Excerpt: NHL 2K9 is on the Nintendo Wii thanks to 2K Sports. This is one impressive hockey video game with a couple of minor issues. Those two issues are fighting ( a lot of hockey games like to include that ), and the lyrics to a lot of the music. Thankfully that music can be turned off in a couple of different ways. The use of the Wii Remote to play NHL 2K9 is one of the aspects of this game that makes it so impressive.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a near-authentic pro hockey simulation, right down to the violent hits and fighting. Engaging in brawls is handled randomly, therefore isn't as easy to execute. Also, you're always punished by a 5-minute penalty. With the Wii controls, you'll actually use a punching motion with the remote to fight. The game for PS3 and Xbox 360 is playable online , a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for kids under age 12.
Conclusion: NHL 2K9 isn’t a bad game, but it doesn’t manage to stand out either. EA has done a fantastic job with their sports franchises on the Wii, providing fully fleshed-out experiences while taking advantage of the Wii’s capabilities and providing all the features that you’d expect from the game on another more “hardcore” console. Sadly, 2K Sports doesn’t seem to be taking the same approach to the Wii, and NHL 2K9 has a churned-out, back-for-more-next-year kind of feel.
Excerpt: With a copy of NHL 2K9 loaded up into my Wii console it was time to take a closer look at the first hockey game to come Nintendo’s innovative machine. This title includes all of the classic hockey gameplay you would expect from a sports title and some features that may interest a variety of players. From the 33 trophies you can earn throughout the game by completing certain tasks to the hockey trivia for the trivia connoisseur, this game has a lot to offer.
Conclusion: those thirsty man in the desert situations where a glass of water, even if it's kind of brown, will be consumed gladly. Besides featuring the standard Quick Game, Season, and Franchise modes, NHL 2K9 also features, Shootout, Mini-Rink (2-on-2) and Pond Hockey modes that provide an arcade experience when you just want to fool around.
Excerpt: I’ve come to understand there are gamers who have no interest in hockey as a sport but love hockey video games. I am not one of these people because I love hockey. Despite living in an area of Ohio where talk of hockey is still followed up with, “Aren’t they all on strike?” there is no other sport I’d rather be watching. This is why I was so tremendously looking forward to NHL 2K9 for the Wii and why it also left me somewhat disappointed.
Pros: Solid hockey action. Intuitive controls. Fun fighting system.
Summary: Time travel just became possible, at least for hockey fans. Toss NHL 2K9 into any console system and you'll immediately feel transported back to 2006, which seems to have been the last year that any significant improvements were made to this hockey series. This so-so look at the Canadian national pastime actually turns away from realism to embrace a more old-time arcade-hockey feel with streamlined controls and single-minded AI.
Pros: Wii Nunchuk control does a great job of simulating real skating, Challenging on the ice, if not particularly smart or realistic
Cons: Awkward passing and shooting with the Wii Remote, AI problems and some cheap scoring, Visuals are in need of a serious overhaul, Play-by-play commentary is repetitive and the soundtrack spectacularly grating
Conclusion: It's really not a bad setup though, even if I generally sucked with it. I simply think the many different actions that can be done in hockey translated to greater complexity on Wii, when it feels more streamlined elsewhere. It begs me to believe that an All-Play approach like EA has done with their sports releases could be the best way to go.