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8.1 out of 10

NHL 09

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Overall 9
9.2

EA Skates Away With The Stanley Cup

Game Informer
22 September 2009
  • 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 the best commentators in pixelated sports Playability: The skill stick combined with new defensive tools give veteran players more control than ever Entertainment: With three...
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Overall 9
9.0

NHL 09 Review

PlayStation Universe
8 April 2009
  • 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
  • Cons: Some minor camera issues
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Overall 9
9.4
Gameplay 10
9.5
Graphics 10
9.8
Sound 9
9.1

Expert Review

EGC GAMES
24 March 2009
  • 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. NHL 2009 takes the 2008 version a step further without losing any of its positive aspects. Extra controls have been added, that add to the realism factor and make the game more entertaining and fair.
  • Pros: Excellent graphics, correct controls, Be a Pro
  • Cons: More sound effects could have been added
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Overall 9
8.9
Gameplay 1
0.9
Graphics 1
0.8
Sound 1
0.8
Versatility 1
0.9
Funfactor 1
0.9

NHL 09 (PS3) Review

411mania.com
24 January 2009
  • Summary: NHL 08 was considered by many to be the best sports game in years, and NHL 09 is that much better. The Be a Pro mode is incredible, and the controls are still the best ever in a hockey game. If it wasn’t for the inconsistent framerate and the average graphics on the player models NHL 09 would be near perfect, and is something that I hope will be fixed for the next NHL game *I still think NHL 10 sounds weird*.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

Game Informer
20 January 2009
  • 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. Take the puck to the net as a defensemen and a winger will cover on D for you. Dance behind the net with the puck and guys fight to get open for a pass. This allows you a good measure of freedom.
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Overall 9
9.0

NHL 09

Evergeek
17 October 2008
  • Excerpt: It would seem you only need to hit EA over the head with a 2 x 4 five or six times before it realizes a better hockey game. Then, like a bonus, it realizes the best.
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Overall 9
9.0

NHL 09

Evergeek
17 October 2008
  • Excerpt: It would seem you only need to hit EA over the head with a 2 x 4 five or six times before it realizes a better hockey game. Then, like a bonus, it realizes the best.
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Overall 9
8.9

PS3/X360/PC Review - 'NHL 09'

WorthPlaying
30 September 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

NHL 09

Saving Progress
28 September 2008
  • 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. It’s these tense moments, the risk-versus-reward aspects handled in fractions of a second, which truly propel NHL 09 past other sports games.
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Overall 9
9.3
Design 9
9.4
Gameplay 10
9.5

NHL 09

GameTrailers
17 September 2008
  • 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. The good news for the publisher is that anyone who picks up NHL 09 is not going to be disappointed.
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