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GF Rating
8.3

2424 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

Nice looking, but....

posted by darren004 (CHARLOTTE, NC) Aug 4, 2009

Member since Nov 2008

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

I very nice looking game, but not a lot of fun.

I think I tried 80 checks in 3 games and hit on like 3 of them, got penalties on 5 and missed the other 72 completely. The movement, while realistic, is very tough to control.

I also hated that in franchise mode, you can't start with a Fantasy draft.

The be a pro game is pretty cool, but not enough fun to keep the game for more than a handful of games.

Average game that is not a lot of fun...

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Wow

posted by jbmoran77 (ODESSA, TX) Jun 23, 2009

Member since Jun 2009

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

Had a great time with this game. It is challenging, beautiful, and fun. I spent several hours playing a defenseman, several more hours as a goalie, and then tried the traditional game play. All were sensational.

Playing as a goalie may be new to the franchise (not sure, since I haven't played the game in years) but it is realistic and tough! Overcommit to a shooter, and a quick pass makes you look BAD. Positioning and quick reflexes are a requirement. And the rush you get when you're ahead by a goal and the other team is firing away on a power play is pretty sweet.

My biggest beef with previous hockey games was that a wrap-around goal from behind the net worked half the time, and little else did (again, this was years ago). This game affords several ways to score, but it's not easy. I played like 20 games as a defenseman and scored 2 goals. And when you do? Awesome feeling!

The controls are natural and very smooth, especially as a goalie. If you like sports games, this is a "must-try" I will be buying it soon.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Great improvements

posted by wild88 (ARLINGTON, TX) May 4, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

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

I rented this game and fell in love with the be a pro mode, the 1st person view is amazing along with the use of "guard puck" and "stick life" but i cant seem to understand why EA can't make a fantasy draft for the dynasty mode, i love my fantasy drafts!

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