Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. For those looking for the most realistic hockey game on any console, look no further.
  2. The lack of a good range of game achievements, the occasional lag and the only slightly above average graphics is about all that I could complain about, but when you put that next to clever AI (that can skate backwards, by the way), icon-based passing, Enforcer players, goalkeeper perspective and commentary better than I've ever heard in a sports title and the complaints are pretty trivial in comparison.
  3. The improved defense, especially at the net, the new momentum feature, manual goalie option, and the long-overdue icon passing interface all combine to make this game the closest thing to the actual sport of hockey without putting on all the padding and a pair of skates.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    This game should only be played for the easy 750 and Pain in the ass 1000. You can get NHL 10 for the same price, or slightly more expensive.This game should only be played for the easy 750 and Pain in the ass 1000. You can get NHL 10 for the same price, or slightly more expensive. Everything about is dated the game also freezes a lot, that it would probably be **** to play when the game was released. Full Review »
  2. MarkJ
    Jan 13, 2010
    0
    This game has its flaws like confusing front-screen menus but, when you get down to it, it is actually fun to play. The graphics and This game has its flaws like confusing front-screen menus but, when you get down to it, it is actually fun to play. The graphics and commentary do a respectable job of mimicking the feel of NHL and the game controls aren't too shabby. That said, the game's achievements are overshadowed by the fact that the game is rendered virtually unplayable by a bug that randomly appears and subsequently causes the game to crash at the end of every game you play. For that this game, gets a well-deserved zero. Full Review »
  3. JobA
    Mar 1, 2008
    9
    This game is great!Its the best hockey game I have ever played and I have played hockey games since Blades of Steel. give it a 9.3