Conclusion: Concept: Take last year's excellent title and build upon the victory by introducing the innovative new online and Be A Pro modes
Graphics: With bone-crunching hits, fluid skating, and acrobatic saves, NHL 09 is the most realistic-looking hockey game to date
Sound: Gary Thorne and Bill Clement are...
Summary: NHL 09 will unarguably go down as one of the greatest hockey titles, if not sports titles, ever created. EA Canada has done a fantastic job developing this vision of hockey heaven and gamers will find themselves playing it for months down the road.
Pros: Be A Pro Mode, Online hockey league, Unparalleled atmospheric values
Excerpt: NHL 2008 was a sports game that went beyond being just a hockey game. Any sports fan could play it even if s/he would have no idea about ice hockey, simply because of its user-friendly gameplay and wonderful graphics.
Pros: Excellent graphics, correct controls, Be a Pro
Summary: In NHL 09, Be a Pro mode isn't just a curious side mode, it's the only way to play. Unlike Madden's Superstar mode, where your guy tends to be either a superstar or a bit part, in NHL your AI teammates react well to your actions.
Summary: NHL 09 takes to the ice with improved Skill Stick System controls and the new Defensive Skill Stick, while adding depth and new features designed to help newcomers jump into the series, or show off your skills with the new Be A Pro mode.
Conclusion: NHL 09 succeeds because everything new that it tries works wonderfully, and everything old has been refined. The core game almost comes off as speed-chess: you know the options your opponent has and he knows the ones you have, the question is who will bite.
Excerpt: The NHL finally started recapturing fans last season, but it took the emergence of the youngest player to ever be an NHL captain, Sidney Crosby, to do it. Now that the general public has elevated the sport above poker once again, EA is hoping that fans of video game hockey will return as well.