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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
To be perfectly honest, when I first saw this game at Best Buy I was quite excited - I've been an addict of NHL2K10 for the last year and liked the Wii's play controls, but was always annoyed with how stiff it felt. To see a game with an actual hockey stick seemed perfect.

Then I went home and read the reviews from different gaming site - and everyone gave it solid marks (B-A-) but constantly mentioned that it wasn't for hardcore gamers - that scoring 7+ goals was common and that things weren't realistic enough. Disappointed, I checked it off my "things I want for Christmas" list.

Then, ironically, my wife gave it to me as a present - she saw how much I loved the 2K10 game - so I put on tentative smile and thanked her. I was hoping, if anything, that since Slapshot was more arcade like, we could actually play it together unlike 2K10 which is a bit complex at times.

I popped the disc in later that night and started playing the PeeWee to Pro mode (where you create your own player and start off as a little dude in the outside rinks and have to move your way up through the leagues). The arcadeness came out right away - checking and shooting was definitely fun - just move the stick as you would instinctively - but the scores were often double digits and checking sent the little guys flying across the ice. I must say my wife found it adorable to see lil baby Kane and Toews running around the ice - it has a cute factor to it.

So I upped the difficulty level to "superstar" - and now the game became very intense to play - quite competitive and fun - yet still double digit scores. It was like playing NBA Jam but for hockey.

However, then I came to see where so many reviewer went wrong. It's the core difference of actually playing a game for an extended period of time or just going for an extended "test drive".

After playing for a week, I finished the season (actually in 5th place) and my player had good enough stats to move to the next league. Now the players were a little bigger - teenagers playing in outdoor rinks - and things were a little tougher. Checks didn't send people flying across the ice - players actually kept their balance and you couldn't just push them around. Scores were still in the 4-9 goal range, but it had a completely different, and more challenging feel.

Now I've made it through that age level, and my player recently got drafted into the CHL (Canadian Hockey League). I'm from Chicago and honestly know nothing about it - but it appears to have all the real teams and stadiums. Let me tell you - it's a whole new league! First, the whole concept of playing your role on the team comes into play - in the peewee and teenage league, you just dominate the ice, go anywhere you want, and have the players pass it to. In the CHL - it's a full 6v6 and as a RW I need to play my position. This isn't a game where you control whoever has the puck - you just control your player. Try to take the puck the length of the ice and score? Forget it - you'll have two guys double team you and lose the puck 9/10 times. Try to not play defense? No hope of winning - your unmarked guy will put it in. Want to go check crazy? Well penalties now exist - so if you get called for tripping, YOU go into the penalty box and can do nothing but scream at the TV while your goalie gets pounded during the opposing team's powerplay. It's absolutely fantastic.

Plus - at the CHL there are announcers calling the game - and you can set it to use a name of a pro player similar to yours. So when you get the puck, score, etc, you actually hear "your" name being called. Let me tell you - I could get used to it.

Finally - the scores? Tight matches with usually less than 5 goals a game. I've had countless 2-3 or 2-1 games. It's completely realistic.

All in all - I honestly was in the playoff in my NHL2K10 game when my wife game me Slapshot - and I haven't put 2K10 back in my Wii since. Between the graphics, gameplay (having an actual stick), realism, personalization, etc - Slapshot is 50 times better than the 2K franchise. Unless you really care about contracts and trades and etc - go with Slapshot - the game is one of the best on the Wii to date.

PROS:
-Starts arcade style - evolves to realistic sim in pro leagues
-Peewee to Pro Game Mode well developed and immersive
-Peewee mode SUPER friendly for family fun; Easy controls
-Pro level involves playing your position
-Pro level penalty means your actually have to sit in the penalty box
-Pro level includes customized player name announcing
-Hockey stick play control better than any wii-remote + nunchuck setup

CONS:
-No online multiplayer
-Hockey stick control has a learning curve for advanced levels
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2010
NHL Slapshot is a great hockey experience on the Wii. Definitely more of an arcade experience than a simulation like the regular NHL series, Slapshot still offers a great combination of fun and skill and it gets you moving and involved with your hockey video game experience. Checking is the funnest part in the whole thing as it really feels substantial on the screen. Each hit feels huge and hits with guys that actually are big hitters, feels even better. Goal scoring is fun and you can still make some pretty great plays. The game feels great and is easy to play right off the bat (or stick as it may be...) my only complaint is that EA Sports didn't put out any additional hockey sticks to purchase on the release day of the game. but i won't bother putting a lower score for the game just because the company didn't fully understand that the game is best played with the hockey stick...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
NHL Slapshot is a good game that brings hockey to your living room. I was impressed with responsiveness of the hockey stick when using wrist shots, backhands or slapshots. I even found myself lowering my shoulder to get around defenders in traffic.

It definitely translated hockey well to the Wii and have no complaints so far. I would give this a higher mark, but have yet to get too far into a season and Pee Wee to Pros mode.

If you're looking for a more realistic hockey game, this may not be for you. But control wise it's tons of fun and does make you feel like you are part of the game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2010
I enjoy hockey, but I'm not a stickler for a comprehensive GM mode like in baseball games. This game is a lot of fun, is challenging on the hardest skill levels, and peewee to pro is a unique game experience. The arenas are generic except for the logos on the ice. The player faces are generic, but the names are real. Commentary is average. Main thing is this game is a lot of fun and a challenge. If you're ok without the hardcore details of a hockey simulation then this game is definitely a must have.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
NHL Slapshot is a great game whereby you can play pee wee, AHL, CHL & NHL. You can play mini games from a full NHL Season to playoffs. Everyone who has tried the game, however, has found that game play is best using the Wii remote & Nunchuk - so I would certainly try the hockey stick as a controller before you purchase any additional sticks. This game has quickly become one of the family's favorite games on the Wii that everyone enjoys! You can play pee wee, bantam to the pros that includes slapshot games, mini games and you can play a whole NHL Season to the Playoffs. The only reason why I gave it a 4 star is that there could be improvements with the goalie control and there needs to be more variety from the announcers as the lines can become monotonous. You will certainly not be disappointed if you buy this game as it is a fun game for all ages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
NHL Slapshot is a well-made game, though it has some bare-bones moments. The peewee to pro mode is very engaging while you are playing, but there really isnt anything to do outside of just playing hockey games. The regular game-play modes are excellent and really feel like an updated version of the classic EA NHL games of old (94,95). There's an elegance in a lot of the simplicity of the game, but at times it is also a downfall as well. Things like manual line changes are missing, but if you can look past that, the run and gun, heavy-hitting gameplay is addictive. The stick peripheral actually works very well, and really does make the game truly immersive. It is easy to get lost in the moment and really explode with excitement when you score a goal. Graphically it is maybe the sharpest looking sports game for Wii, with the exception of the tiger woods series perhaps. They went with the same concept as the madden series for wii, having standard body types and a more arcade-based graphical style, but it is sharp and gorgeous. The roster update took forever to finally come but it is great now that its here. I can imagine how fun the multiplayer is, tho i've yet to really get to try it. Did i mention it has AHL and CHL teams?

Anyway, this game does a few things for me. First, it throws me back to a day when games were simpler and ultimately more enjoyable. Second, it provides a great challenge on high difficulties. Third, it really immerses me into the games to the point where i probably look like an idiot taunting the tv after i score a big goal. And lastly, it looks pretty slick while doing everything. Great game that is definitely worth the pick-up, though moreso if you aren't turned off by a lack of realism or an OCD amount of gameplay options.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
I was scared of the price tag on this game at first, but man is it a lot of fun. I believe this is far superior to the NHL 2K series -- makes you laugh a lot more, too, on the bone-crunching hip checks. If you are a complete realist, you might not like the exaggerated checking in this game, but most of us probably prefer to lose a little realism in order to crush our opponents.

I'm not sure why some people have had difficulties using the stick; it seemed pretty intuitive to me. I don't think there is any way to force a backhand shot, but it does shoot that way sometimes -- perhaps when using the deek move. I actually like using my Wii hunting rifles more than the hockey stick (the orange rifles that come bundled with Deer Drive). Just hold a rifle like you would the stick; the controllers are in the same positions.

There are a couple of bugs in the commentary (it tends to say Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) scored when Kris Draper (Detroit) scores), but nothing that's any big deal. The play-by-play commentary adds a lot of color to the game.

This game is as much fun to watch as most games are to play.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
I have only played this a few times myself, but it is a huge hit with my sons - probably their favorite Wii game from Christmas. They really prefer the way this game works compared to EA Sports 2009 hockey game. The 'hockey stick' that it comes with seems to be a nice feature, but it isn't needed. We have three boys who can play at the same times (the game can handle up to 4 players), and only one is using the hockey stick. The other are fine with the regular controller-nunchuck combination.

One of the neat features is that in addition to all the NHL and world pro teams, you can also select from AHL and even junior hockey teams. It is a hoot for my boys to play on the local CHL junior hockey team in our town. You can also select from youth player modes (Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams) in a neat outdoor rink atmosphere. The only thing missing are the NCAA teams, but I guess you have to buy a different game for that.

All in all, a really fun and well made game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
I have been playing EA's NHL series since the Super Nintendo days, in fact they are about the only games I play on my consoles. Ever since I bought a Wii, I have been waiting for a good hockey game to come out on it. I was very disappointed with the 2K sports releases, and was looking forward to EA to come out with a release since I knew they would do it right. Now that NHL Slapshot has come out, I can say that I am very pleased. This game is incredibly fun to play. The controls take some initial getting-used-to, but once you are it is very fun. I'll admit, this isn't the most realistic hockey game, you'll still have to go to NHL 11 to find that. This game has more of an arcade feel to it, but I found that to be pretty enjoyable. I am sure that there are some people who will find something to complain about in this game, but I love it. Overall, I think it is a great game and I would highly recommend it to any hockey fan with a Wii.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
Everything was absolutely perfect! I couldn't have asked for more! :) I was extremely pleased, as I am with all of my purchases from Amazon.
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