Summary: The sports games for all the platforms are a total scam - you can only get roster updates until the release of the new game, requiring you to purchase the new game for $60+ rather than simply update a perfectly good game for a nominal charge. So I purchased NHL '08 a couple of months ago for less than $2.00, and it has served me well.
Summary: NHL 2K8 looked as though the 2K Hockey series had finally turned the corner in next video hockey. The graphics were much improved over 2K7.The franchise mode is deep. The goalie animations and AI are the best a hockey game had ever seen. Plus there was the ability to upload sliders and rosters online for fellow users to download. Yet for all the game did so right, there was enough wrong with it that kept it from being great.
Summary: At the time this game achieved something for me that no other PS3 game had previosly. It was actually addictive and made me come back for more. Fighting off waves is more of a trail and error puzzle than I would like but there is still alot of satisfaction to be gained from roasting hoards of insects and finding the key to beating a map. It is on the challenging side of things and at times incredible frustrating.
Summary: this game did not receive the greatest reviews because of the control scheme, but if you give it time to learn it, it is well worth it. Compared to 2k10 and 2k11, the AI is starting to feel aged but the natural feel and realistic variety in the gameplay makes this game incredibly fun to play. Ever goal is so different from the next and no game ever feels the same as the previous game.
Summary: Great game! I love playing NHL hockey more than any other sports game, and I'm not really into hockey! That's how fun it is to fight for the puck, and score, or fight for the puck and smash a guy against the wall, which is somewhat tough to time right on EA games versus 2k games. Still I prefer this EA version over 2k's. It's fun, easy to pick up and play, and you can change the controls to classic or the default which uses the sticks and trigger buttons more.
Summary: I am very happy with this game. I am a former hockey player, and very picky about realism. The movements of the players, the action of the puck and the boards, rules, sounds, the plays, the AI of the computer controlled players, everything.
Summary: 2009 NHL is still $40+. For $20, the 2008 version is a very nice choice. There's always a learning curve with these games. Buy the older version now and master it, before considering the 2009 version. So far, this is the game I constantly play with son on the PS3. Definitely would recommend it.
Summary: Absurdly difficult, frustrating game. Strategy is strictly trial-and-error, and when you find a tactic that works the next wave will be custom designed to destroy your towers, making you have to start all over again. At 17 waves, its not challenging, it's just sadistic. This could have been a fun game if not for the awful balancing and poor play testing. Save your money.