Excellent, authentic pro hockey sim includes brawls.
Common Sense Media
1 April 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of professional hockey. With that, of course, comes some physical play such as checking players into boards or even starting brawls. When a fight occurs, the camera shifts into a first-person perspective, making it feel more immersive. However, the game doesn't show blood. The game is also playable online with open chat, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
Summary: In terms of new options, this year’s NHL game is a bit lighter than past efforts. The biggest addition is the “Be A GM” mode, which expands greatly on the default Franchise mode of games past. You have an option of starting either from the entry draft or the beginning of the regular season, which is a nice touch, especially if you’re taking a weak team that’s drafting high.
Summary: The video game that changed the game of hockey is changing again. The new pinning system is sweet because it allows you to forecheck effectively without throwing the game’s offense/defense balance out of whack. The new Be A GM mode is welcome, and its pacing is quicker than Be A Pro mode, even if it asks you to make trades you don’t want to just for the GM points.
Excerpt: The end of summer in Canada should be simply known as Hockey season as that is where most of our attention is focused. Training camps have begun to open all over North America with great expectation and fanfare, although the fandom is somewhat subdued in the non-hockey markets. I look forward to this time of year as Canada’s game begins to ramp up toward the ultimate goal in sports, the Stanley Cup.
Conclusion: This is still the best NHL game on the market, but one that seems to be running out of ideas. It is still a hell of a lot of fun, especially if you can get a full club of people up and running online. For those that have yet to sample an NHL title or skipped last year's, then this should be an essential purchase. For the rest of us it may well be a rental at best.