NHL 09 Xbox 360

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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 61
  2. Negative: 5 out of 61
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  1. Dan
    Jul 26, 2009
    7
    This is an AWESOME game!!! Why did I give it a 7? Because it has absolutely unforgivable flaws. The first and most annoying is if you pass for a one-timer and the puck gets deflected or your guy misses it, the man that was supposed to receive the puck is stuck for about 2 seconds. There are a lot of other mini-flaws that could easily be patched. The other one that I didn't notice This is an AWESOME game!!! Why did I give it a 7? Because it has absolutely unforgivable flaws. The first and most annoying is if you pass for a one-timer and the puck gets deflected or your guy misses it, the man that was supposed to receive the puck is stuck for about 2 seconds. There are a lot of other mini-flaws that could easily be patched. The other one that I didn't notice until recently is in multiplayer online games (with more than 1 on your xbox/ps3) the color indicators for the players are not a standard 4 color set, they are random which means you might get a team with a red and an orange, or possibly blue and purple- which makes it incredibly hard to distinguish who is who. Expand
  2. RichardV.
    Dec 24, 2008
    6
    Too many games nowadays are rated based on pre-release review of written features. Then you have the post-release reviews that don't investigate the inner workings of a product. The fact is, the EASHL (MMO) feature of NHL09 is unsecured, imbalanced, unmoderated, unpoliced, unsupported and most importantly, unfinished. With all kinds of exploits that do not get addressed and the fact Too many games nowadays are rated based on pre-release review of written features. Then you have the post-release reviews that don't investigate the inner workings of a product. The fact is, the EASHL (MMO) feature of NHL09 is unsecured, imbalanced, unmoderated, unpoliced, unsupported and most importantly, unfinished. With all kinds of exploits that do not get addressed and the fact you cannot play a club game with 9 or more players (as they get dropped by the server), it's really hard to figure how this game gets an 89 rating. Quite bizzare. Expand
  3. BlueFalcon
    Sep 16, 2008
    7
    There's some great new ideas here. Like taking yourself and making your way into the nhl via the minors and improving on your game. The 6 on 6 real players on live is also a hightlight (although leavers pregame when they don't get the position they want should be dealt with). On the other hand, I'm disappointed with MANY aspects. It's exhausting thinking about how many There's some great new ideas here. Like taking yourself and making your way into the nhl via the minors and improving on your game. The 6 on 6 real players on live is also a hightlight (although leavers pregame when they don't get the position they want should be dealt with). On the other hand, I'm disappointed with MANY aspects. It's exhausting thinking about how many things are wrong after this, their 17th version of the game. Expand
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88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
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  1. 90
    NHL 09 isn’t just a great hockey game, it’s one of the best sports games to be released in the last decade.
  2. You don’t even have to be a psychotic hockey fan to enjoy NHL 09; just a fan of sports in general and of solid Xbox 360 software. Of course pick this one up if you live and breathe the NHL hockey season, but NHL 09 is also worth a look by those that are still searching for that killer, HD-era sports application.
  3. NHL 09 is a great hockey title, offering some fantastic new features, a deep Be A Pro mode, and some awesome online features.