Excerpt: I was very pleased to see a reviewable copy of NHL Slapshot arrive from Electronic Arts (EA). I was not so pleased to try and figure out how to put the stick together. After a few attempts I got it together. I proceeded from there to put the game into the Family Friendly Gaming Wii, and get going.
Excerpt: I had the chance to head to EA Canada last week to get a head start on my time with EA Sports first NHL title on the Wii called NHL Slapshot. After seeing this game at E3 in June of this year, it was a title that intrigued me given that EA Sports was finally bringing NHL to Nintendo’s home console.
Conclusion: NHL Slapshot is not meant to replace your copy of NHL 11, but rather act as an arcade counterpart that the younger generation of gamers should enjoy, or people like me who suck at every sports game imaginable, can actually pick up and play.
Excerpt: It's only sometimes the case, but a peripheral really can enhance the gaming experience. In the case of EA's NHL Slapshot for the Wii, the enhancement is so amazing, EA will upsell you another one.
Summary: NHL Slapshot is a game of simple pleasures. True to its nature, it works best when you indulge in the satisfaction of swinging a stick at a puck and hearing the clack and swoosh as it hits the net. Slapshot has less to offer for those looking for pleasures that require a little more consideration.
Pros: Peripheral is a pleasant surprise, Terrifically animated, PeeWee to Pro Mode is absorbing
Cons: Gestures just replace button presses, Gets repetitive quickly, Presentation obscures the motion controls
Summary: Take your best shot at this unique Wii hockey game.
Pros: The Wii hockey stick peripheral works great and doesn't feel gimmicky; fast-paced arcade take on hockey is perfect for the target audience; great graphics and music; simply a whole lot of fun to play.
Cons: Not as deep or fully featured as the HD version of NHL 11; not all of the control mechanics work as intended; no online multiplayer; no fighting; play by play is generic and repetitive.