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NHL 09 is simply a joy to play in any mode, and it truly shines when it comes to multiplayer, whether online or off, though lag is a bit of a problem on the PS3 version. With barely a visual hitch, exceptional presentation, engaging online, improved controls and an unmatched level of realism, there’s almost nothing to prevent a full recommendation to any fan of hockey or sports games in general. Even if you aren’t a fan of sports games, the game is so good it could turn you into one.
Regardless, I can’t really fault NHL 09 too much for its few foibles because they don’t detract from the overall experience in any measurable way. The game is a vast improvement on what was already a fantastic product in NHL 08, which is due in great part to this year’s pioneering (and addictive) modes. I had high hopes for this game, but those expectations were exceeded by leaps and bounds with the phenomenal title that EA Canada has delivered. NHL 09 is the pinnacle of hockey gaming -- and it may very well be the best sports game I’ve ever had the sublime pleasure of playing.
With NHL 09, you not only get the best hockey game but by-far the best sports game available on the market right now. The ‘Be a Pro’ mode is solid and the plethora of options make this a hard game not to play. It would have been nicer to have my player drafted instead of picking the team I played with as it would have created a more authentic experience. It is a small wish and can certainly be addressed next year if they want to.
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With the best controls in sports, an addictive Be A Pro mode, and the amazing EA Sports Hockey League, NHL 09 is the pinnacle of contemporary sports games. I hope other sports franchises take note and try to achieve greatness as well.
Compared to NHL 08, NHL 09 adds two great modes that may very well change the way you play the game both offline and online, which makes this a must buy for anyone that wanted better utilization of the team play that appeared in last year’s game. The EASHL is one of the coolest online modes to come around since league play, which is hopefully something that becomes a standard for the other sports games to adopt and make their own. There are some rough edges to work out with the new Be A Pro mode that keep it from topping the great, in-depth career mode in MLB 08: The Show, so there’s always next year. Otherwise, NHL 09 is easily in the running for the title of Best Hockey Game Ever, with some people leaning towards one of the great games of the past and others leaning towards the dearth of great modes in NHL 09.
If you are a sports fan, regardless of whether you would class yourself as a hockey fan, this is the game to play. It has the right pacing, can lure you in and brings a lot of depth and entertainment value. Congrats to EA Sports dev team – you have taken the franchise to the next level.
Dramatische Spiele mit entscheidendem Tor in den letzten zehn Sekunden der Spielzeit, packende Fights und ein motivierender Managerpart - NHL 09 bietet alles, was uns Eishockeyfans erfreut. Das Spiel ist von vorne bis hinten eine absolut runde Sache, was auch schon die fast an den Haaren herbeigezogenen Contra-Punkte verdeutlichen. Seit den 2D-Klassikern von NHL Hockey hatte ich nicht mehr so viel Spaß mit einer Eishockeysimulation, die nebenbei noch richtig schön umfangreich ist und mit vielen netten Boni zu punkten vermag, die den Titel weit weg von dem ansonsten jährlichen lieblosen Vollpreisupdate für Sportspiele ansiedelt. NHL 09 ist jeden Euro wert, also ab aufs Eis. Neben Top Spin 3 sicherlich das bisher beste Sportspiel des Jahres!
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While small tweaks have been made to the skating, it’s still feels a little floaty. Unfortunately, this is most noticeable in the game’s otherwise awesome online segment – which is so fun that it outshines the old glory days of multiplayer hockey. This is no small statement. But since this is the best hockey game I’ve ever played, it’s only fitting.
NHL 09 isn’t just a great hockey game, it’s one of the best sports games to be released in the last decade. It takes the right analog stick controls first pioneered in last year’s game and pushes them forward ever so slightly while pouring on features that everyone from newbies to diehards will appreciate. The only question remaining is how they’ll follow this sports game of the year contender once next season rolls around.
NHL 09 is an immaculate sports experience, combining what worked so well last year with unbeatable new modes Even non-fans should lace up their skates and hit the ice.
NHL 09 will unarguably go down as one of the greatest hockey titles, if not sports titles, ever created. EA Canada has done a fantastic job developing this vision of hockey heaven and gamers will find themselves playing it for months down the road.
If you even have a passing interest in hockey, you owe it to yourself to play NHL 09. EA has raised the bar yet again for its hockey franchise with engaging gameplay, excellent presentation, and enough game modes to tide you over until Christmas. Move over Blades of Steel, NHL 09 has earned its place among the greatest sports games of all time.
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.
NHL 09 is as real of a hockey game as it can get. It looks great, sounds good (if repetitive), plays great and has an amazing set of features. Some occasional AI issues, a mostly untouched franchise mode, and some online lag issues drag the game away from pure hockey perfection. It still stands well above the competition, and if you've ever enjoyed a hockey game in the past or have wanted to play one, NHL 09 is your best bet for hockey fun this year, hands down.
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With its beautiful presentation, broadcast-like feel, smooth control scheme, and innovative new online functions, NHL 09 is not only the best hockey title on the market, it may very well be the best of all-time. Simply, it seems that while EA has perfected their brand of hockey simulation, 2K is still trying to figure things out, and NHL 09 is simply too big of an entity to compete with. The key now is for EA to fix up some of the framerate issues while not tinkering with too many gameplay mechanics to top their accomplishments in 2010.
If you are not an online gamer, NHL 09 is a bit more difficult to blindly recommend. It’s a lot like last year’s game despite some of the new features – it has many of the same faults. It’s fun and addictive, but it’s also not close to authentic hockey so it depends on how much of a stickler for fundamental realism you are – will the ridiculously precise passes and lack of penalties bother you? Still, online gamers or those who want to take the plunge into the world of online sports gaming – this is about as good as it gets.
2K Sports' NHL 2K9 is not a bad game, especially if you'd rather get out there and play than spend time learning button combos. But even with its few warts, NHL 09 is simply too big, too adventurous, too pretty, and too danged consuming to be considered anything other than the best hockey videogame ever produced.
Ett redan snyggt spel har blivit ännu snyggare, kontrollen är minst lika följsam som tidigare och det allmänna intrycket är att poleringen av NHL-serien närmar sig fulländning.
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.
Si l'on doit opter pour une simulation de hockey, NHL 09 est un titre de premier choix. La concurrence n'est certes pas très féroce mais le savoir-faire des équipes d'EA Sports rejaillit parfaitement à travers le mode Deviens Pro et un jeu en ligne ultra complet. Le gameplay, bien qu'encore perfectible, est à la fois accessible et grisant, ce qui suffit à faire pencher la balance en faveur du jeu d'EA.
A l'instar de NHL 08, NHL 09 répond à toutes les exigences des amateurs de hockey sur glace. Cette année, c'est le mode "Be A Pro" qui constitue l'ajout majeur du titre. Pour être complet, on ajoutera que le gameplay se veut toujours affûté, avec notamment un skill stick au sommet de sa forme qui permet désormais de placer quelques gestes défensifs autoritaires, et que le jeu en ligne s’est considérablement renforcé avec les matches en 6 vs. 6 vraiment prenants. Bref, NHL 09 peut continuer à patiner pépère.
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It’s almost a perfect game. Severe online connection bugs and freezing problems hamper the experience enough that we can’t give it a full five out of five. Things like putting one player into an empty lobby during matchmaking and the unpredictable nature of the game locking up seemingly at random should have been fixed before launch, especially since these are some of the same bugs that occurred in last year’s game. Despite these issues, NHL 09 is still the most definitive hockey video game to date. There are so many fun modes on the disc, the skill stick is still the best way to play hockey (though there is a three-button NHL 94 classic scheme for the uninitiated), and the gameplay is still rock solid. Even if you’re only a passing hockey fan, you should still play this game.
For the players who aren’t scared away by NHL 09’s realistic difficulty, they're whole seasons ahead for training custom characters and learning the stingy A.I.. There are goals to make, wins to be won. If it’s hockey you’re looking for, get ready to lose a few teeth and go tough it out already.
Le résultat est de toute évidence maîtrisé, d'autant plus qu'il est possible de gérer manuellement les changements de ligne pour éviter de végéter sur le banc en attendant le signal du coach. Cette option trouve évidemment tout son sens une fois en ligne, avec des affrontements à six contre six, et la possibilité de former des équipes accueillant jusqu'à cinquante membres ; pour les meilleurs, l'éditeur a même prévu d'organiser des play-offs en ligne et de récompenser les rois des stats. Pas la peine d'épiloguer, NHL 09 est plus que jamais la référence du genre.