Rated 10 out of 10 by ozzman101 NO SHARK HEAD!!!
First off I loved hockey for a little more than 10 years and the be a pro mode is putting me right in the game. Starting from a minor league team and moving up to an NHL team. The game is challenging at first but it took me a day or so to get comfortable. After that period it just gets easier and easier. The graphics are really good except one thing when you have been playing for a while the ice never gets scratched. The ice is if the zamboni has just refreshed it. It would be nice if the ice wore down just a little but it doesn't. Other than that the graphics are awesome. I live in the North bay in Calif. And I am a hardcore sharks fan. When I first played the sharks vs the ducks I noticed that when the players are coming from the locker room to the ice they just enter the ice. NO SHARK HEAD. I would be so much happier if the players could enter through the head. Other than that everything is great. I really enjoyed playing this game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Michael Kozick NHL 09 Simply Put is Outstanding
The 2009 installment of NHL Franchise is an amazing game in almost all aspects. Lets start with the newer features that will grab you and keep you hooked. The new Be a Pro Mode is outstanding you only play your line and your position the coach grades on every aspect of your play style while on the ice. You also increase you stats and attributes play playing well. Your start of in the AHL and work your way to the NHL. Some of the other exciting features include club creation where you control your player online with your online team of friends or whoever. The Controls and visuals are improved from last years especially the defensive skill stick this year. Along with the one handed dekes and protect the puck features. They have also added another 5-6 world hockey leagues to play as. Btw for the guy that said the Lowell devils are horrible I'm 5-1-0 your just bad. Overall NHL is a must by this year pick it up you wont regret it.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Zim9354 Best Hockey Game Ever Made
This is by far the best hockey game ever made graphics are great and the new view of when u come out onto the ice is awesome especially in be a pro where u can see your created player skate out onto the ice as the lights hit him and music is blaring and the crowd is going nuts no other game gives u that feeling.You can also save highlights and replays like in madden 09 which is a welcome addition especially when u deke and make a goalie look stupid now you can show that off to your friends and the protect a puck feature is great by pressing a button you can dangle the puck behind you then deke around the goalie for the sweetest goal ever seen and there are so many possibilities when it comes to scoring this year and the checking is amazing its what u would see in real life if you hit a man into the boards the boards shake the crowd goes crazy and he goes down painfully to the ice. SO WHAT R U WAITING FOR GO BUY NHL 09 NOW!!!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Zikro Amazing
The demo is absolutely stunning with even better graphics than before (can you say best graphics ever?) and a great deal of new features that takes gameplay to the next level in excitement and challenge. The last review obviously has no clue what he is talking about as EA does have an online franchise system where you make your own team, invite anyone you want to be on it, and play against other user made teams for the online cup (the EA league). New and better animations make the game funner to watch and play and the new fighting system makes starting fights worth it. Include the awesome new hit system, which adds a new level of challenge to the game as you can't just lock in and home onto a player, you actually have to skate up next to them and then you can level them out in hundreds of manners. Add in the Be a Pro mode with it's 3rd person camera and you got yourself quite possibly, the greatest sports game.
Rated 0 out of 10 I am quakers for this game!
This game is going to be the best sports game yet! I think it's going to make Madden and NCAA look like garbage I mean have seen some of the goalie animations, they are just perfect. Although I haven't heard about the sound yet I am sure that it won't disappoint but, I mean it's made by EA and hopefully they'll do almost as good as they did in Battlefield: Bad Company. I am glad that in be a pro and online people are going to finally be forced to use the rest of the team and not just boost to the other end, shoot the puck and get the rebound anymore. I told my friend about this game and he has saved his money up for a while so he was about to get the three sixty but he got the ps3 instead because online was free and he was looking forward to the online modes. When I go online I hope I pass for a good goalie. I think it's cool that you can get prizes if you or your team is really good. I wonder what they are?
Rated 10 out of 10 by hcanes06 Great Hockey Game
One of the best hockey games I have ever played. They just keep getting better every year. The Madden development team needs to learn from the NHL Team on what new features are, and how to make a fresh game every year. They didn't just re-coat the ice in this one. The be a pro mode is awesome, if you're not the athletic type this your chance to fulfill that dream of being a professional hockey player. It shows your player in the tunnel just before they skate out onto the ice. You even get a view from the bench and the penalty box. You can also play the goalie in this years edition. You are evaluated on your performance after each game and you can move up from the AHL to the NHL if you perform well enough. Or you can just start out as an NHL player. The skill stick controls are still the best especially with the new defensive skills added. You can even upload your videos to EA Sports World to show off your skills. Presentation is top notch, another thing that could be taught to the Madden team. The game is fun to play and very addicting. Another great effort by the NHL development team.
Rated 1 out of 10 by King Clusk So Over-rated
I'll get right to it. NHL 09 is one of the worst video games, if not the worst game ever made. Honestly, it is that bad. I don't know how anybody can recommend this to someone or play it. Its not fun at all, you can only score the same way every time. Glitch goaling? Wow...goalies, terrible, CPU D, terrible. It just isn't fun at all, its all the same goals every time. Penatly calls are bad too. Online, its the same stuff. Everybody 'glitch' goals and passes across since that's the only way you can score. It seems like when they made this game they didn't even bother to fix the bugs in it. Pucks slide under goalies so easily, and they are always off the post on wrap-arounds. I played NHL 98 the other day on PS1, and its better than this game. I and my friends have been playing that at my house instead of NHL 09 online. This game is bad, so bad. Worst game I've ever bought.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Funnyguy1985 NHL 09 Is THE SPORTS GAME
I picked up my copy of NHL 09 last night and WOW! It is as good as they've said it will be. Graphics are awesome as per usual. The controls have changed a little, but the new Defensive stick has made the game that much harder for the offense to score. I love the Be A Pro Mode, I haven't stopped to play anything else since playing this mode. It makes you understand the game and the position so much better, and i love the addition of the "position arrow" that tells you where to be. This game is better than last year, and last year's game was incredible! This will win many sports awards and gaming awards! Only downfall of this game is the Main Menu area, I sometimes get lost in it trying to find a certain activity, but when you get more stuff put into a game, the more options there will be. THIS IS A MUST BUY FOR ANY HOCKEY FAN! MUST BUY!
Rated 0 out of 10 by Travis Cox They deliver again!
EA sports delivered again in NHL 2009 with a new mode Be A Pro. I just got done playing it like 13 times and came to the conclusion that no other hockey game is like this. You feel like your really a part of the team instead of controlling every player and act like more of a coach, your just one guy. At first i thought this would be stupid, i thought all the CPU's are gonna suck they wont pass good, and ill have to score all by myself. But it turns out that the CPU's are really responsive and actually score on there own. I actually saw one cpu PROTECT PASS to get into the slot then 1 timed it to a guy at the hash marks. I was blown away. the report card thing actually works to. The more teamwork passing,shooting,defending. The better grade you get. And don't even get me started on the MMO leagues. I could talk forever, See you on the ice!
Rated 10 out of 10 by SneakWarrior Here is help with dirty disc message
Just a heads up — the dirty disc message is due to the xbox 360 and not the disc. All you have to do is empty the cache memory. Go to last tab and click on memory. Press Y for device options: Then press: x, x, LB, RB, x, x, and this clears your cache. You will have no more problems and the game will play perfect! Have fun! This game rocks! As for a review - I just have to say that Be A Pro is an amazing option, and is the first time I actually think I want to play the game itself, instead of just online. The checking system, so far, as I am still getting use to it, is ok... Why ok you may ask? I fell the board checking is not as good as last year, due to the checking system being all about pushing your stick forward with both hands. This could be premature, and I will take this statement back in a few days. Otherwise - I love it!