he gets beat. The controls are ok you can still adjust them if you’re still not used to the default control settings but don’t expect changing lines manually.

But the few complaints still can’t overshadow the fact NHL 09 is the best sports game on the market.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Really Cool Game....

posted by MauiRocks (Lahaina, HI) Dec 20, 2008

Member since Mar 2004

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

It rocks as hard as '08 with some cooler features. Be A Pro is really fun. I also like the quick play team section, it's nice to play with so many other gamers. The biggest difference from '08 is it is just plain harder, which is more challenging. I have noticed some gamers have figured out certain "sweet" spots, where they never seem to not score. But that is what the "Exit" button is for. Really an all around great game.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Awesome

posted by skwisgaar (CRYSTAL LAKE, IL) Oct 17, 2008

Member since Dec 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is what sports games are sposed to be about.

Realistic gameplay, realistic stats and the overall feeling that your actually PLAYING the sport.

Be a pro mode is a fantastic idea. Almost puts a RPG element into a hockey game. LOVE IT!

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