Summary: After dominating videogame hockey for many years, the 2K series has seen a bit of a down turn lately. A lack of real changes from year to year and some amazingly strong competition will do that to even the best series.
Conclusion: At least a portion of a sports game’s mettle is determined off of the ice. In the NHL 2K franchise’s case, the recent highlight has been the online leagues and the lowlight, the drab presentation.
Summary: Anyone who follows sports is by now familiar with the idea of a top round draft pick who is the scion of a professional sports family (Manning, Hull, etc.) that prior to proving himself is just a prospect with a high talent ceiling and a famous last name.
Conclusion: Not the worst hockey game but definitely not the best. I felt a little skimped when I was playing the franchise mode and felt they were replaced with other lesser modes. The zamboni mini-game was an excellent addition and having at least updated rosters was nice.
Conclusion: The stick handling portion of the game is great,
though it can be a struggle at times trying to
make an abrupt turn using the turbo button; but
fortunately, NHL 2K9 stabilizes it by having a
good grip in terms of maneuvering the puck; you
don’t lose the puck simply because of a tiny hip
Summary: Serious hockey fans should definitely go with “NHL ’09”, but if you’re a casual player or new to the genre of hockey games, do yourself a favor and pick this game up.
Pros: -Obviously upgraded visuals., -Accurate team and player roster., -Plenty of modes to delve into., -Online mode is typically lag-free and intense., -Soundtrack is very awesome for fans of the genres., -Extremely newbie friendly.
Cons: -Spectators need some improvement., -Hit detection is far too over-the-top., -Serious hockey fans probably wont enjoy this as much as “NHL ’09”.
Excerpt: NHL 2K9 Developer: Visual Concepts Publisher: 2K Sports Genre: Sports – Hockey Release Date: 09/11/2008 If there’s one thing I’ve learned since the re-launch of this very site, it’s that a lot of the writers on the staff love their NHL hockey.
Conclusion: Visually I was somewhat unimpressed by this year’s outing in NHL 2K9. I just didn’t see a lot to of improvements. Sure the character models are good, and the beards make a big presence in this year’s game, but the feel of hockey just doesn’t feel all there.