NHL 09

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2
...
3.6
Windows
77
3.7
PlayStation 3
87
3.7
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Description

The 2009 edition of EA Sports ice hockey simulation refreshes all of the existing NHL and international team rosters and schedules and adds the Russian Elite League and sees the the addition of the "Be A Pro"-mode in which players create a new player and only control him on the field. This mode is also available in multiplayer for up to 12 players in 6-on-6-matches in which every player on the ice is controlled by a human.

The defensive stick control has also been revamped and now allows for example to prevent direct passes. And it's possible to control both puck and stick with one hand in the offensive, allowing the player to better outplay the goalie. Of course all this complicates the already complex controls even more so that now it's possible to switch to the control scheme from NHL '94 which only needs a few buttons and one analog stick to be successful.

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NHL 09 Windows GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!
NHL 09 Windows Team selection screen.
NHL 09 Windows Three stars are highlighted after the patch ends.
NHL 09 Windows Saku Koivu gets shorthanded goal.

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User Reviews

A decent hockey game Windows Juhani Ojaniemi (124)

Critic Reviews

Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Sep 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Sep 17, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameDaily Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Windows Sep 30, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Sep 30, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 4.4 out of 5 88
4Players.de Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Console Monster Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 84 out of 100 84
gameZine (UK) Windows Oct 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

Server shutdown

Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions on 8th February 2011.

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