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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 5 out of 60

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  1. JamieC
    Sep 22, 2008
    3
    Best sports game of all time? Do people play these games before they review them? This game is plagued by the same horrible AI and one sided reffing that every single hockey game ever created has had. 3/4 through a franchise season with penaltys on the max setting and my team has had ONE powerplay, in 64 games .... yet every time i touch the poke check button, a cpu player goes down, to Best sports game of all time? Do people play these games before they review them? This game is plagued by the same horrible AI and one sided reffing that every single hockey game ever created has had. 3/4 through a franchise season with penaltys on the max setting and my team has had ONE powerplay, in 64 games .... yet every time i touch the poke check button, a cpu player goes down, to the tune of 102 powerplays against...... how does that work? i guess when you program your entire defense scheme around interfering with the intended passing target rather then design an actual defensive scheme, it may be too much to ask for a game that has some close resemblance to balance. is it so hard to hire beta testers? EA has put a nice LOOKING game, but again, the gameplay is overcomplicated, "realistic", garbage. beta testers -what? Expand
  2. GaborA.
    Sep 10, 2008
    3
    If Call of Duty 5 comes out and its the same exact game as Call of Duty 4 including the graphics then it will be widely discredited. Well NHL 09 is identical to NHL 08, it costs 60 bucks, and critics are creaming their pants over it. Controls, graphics, commentary, AI(though they claim its better its not reall), every glitches(pass back to point when someone in center is wide open). Its If Call of Duty 5 comes out and its the same exact game as Call of Duty 4 including the graphics then it will be widely discredited. Well NHL 09 is identical to NHL 08, it costs 60 bucks, and critics are creaming their pants over it. Controls, graphics, commentary, AI(though they claim its better its not reall), every glitches(pass back to point when someone in center is wide open). Its all the same. But wait. Be A Pro Mode! Are you a loser who can't play real sports and make real friends? Spend 12 hours a day playing NHL 09's equivalent of World of Warcraft and make the perfect character. For anyone just looking to play it up with friends or online expect to play the same game as last year. 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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 41
  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.