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  • Summary: Be A Pro: NHL 09 puts you on the ice with a dynamic new camera as you play the role of one player on a team. With pop-up feedback given on your performance as you play, you know exactly where you’re excelling and what parts of your game need improvement.
    Be A Pro starts your career off in
    the ranks of the NHL and challenges you to become one of the best in the league. Rookie Controls: Hit, pass, shoot, and score using the simplified two-button control system. Now even players new to the game can challenge the best of the best. European Leagues - Reflecting the global appeal of the sport, NHL 09 has full dynasty modes for the official Swedish, Finnish, Czech and German Leagues as well introducing, for the first time ever, a season mode for the Russian Super League. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Whoever is not immediately enthralled by the graphic of the game will at latest be as soon as he tried the 6-vs.-6-online- or the “be a pro”-mode. EA never truly manages to release a proper sequel – but NHL09 should be counted among the top-3 sports games. [Issue # 16]
  2. 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.
  3. It's still a good hockey game, but all in all it's the same game sold four years in a row anyway. While EA Sports polishes the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, it neglects the PC version, e.g. it's impossible to change the aspect ratio to 16:9 and the maximum resolution is 1280x1024. Time for 2K Sports to step in with it's NHL 2k- series. It worked for NBA 2k9.
  4. The best old engine you can get. PC players can be happy, all new game modes are present but regardless of these improvements the computer version is just a shade of the console ones. [Dec 2008]
  5. 55
    At a price of twenty-dollars this game would have been easier to recommend but at a steeper forty-dollars there's no way that people should invest in an experience that they could have gotten years ago.
  6. It's a disgrace that this crude port which wouldn't look out of place on PlayStation 2 is pushed on helpless hockey fans worldwide. [Feb 2009]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 7 out of 9
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    ignore the bad reviews, this game is good! the graphics may be a bit dated for the time but the gameplay is fun and thats what counts! the controls are pretty good too! the only annoying thing about this game is the amount of times the ref whistles you and drops the puck again just for very minor offenses. i got this game for £3 and im glad i bought it! Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2013
    Honestly, me wanting to play a REAL NHL game is what made me buy a PS3 years ago. Basically NHL 03 with new rosters, doesn't even support proper multiplayer. Expand
  3. JohnC.
    Oct 23, 2008
    Do not get this game, unless you want NHL 06 with updated rosters. It is really poor. No online matchmaking, you have to go find people's IP address before you play. Expand
  4. RadT
    Nov 5, 2008
    Another year another typical failure NHL port to PC. What is wrong with this one is are same things that have been wrong with the last seven NHL games. Brutal front end designed for controllers, not drag-and-drop for mouse keyboard. One low resolution on the menu screen. 1600x1200 max in-game resolution with no widescreen support. No mouse scroll support. Unresponsive directional controls in-game combined with over-responsive button controls.Visually a copy of NHL2006. Color Commentary was just as good in NHL 97: so no improvement. Poor create-a-player, with difficult to manipulate design and no in-game explanation for newbies of how stats affect a player. EA seems content to spend 10 minutes porting the console versions of its sports games to PC every year, so they will not get the message this is unacceptable until it hits them in the pocketbook via no sales. Since NHL09 is basically an exercise in frustration, not only is it not worth buying, it's not even worth the bandwidth to pirate it. Expand
  5. Joe
    Dec 19, 2008
    This would have been an awesome game like...10 years ago. NHL series peaked in 2001-2002 and been dropping like a rock since then. Its truly a disgrace that EA even has the balls to release this game for anything more than free, hell people who pirate the game will probably feel robbed of hard drive space. Yeah its that bad and that's putting it nicely. Another typical EA PS2 to PC port job, almost nothing new, game engine developed in the late 1980's, textures from 2001, horrible resolution support, lack of online support, overall just another turd straight out of the EA poopchute. To think we had games like oblivion setting the bar graphics wise in early 06 and crysis in late 07 and here we are late 08 getting this garbage from EA its just sickening, for a company so big, they produce games with quality so small. Expand
  6. MurdockH
    Nov 18, 2008
    If you do not own a hockey game for your PC, I would recommend NHL08 the most out of what little there is. If you can find NHL09 for a very cheap price, go for it - as long as you don't already own a hockey game for your computer. If you have ANY other hockey game, this one will be no different, no better, and the only advantage it has is the updated player rosters, which are about right for August of 2008. All graphics, gameplay, commentary, menus, EVERYTHING is the same as the past 3 or 4 years of the EA NHL franchise. As many have said, they have put VERY little time in to this, and almost no effort at all. The "be a pro" mode is a great idea, I've heard it is EXCELLENT on the X-Box and PS3, but sadly this game is NOT the same at all on the PC. My vote is that EA has completely failed their PC market. If you own previous EA hockey titles, 09 will surely disappoint you and leave you frustrated. Expand
  7. MarcosE
    Jan 3, 2010
    This game doesnt deverse a 1.... the only positive point: licensed.... nothing more.... the controls are terrible, the response even worst, doesnt have even a 16:9 resolution (NFL 08 have, one Year BEFORE) Expand

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