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NHL 09 by Electronic Arts




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  • Mild Violence
NHL 09 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 32.
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  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Category: Sports
  • Players:1-4 Players

Product Details:

12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards Winner: Sports Game of the Year Welcome to the future of sports video gaming with NHL 09. With all-new Be A Pro mode, step onto the ice and play an entire career as yourself through a dynamic camera angle in two compelling game modes. As a single player, earn your own hockey card as you progress from the AHL to the NHL, or be the first to play the first true console sports massive multiplayer online game, allowing you to assemble a team with up to 50 friends in the new EA SPORTS Hockey League. Playing with 11 live players online or storming the ice on your own, evolve your game and have a legendary career with NHL 09.


  • All Eyes Are on You - Be a Pro by creating a player for an entire career. Earn trophies and your very own hockey card as your coach rates you in 60 categories. Play well or you might get traded.
  • EA SPORTS Hockey League - Throw your newly created player online, join a team with up to 50 friends, and become one of the first to experience massive multiplayer online play in a console sports video game. Featuring live six vs. six team play, become the first great name in online hockey.
  • Check Hard and Fight - An all-new physics-based checking and fighting engine brings a whole new level of intensity to the game. Catch players with their head down and lay them out like never before.
  • New Defensive Skill Stick - NHL® 08 provided true offensive prowess with the Skill Stick - now you have the power to stop it. Block passing lanes with 360° control of your stick or disrupt an opponent's one-timer by lifting their stick just before they receive a pass.
  • Light the Lamp in Spectacular Fashion - A new weapon has been added to your offensive arsenal - the one-handed deke. During breakaways or in open ice, tap the puck to one hand then tuck it behind a sprawling goalie for the ultimate finish.
  • Get Everyone in the Game - Shoot, pass, and score using a simplified two-button control system from the glory days of NHL 94. With the addition of the Czech, German, and Russian leagues, everyone around the globe can enjoy the fastest sport on earth.


Game Details

Content Download
Co-op Mode
1-4 Players
Number of Online Players
2-12 Players
Number of Players
1-4 Players
In-game Dolby Digital
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool and strange hockey game It is a good game for hockey fans or sports fan. great gameplay and graphics are good. I like the old controls from nhl 04. I don't like the new controls. The strange thing of the game is there is a girl named Sabrina Ladha and she is goalkeeper and she is 99 ovr
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome First off I don't know what to say about this game other than....GREAT! If you're a big fan of legend mode in The NCAA Football...Then this is the game for you...Be a pro mode actually puts you in the game of your created character...Yeah you have to start on the ahl first and then work your way up but hey what fun is it if you just start out in the nhl ya know? As for the graphics...The best I have seen yet. as for the dynasty mode I can't really tell you about it because I'm not a really big fan of it. But I have played a regular game of the hockey and it's actually not that bad. I haven't experienced any glitches with this game other than probably some calls for penalties that where not there but who cares right? So all in all...This is the best hockey game I have played yet.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Really Good Hockey Game I'll start off by saying I am not a huge hockey fan. However, this is one of the best sports games I have ever played. I felt obligated to write this review after the bad reviews I have seen others write. Pro's - The dekes are really fun, and you can learn new moves to try every day This is really fun to play with 2 people, especially when you get good with two people (you'll see what I mean) Amazing Graphics. The online play is great, I can't get enough of it. Con's - I find slap shots very rarely go in, unless they are deflected off of a player standing by the net. The fighting is really bad, and you have to initiate it they don't just happen. Checking/hitting is the same button as shooting/one timer's, resulting in a ton of interference penalties There are too many interference penalties, especially when you try to get a rebound and tap the shot in. The "be a pro" mode is not good at all. You literally sit on the bench with your player during line changes and can't do anything, its really not fun, do not buy the game for the be a pro mode I have not experienced any serious glitches (sometimes passes do actually seem as if they go through people, but not often). I have played over 100 games online and there are no big glitches. Honestly, if you have live, this game is 100 percent worth it, and it will be a ton of fun. It is one of the best hockey games I ever played, but it still has it's downfalls. Even if you don't have live, I would absolutely recommend this game to anyone. Don't let the few downfalls turn you away 9.2/10
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NHL minus the rules, with the cheat! First off, I love NHL, but by far this is the most ridiculous game I have ever played. Not only does this NHL game not follow NHL rules, it allows people to cheat the game by scoring certain goals over and over again. Pros: -Graphics are great! I feel like I'm really watching NHL hockey! -The controls are great but I find myself controlling the guy stuck behind the net when I need to stop a goal. I think they need to fix how to select the player. -The game has everything for hours and hours of game play.Cons: -Doesn't even follow NHL rules. 1. Penalties go straight to the opposing teams zone, this does not happen. How can one simple rule not change, especially since it isn't something that special. 2. The hooking/ lifting stick is crazy. You rarely get a penalty and it doesn't hurt for people just to hit the A button constantly throughout the game. Probably one of the worst features in this game. 3. Finally, the cheap goals are probably worse then ever before. You have to play manual goalie to have a chance to stop them with your goalie. The player just wraps around and then you end up with a slap shot and a goal.I would recommend this game without online play, because when you get online its a constant battle finding a game that someone doesn't cheat or use the features of this game to ruin NHL game play. If I wanted to play a hard hitting cheap shot game, I would go pick up NHL hits.This game is probably the only hockey game for years to come and we're stuck with it, but hopefully somebody can pick up an NHL rule book next time they program this game.
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best NHL game on Xbox 360 I've been a hockey fan all my life. I've enjoyed the EA hockey series since NHL 93 on the PC. I have NHL 07 for the PC. The game play has gotten too easy for me and there wasn't much more I could crank up on the game to make it more challenging. In NHL 09 for the Xbox 360, there are many levels of skill to set: Rookie, Pro, All Star, and Superstar. I'm finding the Pro with a slight reduction in particular settings to be challenging but enjoyable for me - so there's plenty more challenge left ahead for me! The game has the expected user profiles, season/career mode, GM mode, on-line play, and with an Internet connection, updated rosters. The Be a Pro modes are new and a great change of pace. You can do much more than create a player and stick him in a lineup. You can actually be that player where you do not have control over the team, line-ups, etc. and really feel like you're playing hockey as you. You can tweak all the typical features and then start out in the AHL. Play well and you are moved up into higher lines, play bad and you get demoted. You can eventually get called up to the pros and you keep going from there. The gameplay has improved with the ability to control the forecheck styles (like 1-2-2 or 2-1-2, etc.) and using your stick to block passes and lift other players' sticks. The fighting is still something to be desired but I'd much rather have the gameplay be better than the fighting! Register the game and you get access to the third jerseys. If you like playing hockey, then this is definitely the game for you. Plenty to do, much to tweak to keep it challenging, and the game play keeps getting closer to the real thing.
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!! I just got an xbox 360 and i wanted a hockey game and i was going to get nhl 08 around june. Im hapy i waited out to get nhl 09 because it is the best game i have ever played. Even though if you play on beginer you can score as easley as you want it has a great online and you can chose from a bunch of game types. I especially love the online team play because it can go six on six and i love being the goalie and it has really easy controls so anyone can be goalie. But be careful becasue they put a girl in it who is a 98 overall for make a wish foundation and she can screw up your be a pro or dynasty. But if you get the game you have to make sure to do be a pro. Its the best gameplay ever and i can play it all day. Im in my second year and i won every award i could with the wing. Get the game
Date published: 2008-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than Last Year This game is a great game for hockey fans and people new to the Nhl franchise. The game features a new Be a Pro mode which is cool at first, but gets a little boring after a while. The thing to look at that is different from last year's game is the realism of the gameplay. It may still not be perfect, but the gameplay has greatly improved providing an unparalleled to an other sports game on the market. The online play has also greatly improved with the new cool EA Sports Hockey League and is worth trying. Only cons I would give this game is yes again the gameplay isn't perfect and the dynasty mode is still pretty weak compared to other sports games made be EA, however it is a great game to buy and can provide hours of fun whether you are a hockey fan of not and is arguably the best sports game out there.
Date published: 2008-11-26
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