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NHL 2K9

MobyRank MobyScore
Wii
67
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PlayStation 3
71
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Xbox 360
70
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NHL 2K9 is 2K Sports' entry into Hockey gaming for the 2008-2009 season. The game is built on the same engine that many of the previous 2K hockey games used, and features include Season, Franchise, 2-on-2 Mini Rink, 4-on-4 Pond Hockey, and Shootout modes. Season Mode allows you to take basic control over an NHL team and guide them through an entire 82-game schedule, as well as (if you're good enough) the playoffs. Franchise is like Season Mode, but much deeper. In it, you guide a team through multiple seasons of hockey, and have control of options like drafting, contract signings, free agency, and hiring staff. The 2-on-2 and 4-on4 modes allow you and a friend to hand-pick a team of players (3 or 5, depending on the mode) and face off in a wide-open, arcade-style hockey game. Shootout works exactly like a shootout in real hockey: three skaters per side alternate taking shots at the goaltender, and most goals wins. Aside from game play modes, you also have the option of creating your own player or your own team from scratch, as well as modifying the existing roster (ie make trades, edit line combination) to your taste.

NHL 2K9 is the first NHL Sports title for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii version features motion controls for shooting, passing, checking, and even fighting. There's also a new system for those who like to take control of the goaltender, which involves mimicking controller movements as they flash up on the screen in order to make saves.

The PS3 and XBOX 360 version include online play, in which you can jump into a quick game with up to 11 other players, or participate in online leagues or tournaments.

In the broadcast booth, Bob Cole and Harry Neal have been replaced by the San Jose Sharks' announcing team of Randy Hann and Drew Remenda. The game soundtrack mainly comprised of energetic rock tunes, and features the likes of The Offspring, Bad Religion, and Mastodon.

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GameLemon Wii Sep 19, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2008 8.2 out of 10 82
GameZone Xbox 360 Sep 17, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily PlayStation 3 Sep 12, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Da Gameboyz PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
Armchair Empire, The Wii Oct 27, 2008 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2008 69 out of 100 69
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Sep 18, 2008 69 out of 100 69
1UP Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2008 B- 67
Gamekult Xbox 360 Sep 16, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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