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- Defensive Skill Stick - NHL 08 gave you true offensive prowess with the Skill Stick, and this year, you have the power to stop it. Block passing lanes with 360 control of your stick or kill an opponent's one timer game by lifting their stick just before they receive a pass
- Be A Pro - A dynamic 3rd person camera puts you in the role of one player on a team. The Performance Tracker will rate your play in over 50 categories, to make sure you know what parts of your game need to improve. Start your career off in the ranks of the AHL and become one of the best in the NHL. Your very own hockey card will mark your progress, from your rookie beginnings to a potentially legendary ending
- Create-A-Play Breakouts - create a winning strategy in both online and offline play. Make breakout plays from your own zone or set up behind your net and tell your right winger to look for the flip dump from the defenseman
- NHL 94 Controls - Hit, pass, shoot, and score using the simplified two-button control system featured in NHL 94. So even if you're new to the game, you can challenge the best of the best
- One-handed Dekes - When you are skating in on a breakaway, tap the puck to one hand and tuck the puck behind a sprawling goalie for the ultimate finish
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Ok, that being said, I didn't write the title because I prefer Hockey over Football...I wrote it because EA Canada has truly added a boat-load of features and innovations to this game, rather than take the route that EA Tiburon has taken year in and year out, and recycle last year's game.
I have been playing NHL games since the dawn of time...or at least since the first NHL game was released way back in the day.
Yes, of course I LOVED NHL '94. I loved it so much, I still wish I could play it...I've been hoping EA would make it an unlockable game in this year's version...but no such luck.
Anyway, by the time NHL '07 came out, I was starting to get frustrated by the NHL games. The controls were getting more complicated, the games were becoming less arcadey, and slower, and I just found myself losing interest and hope that the perfect Hockey game would EVER appear.
NHL '08 I know restored most peoples' hope in the series, but I wasn't convinced. I just couldn't get the dual analog stick handling down.
Then...the demo for NHL '09 came out.
I was skeptical at first, but the demo forces you to go through a series of tests of skill with the stick handling before it lets you play a game.
This was BRILLIANT on EA Canada's part.
By the third time through the tutorial, I felt comfortable enough with the controls to try the Be A Pro mode.
I went out and pre-ordered the game the same day.
BE A PRO mode is what I've been waiting all my Hockey-loving life for.
It's Hockey with RPG elements.Read more ›
I heard some good things said about NHL 09 and yet the first thing I thought to myself was "Great, an EA NHL title for an odd year, not a good sign." (I gave EA's NHL 07 2 stars and didn't review NHL 05 because I thought it was terrible!)
The short version of this review: This game gave me everything I could have ever asked for and more.
The long version:
I sat down and went over my options and I couldn't believe the DEPTH of the game. EA has always included the NHL, the SM-Liiga, the Elitserien, and the DEL. Two years ago they included the Czech Extraliga and last year they included the AHL. This year... The Kontinental Hockey League and all of it's teams make their EA debut! Way to go EA for pulling off such a coup!
And that's just for starters.
The controllers have three options: The NHL 09 settings that are complex but diverse, the "classic" settings that make the controls a bit easier without losing all the functions, or the NHL 94 controller settings where you pass/select your player with A and shoot/check with B, just like playing it back in the day (though the disadvantage is losing the ability to change your lines manually, instigate a fight, etc.) Even controlling the goalies is cool because you can set their positioning and have them prepare to make saves in the butterfly, blocker, or glove. Pretty nifty if I say so myself.Read more ›
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Game is a lot of fun but beware. The computer cheats. It's hard to beat the game computer. Good luck.Published 11 months ago by James Halvorson
This is good. I really love the game because it can contain fights. I really know that the game is in good working condition.Published on January 27, 2014 by Cory Machkovich
Boy would i like to have a decent hockey game. Would someone besides EA please make a hockey game? It doesn't even need to have NHL teams, just well-done hockey. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Chewd