I am a huge Ice Hockey fan. I have been playing Video Game Hockey for years & every console I've owned I had a hockey game for, so I got one for my X-Box 360.
All the NHL teams are present & correct with (at the time) up to date rosters & playing lines. The controls are easy to pick up & start playing. There are also lots of game modes like quick game & franchise. Playing a full 82 game season will take a year!
NHL 2k9 plays a very fast paced frenetic game of Ice Hockey. You can fly from end to end. This means that it is lots of fun, but also a little un realistic as trying to take the offensive zone is pretty pointless as you can get just as good a result by putting the puck on net as soon as you get into the zone.
Defending is quite fun, you can lay lots of big hits on the opposition. However because shooting & scoring is so easy, it's very difficult to shutout the opposition.
Multi-player on one console is possible with up to 4 players. This is good fun too. Especially when all players know what they are doing. I can't comment on online play because Microsoft are the only company to charge for this & not to make their consoles wireless. Really poor service & I'm not paying to play online with them when Nintendo & Sony don't charge me.
I would recommend the game. Because it is soon to be three seasons old, you'll be able to pick up a copy very cheaply. If you're a hockey fan you can have lots of fun with this & if you're a sports fan you'll enjoy it too. Maybe avoid it if you don't like sports games.
This is a fast paced game which is a lot of fun to play as the action is pretty much relentless with some excellent game play.
For those who have played a previous version of this ice hockey franchise then the game play will be very familiar and the controls have not changed, you are able to sequence passing moves ahead of time as each player is assigned a button making it easy to deliver passes with accuracy which is important especially when you have a power play and are trying to engineer an opening.
There are a number of different modes to play and by far the best is the franchise mode where you lead your team through the season, making trades and deciding to let players go as well as managing the injuries that occur throughout the season. This gives plenty of playing time and lends the game some real depth to run alongside the excellent action on the ice.
The visuals on the game are really good, there is a lot of detail in the player profiles, scars and all and their movement on the ice is really realistic. One big improvement on this version s the camera views especially the overhead view which is at a slight angle making it a much better view than in previous games as it allows a better perception of depth.
This is definitely worth getting if you are a fan of hockey games however the only word of caution is that in game play there has not been many steps forward to the 2006 version however on visuals and also with the sound there have been some big improvements.
Available from Amazon for £22.98 new or £13.99 in the new and used section.