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That being said NHL 09 is the best of the franchise to date and is one of the best sporting games to play either versus the AI or one on one with friends, plus with the addition of online play things can only get better (especially once they figure out the problems and fix them). Be A Pro adds the final sugary frosted coating to an already great game and even if you don't know the game of ice hockey or the NHL there is a longevity to the game that just makes it a worthwhile purchase.
With everything that's packed into NHL 09 we wonder where EA are going to go with NHL 10, there's certainly room for improvement in the way things play out on the ice, elsewhere though it's hard to see what they're going to cram in to sell the game next year. For now though we're more than happy with what's being offered this time round. Despite the pick up and play control system NHL 09 really remains one that fans of the sport are going to get the most out of and as a result they can stick an extra point on the score below. For those of us who are just passing observers though, it remains a delightfully playable game of Ice Hockey that can now be enjoyed by all.