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Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 53 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57

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  1. Aug 29, 2010
    This game is good,it really is but here comes the but...It's not nearly as good as espn hockey 2k4 and 2k5.For single player there should be a way to tweak the difficulty more.A game should be as easy as you want it or as hard and this game is hard even on easy in the single player mode.I can play hockey and I've went back to all the hockey games from ea and 2k and this game just isn't well balanced.It is exciting,out of this world exciting especially when there has been no score for a while and then bam you score.It has to do a lot with the commentary but also the game in general.It's great but ea still has a lot of work to do.An 8 is a good score and what the game deserves. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2011
    I haven't really played a hockey game since ESPN National hockey night in like 94. I have played arcade style games though. This game really plays well. The mechanics and controls are near perfect. The graphics are pretty good. The game does have some glitches and it lacks the features that a lot of other Ea Sports games have.
  3. May 30, 2013
    This is the best NHL game ever since they brought out the new shooting configuration with the right stick has made this game the bomb. Also love the way to be the goalie and customize his pads and how so many goalie companies sponsored this game like vaughn and rbk, so sick

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.