Rated 10 out of 10 by Icey ice Best sports game ever?
It could be, even it's not fair to the other sports, it's that close. It's more than halfway through the real NHL season, but why not a review now, after playing a season of 'be a pro' mode, and a season of dynasty mode. Wow. That said, be warned. The AI cheapness - that's in almost every video game - can be shameless. If you score a lot against the cpu, the game will take over and make your shots go over the net or off the post a lot. The cpu will also take 'dives' a lot to give them a powerplay in which they almost always score! In other words, when they need a goal, look out! This can be overcome with skills, but... Be a pro mode was a blast, I actually got called up after one minor league game in which i scored 2 goals! I did like dynasty mode more, because you have control over everything. I won the cup as the Dallas Stars, and liked the opportunity to play as your AHL affiliate if you wanted to. Practice mode, goalie mode online; hockey heaven!
Rated 10 out of 10 by gangster Great
As a very large hockey fan, and a player, i found that this was the most realistic hockey video game that i have ever played in my whole life. As a goalie, it was particularly exciting to finally get to show off my skills in the online video game form. The goaltending controls and and movements shown throughout the game are very realistic and very fluid. Other than this aspect of the game, there are far fewer glitches that may have appeared in the other games. In many of the older versions of the game, players on the ice would slide without skating and goalies would let up goals that were very, very flukey. In this game, everything seems to flow like it was a real hockey game. The players look like they are actually skating and shooting the puck. all the way down to the last detail, it seems like a real hockey game. also, the teams, jerseys, and customization that is available is out of this world. Overall, this game is brilliant for all those who enjoy hockey, or even if you dont, a person that enjoys a great old fasioned time.
Rated 9 out of 10 by USCtrojans05 Best Hockey Game... Ever
NHL 09 is a fantastic game... No questions asked. Could EA have fixed a few thing... sure. But all in all, the game is fantastic. Be a Pro mode is such an excellent idea. I started mine as a goalie and am working my way up to the NHL from the AHL. It is very in-depth by having all NHL, AHL, and lots foreign countries. 1 thing i didn't particularly like was how slow the players move. This game is definitely realistic in that players can't skate 100 mph, but i feel that they move a tad too slow. This game has less scoring and has a more realistic touch. If your a fan of arcade style hockey, this probab ly isn't the game for you. But if you like realistic games that have in-depth modes, such as online, team play, and Be a Pro, you will love it. One big thing that bothered me was the soundtrack. Every year it has gotten worse and worse. Not only do these songs suck, they have recycled them from other EA sports games like madden. But a soundtrack doesn't make a game good or bad. So all I can say is that this game rocks and it is so much better than NHL 2k9.
Rated 10 out of 10 by unkownsniper101 BEST GAME FROM NHL SO FAR!!!
this game was super. I have nhl 03 06 07 08 and 2k8 this one has outdone them all. first off i thought they wouldnt have changed anything but they did. It is an actuall challenge, just that they could have added a few more things like letting the goalies move out more. although they still outdone themself. if you are picking a new game for your ps3 xbox 360 ect and your a big nhl fan id take this over tna or wwe anyday. I find that playing in be a pro or nhl pro mode was extremly fun. in be a pro mode it wasnt just create your guy and max him out, you actually had to start from the AHL and get his stats up from winning games doing good and empressing you coach. ok i now im not that good of a writer here but take my word im real picky on video games and i loved this one. for me it came down to mercenaries 2 or nhl 09. tough dissicion eh? well id go with this if i had another chance to go back into time and repick.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Rapgame Great Game for the Hockey player
Let me start by saying this game is great in many ways. I have been a fan of the NHL franchise for years but this one really is spectacular. I had 08 last year and loved it and had to get 09. The game is very similar to the 08 version. The gameplay feels smoother and the checking and fighting are much better. What really has me excited about this game is the be a pro mode. I just started playing ice hockey this year and be a pro mode is like playing for real. Only controlling one player the entire game, managing shifts, viewing the game moving from the bench when you're not on the ice. It's as real as it gets. If you're a hockey player you will love the be a pro mode. This game has all the rest of the modes and features you would expect from EA. The graphics are great but unchanged from 08. In my opinion the be a pro mode is the reason to upgrade form 08-09. If you like realism, go for 09, you won't regret it.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Jeremy2226 Why does it take a couple years to get a real good hockey game...
I honestly thought this year that NHL 2K9 would have my vote until I played the EA version. The Be a Pro Mode was really fun to my surprise. I also can actually figure out using the skill stick and I really like it for once. The speed of the game is right there also. NHL 07 really sucked for XBOX 360, NHL 08 was an improvement but still needed some work. This engine they have now is something they can really build on. I don't know why it takes at least two years for any sports game to get really good. Madden is finally decent again, NBA is continuing to improve. I still believe in try before you buy but this game if they keep this up NHL 10 I may have to reserve because I know NHL 09 I may have to buy real soon. The graphics are crisp and the difficulty is almost equivalent to Madden's difficulty level which is on a sliding scale which I really like.
Rated 10 out of 10 by flames8889 Incredible Game
EA Sports NHL 09 builds off of NHL 08, and the improvements are remarkable. There is now a skill stick for defense as well as the ability to create a player and watch their career bloom from the minors to the pros (if you're good enough). Although the skating mechanics seem to be the same as NHL08, the Be A Pro mode really adds to the realism of the game. For example, I started out as a 3rd line Center, and when my line is not on the ice, I am sitting on the bench watching the game. My player will then jump the boards for a line change and I am now in the game. Also, you only control your created player in Be A Pro mode, so you need to know when to forecheck, when to help your defense and/or goalie, and be able to get open to accept a pass. At first, this took some time getting used to but once I got used to not controlling all the players, I really enjoyed watching my custom player get promoted to a second line Center. Also, you can save your highlight reel goals (or saves) and upload them to the PS network. I haven't done this yet since I just got the game. I highly recommend this game. It's as real as you can get to playing real ice hockey.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Jake S. EA and Hockey are a perfect match
NHL 09 is a huge step forward in the means of gameplay and features of a game. EA sports is doing a great job at bringing each person right into the games. The BE A PRO mode is an amazing feature and it will definitely keep you involved in the game for a long time. The camera angle keeps you right in the action on the ice and with the new skill stick additions you have so much control over everything your player does. The best part about this game is it is for everyone. You definitely do not need to be an avid hockey fan to play this. Actually if you're not a hockey fan, I think after you play NHL 09, you will be. NHL 09 is years ahead of its counterpart and EA only raises the bar each year. This is a must buy and I suggest you jump right into BE A PRO and get addicted, well don't get addicted but you know what I mean.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Rett Game of the Year
I am not a huge hockey fan, but this game is badass. The be-a-pro mode is the best of the EA series. Starting in the AHL and working your way up is school to see all the teams not many people know about. The authentic approach of having to be apart of a line and going on and off is cool. Its unlike any other hockey game. Don't wast your money on the 2K game. This one brings it. The hits are awesome, the slap shot and wristers are sweet. You are in full control of your player, from dekeing, to rocking someone into the boards, control the stick on defense to poke. Shooting is the best part though, you can rip some mad shots on the goalie. You can even play as the goalie, its kind of slow but its there! Online is cool playing with a whole team of actual people. This game rocks, one of the best games I have ever played.
Rated 10 out of 10 by wavyhair1 Good, Soild NHL Game
Well if your looking for a good NHL game to buy NHL 09 is it. First off the graphics are just outstanding and the animations add a more in depth personal feel to the game. New this year is Be a Pro mode which lets you create your player and guide him through the minor leagues up to the Bigs (NHL). Be a Pro mode is very in depth and you can customize your player all the way down to the color of the tape on your hockey stick! The game itself I found to be quite easy to pick up and the controls can be customized to fit your needs and style of play. For the most part I have found that I have no complaints with this game and I have had no problems with it at all. So if your a die hard hockey fan or just the causal sports gamer looking for something new, NHL 09 is the way to go.