Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. A nearly flawless title; only the most cynical and jaded gamers will take issue with any of the game’s extremely minor problems.
  2. 100
    It's now been four years of exceptional releases since the introduction of the skill-stick and every year has been made steadily better, adding more and more features and refining them to such a degree that it should come as no surprise that NHL 10 is by far the best hockey game put out, a clear cut game of the year contender, and possibly the best sports game ever released.
  3. NHL 10 is EA Sports’ best hockey title yet, offering considerably improved gameplay and another hour-eating mode in Be A GM.
  4. While the franchise mode has its faults, it’s still vastly improved over last year’s offering. Coupled with the other outstanding modes and the most polished gameplay in the sports genre, NHL 10 is still more than worth the price of admission.
  5. NHL 10 is an excellent hockey game. It’s probably the best one yet.
  6. Not all of the additions make the game more fun or fair, but they're steps in the right direction towards making an already excellent sports game peerless.
  7. NHL 10 is one hell of a good hockey game. It nails playability, presentation, gameplay variety, online options, and realism. It also is one of the best local multiplayer sporting experiences available.
  8. NHL 10 continues to keep the long-running franchise a success and a delight to play. The additions to this year are certainly not as drastic as NHL 09 were, but the fine tuning does enough to make the overall product an enjoyable one.
  9. 91
    It's been great to put NHL 10 through its paces and I would love to go on and on about it, but to put it succinctly, if you thought NHL 09 was great, you'll love '10. And for the uninitiated hockey fan looking for a near-authentic experience on the ice, you can do little wrong by picking this up.
  10. Visually enticing and richly entertaining, this may be one of the best sports games of the year.
  11. All in all, NHL 10 is a lot of fun, as I can attest to the 50+ and rising hours that I've put into the game so far. People who purchased the previous year's version may want to hold off for another season for more additions to propagate in the franchise before re-upping.
  12. Obviously, this title is highly recommended for anyone buying a hockey game this autumn, but if you've never played a hockey simulation, or it's been years and years since you've bothered, I can't think of a better place to start or return than NHL 10.
  13. 90
    NHL 10 is the epitome of hockey games. Granted the changes are not as revolutionary as last year's game. What is here is the best experience a fan of the sport could ask for.
  14. While the new additions to the game vary in usefulness and value, NHL 10 achieves what some expected it couldn’t, and improves on NHL 09. However, it’s with lots of small touches, rather than revolutionary new features and modes.
  15. If you never bought NHL 09, this is indeed the best hockey simulation your money can buy. If you already bought last year's episode, you should consider if buying it or not, since differences between these two versions are just a few.
  16. The "Be a Pro" career mode is incredibly enticing. [Nov 2009, p.80]
  17. 89
    Every year a great game and this new game is a little bit better than the one from last year. It got a few new modes, better graphics, outstanding audio and very strong gameplay.
  18. 88
    NHL 10 is a very good game, but it misses big innovations. For the people who don’t own a ice-hockey game, this game is definitely worth buying. But for the people that already own NHL 09, this is only a small upgrade and not really worth the money.
  19. 87
    NHL 10 is a great hockey game, don’t get me wrong. Nothing is a bad or poor choice that even comes close to ruining the experience, but there could have been more done to expand the core gameplay and offering of modes.
  20. EA Sports is making a habit out of creating fantastic NHL titles. NHL 10 might not contain a ton of new features, but is still worth a run for sports fans.
  21. Even if there aren’t enough things that have been changed, EA did a great job and NHL10 definitely deserves this good rating!
  22. NHL 10, like its predecessors, puts the emphasis on realism instead of trying to grow its base and provides a couple of physical improvements for existing fans. That said, while the series hasn’t advanced in the last 12 months as much as it did 24 months ago, that’s only because NHL 09 was that revolutionary.
  23. The bottom line with NHL 10 is that if you have NHL 09, you don't absolutely, positively need it. But there are enough new features and little adjustments and fixes both online and off that any self-respecting hockey fan should probably still go for it. EA Sports has once again done an absolutely tremendous job of simulating shinny.
  24. NHL 10 is just about everything we expected, plus a little bit more.
  25. Our expectations for NHL 10 might have been a little high given the success of NHL 09. This unfortunately sets up NHL 10 to be a minor let down even before it has left the bench. Well, NHL 10 isn’t a let down by any means, but its also not going to be placed in the same regard as last years skater.
  26. 85
    It's a bit light on the additions and isn't recommended to those who bought 09. On the other hand, it's a solid, fun and well-presented title for fans and non-fans of the sport. [Issue#184, p.79]
  27. NHL 10 is fantastic hockey videogame that fans of the sport would do well to check out. But its biggest problem is that it really doesn't make any major changes to from last year's tried-and-true formula.
  28. 85
    NHL 10 is a great game, hampered only by a lack of anything new.
  29. NHL 10 is a great game. It's greatest problem is that NHL 09 is a great game too, and the two chapter are too similar to bring someone buying the new game. But if you can't live without a new hockey game, NHL 10 is the title you are searching for.
  30. Perhaps NHL 10 won’t deserve to be remembered as a revolutionary step in this series history, but it should definitely be considered as a self-proclaimed sovereignty over the icy hockey fields. The graphics, the gameplay, the AI, the online mode, everything has been slightly but significantly improved, resulting in the best NHL simulation out there.
  31. All told it’s a compelling package that makes NHL 10 an outstanding upgrade over NHL 09 and it’s hard to ask for much more than that from a yearly sports release.
  32. A sports game that will leave you constantly thrilled and fulfilled. [Nov 2009, p.122]
  33. This is the best part of the series so far. EA has found a winning formula for making ice hockey games. The new additions of board playing and fighting after the referees whistle makes it even more realistic.
  34. More time was spent fiddling in the control settings menu than actually getting on with the on-ice action, which speaks volumes of a title that prides itself on such an innovative system.
  35. The big shifts in the series have already come and gone. [Nov 2009, p.92]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    9
    Great game. Although it's difficult to learn with no tutorial, I almost wanted to give up. Once you get a hang of the controls with the analogGreat game. Although it's difficult to learn with no tutorial, I almost wanted to give up. Once you get a hang of the controls with the analog sticks it really works! I really felt like I was on the ice. I could almost tast the ice. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2013
    9
    Great graphics and believable hockey atmosphere. Where I mainly see room for improvement are the European leagues, which often have wrongGreat graphics and believable hockey atmosphere. Where I mainly see room for improvement are the European leagues, which often have wrong jerseys, outdated rosters etc. Full Review »
  3. FredM
    Jan 24, 2010
    10
    Amazing game. No more easy victories. Even if you lead 3 nothing after one you can't be sure you will win the game. The controls are Amazing game. No more easy victories. Even if you lead 3 nothing after one you can't be sure you will win the game. The controls are hard to master at first but the game only keeps growing on me. I think this is the best sports game I have ever played. There is a real challenge and that's what it is all about. Full Review »