NHL 2K10 PlayStation 3

Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
Buy On
  1. 73
    A nice new part in the franchise. NHL 10 of Electronic Arts is a lot better, but this game is also pretty good fun.
  2. Too many times, it just feels as if you don’t have total control over what’s going on during a match, and the AI is questionable.
  3. The package as a whole isn’t as polished and deep as NHL 10, but its accessibility and fun factor certainly counts for something. It looks great too, and with online modes that extend the challenge and lifespan of the game, NHL 2K10 has come as close as its ever done to matching EA’s game.
  4. NHL 2K10 talks a good game with it’s brilliant TV-style presentation and is almost every bit as comprehensive as its competitor, but when it comes down to the clutch, 2K can’t quite seem to ‘squeeze it’ where it really counts.
  5. Play UK
    70
    Perfectly decent. [Issue#186, p.80]
  6. NHL 2K10 may be a shallow, straightforward arcade hockey game, but it isn't without its charms.
  7. In conclusion, NHL 2K10 is a big improvement from 2K9. 2K is still well behind EA at this point in generating an all around deep sim, but next year I'm hoping for a much closer matchup.
  8. It's hard to recommend a game when there is a clearly superior alternative on the market that does everything so wonderfully. NHL 2K10 isn't bad and it is poised to make a run at the EA franchise sooner rather than later. But for this year, unless you are completely adverse to anything other than a quick arcade hockey fix, NHL 10 is the game to get.
  9. 68
    While it does bring some good things to the table, NHL 2K10 unfortunately stumbles on the most important aspects of a good hockey game. Sluggish game speed, unreliable controls, and bland game modes leave the game several steps behind its competition.
  10. 67
    NHL 2K10 isn’t a bad effort, it just feels like the development team spent most of their time on the graphics and forgot about adding a worthwhile game mode.
  11. NHL 2K10 is just above sufficiency. In spite of Visual Concepts’ experience, it still lags behind NHL 10, especially as far as the online mode is concerned. There are some animation glitches too, affecting the overall gaming experience.
  12. 65
    Are you fond of hockey and do you want to play a match once in a while? Then NHL 2K10 is a good title for you. But if you're looking for a more serious game, EA's NHL 10 will be a better choice.
  13. 63
    NHL 2K10 isn't a bad game, but lacks depth. The Franchise Mode isn't developed well enough and it all feels a bit too arcade-ish, which probably wasn't 2K Sports' goal. Slow action on the ice degrades the sense of speed. Graphically it looks good, but the gameplay needs work. Luckily, the online and offline multiplayer helps it a bit.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    [Christmas 2009, p.107]
  15. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    60
    Arcade ice-hockey game with obsolete graphics and controls is open to newcomers. Don’t expect real hockey this is a pure arcade where you shoot... and you scores! [Issue#186]
  16. With its various bugs, issues with physics and AI, and lackluster visuals, it would be hard to recommend the game as a bargain title, much less a full priced game.
  17. With unresponsive skating and stickhandling skills, NHL 2K10 is a troubled hockey prospect. With so many red flags, we recommend passing this prospect over.
  18. 2K Sports and Visual Concepts seem to be stuck in the last generation of hockey games and the game doesn’t stand a chance against EA Sports NHL10. It seems that Visual Concept know that they can’t compete with EA Sports and developing something halfheartedly instead of building something new and exciting from the ground.
  19. 50
    There is still a better product for consumers to pick up this year, and this is not it.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. XIIIKsenz
    Sep 16, 2009
    8
    I will attempt to review the game without referencing other reviewers. I have played about 5 30 minute games since picking the game up on I will attempt to review the game without referencing other reviewers. I have played about 5 30 minute games since picking the game up on 15-SEP-09. Gameplay: 8.5 Graphics: 9 The players look very good and move just as well AI (with default sliders): 8.5 They play as real hockey players do, positioning themselves where they should and even covering for an out of position teammate. Controls: 8 ( allowing for the fact that they are configurable) The only issue I can state i have is occasionally a slapshot will not go off as soon as I wish. Although from what I can tell this may be due to different player rankings. A number of reviewers complain about the style of controls. This is a very subjective aspect of any game. But I will go into what I like about the controls. First and foremost I enjoy the fact that I can use a style of control that suits my style of play and my youngest daughter can do the same. I use Pro controls and the right stick. My daughter uses the lowest settings and buttons to shoot. I love the stick control both with and without the puck. With the above noted delay that occurs occasional when taking a slapshot. I LOVE the fact that the speedburst remains, regardless of what anyone would like to think, hockey players do occasionally change up speeds. The fact that I can also decide when to turn around and skate backwards is also a plus. Too many times when being turned around in other games, I did not want to turn at that point. So overall I have thoroughly enjoyed the game so far. No game stopping bugs like in NHL 2k9 and I hope none surface. Will be giving online a try this weekend and hope it lives up to the hype. Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    I have 2k8 for ps2 despite the glitches and few bugs i love it. The passing in the 2k series is electric. Checking opponents into the middleI have 2k8 for ps2 despite the glitches and few bugs i love it. The passing in the 2k series is electric. Checking opponents into the middle of next week is fun too. I love this series. Full Review »