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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.


NHL 09 Windows Players arrive at the arena.
NHL 09 Windows Anaheim Gazette newspaper.
NHL 09 Windows Replay mode.
NHL 09 Windows Face off in front of the enemy teams goal.

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A decent hockey game Windows Juhani Ojaniemi (125)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Age Xbox 360 Sep 22, 2008 A 100
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Oct 12, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
NZGamer Xbox 360 Oct 15, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 Sep, 2008 4.4 out of 5 88 Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Game Shark PlayStation 3 Oct 08, 2008 B+ 83
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Sep 25, 2008 16 out of 20 80
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Oct 06, 2008 16 out of 20 80


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Server shutdown

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