Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  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]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 7 out of 9
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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! Full Review »